LANAP Procedure for Gums (LANAP) in Pasadena
A diagnosis of advanced periodontitis, or gum disease, can leave you with a lot of questions. Learning your dental health is in jeopardy can make you feel nervous or self-conscious about the future.
Previously, the only way to treat gum disease was with major surgery. However, thanks to incredible advancements in the field, minimally invasive procedures are now available to treat advanced periodontitis with little discomfort or downtime.
LANAP surgery is an effective treatment for gum disease that our doctors can perform over a couple of two-hour sessions. Using a laser to target the diseased areas, your periodontist can perform this safe and non-invasive procedure with almost no interruption to your daily routine.
What is LANAP Surgery?
Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is an FDA-approved procedure for treating moderate to severe gum disease. Instead of a scalpel, as in traditional periodontal surgery, it uses a precisely focused laser to remove the diseased gum tissue without affecting the healthy tissue.
The laser not only destroys bad bacteria, but it also stimulates the body’s natural regenerative potential, usually eliminating the need for gum grafting around the teeth.
At Pasadena Periodontics, we specialize in cutting-edge solutions to gum disease, including LANAP surgery. This procedure is non-invasive and much quicker than traditional gum surgery. It also comes with many other benefits, such as a short recovery time and minimal discomfort.
Two of our expert periodontists are certified to perform LANAP gum surgery. Dr. Joel Henriod and Dr. Tyler Hendry are both highly trained and experienced in using LANAP to effectively defeat gum disease. As periodontists, they have many years of specialist training in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the gums.
LANAP surgery can be a wonderful option for many people suffering from gum disease, but you’ll want to make sure you understand it fully before getting started. When you schedule your procedure with our office, we’ll take the time to walk you through all the steps and answer any questions you may have.
Benefits of The LANAP Procedure
LANAP surgery has many benefits, but it’s important to do your own research and speak with a doctor to determine whether it’s right for you. Prior to your treatment appointment, your periodontist will evaluate your unique situation and answer any questions you may have.
One of the biggest benefits of LANAP surgery is that it’s less invasive than traditional gum surgery, leading to many other benefits. The LANAP procedure causes much less discomfort than standard surgery, both during and after the procedure, as well as faster healing and predictable results.
Typically, you will be free from discomfort 24 hours after your LANAP procedure. This time can vary, but it’s much shorter than the two- to four-week recovery period you can expect from traditional gum surgery.
Additionally, because LANAP is a non-invasive procedure, your periodontist can perform it much quicker than traditional gum surgery. It takes two 2-hour visits and two follow-up visits, while traditional surgery with the scalpel requires four sessions of about an hour apiece, plus several visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
You also won’t experience a major disruption from your routine with LANAP gum surgery. There’s less than a 24 hour-recovery period with LANAP (rather than weeks with traditional surgery), and most people feel good enough to resume normal activities right after the procedure.
Finally, due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, there is maximum preservation of the original gum tissue. LANAP is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, hemophilia. It’s also safe for anyone taking medications, including blood thinners or aspirin. LANAP provides long-lasting results. A study showed that after five years, 98% of LANAP-treated patients remained stable.
How Much is LANAP Surgery?
It’s normal to be concerned about the cost of your dental procedure. However, LANAP is more affordable than you might think. It costs about the same as traditional gum surgery, but it’s far less invasive and has a much shorter recovery time.
The cost of your LANAP procedure will depend on the condition of your teeth and gums. In the end, you’ll pay between roughly $1,000-$2650 for the entire procedure. However, many insurance carriers cover this procedure, so it’s important to reach out to yours to get the most accurate quote on your LANAP surgery.
Meet Our LANAP Periodontists
Scheduling your LANAP surgery with Pasadena Periodontics means expert treatment. Working with either Dr. Joel Henriod or Dr. Tyler Hendry, you will receive innovative care to treat your gum disease quickly so you can get back to enjoying your daily routine.
Dr. Joel Henroid graduated from the renowned UCLA School of Dentistry, and he is a diplomate of the prestigious American Board of Periodontology. Along with being a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Henroid is certified in LANAP (Laser Periodontal Surgery). He is also trained in the Pinhole Surgical Technique, which is a non-invasive way to treat receding gums, and certified in IV and oral sedation.
Dr. Henroid is known as one of the top periodontists in the Pasadena area, and he frequently teaches other periodontists and dentists about minimally invasive gum grafting, implant surgery, and bone grafting techniques.
Working with Dr. Hendry also means exceptional care. He graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Dentistry and provides advanced periodontal procedures in the most pain-free and minimally invasive ways possible.
Dr. Hendry is certified in LANAP (Laser Periodontal Surgery), oral and IV sedation, and Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and affiliated with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA).
Schedule Your Gum Surgery
Scheduling your LANAP gum surgery with our team at Pasadena Periodontics is simple and easy, and we will make sure you’re informed every step of the way. To begin with, we will perform an initial inspection of your mouth and take X-rays to determine the severity of your gum disease.
Digital X-rays with our 3D cone beam scanner provide detailed information for our doctors, which they use to plan your treatment on advanced computer software.
Dr. Henriod or Dr. Hendry will perform an oral exam to see if you’re a candidate for LANAP. You’ll get an opportunity to discuss concerns, have treatment options explained, and get any questions answered.
If needed, we will take digital X-rays of your mouth to make a more precise diagnosis and to discover the extent of the gum disease. For a closer look, or if they suspect other issues in the mouth or jaw, we will take 3D X-rays using our cone beam CT scanner.
We will also take the time to explain the procedure thoroughly ahead of time, so there are no surprises on the day of treatment. Your comfort is our top priority, so we are always happy to answer questions and will keep you informed at all times.
We will schedule both of your LANAP procedure appointments as well as two follow-up appointments at once to lay out the full treatment plan. During your follow-up appointments, your doctor will inspect your progress and ensure a successful recovery.
Once we’ve completed your oral exam and reviewed your X-rays, we will schedule your LANAP appointments. Your periodontist will complete your procedure in around two hours, prioritizing your comfort along the way.
When you return for your first LANAP Procedure treatment, you’ll get a local anesthetic to eliminate any discomfort. LANAP Procedure is much less traumatic than conventional surgery, but if desired, sedation can be used for a comfortable appointment. Both of our LANAP periodontists are certified in oral and IV sedation if necessary.
We use a soft-tissue laser with a fiber about the thickness of three hairs. This is inserted between your teeth and gums to eliminate bacteria and diseased gum tissue. Healthy gum tissue is not harmed in the process. Once this is done, we use an ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments to remove tartar from the root surfaces. Lastly, we use the laser to clean the gum pocket and assist in sealing the pocket so new germs cannot enter. The gum heals, re-attaching to the clean surface of the tooth root.
The procedure is quick. It takes just two 2-hour sessions, or you have the option to have it all done in one treatment. Most people return to work the next day.
From start to finish, the LANAP procedure contains several steps. On treatment day, you can expect your LANAP periodontist to:
- Probe all gums to determine the treatment needed for each tooth
- Eliminate the infection-causing bacteria with the LANAP laser
- Use ultrasonic scalers, among other instruments, to eliminate disease-causing tartar
- Connect gum tissue back onto the root with the LANAP laser
- Perform an occlusal adjustment to grind down part of tooth surfaces and prevent new tartar
With the LANAP procedure, your periodontist will remove all harmful tartar and bacteria, as is done in traditional gum surgery. However, there are no scalpels involved or painful recovery periods. There are also no sutures, so you don’t need to worry about reopening any wounds as you recover.
Our LANAP periodontists can perform this procedure over two 2-hour sessions, so you don’t have to worry about a major disruption to your schedule. Typically, the recovery time after the LANAP procedure is 24 hours with only mild discomfort. This is a huge perk when compared with the two- to four-week recovery period you expect from traditional gum surgery.
Take Charge of Your Gum Health
If you’re interested in LANAP surgery or other innovative solutions to gum disease, don’t waste time searching for a “LANAP periodontist near me.” Rely on the experts at Pasadena Periodontics. To make an appointment, call 626.539.2557 or click here to request an appointment online.
“I’ve never felt rushed at any of my appointments with Dr. Henriod and I can tell he treats his patients with so much care and respect. During the procedure, he was very gentle and took the time to ask if I was doing okay.”
To make an appointment, call 626.796.5386 or click here to request an appointment online.