Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) is therapy for the treatment of periodontal disease that has several advantages over traditional surgery! This FDA approved therapy is preformed without a scalpel and sutures and therefore has a much easier recovery. Most of our patients only need over the counter medicines like Advil and can return to their normal activities the same day. The procedure can be done using local anesthesia with or without sedation depending on the medical history and other factors. There is very little, if any, bleeding afterwards and gum tissue recession and sensitivity is minimal compared to traditional surgery.
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LANAP™ Post-Operative Instructions
Anti-microbial rinses and antibiotic medications may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications according to directions and continue taking until all meds are gone.
Reduce physical activity for several days following surgery. No exercise for 1 week.
Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery.
For the first 4 days following surgery, take 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 8 hours.
For the first 24 hour period immediately following surgery, stay on a liquid diet only. For the following 3-7 days after surgery, a soft diet is recommended. Try to eat soft but nutritious foods such as vegetable and fruit juices and smoothies, etc. Stay away from spicy and “chrunchy” foods. It is also important to maintain good fluid intake during this period.
Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least one week following surgery. One of the most important results of laser surgery are the blood clots that form following surgery. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots that form in and around the gums.
Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.
Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible in order to help the healing process. Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of your mouth except for the surgery area.
Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgery area.