Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) is a new therapy that allows for the effective treatment of periodontal disease with no removal of tissue.

LANAP™ is a gentle, conservative, non-invasive method of treating gum disease without cutting, suturing, or removing tissue. Using a precision laser, Dr. Yu is able to kill up to 99% of the disease causing bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Because there is no defense against the laser, the bacteria can not adapt and avoid elimination as with anti-biotic treatment.

There is no cutting or suturing as with traditional methods of treating periodontal disease. This provides a fast, virtually pain free procedure with that effectively treats periodontal disease. Additionally, the precision of the laser allows Dr. Yu to avoid removing significant tissue. This allows for a faster recovery and minimal loss of tooth and bone structure after the procedure.


The Consequences of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In its advanced stages the gums can become red and tender. They can also bleed when you brush your teeth. Many people also experience bad breath and an unpleasant taste.

Unchecked, periodontal disease becomes much more serious and deep pockets of bacteria develop. This bacteria eats away at the jawbone which supports your teeth. Periodontal bacteria also enter the blood stream and contribute to many other medical problems. Without treatment, the periodontal pockets deepen, resulting in tooth loss.

The purpose of periodontal treatment is to remove periodontal bacteria from the periodontal tissues and allow the area to heal. Until recently, bacterial removal entailed surgery,sutures and a much longer recovery period. Dr. Yu offers Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) as a patient-friendly and minimally-invasive alternative.


The Procedure

Because your resistance to disease is affected by many factors, we will begin your first visit with a review of your dental and medical histories. This is followed by a thorough periodontal examination of your mouth and discussion of findings and treatment options. Dr. Yu and staff will take special care to make sure that all your questions are answered concerning the treatment and go over any financial questions you may have.

On your treatment appointment, a small laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum and the bacterial infection is removed. You can expect to be prescribed an antibiotic along with pain medication, and most patients feel fine returning to work the very next day. Dr Yu and his staff will give you specific instructions on home care following your appointment and you will return to the office in 7-10 days for a post operative appointment.

If your general dentist has recommended that you have Laser Therapy please contact us and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you!


LAPIP Treatment Protocol Steps

The LAPIP protocol involves several key steps to address peri-implantitis:

  • A perioprobe detects excessive pocket depth
  • A laser vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue
  • Ultrasonic scaler tips clean surface accretions
  • Bone modification occurs during surgery
  • A laser then forms a stable fibrin blood clot, which contains stem cells from bone, creating a closed system at the gingival crest

Key Benefits of
the LAPIP Protocol

The LAPIP protocol is designed to be a patient-friendly and predictable solution for ailing implants, retaining the structural integrity of tissues, thus preserving future treatment options. It is particularly effective, as studies indicate high success rates of implant reintegration and stabilization following the procedure.
For more detailed information, you can visit the specific LAPIP page on their website.


Frequently Asked Questions

What types of dental implants are available?

Dental implants are typically made of titanium or ceramic, and Dr. Yu currently uses both in his practice. Both materials are a safe and proven effective replacement for the tooth root – the very foundation of a natural tooth. During your consultation Dr. Yu will discuss the best option for you and your specific replacement needs.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

The discomfort involved with receiving a dental implant is similar to that of having a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Though the life span of a dental implant will vary with each patient, many have lasted for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, dental implants should last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years. After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good health and oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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