LANAP Laser Therapy

LANAP Laser GUM Treatment

A recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of lasers to regenerate tissue. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Drs. Markle and Herman utilize the PerioLase for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). Lasers are also used to treat failing dental implants through a procedure called Laser-Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure (LAPIP). Performed without a scalpel and sutures, the use of lasers creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.

How It Works

The laser gum treatment works by targeting only diseased gum, which it discerns by the color. Diseased gums are darker than healthy gums. The laser then agitates the healthy tissue, encouraging it to reattach to the bone. Because of the regrowth of this connective tissue, there is also a much lower chance of gum disease returning than with traditional surgery.

Benefit of LANAP

Due to the ability of the laser to target and remove only diseased tissue, Drs. Markle and Herman are able to help restore you to health with no post-operative pain and fewer side effects and risks than traditional surgery.

Laser-Assisted Perio-Implant Procedure, LAPIP

Despite our best efforts, we are seeing more and more complications with gum disease affecting dental implants. This is a condition we call “Peri-Implantitis”. Many times, an implant site can get infected under the gum line. This can result in bone loss around the implant, and in some cases loss of the implant itself. Complications due to systemic disease, medications, and even aging can all lead to this problem.

The Problem

Until recently, the only treatment for an “ailing” implant was either extensive surgical repair or, in most cases, removal of the implant and waiting for a new one to replace it.

Benefit of LAPIP

With the advent of LAPIP,  a laser gum surgery (does not involve a scalpel or stitches) specifically for dental implants, we are able to treat the infections and arrest the disease. In some cases, we can regenerate new bone around the implant itself!

LAPIP is the only FDA-cleared laser procedure to treat ailing dental implants.

LANAP/LAPIP Laser Gum Treatment Post-Operative Instructions

It is important to follow the instructions of your care provider to achieve the best results and prevent complications. Here are some general guidelines to follow after LANAP or LAPIP laser gum treatment.

  • Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
  • Reduce physical activity for several hours following surgery.
  • Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, take two (2) Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours even if you do not have any pain.
  • For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, malts, ice cream, etc. Stay away from spicy and “chippy” foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
  • Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums.
  • Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy.  Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
  • It is OK to spit, rinse, and wash your mouth today.  Rinse as directed morning and night.  In between, it is OK to rinse gently every three (3) hours with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8oz. glass of warm water).  Do not brush or floss your teeth until instructed to do so (see Treatment and Home Care sequence sheet).
  • Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process.  Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for the surgery area.
  • Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgery area.

Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:

  • Light bleeding
  • Slight swelling
  • Some soreness, tenderness, or tooth sensitivity
  • Medicinal taste

Please call the office if you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Prolonged or severe pain
  • Prolonged or excessive bleeding
  • Considerably elevated or persistent temperature

Do not be alarmed that beginning within two weeks after LANAP or LAPIP laser gum treatment and extending as long as one year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing but may also indicate the presence of a bite imbalance that may need adjustment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us!

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Baton Rouge Perio

10723 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Building B
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Tel: (225) 769-1444
Fax: (225) 769-9939

Baton Rouge Periodontists, Dr. Kenneth Markle and Dr. Jenny Herman, provide a variety of surgical and non-surgical services for the treatment of periodontal issues. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are very conservative in our treatment recommendations and limit surgery to the areas where it is absolutely necessary.

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