Laser Periodontal Therapy

The LANAP®/LAPIP protocol is a laser-based treatment for gum disease or periimplantitis that does not involve cutting or suturing. Patients typically report less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, compared to traditional periodontal surgery.

This patient-friendly procedure helps you comfortably regain oral health, without the fear associated with surgery. Generally, the LANAP protocol is less invasive than traditional surgery and helps maintain a beautiful smile line with reduced post-operative recession and tooth sensitivity.

Patient Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

LANAP® periodontal surgery is a full-mouth procedure usually completed in two 2-hour visits. We complete one side of the mouth during the first visit, and complete the other side on the second visit. Surgeries are usually scheduled within one week of one another. It is common to quickly return to work or other activities.

You may experience mild aching, throbbing, and soreness of the treated areas for the first couple days—this can be helped with mild pain medications. The tissue around the teeth may appear discolored. Your bite may feel slightly different, but the teeth will adapt. You cannot brush or floss for the first 7-10 days after treatment, and you will need to follow a liquid or mushy diet. Smoking decreases results for all gum treatments, including LANAP.

As the gums heal, the teeth will shift, and your bite will need to be adjusted several times over the coming months. Splints may be fabricated to stabilize and immobilize the teeth. It is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your teeth professionally cleaned every three months for at least the first year, and then as recommended by your dentist.

Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. The LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. With the LANAP protocol, patients do not have to stop taking any medications.

The health risks of gum disease go far beyond the loss of teeth. 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 linked to other health problems, including respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.

Yes! Using the PerioLase MVP-7, we can often save ailing or failing implants in a similar manner using the LAPIP™ protocol. We use the same laser, but different laser settings and light exposure that will help your implant stabilize while destroying periodontal pathogens and endotoxins.

The only FDA-cleared, laser periodontitis surgery histologically & scientifically proven to work!

Gum Grafting

In addition to treating all forms of periodontal disease, Dr. Smith also specializes in cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your smile!

Patients who feel that their smile is “gummy,” have an uneven gum line, or whose gums have receded may benefit from the types of cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Smith right here at Village Implant Dentistry & Periodontics!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection around the teeth that occurs over a period of time. Usually, it is associated with tartar that accumulates below the gums and is impossible for the patient to remove on his or her own (it’s even difficult for us to remove!) However, once the tartar is present below the gum tissue, it acts like a splinter and the gums can become very swollen, irritated and may bleed during routine daily hygiene.

A lot of times, the bone that holds the teeth in place retreats down the tooth in an effort to escape from the tartar but, on the contrary, the overall support of the tooth is now compromised. If this disease process goes untreated, the involved teeth will eventually be lost.

Implants & Grafting

For most adults, dental implants are a suitable replacement for missing teeth.  They look and function like a regular tooth while providing comfort and confidence in your smile!

If your jaw bone is too soft or thin to keep a dental implant in place we can perform a grafting procedure to create new, strong bone that will be stable enough to support dental implants.

Dental Implants & Grafting

Cleanings / Prevention

We are happy to offer Periodontal Maintenance procedures to our patients!

Following periodontal therapy, oral health is better but still at risk for reactivation of the disease process. Studies have shown that it takes approximately 90 days for the bacteria that cause periodontal disease to get back below the gum tissue and start the disease process over. So, in theory, if you are seen every 3 months for hygiene appointments, you can prevent the disease process from recurring.

Need a Cleaning?

Sedation Dentistry

We are pleased to offer both IV and oral sedation, as well as Nitrous Oxide gas to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Please, don’t hesitate to ask about these options at your next appointment!