Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Surgery – An Overview
A laser-assisted new attachment procedure, or LANAP for short, is a form of surgical treatment for periodontitis. This method works through regeneration, as opposed to the traditional resection surgeries required.
The LANAP surgery device uses a variable free-running pulsed neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG at 1064 nm wavelength) dental laser to treat the periodontal pocket in the gum line. This laser helps to target selective areas with diseased gums or infected pocket epithelium from the underlying soft connective tissues.
The Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) surgery uses a narrow and low intensity beam of Nd:YAG laser to perform the required procedure. This device consists of:
- An electric source
- Mirrors to help direct the laser beam
- A crystal a gas/set of semiconductors
- Fiber optics
- Light material
The LANAP involves neodymium (Nd) atoms suspended in an yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) crystal. When an electric current passes through the neodymium it emits a burst of infrared light which is manipulated to pass through a fine fiber optic cable and targeted on the required region.
The wavelength of the laser vaporizes the pigmented bacteria which are known to be the cause of periodontitis.
The LANAP device works by transforming the laser light energy into heat energy within the targeted bacteria or the diseased cells of the underlying soft tissue that is being treated. The pulsing laser beam is highly-precise and there are very less chances of collateral damage to the surrounding tissues from it.
This procedure is useful as it is better able to remove the sub-gingival diseased connective tissue and pocket lining as well as to kill the bacteria. Owing to its precise nature, the LANAP procedure is used to destroy the diseased lining cells of the periodontal pockets with the laser. Once this is accomplished the surgeon will thoroughly clean the root surfaces of the teeth using either handheld instruments or with an ultrasonic scalers device.
Once the root surfaces are cleaned the living cells in the supporting bone are manipulated to release growth hormones.
The LANAP procedure is an ideal form of periodontal gum treatment method which is minimally invasive in nature and can also result in less loss of tissue as well as less bleeding, pain or discomfort along with no gum recession (shrinking of tissue) after the treatment.
Advantages of LANAP Procedure
There are several distinct advantages that a LANAP surgery has over the traditional periodontitis surgery, such as:
- Significantly less pain (if any) and rarely requires painkillers after the procedure
- Less pocket depth than compared to traditional surgery which means more healthier surrounding tissue
- Recovery time is remarkably less
- Bone generation and cell attachment results are more faster to onset
Recovery after LANAP Procedure
The recovery time after a LANAP procedure is quite short as the laser is efficient is sealing blood vessels, nerve endings and the lymphatic. The tissue regeneration takes normal period of time and heals naturally.
Connect with Travcure for LANAP Surgery in India
India is home to the largest network of multi-specialty hospitals and tertiary care healthcare facilities that are spread across all its major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, etc. These are highly-equipped and modern medical facilities that offer the most modern and advanced effective treatment for a wide range of medical and dental diseases and disorders. Travcure offers the best and most affordable LANAP surgery in India at the hands of the country’s most experienced and extensively-trained dental healthcare professionals and specialists.