Staten Island NY Periodontist Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Quality Periodontics on Staten Island, NY
(718) 494-7400

81 Wyona Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

 

Staten Island NY Periodontist Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Quality Periodontics on Staten Island, NY
(718) 494-7400

81 Wyona Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314

Staten Island NY Periodontist Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Dr. Robert Sorrentino, DMD
Quality Periodontics on Staten Island, NY
(718) 494-7400

LANAP – Laser Gum Surgery

Less pain, faster recovery, true regeneration

LANAP laser gum surgery for the safe, effective treatment of gum disease: less pain, faster recovery, true regeneration of gum tissue for real healing and a healthier mouth.

Our practice offers a minimally invasive periodontal surgery called the LANAP protocol.

Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the tissue and bone around the teeth. If left untreated, the disease can lead to receding bums, bone loss, and ultimately, tooth loss. Read more about gum disease...

We have had intensive training in the LANAP protocol by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. The LANAP protocol is the only laser periodontitis treatment scientifically and clinically proven to regenerate both soft tissue and bone, with FDA clearance for True Regeneration™. This gentle laser treatment is performed in our practice with the only laser specifically designed for the LANAP protocol – the PerioLase® MVP-7™.

Minimally Invasive

The width of the surgical laser fiber tip is equivalent to the width of about three human hairs.

The width of the surgical laser fiber tip of the Millennium TrueFlex handpiece used for LANAP laser gum surgery is equivalent to the width of about three human hairs.

LANAP laser gum surgery – proven success treating gum disease

The patented LANAP protocol is a minimally invasive surgical method of treating and often reversing gum disease. During the procedure, a dental laser is used to gently remove harmful germs and diseased tissue from the gum pocket, keeping healthy tissue intact.

Benefits of LANAP laser dentistry

no cut, no sew, no fear with LANAP laser gum surgery

Compared to traditional gum surgery, LANAP offers:

  • True periodontal regeneration
  • No cut, no sew, no fear
  • Less pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Less swelling
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications and less risk of infection
  • Less sensitivity
  • Less gum loss
  • Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
  • Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery
  • Fewer visits mean greater convenience and faster road to a healthier mouth
  • Very little downtime after treatment

True Regeneration

The LANAP protocol relies on True Regeneration, not resection to restore oral health. By maintaining the gingival margin, patients experience greater post-op comfort, less tooth sensitivity, and an increased confidence in their smile.

Better overall health

People with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease, while women with gum disease are 14% more likely to have breast cancer. Research continues to link oral and systemic health making effective treatment of gum disease imperative to total health

Who is a candidate for LANAP gum surgery?

Patients with moderate to severe gum disease can especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. LANAP is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients taking medications such as blood thinners. With LANAP, patients do onto have to stop taking any medications.

How LANAP laser gum surgery works

The success of the LANAP protocol is rooted in laser physics and the unique interaction between the tissue in the mouth and the variable pulsed wavelength of the PerioLase MVP-7 1064 Nd:YAG dental laser.

The 1064 wavelength passes through water and hydroxyapatite; but is absorbed in melanin and hemoglobin. Simply put – the wavelength targets the diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue. The laser light penetrates 4mm beyond the tissue surface for effective bacteria kill. Once the site is clean; the laser interacts with the hemoglobin to create a stable fibrin clot.

The LANAP laser gum surgery protocol

Image Credit: Millennium

  1. Numb the area of the implant.
  2. Measure the extent of the problem.
  3. Laser light vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue.
  4. Ultrasonic scaler tips are used to clean the surface of the tooth.
  5. Bone is modified to promote healing.
  6. Laser is used to form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from bone.
  7. Close the area against the clean surface of the tooth, with a stable fibrin clot at the top of the gum.
  8. Adjust the bite so the implant does not receive any pressure to allow the bone to heal properly.
  9. Over time, new attachment of bone to tooth is regenerated.

What do patients say about LANAP

What to expect from LANAP laser gum surgery

Surgery timing and duration

  • LANAP periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two 2-hour visits.
  • We complete one side of your mouth during the first visit, and complete the other side on the second visit.
  • Surgeries are usually scheduled about one week of each other.
  • Most patients quickly return to work or other activities.

The first few days after surgery

  • You may experience mild aching, throbbing and soreness in treated areas, which can be helped with mild pain medications.
  • No brushing, no flossing or use of electric toothbrush.
  • Very soft "mushy" diet for 3-10 days
  • The tissue around your teeth may appear discolored.
  • Your bite may feel slightly different, but your teeth will adapt.
  • Avoid smoking if possible – smoking decreases results for all gum treatments, including LANAP.

Week 1

  • Post-Op Visit: As your gums heal, your teeth will shift, and your bite will need to be adjusted several times over the next couple of months.
  • No brushing, no flossing or use of electric toothbrush.
  • Very soft "mushy" diet for 3-10 days
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned every three months for at least the first year, then as recommended by your dentist.

Month 1

  • Post-Op Visit: Continued bite adjustments and healing management.
  • Light cleaning and polishing
  • The doctor may fabricate splints to stabilize and immobilize your teeth to ensure correct healing and a good bite. You should wear these splints as instructed, usually every night and whenever possible during the day, to promote healing!
  • Resume brushing and flossing
  • Resume normal diet

Month 4

  • Post-Op Visit: Periodontal maintenance, continued bite adjustments and healing management.
  • Continue good brushing and flossing.

Months 7 and 10

  • Post-Op Visit: Checkup and periodontal maintenance
  • Continued bite adjustments and healing management

1 Year Re-Evaluation

  • Full periodontal charting and x-rays
  • Periodontal maintenance
  • Continued bite adjustments and healing management
  • Impressions for LANAP guard, if needed
  • Assess possible areas requiring re-treatment.
  • Discuss direction for future treatment, including any recommended restorative, cosmetic, or orthodontic care.

Evidence-based dentistry

"Evidence-based dentistry," according to the ADA, "is based on three important ideas:

  • The best available scientific evidence
  • A dentist's clinical skill and judgment
  • Each individual patient's needs and preferences
Only when all three are given due consideration in individual patient care is evidence-based dentistry actually being practiced." The LANAP protocol meets the three domain requirements of evidence-based dentistry.

For more information on the science that supports the LANAP protocol, visit: www.LANAP.com.

Ready to find out more about how LANAP can help you save your teeth and be healthier overall? Call our office at (718) 494-7400 to schedule an appointment today!


81 Wyona Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314