Laser Periodontal Therapy

What is LANAP?

Dr. Emmi or Dr. Dougherty is proud to be one of the first general dentists in the state of Delaware to offer laser periodontal surgery, since 2015. The LANAP protocol using the Periolase® MVP-7, is the only FDA approved laser to reduce pocketing and regenerate bone that has been lost due to periodontal disease.
What are the advantages of LANAP over traditional periodontal surgery?

  • Less pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Less sensitivity
  • Less gum loss
  • Less swelling
  • Very little downtime after treatment
  • Less Post-op infections
  • Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues and bone
  • Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable than conventional surgery

How does the laser work to treat my Periodontal Disease?

The energy of the laser is released as a wavelength that essentially targets the diseased tissue (red and inflamed) without harming healthy tissue. It penetrates to the bottom of the periodontal pocket and does two things, first it kills the bacteria in the pocket, two it opens the pocket so the root surface can be effectively cleaned.

Once the site is clean and disinfected; the second pass of the laser interacts with the hemoglobin to create a stable fibrin clot.

A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth

B. Laser radiation vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and alerts the practitioner to the presence of tartar

C. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface accretions

D. Bone is modified at time of surgery

E. Laser is used to form a gel-clot containing stem cells from bone and PDL
F. Reattachment of reté ridges to clean root surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’

G. Occlusal trauma adjusted

H. New attachment is regenerated

How Do I know if I am a candidate?

If you have moderate to severe periodontal disease, the chances are, LANAP® is the most suitable treatment for you. Of course the only way to know for sure is to come visit us for a laser consultation.

During your first visit with Dr. Dougherty, she will complete a thorough exam. She will put you at ease as she explains the process, thoroughly reviews your medical history, post operative instructions, diet and answers any questions you may have.