LANAP Frequently-Asked-Questions

Periodontal Associates of Lafayette, Scott A. Reef, DDS, MSD, Justin J. Villanueva, DMD, MSD, DHL and Brandi Herron, DDS

What is LANAP?

LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) or LAR (Laser Assisted Regeneration) protocol is the only laser periodontitis treatment protocol that is cleared by the U.S. FDA and is clinically and histologically proven to regenerate new gum tissue, ligament, and bone. For more information on the science that supports the LANAP protocol, visit:

Why is it important to get my gum disease treated?

The health risks of gum disease go far beyond the loss of teeth. There is a connection between gum disease and a number of serious medical conditions. People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, and have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Gum disease has been linked to other health problems, including respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimers, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.


Before/After Lanap FAQ Photo

Pre-op picture shows large defect in bone. One year later, the post op picture shows remarkable bone fill.


Who is a candidate for LANAP laser surgery?

Patients with moderate-severe gum disease can especially benefit from the LANAP protocol. The LANAP protocol is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients of taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. With the LANAP protocol, patients do not have to stop taking any medications.

What about patient discomfort and recovery versus conventional surgery?

Some of the primary benefits of LANAP laser surgery as compared to traditional cut-and-sew surgery are:

  • Less pain
  • Less post-op infections
  • Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
  • Healing is perceived to be faster and more comfortable
  • Less bleeding
  • Less sensitivity
  • Less gum loss
  • Less swelling
  • Very little downtime after treatment

What is the cost of the LANAP Treatment?

Your individual cost will depend upon a number of variables, and we will try to create a financial arrangement appropriate for you. Call us today!

Dealing With Gum Disease?

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