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(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
A) Measurement of pockets. Your doctor will use a probe to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets. This provides key information about how much the gum has detached from the root.
B) Laser removes bacteria. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ uses pulsed light to dissolve diseased tissue within the pocket and kill the living bacteria that cause gum disease. The laser’s light is not absorbed by water, which allows the surrounding tissue, root, and bone, to remain unaffected by the laser. Surgery is far less invasive and more comfortable than other procedures.
C) Removal of Calculus. Calculus is hardened plaque that has attached to your teeth and bone. Ultrasonic scalers are used to scrape calculus that has formed in pockets beneath the gum line. Although the laser cannot completely remove this in the earlier steps, it does assist by denaturing the calculus, breaking down its chemical make-up to and making it more easily removed.
D) Clot is formed. The laser is used a second time at the bottom of the pockets to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone, inciting regeneration and attachment. Simultaneously the tissue becomes sticky and begins forming a sealed clot around the tooth root. This creates a clean, stable environment, fostering fast and complete healing.
E) Tissue compression. Gum tissue is compressed against the tooth’s root surface to promote reattachment, eliminating the need for painful sutures.
F) Bite adjustment. Your doctor will adjust your bite to minimize trauma on teeth, particularly in areas where bone loss has occurred.
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