About LANAP® and LAPIP®
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious condition that can impact your oral and overall health. At Kennedy Dental, we understand that many people have negative misperceptions about how gum disease is treated and while some of it may have been true in years past, it is no longer the case. Kennedy proudly uses state-of-the-art LANAP® and LAPIP® to treat gum disease which offers patients a tremendously useful and painless experience.
What is LANAP®?
Drs. Larry and Gary Kennedy use Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) to remove and treat bacteria within the pockets of your gums, leaving healthy gum tissue to reattach to the surface of the root. This is less invasive and less painful than traditional surgery, allowing for a more comfortable experience and recovery. LANAP® provides our patients with the best treatment and least discomfort—the perfect combination for your dental care.
How is LANAP® conducted?
First, we will measure the depth of your periodontal pockets using a probe. This will give us a better idea of how comprehensive the condition is. Dr. Kennedy will then use laser technology to remove any bacteria and infected gum tissue. We also remove calculus from the root surface and under the gumline with ultrasonic scalers. Next, we use the laser to stimulate the soft tissue at the bottom of the pocket. By stimulating this tissue, blood becomes like an adhesive and seals the tooth. The use of the laser negates the need for sutures; however, the blood clot will be compressed with a tissue against the root surface.
LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) uses the same laser technology as LANAP®, but it is used to help patients suffering from peri-implantitis?
What is the difference between LAPIP® and LANAP®?
Simply put, we utilize the LANAP® procedure when a patient experiences peri-implantitis around a current dental implant.
LAPIP® is a modified version of LANAP®. The laser is used to target and treat diseased tissue around the affected implant. Similarly, to LANAP®, the laser removes the damaged tissue without harming any of the healthy gum. This laser technology decreases recovery time and makes the procedure more comfortable.
What is Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-Implantitis is a similar condition to periodontitis; however, it affects dental implants and not natural teeth. Peri-implantitis causes bone loss around the implant as well as inflammation, or gingival (gum) recession. This condition, much like periodontal disease, is a result of poor oral hygiene and can increase your chances of developing other medical conditions. If you are suffering from peri-implantitis, it is imperative to seek treatment immediately.