LANAP Treatments Annapolis, Maryland
I am a laser dentist. I am beginning my 20th year of using dental laser technology to treat my patients. Lasers have changed my everyday general dentistry operations. Lasers are my instruments of choice for tooth decay removal, biopsies, soft tissue cosmetics, frenectomies, lesion destruction and healing, troughing for crown and bridgework, removing ceramic crowns and bonded veneers, hemostasis after extractions and to treat Periodontitis (LANAP) and Peri-implantitis (LAPIP). Used are variable pulsed Neodymium: Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Nd: YAG) dental lasers or a variable pulsed Erbium:YAG laser to ablate soft and hard dental tissue.
Dental lasers work utilizing a beam of light. The beam is amplified light energy. The energy is produced in the laser’s resonator, directed into a fiber optic system, moves to the tip of the laser handpiece, then precisely onto the biologic tissue. All this is done at the speed of light. This contact creates a thermal interaction. Different lasers operate at specific wavelengths of light and have different affects on soft tissue, healthy and decayed tooth.
In 1999, I become one of the first dentists to use LANAP to treat moderate to severe periodontal disease in a minimally invasive way. I am currently a Clinical Instructor at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry in California. Teaching other dentists how to perform and integrate LANAP into their own practices.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common medical conditions facing our adult population. As many as 80% of thirty-five year olds are affected by periodontal disease.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved the PerioLase laser treatment that is performed in a dental office. FDA clearance has been given for True Generation. LANAP is now LAR (Laser Assisted Regeneration). Showing LANAP protocol regenerates new ligament, cementum and alveolar bone in the surgical sites. The Nd: YAG laser uses light energy directed through a tiny, glass fiber, it removes diseased tissue and aids in the reduction of bacteria associated with periodontal disease. When the infected area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal its self. Laser periodontal therapy kills bacteria in the mouth, minimizes discomfort, eliminates bleeding, controls swelling, requires a shorter time in the chair, is less invasive and patients perceive the healing time as faster than conventional scalpel surgery. The laser allows for no scalpels, no sutures, no bone grafts, no artificial membranes and no post-surgical packing materials. The laser's use in periodontal treatment allows for comparable end results to more traditional and conventional therapies. Successful results in dentistry are possible using different methods. Laser periodontal surgery is just one of these.
Laser use in dentistry and medicine will continue to increase as doctors strive to provide better patient care. Patients will be able to take advantage of this more friendly treatment procedure from this exciting developing laser technology.
By Jeffrey P. Cranska, DDS