The LANAP Protocol in Sunnyvale, CA
Over half of American adults have gum disease, but only a small percentage get the help they need because they fear the cutting of gums and extracting of teeth that traditional methods require.
LANAP is a revolutionary, non-surgical alternative to traditional gum disease treatment options. The LANAP—Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure—protocol uses a dental laser rather than a scalpel to regenerate both soft tissue and bone.
Allowing gums to stay intact, encouraging stimulation and regeneration, reducing post-operative pain, and optimizing recovery time, LANAP has proven to be a game-changer. Dr. Huh and Dr. Othman are LANAP-certified and have completed in-depth LANAP surgical therapy training, ensuring the highest level of periodontal care.
How does LANAP work?
LANAP is a two-step procedure that involves removing tartar and sealing the gum pocket. First, Dr. Huh or Dr. Othman inserts a tiny laser fiber between the tooth and the gums to clear away infection and remove tartar and plaque. Next, they use the laser to form a blood clot that seals the pocket. Typically, we treat one half of the mouth at the first appointment and the other half at a second.
Does LANAP hurt?
Absolutely not. We administer local anesthesia to ensure our patients are comfortable, and due to the lack of incisions made, there is minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.
How long does LANAP take?
Depending on the severity of your case, this procedure may require multiple visits, but two appointments are most common. When we discuss your treatment plan with you, we will also review the treatment time.
What should I expect post-op?
Since laser therapy involves no incisions, recovery time is minimal. However, your gums may change color or slightly swell, bleed or feel sore for a few days. This is normal, and we recommend over the counter medications to control any discomfort.
Most patients drive themselves home after surgery. Dr. Huh and our staff will review with you all aftercare instructions following the procedure, including what to eat, how to clean, and what to expect as you heal.
Benefits of LANAP
The LANAP protocol has been widely used for many years because it requires minimal cutting and stitching of gums. An alternative to traditional methods, this treatment allows for:
- Less post-operative pain
- A quicker recovery because of faster healing
- Little to no gum damage/recession
- Natural regeneration and healing of gum tissues
- Reduction of gum inflammation and bleeding
- The saving of natural teeth that were deemed at-risk
- Safety of patients with health concerns
How much does LANAP cost?
Your individual cost will depend on several variables, but most insurance carriers cover periodontal disease treatments. We are happy to discuss your coverage plan and financial arrangement options with you.
Call our practice if you have any questions! Sunnyvale Office Phone Number 408-743-5055