LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure and is FDA approved as a laser gum surgery technique to treat gum disease. The infected area is targeted and a laser is used to remove gum tissue. The benefit of this type of procedure is that it is very non-intrusive and does not affect the area surrounding the infected area, leaving more healthy gum tissue intact.
LANAP’s unobtrusive impact benefits the patient in the following ways:
- Less pain and discomfort
- Less risk of bacterial infection
- No sutures
- Reduced collateral damage to the gums
- More precision-based outcomes
- Quicker recovery
- It allows the surrounding tissue to heal itself, thus potentially avoiding follow-up surgeries.
As with other gum surgery techniques, LANAP is a last resort when other non-surgical gum treatments have proven to be ineffective.