The LANAP® protocol is a minimally invasive gum surgery that can eliminate as much as 90 percent of inflammation in a single treatment. Patients in need of periodontal disease treatment in Ann Arbor, MI can contact Dr. Amar Katranji and Dr. Kelly Misch for more details. There are six steps involved in the procedure:
• Measuring attachment loss
• Eliminating bacteria
• Removing calculus
• Stimulating tissue
• Reattaching Tissue
• Checking teeth for trauma
Measuring Attachment Loss
The first step in LANAP® laser treatment is to determine the severity of the infection by measuring how much tissue has become detached. This is accomplished by inserting a small ruler between the teeth and gums to measure the depths of the periodontal pockets.
The next step is to remove bacteria and infected gum tissue from the mouth. Unlike other types of gum surgery, the LANAP® protocol uses a highly precise laser technology to vaporize the infection in a manner that is only minimally painful. As a result, there is very little damage inflicted on surrounding teeth and bone.
The laser itself cannot remove calculus, or tartar, deposits from below the gum line. Dr. Katranji and Dr. Misch will need to use special ultrasonic instruments to clean the root surfaces of the teeth.
After removing bacteria and calculus from the mouth, Dr. Katranji and Dr. Misch will use the laser to make a second pass over the area. This time, however, it will be used to stimulate tissue and promote regrowth of bone in areas that were damaged by periodontal disease. While other types of gum surgery cause damage to surrounding areas, LANAP® treatment helps to repair them.
Next, the tissue is reattached to the teeth with gentle compression. Unlike other types of gum surgery, LANAP® laser treatment does not require sutures to accomplish this.
Checking Teeth for Trauma
The final step is to examine the teeth and jaw to ensure the teeth meet together properly following laser gum surgery.
If you have periodontal disease, the LANAP® laser protocol may be the solution to restore your oral health. To learn more about periodontal disease treatment in Ann Arbor, MI, contact Dr. Katranji and Dr. Misch to schedule your consultation today!