LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This treatment is used to treat gum disease, eliminating bacteria and infected tissue from the gums and encouraging the formation of new, healthy gum tissue.
LAPIP stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol. This is a very similar treatment. However, instead of being used to treat the gums around natural teeth, it’s used to treat infected gum tissue near dental implants. This condition is known as “peri-implantitis,” and is one of the most common causes of premature implant failure.
Proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent gum infections around both natural teeth and dental implants. Always prioritize proper brushing and flossing to avoid infections!
At your first consultation, one of the dentists at Woburn Dental Associates will assess your oral health and determine if LANAP or LAPIP is right for restoring your gum health. If you’re approved, you’ll schedule your next appointment right away.
LANAP and LAPIP use advanced laser technology. Your dentist will use specialized laser dental tools to destroy bacteria in your gums, eliminate infected tissue, and reshape your gums around your tooth or your dental implant. This encourages your gums to heal and bond to your tooth properly.
Unlike traditional periodontal procedures, healing from LANAP/LAPIP is quite fast. The lasers used in treatment seal your nerve endings and blood vessels, causing less discomfort and bleeding. Most patients recover within 24-48 hours. In contrast, traditional surgery with a scalpel may require a recovery period of up to 2-4 weeks.
You will typically need to schedule one or more follow-up appointments at Woburn Dental Associates to make sure that your periodontal disease or peri-implantitis is under control, and that your mouth is healing properly.
No. LANAP/LAPIP treatment is much more comfortable and less invasive than treatments using traditional dental tools like scalpels, and the process is completely pain-free. In addition, your mouth is usually numbed for your procedure using a special type of gel and numbing needles, which ensures you will feel absolutely no pain or discomfort. Usually, no other form of sedation is needed.
LANAP/LAPIP is pain-free because it uses powerful lasers to remove tissue and kill bacteria. Upon contacting your gum tissue, the lasers quickly seal up nerve endings and blood vessels, so you don’t feel much discomfort, and there is minimal bleeding. In addition to this, stitches are usually not required after treatment, which further enhances your comfort.
Most patients can recover from LANAP or LAPIP and get back to their day-to-day routine within 24-48 hours of the procedure. Immediately after your procedure, it’s a good idea to go home and rest. You will need to avoid brushing your surgical site for about 2 weeks, but you can continue to brush the rest of your mouth.
You also will need to eat a special diet of mostly soft and liquid foods for a few days to ensure proper healing. After your surgery, your dentist at Woburn Dental Associates will provide you with more information about how to care for your mouth after LANAP or LAPIP treatment.
Perio maintenance appointments occur every 3 months to keep bacteria at bay.
If you are interested in dentures as an option to replace your missing teeth, the first step is to get a consultation from your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your mouth and determine the state of your oral health, the health of your jaw and gums, and whether dentures are right for you. They can also help guide you on alternative treatments if there’s a better option available to you.
Your dentist will create an impression of your teeth and gums, then send it to a laboratory to construct an acrylic model of your teeth. Once the dentures are made and received, your dentist will place them in your mouth and make adjustments so they fit properly and comfortably.
Dentures have an average lifespan of seven to 10 years. Since your mouth is constantly changing, your dentures will need adjustments from time to time to ensure they fit properly. We encourage annual checkups for your dentures to ensure they are in optimal condition.
Adjusting to dentures is different for everyone. Some may notice a slight discomfort when getting used to their new set, which is perfectly normal. Your dentist will ensure that your new dentures are well-fitted to your gums to avoid any potential slipping. Caring for your dentures will help prevent damage like bending or cracking — both which can cause unwanted discomfort.
With cutting-edge technology and high-resolution images, your dentist will create a set of custom-crafted dentures that are designed to look as close to your natural smile as possible. All dentures are molded exactly to your jaw and gum line to ensure a comfortable, confident fit.
Most dental insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of dentures, but this all depends on your insurance coverage. Contact your dental insurance provider to better understand your coverage and benefits.
Not only can dentures restore your smile, they can make your appearance more youthful as well.