Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a minimally invasive alternative to conventional periodontal surgery in the management of moderate to advanced gum disease. It offers a number of advantages from the patient's perspective. In most cases, there is little (if any) associated swelling or discomfort, and almost no increase in gum recession or tooth sensitivity. Most patients can resume normal physical activities almost immediately after the procedure.
LANAP is accomplished by using an nd yag laser to first selectively remove diseased tissue in the lining of the periodontal pockets and kill most of the bacteria that harbor there. Then, by using a special cleaning tool, debris and tartar (calculus) are removed from the teeth surfaces. Finally, the laser is used to create a protective seal around the teeth to promote a healing environment which enables the body to regenerate periodontal tissues damaged by disease.
Dr. FitzPatrick was trained on the nd yag laser and certified in LANAP at the Milleniuim Dental Technologies training center, University of Colorado School of Dentistry, under Dr. Ray Yukna, (Post Doctoral Chairman of Periodontics). Dr. FitzPatrick is Board Certified by the American Board of Periodontology.
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