LANAP® Laser Therapy

The laser alternative to gum surgery.

SouthPark Periodontics & Implant Dentistry now offers a new, less traumatic treatment for periodontal disease. LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) utilizes safe and proven laser technology to gently remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from gums.

With this new procedure, only the diseased tissue is removed and the height of the tissue around the tooth is maintained. LANAP controls periodontal disease and makes it possible to save and restore healthy teeth that may otherwise have to be extracted.

This removal of bacteria allows the body to heal naturally so the gum pockets improve and the teeth become more stable. But, with LANAP, there is less pain and since the gum tissue is not cut with a scalpel, there are no stitches, minimal bleeding, and a quicker, much easier recovery.

Diagram illustrating the LANAP process to removed diseased gum tissue
  1. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth
  2. Laser light removes bacteria and diseases tissue
  3. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface tarter
  4. Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed so new germs cannot enter
  5. Bite is adjusted
  6. New attachment and bone growth to clean root surface occurs. Healing occurs.
  7. Bone regeneration

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The only FDA approved laser-based treatment for bone regeneration.

LANAP is the only procedure that actually helps the bone supporting your teeth regenerate.

This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery.

Benefits of Traditional Osseous vs. LANAP Laser Therapy

  Traditional Osseous Surgery Laser LANAP
Predictability Very – Years of treatment success Depends more on patient healing
Extent of Surgery Localized Complete Mouth
Recession & Esthetics Longer Teeth/Space between teeth Less
Cold Sensitivity Yes Less
Bone Removal Yes No
Bone Regeneration Potential Limited Yes
Bite Adjustment Sometimes Always
Incisions and Sutures Yes Rarely
Local Anesthetic Yes Yes
Bleeding Yes Vastly Reduced
Pain/Recovery Traditional Reduced


Benefits to both procedures include reduction in bacterial amount and improvement to overall systemic health.