way gum disease is treated is changing in dentistry. Thanks to lasers, we now have something that can
significantly improve the patients chances of saving their teeth. There are many reasons why the laser is
helping. It kills bacteria (including the ones that cause gum disease), it promotes healing and is a
less invasive procedure. We have success with the Periolase laser and LANAP, the name of the procedure
specific to this laser.
Here is an animated video on LANAP:
Here is a graphic of the basics of
- The probe indicates excessive pocket
- Laser light kills bacteria and diseased
- Ultrasonic scaler uses sound waves to break up and
loosen tartar and special hand instruments are used to smooth root surfaces.
- Laser finishes debriding pocket and establishes
- The tissue is compressed against the root surface
and a stable fibrin clot forms along the gum line.
- The bite is adjusted and equilibrated to prevent
excessive (traumatic) chewing forces from interfering with healing.
- Healing with new attachment of the gums to the
If you have gum disease issues, we will do a *free* consultation to see if the Periolase and
LANAP are right for you. Click here to request an
One common question is what will I
experience after LANAP?
Click here to read an informational article
Here is historical information on the Laser
When the first working laser was introduced to the world, one observer said “The laser is a
solution looking for a problem.” The laser is easily one of the
greatest scientific inventions of the twentieth century. Forty years
later, lasers are everywhere, from the supermarket to the DVD player (and the laser pointer we use to entertain
The first laser
for dentistry was introduced in 1990. In 1998 two California dentists reported the first uniquely laser-dependent dental procedure. Dr
Robert Gregg and Dr. Del McCarthy, after extensive research, used a laser for treating gum disease and were
able to consistently cause growth of new periodontal tissues (the tissue that holds the tooth in the mouth.) The
laser they developed is called a Periolase. It is tuned to a specific wavelength, pulse width and power to
maximize its effect on the treatment of gum disease. It has been submitted to the FDA and
received approval for the treatment of gum disease. The specific treatment protocol, LANAP, was then submitted
to the FDA and was approved. Both the Periolase and LANAP are patented. Dr. Gregg and Dr. McCarthy then set
out to introduce the Periolase to the dental community.
They formed the IALD, the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, as a training organization. Instead of just advertising in journals and sending them
to any dentist that ordered one, they set up a training facility in California . After deciding to buy a Periolase, the dentist is given a date to
attend training, and at the end of that training session, given a test. After passing the test, their
Periolase is then built and shipped to them. There are then two additional required training
This approach is unique in the dental world and has contributed greatly to the results we
see. For more information on gum disease, and other dental topics of interest, check out our Oral
health section: Click here to go to the Oral
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