What Are LAPT and LANAP?LAPT is short for Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy, and LANAP is short for Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Both of these procedures make use of advanced laser technology to help target the problem without affecting the surrounding, healthy tissue.
Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT)For moderate to severe cases of periodontal disease, LAPT utilizes laser technology and water in order to target and destroy diseased tissue and bacteria. This method is less invasive than traditional tools and allows for faster recovery time with less postoperative discomfort.
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)For those who have deep gum disease that reaches down towards the tooth’s root, LANAP is also a way to treat gum disease by removing damaged or diseased tissue from between the gums and teeth. This allows the gums to reattach to the teeth.
Benefits of LAPT and LANAPTraditional methods of gum disease treatment involve the use of hand tools to remove the pockets of disease and bacteria, and while this avenue accomplishes the same goal, it’s nowhere near as effective or precise as LAPT and LANAP. Further benefits of laser-assisted technology are:
- Less pain.
- Less bleeding.
- No cuts/sutures.
- Less swelling.
- Less sensitivity.
- Faster recovery.
- Less risk of infection.