What is LANAP?

LANAP is the acronym for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, developed by Drs. Gregg II and McCarthy during the 1990's in Cerritos, California, specifically for treating patients with periodontal disease. The procedure is an improvement on the Excisional

New Attachment Procedure (ENAP). LANAP is performed using only The PerioLase MVP-7 variable pulsed Neodymium:Yttrium-Aluminium-Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser, manufactured by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. instead of a scalpel to selectively remove necrotic tissue from the periodontal sulcus pockets where gum disease is present.

Drs Gregg II and McCarthy used The PerioLase MVP-7 laser with LANAP to demonstrate how new tissue attachments are stimulated and how bone growth is regenerated in patients suffering from gum diseases. The technology provides a regenerative replacement to gum surgery / scalpel or suture flap surgery (resection). LANAP selectively removes diseased tissue from infected pockets, eliminates more bacteria that cause disease than the continuous wave or 810 gated pulsed diode lasers, and speeds recovery by assisting clot formation to seal the wound within the pockets.

The PerioLase MVP-7 laser with LANAP is the first dental laser platform with a procedure-driven menu using digital technology for gum disease treatment. The platform consists of a tilting touch screen, a printer, a built-in power meter, diode, energy counter, seven operator selectable duration digital pulse, and a six Watt free running digital pulsed Nd:YAG laser. LANAP is used in periodontal therapy for scaling, root planing, connective tissue attachments, bone regeneration, and to eliminate gum and root surface infection and inflammation. The procedure minimises risks associated with conventional gum surgery, such as teeth sensitivity and gum recession.