Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy

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LANAP® for a Minimally Invasive alternative to gum surgery

LANAP is an FDA-approved procedure that is used to treat moderate to severe gum disease. Unlike traditional surgery that involves a scalpel, this minimally invasive treatment uses a precisely focused laser that targets only the diseased tissue while leaving the healthy gum tissue intact.
The laser removes harmful bacteria and at the same time promotes healing by utilizing the body’s own ability to seal the healthy gum tissue back to the root of the tooth once the procedure is complete.

Dr. Arbi Daniel Aboolian is highly trained and experienced in providing LANAP therapy to gently and effectively combat gum disease, and he is excellent at keeping his patients comfortable throughout the procedure.

Benefits of LANAP

LANAP has many advantages over traditional surgery. It is much less traumatic and invasive as there is no cutting, bleeding or stitching.

LANAP treatment is less time-consuming. While traditional surgery requires four to eight visits as well as additional appointments for suture removal and check-ups, LANAP can be completed in two 2-hour visits and two follow-up visits. The recovery time for LANAP is typically under 24 hours, and most patients are able to eat whatever they want following the procedure.

Dr. Aboolian recommends LANAP because its minimally invasive nature promotes the maximum preservation of your original gum tissue. Even patients with health issues such as diabetes, HIV and hemophilia, as well as those taking blood-thinning medications, can receive LANAP.

Laser surgery has been found to provide long-lasting results. A study showed that 98% of patients who receive LANAP remain stable five years after their treatment.

LANAP Procedure

Dr. Aboolian will perform an oral exam to assess the extent of the gum disease and to determine whether you’re a candidate for LANAP. He will take the needed time to discuss your concerns, explain your treatment options and answer any questions. If necessary, he will take digital X-rays of your mouth to get an accurate picture of its condition.

Dr. Aboolian will explain the procedure so you know what to expect on the day of your treatment.

LANAP Treatment Day

When you arrive for your first LANAP treatment, Dr. Aboolian will administer a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. He then uses a soft-tissue laser to eradicate the diseased tissue and kill the bacteria beneath the gumline, keeping the healthy gum intact. Next, Dr. Aboolian uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from the root surfaces.

Finally, the laser is passed over the treated area again to remove any remaining bacteria and to seal the gum pocket. This prevents new germs from entering the area and creates a sanitary environment so that the body can start the healing process.

The procedure is fast and can be broken down into two 2-hour sessions or scheduled as a single 4-hour session. Most people can go back to work on the following day.