L(caps)ANAP is the most recent development in periodontal therapy. It is an alternative to conventional surgery. It is less invasive, quicker, and more comfortable.
LANAP addresses many of the shortcomings of conventional surgery. It replaces cutting and stitching, which are painful and traumatic. It can eliminate or reduce the need for anesthesia, which reduces post-operative discomfort. And because the LANAP procedure does not require scalpels, suture material, or other surgical instruments, bleeding is minimized.
Many patients find that LANAP treatments result in a faster recovery time than traditional surgical procedures. Anesthesia is not required, and patients may resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. LANAP treatments have been associated with less post-operative swelling and discomfort than with traditional surgical methods, and with faster healing times.
LANAP treatments are also less expensive than traditional surgery. Most patients need only one office visit, and up to four LANAP treatments can be performed during the same appointment.
The only way to know if laser surgery works is to try it, and the only way to try it is to practice, but practicing can be risky. Laser surgery can burn or scar. The risks involved are high enough to discourage many people from trying it.
But what if you could practice without risking your patient? What if, instead of cutting nerves, you could shoot microscopic lasers into your gums?
Similar techniques have been used on animals for years, but only recently have scientists who study laser surgery been using the technique on humans. It’s called LANAP, for “laser-assisted new attachment procedure.” The technique, which involves no cutting, promises less pain and faster healing than traditional surgery. The benefits are so great that LANAP is now being used to treat gum disease.
LANAP’s benefits are real. The technique has been profiled by Time magazine, National Public Radio, and ABC News.
So why isn’t LANAP used more widely?
LASER surgery was first invented in 1960, and there was a lot of excitement about how it was going to revolutionize medicine. But decades of research by scientists around the world failed to produce any evidence that laser surgery was better than conventional surgery. And that made people cautious.
When laser surgery eventually did win acceptance, it was because it was easy. It just worked, and doctors didn’t have to learn a whole new technique.
For LANAP to win acceptance, however, it will have to overcome its image problem. Humans are conservative. We are used to paying a high price for things we think are safe, and cautious about doing things we think are risky. LANAP’s advocates say they have to change people’s minds
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure is a minimally invasive gum disease treatment that has shown excellent results in fighting gum disease.
The LANAP procedure involves the use of a laser to gently remove diseased tissue, leaving the healthy tissue intact. The laser is guided by the surgeon’s hand, so the procedure requires less skill and is less traumatic for the patient.
The laser also seals the connective tissues, so treated gums heal more completely than traditional surgery. LANAP procedure involves no cutting of the gums, so there’s less bleeding and swelling, and the recovery time is shorter. Patients also report less sensitivity in the treated area.