LANAP: Transforming Periodontal Treatment at Smile Design, Durham, NC

How does LANAP compare to traditional gum surgery in terms of effectiveness?

Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) represents a significant advancement in the treatment of periodontal disease. Unlike traditional gum surgery that may require cutting and suturing, LANAP uses the PerioLase-MVP 7 Nd-Yag laser to precisely target and eliminate bacteria causing gum disease, without harming healthy tissue. This results in less Post-Operative discomfort and faster healing times. Dr. Erfan Imeni at Smile Design in Durham, NC; emphasizes that LANAP is not only as effective as traditional gum surgery but also offers the added benefit of preserving more of your natural gum tissue, enhancing long-term dental health.

Is LANAP a painful procedure? What type of anesthesia is used during the treatment?

LANAP is typically less painful than traditional gum surgery due to its minimally invasive nature. While every patient's comfort threshold varies, local anesthesia is often sufficient to ensure a pain-free experience during the procedure. The team at Smile Design prioritizes your comfort throughout your treatment journey, from the moment you step into our Durham office, until the time you leave, and beyond.

How long does the LANAP procedure typically take to complete?

The LANAP procedure can be completed in just one or two visits to our Smile Design office, with each visit lasting approximately 2-3 hours. This time frame can vary based on individual patient needs and the extent of the periodontal disease being treated. Rest assured, Dr. Imeni and his team will provide a detailed treatment plan tailored to your specific circumstances.

Are there any restrictions or precautions patients need to follow after undergoing LANAP?

Following LANAP treatment, patients are usually able to return to their daily routines immediately. However, as with any dental procedure, patients may experience slight gum sensitivity and are advised to consume a soft diet for a few days post-treatment. You'll be provided with comprehensive aftercare instructions by the Smile Design team to ensure a smooth recovery process.

Will LANAP provide a permanent solution for my periodontal condition?

LANAP offers excellent outcomes in managing periodontal disease, but it isn't a permanent cure. Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management. Regular follow-up visits, good oral hygiene practices, and adopting a healthy lifestyle are essential to maintaining the benefits of LANAP treatment over time.

Can LANAP be used to treat all stages of periodontal disease?

Yes, LANAP can be effectively used to treat all stages of periodontal disease, from early gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. This advanced laser therapy can remove harmful bacteria and promote gum tissue regeneration, regardless of the severity of your condition.

Is LANAP suitable for patients with certain medical conditions or those taking specific medications?

Most patients, including those with certain medical conditions or taking specific medications, can safely undergo LANAP. However, it's crucial to discuss your full medical history and current medications with Dr. Imeni during your consultation to ensure optimal treatment outcomes and safety.

Are there any dietary or lifestyle changes I need to make after having LANAP?

After undergoing LANAP, maintaining good oral hygiene and a healthy diet can aid in recovery and ongoing gum health. Reducing consumption of sugary foods and drinks, not smoking, and avoiding excessive alcohol can help in preserving your gum health post-procedure.

Will LANAP affect the appearance of my gums or teeth?

One of the benefits of LANAP is its ability to help regenerate lost gum tissue, potentially improving the appearance of receding gums. Many patients report that their teeth and gums look healthier and more natural post-LANAP, contributing to enhanced confidence and smiles.

What is the long-term success rate of LANAP in preventing gum disease recurrence?

Studies have shown that LANAP has a high long-term success rate in managing periodontal disease and preventing its recurrence. However, the key to lasting success is regular follow-up care, maintaining good oral hygiene, and making healthy lifestyle choices. Trust in the expertise of Dr. Imeni and his Smile Design team to guide you on your path to sustained oral health.