Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP (as it more commonly called), is revolutionizing today's treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Silberg is proud to offer the very latest in treatment options, especially when it provides such outstanding benefits for his patients. With LANAP, it is now possible to treat gum disease with virtually no pain, swelling or bleeding.
Fear of the discomfort associated with more traditional methods for treatment keeps many of the almost 66% of Americans who have some type of gum disease from seeking treatment. LANAP enables treatment that is just as effective and even more beneficial for the patient in terms of healing times and results. Also, laser periodontal treatment is usually less expensive than comparable treatment with more invasive cut-and-stitch methods.
If you recently have been told that you have gum disease and need periodontal surgery, there is an alternative. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about LANAP and if this solution is right for you. See the manufacturers website for more information.
Dr. Silberg offers the following additional information about LANAP laser dentistry topics:
Does LANAP surgery hurt and will I need pain relievers afterwards?
You will have local anesthesia (Novacain) during the procedure so you will have no pain. Afterwards you will only take Ibuprophen (Advil) for a day or so. No strong medications are needed.
If I am worried about being really nervous during the procedure can I get something to relax?
Yes. We can prescribe oral medication to help you relax and most people are very comfortable with this approach. If you want to be fully asleep we can engage the services of an anesthesiologist for twilight sleep at an additional fee.
Why does Dr. Silberg have to adjust my bite?
The patented LANAP protocol dictates that loose teeth or teeth that hit one another unevenly must be adjusted so they don’t create heavy pressure and cause tooth movement during healing. It has been known for decades that the combination of gum disease and uneven biting pressure can cause more bone loss around a tooth. If adjustment is not done, it is not the LANAP protocol, and healing will not occur as expected.
Will bite adjustment ruin my teeth, fillings or crowns?
Most of the time, the bite adjustment is minor and removes very little of the enamel, fillings or crown materials. It is important to understand that sometimes it is necessary to grind through the enamel or grind into or through a filling or crown and in some cases fillings or crowns may need to be replaced after treatment by your restorative dentist. If that occurs it will be an additional expense for you.
Is it really worth ruining a filling or a crown to try to save a tooth?
Yes if the tooth is worth saving. We can’t save every tooth that has gum disease with LANAP surgery but sometimes it is worth trying to save a badly damaged tooth. If the tooth heals well and is strong enough then Dr. Silberg will advise you that it is worth replacing the restoration. Sometimes we still need to extract a tooth that we try to save-in that case it would not be advisable to replace the restoration.
What will happen if I don’t stick to the program and if I miss visits?
You may not get the healing or the results that both you and that Dr. Silberg expect. LANAP is not a miracle cure. It is a very detailed program that has proven to work if all of the steps are followed.