Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Quality Periodontics on Staten Island, NY
LANAP & LAPIP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. Dr. Sorrentino will perform a complete periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
What is LANAP laser gum treatment?
LANAP is an acronym for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure.
The LANAP protocol is the only laser periodontitis treatment that is cleared by the U.S. FDA for True Regeneration™ and is clinically and histologically proven to regenerate new gum tissue, ligament, and bone.
What is LAPIP?
Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP Protocol) was developed by the makers of the very successful LANAP laser treatment for periodontal disease. LAPIP is a non-invasive treatment for dental implants and can be more effective than alternative treatments.
How does LANAP & LAPIP work?
Research has shown the PerioLase MVP-7 Nd:YAG wavelength stimulates the release of growth factors, allowing the body to heal naturally. LAPIP is similar to LANAP, but uses a different wavelength than LANAP to clean and help your body heal around dental implants.
Why is it important to get my gum disease treated?
The health risks of gum disease go far beyond the loss of teeth, which can also impact nutrition and overall body health.
There is a connection between gum disease and a number of serious medical conditions. People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, and have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Gum disease has also been liknked to other health problems, including respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.
Can the LANAP protocol help my dental implants?
How long will surgery take?
Surgery usually takes a couple of hours and is generally done in two sessions.
Do you do my entire mouth at one time?
Usually we do half of your mouth at one time.
How long before I can have the other half done?
Usually about a week apart.
Will I be able to eat normal food after surgery?
You should plan to eat soft, mushy food for 7-10 days after surgery.
Does LANAP or LAPIP surgery hurt - will there be pain afterwards?
LANAP and LAPIP laser gum surgery is generally much less painful than traditional gum surgery, but, if necessary, medication will be provided to manage any discomfort you may have.
How Much Does LANAP or LAPIP Cost?
Your cost will depend on a number of variables. We will create a treatment plan and a financial payment plan to fit your needs. LANAP and LAPIP laser gum surgery is generally less costly than removing and replacing a dental implant.
Will my insurance pay for LANAP or LAPIP?
Dental insurance usually does not cover the procedure – check with your provider. Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) can be used. We also offer financing options through Care Credit.