The LANAP protocol is a less invasive approach to periodontal pocket reduction, yet proves to have the same outcome (or better in many cases) as traditional periodontal surgery.
There is a protective seal around our teeth which keeps out food and bad bacteria. When that seal is broken debris, calculus, food, and bacteria sneak below the gum line. When not removed, items below the gum line can cause irritation of the gum tissue and can attach to the root of the tooth creating a “periodontal pocket”. If left untreated, these pockets can lead to infection, bone loss, and eventual loss of the tooth.
The good news is that periodontal pocket reduction is possible in many cases. When the problem is addressed early, treated correctly, and followed up with routine care, many patients are thrilled with their post-periodontal treatment results. Dr. Moulton takes periodontal disease very seriously. You won’t have to look very hard to find a magazine, newspaper, or internet article linking periodontal disease to overall physical wellness. This is why Dr. Moulton takes the time to do a thorough medical and dental history review during all Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluations, and he dedicates time to get to know each patient personally in order to ensure that he meets their physical, emotional, and overall health needs through their periodontal treatment.
In 2008, Dr. Moulton became the first dentist in Idaho certified to provide the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) by use of the Periolase Laser. The LANAP protocol is a less invasive approach to periodontal pocket reduction, yet proves to have the same outcome (or better in many cases) as traditional periodontal surgery. While it is not always the best treatment protocol for every patient, ask Dr. Moulton if he would recommend it for you!
There are often areas of periodontal pocketing where bone loss is also present. Laser or traditional pocket reduction treatment alone may not be enough to address the severity of your condition. These periodontal defects often need to be “regenerated” or built back up using a growth factor, a bone graft material, or both. Dr. Moulton can explain your individual periodontal needs and the types of product he recommends for you once he has completed a thorough exam, presented his findings, and has recommended the best course of treatment to bring you back to full health.
Laser accessing the pocket
Selectively removes diseased tissue, leaving important connective fibers in place
Ultrasonic scaler removes root surface deposits
Laser finishes debriding the pocket
The tissue is compressed against the root surface and a stable fibrin clot forms
The bite is adjusted where needed to balance the forces on the teeth