LANAP San Antonio, TX

In the traditional treatment of advanced periodontal (gum) disease, the surgeon uses a scalpel to remove the diseased tissue. The surgeon reflects the tissue from the tooth roots and bone. Then, they clean the tooth roots, reshape the bone, and complete a bone graft if needed. Finally, they suture the gum back in place.

We call this procedure Excisional New Attachment Procedure (ENAP). ENAP has a long and uncomfortable healing time because of its invasive nature.

Fortunately, we at Advanced Dental Associates have an alternative restorative dental care option available to our patients. We use the Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) to provide painless dental treatments in San Antonio, TX.

LANAP in San Antonio, TX

LANAP® Procedure in San Antonio, TX

LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, offers minimally-invasive treatment for advanced periodontal disease. Light energy selectively removes the diseased tissue instead of a scalpel. The LANAP® procedure in our San Antonio dental office can treat many gum-related issues, including:

  • Gum disease (periodontitis)
  • Gum recession
  • Gum inflammation
  • Infected and detached gum pockets
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Shifting or loose teeth

We do not completely remove your gum tissue, or require bone grafting. This painless dental procedure stimulates bone and tissue regeneration. Your gums will heal and reattach to the teeth quicker.

LANAP is less painful and has a faster recovery time versus traditional gum surgery. This minimally-invasive technique causes little bleeding. The laser reduces healing time and discomfort, and avoids the need for stitches. Additionally, LANAP has long-lasting results, improving overall oral health and reducing the risk of long-term tooth loss.

Treatment Process

The LANAP® procedure begins with the dentist administering local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. We will ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. We will not harm your healthy soft tissue, and make sure you are comfortable to alleviate any dental anxiety.

Next, our dentist will take pocket measurements. We will use a probe to measure the depth of the pockets around your affected teeth. The depth indicates the severity of the gum disease.

Then we will use laser tools to target and remove the infected gum tissue and bacteria from the pockets. The laser will also stimulate the growth of healthy gum tissue and promote the healing process.

After the laser therapy, our dentist may use tools to remove any remaining plaque and tartar from the gum line. Scaling and root planing helps further eliminate bacteria and create a clean environment for the gums to heal. Lastly, we may make adjustments to your bite to ensure that the teeth come together properly and reduce stress on the gums.

We will provide patients with instructions on how to care for their gums following the LANAP® procedure. Instructions will including proper oral hygiene practices and may include any necessary medications. Over time, the gums will begin to heal and reattach to your teeth. Regular follow-up appointments will be necessary to monitor progress and ensure long-term success.

Our Experience

The Periolase used in LANAP is the only laser treatment with proven research and FDA approval. LANAP has been used by dentists worldwide for over twenty-five years. At Advanced Dental Associates, we have been doing the LANAP procedure for over twenty years.

Dr. Craig Long has published several articles on LANAP and teaches other doctors the LANAP procedure with Millennium Dental Technologies. He has lectured on LANAP nationally and internationally. You are in good hands with our gum disease specialist.

Download the pre-treatment recommendations and post-op diet instructions for LANAP® treatment.

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Overall, LANAP is a safe and effective surgical treatment for advanced periodontal disease that offers numerous benefits for patients. Contact Advanced Dental Associates at 210-361-6847 for a consult if you feel the LANAP is the best treatment for you.