Delaware County LANAP®: The Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery

Dr. Robert A. Levine and Dr. Philip L. Fava are two of the few leading-edge periodontists in the region to offer patients in Delaware County, PA the LANAP® gum disease treatment procedure.

The PerioLase MVP-7 Laser is the only FDA approved laser to treat gum disease with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®).  This is a minimally invasive periodontal procedure like no other with a pulsing laser which is absorbed by infected and inflamed tissue.  The diseased tissue and bacteria which have a darker pigment than healthy tissue are “zapped” away by the laser, leaving behind only healthy gum tissue.  LANAP® then helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth.

According to a study in the December 2007 issue of the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry (of which Dr. Levine is a board member), this evidence based protocol provides consistent, reproducible, positive bone-building results to reverse gum disease.  The laser is also able to seal the gums with a blood clot which creates a physical barrier, blocking any bacteria or tissue that could recreate a gum pocket, eliminating the need for sutures.

Additional Benefits

The benefits of LANAP® include less pain, less gum recession, decreased bleeding, swelling and root sensitivity and less downtime after treatment. Controlling periodontal disease with LANAP® makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless teeth.

Laser treatment is also beneficial for patients who have medical problems requiring medications such as aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin.  Since LANAP® causes much less bleeding than traditional surgeries; patients do not have to discontinue using these drugs prior to surgery.

Patients with advanced periodontal disease who take bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, can avoid extractions that can lead to osteonecrosis of the jaw since teeth with a poor prognosis can now often be saved by treatment with the new laser. LANAP® is also safe for patients with HIV, hemophilia or diabetes.

Additionally, a modification of the LANAP® procedure can be used to treat infections around implants. This procedure, LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure), like LANAP®, targets removing the infection and helps to regrow bone.

LANAP® laser gum disease treatment is an easier, gentler way to get healthier gums. One session usually takes about two hours and requires only some local anesthetic. Plus, most patients are able to resume regular activity the very same day – without any pain medication.

To schedule your LANAP appointment, contact us today at 215-677-8686.


Delaware County, colloquially referred to as Delco, is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. With a 2010 census population of 558,979, it is the fifth most populous county in Pennsylvania, and the third most compact Learn more about Delaware County by visiting the official site, http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/.

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