The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a comfortable, effective laser gum surgery procedure that New York City periodontist Dr. Scott Kissel uses to treat patients with periodontal disease. LANAP® laser gum surgery is well-tolerated and one session only takes about two hours. There is no need for heavy anesthetic or medication. There is no cutting or sutures, which allows patients to heal quickly and resume normal activity in 24 hours or less.
Basic Steps of the LANAP® Protocol
How LANAP® laser gum surgery with New York City Periodontist Dr. Kissel works:
1. Determining gum pocket depth is the first step in laser gum surgery. Dr. Kissel uses a dental probe to see how deep your gum pockets are and how much connective tissue and bone has detached from the roots of your teeth.
2. Eliminating the bacteria is the next step in laser gum surgery. Dr. Kissel aims gentle pulses of laser light into the gum pockets, which seek and destroy bacteria and diseased tissue. Laser gum surgery is very comfortable because it is precise. Only the diseased tissue and “bad bacteria” are targeted and destroyed.
3. Removing calculus (tarter) from the tooth’s root surfaces is the third step in laser gum surgery. First, Dr. Kissel uses the laser to break up the tarter deposits beneath the gum line. He then uses very small ultrasonic scalers to clear away the particles.
4. Making blood clots is the next step in laser gum surgery with Dr. Kissel. The laser is aimed inside the gum pockets to stir the soft tissue, roots and bone just enough for some blood to thicken into tiny clots. These clots serve as protective seals around the teeth and provide a safe environment for healing to take place.
5. Compressing the tissue is next. Dr. Kissel takes the soft tissue and gently presses it to the root surfaces of your teeth so that reattachment can occur. With laser gum surgery, stitches are not necessary.
6. Adjusting your bite is the final step of laser gum surgery with New York City periodontist Dr. Kissel. This ensures your teeth remain comfortable and stable after the procedure. This is particularly important for any teeth that have suffered bone loss.