periolase lanapPerioLase® (LANAP)

Safe and effective gum tissue restoration

From the simplest of procedures to the most complex, Triangle Periodontics is dedicated to your comfort. Our goal is to offer a wide array of gentle treatments that promote healthy teeth and gums in a way that feels good for you, our patient.

What is PerioLase LANAP?

PerioLase® Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is the latest technology used by Raleigh periodontist Dr. Otis Washington, as safe and effective gum tissue restoration and periodontal tissue therapy. In 2004, PerioLase received FDA approval, becoming the only approved dental laser on the market.

Differing significantly from traditional periodontal surgery, PerioLase creates a sterile and stable environment where bone and tissue are able to grow back together. If you have periodontitis, you know that your gums (or connective tissue) pull away from the tooth, creating pockets. The pockets become deeper as the disease progresses, causing bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Traditional perio-therapy involves scraping out the inside of the pockets, trying to avoid bone loss since the infected bone will no longer grow back. Using PerioLase, your dentist is able to create an environment where your body can regenerate itself. Your gums will reattach to the tooth; in fact, it is proven that PerioLase is the only laser to have a 100% success rate in tissue reconstruction.

How does LANAP work to improve the health of my smile?

Before Dr. Washington begins your LANAP procedure, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, removing any tartar in an effort to make the tissue as healthy as possible. During your treatment, Dr. Washington uses the PerioLase laser to find any diseased tissue in the pockets created from periodontitis. The laser kills pathogens (the bacteria causing the disease) without harming the good cells.

What is recovery from LANAP treatment like?

Following your procedure, you will experience minimal swelling or bleeding, and more comfort than with traditional periodontitis surgery. Recovery time is also faster, getting you back to your daily activities sooner. LANAP provides a pleasant dental experience and better outcomes than any other conventional periodontal surgery. Our caring team of professionals will provide you with specific post-operative instructions on how to care for your mouth following your LANAP treatment. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

How do I know if LANAP is right for me?

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are most likely a candidate for LANAP. LANAP is also a safe alternative to conventional surgery for those who suffer from other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, or for those who might be pregnant. LANAP may be recommended if you have had periodontal treatment in the past and are experiencing symptoms again. Once you have had gum disease, it is common to have a relapse. Consider LANAP as a safe alternative to traditional periodontal surgery, and ask Dr. Washington if LANAP is the best option for you.

To learn more about LANAP or to schedule a consultation, contact Triangle Periodontics today by calling 919-782-9536.

Triangle Periodontics welcomes patients of Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina.