(Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
Kenneth Peavy is an experienced periodontist offering our patients cutting edge
technology for gum disease treatment in Winston-Salem, NC. He is able to
provide modern and effective treatment with the Laser Assisted New Attachment
Procedure (LANAP®). We have laid out the steps involved in the procedure for
those considering LANAP® to treat their moderate to advanced gum disease. We
are a caring and compassionate practice, dedicated to serving you with the best
and most informed experience.
The first step in LANAP® requires Dr. Peavy to measure the depths of your
periodontal pockets. He will do this using a small ruler, which tells him how
deep your pockets are and the extent of the loss of attachment between your
gums and teeth.
Laser removal of
Dr. Peavy will use the laser to remove diseased
tissue and bacteria that cause gum disease. He will use a pulsed laser light
that is not absorbed in water, healthy tissue, or bone. This serves an
important function by leaving healthy tissue and bone behind, making the gum
disease treatment minimally invasive and more comfortable for you.
Removal of calculus
Peavy removes the bacteria and diseased tissue, he will remove the calculus, or
tartar, from the root surfaces of your teeth. He will do this using ultrasonic
scaling instruments designed to remove the deposits underneath your gum line.
The laser does not remove the calculus, but will help to denature the deposits.
A clot is formed
laser makes a second appearance to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone at
the bottom of the periodontal pocket. The stimulation helps with healing, clotting, and regeneration. The blood will also become
sticky and the clot will enough to form a
seal around your teeth holding everything in place without sutures!
The success of the therapy depends on the patients close attention to
the instructions during the healing phase and maintenance period. Please see the section titled, “The Big
Picture” for more details.
Adjustment of the bite
The last stage
of the process requires Dr. Peavy to adjust your bite. He does this to make
sure that there is minimal trauma to any of your teeth, particularly those that
have bone loss.
Peavy and our staff are specially trained to administer this advanced
treatment. We are here to make you feel comfortable and confident in your care
and the results of your dental procedure.
not delay your treatment of gum disease. Call our office today to schedule an
appointment for your gum disease treatment in Winston-Salem, NC.