LANAP® Laser Periodontal Procedures

Over 50% of American adults have gum disease – an infection below the gum line. Gum disease is linked to several health problems – from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pre-term babies – but only a small percentage of these adults get the treatment they need. Traditional gum disease treatment options involve cutting the gum tissue or extracting the teeth.

Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself,” Dr. Turner utilizes the PerioLase™ for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP® ).  The LANAP® protocol is a patented periodontal treatment, cleared by the FDA in 2004. The procedure can only be done with the PerioLase® MVP-7; this laser operates at a specific wavelength that attacks the bacteria that contributes to gum disease while leaving healthy tissue intact. Post-surgical recession and tooth sensitivity, which can be significant following traditional gum surgery, are also greatly reduced.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Turner, call our office in North Andover, MA at North Andover Office Phone Number 978-975-1233 or North Andover, MA at .

The laser therapy works by targeting only diseased gum tissue, which it discerns by the color. Diseased gums are darker than healthy gums. The laser is then used to agitate the healthy tissue, encouraging it to reattach to the tooth. Because of the regrowth of this tissue, there is also a much lower chance of gum disease returning than with traditional surgery.

LANAP® Treatment Process

Process of LANAP periodontal surgery
  1. Perio probe indicates any excessive pocket depth
  2. Laser radiation vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and alerts the practitioner to the presence of tartar
  3. Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove deposits
  4. Bone is modified at the time of surgery
  5. Laser is used to form a gel-clot containing stem cells from bone and the ligament that surrounds the tooth
  6. The bite is adjusted
  7. New attachment is regenerated

Benefits of LANAP®

  1. Faster healing – LANAP® is minimally invasive and allows the body to recover and heal more quickly.
  2. Less discomfort – Patients report less discomfort during and after surgery.
  3. Minimal recovery time – Most patients can immediately return to their daily routine.
  4. Little to no gum recession – Because the procedure doesn’t require cutting the gums, there is less risk of recession and your beautiful smile is maintained.
  5. Reduction in gum inflammation and bleeding – The PerioLase® MVP-7™ targets inflammatory bacteria without injuring healthy tissue.
  6. Saves teeth – Patients can keep their natural teeth sometimes even when the teeth have been deemed ‘hopeless’ with traditional treatments. Keeping your natural teeth has been linked to a longer lifespan!
  7. Safe for patients with health concerns – LANAP® protocol is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.

Because of the gentle nature of the procedure, patients typically see immediate results with less bleeding when brushing and less bad breath. Of course, your gums need time to recover and heal, but after LANAP® treatment, you can drive your car, go back to work, or do anything else you like.

The Practice of Dr. Ian Turner

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

My teeth were SHIFTING! I had root canals in the front, elongated teeth on the bottom and noticed bleeding when flossing and brushing. I put the dentist off for A LONG TIME. I thought that just because my teeth were white and straight that my mouth was healthy. I was very wrong. I never had pain and honestly never saw that my gums appeared red. It wasn’t until I took a picture of my teeth and compared to previous pictures. They were shifting at a rapid rate, over the course of just 4 months. That was it! … I researched my symptoms and realized I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY TEETH IF I WAITED! I found Dr. Ian M. Turner was the ONLY one in the area who did the LANAP laser surgery. PHEW! A less invasive option, which minimized my fear! When I called the office for my first visit, Victoria accommodated my every need. She even called me back to get me in sooner, knowing my urgent request! Andrea made me feel right at home! She took my X-rays with ease and made me feel so comfortable! Dr. Ian Turner reassured me I was going to be okay! He is a master at what he does, very intelligent, but MOST OF ALL… he is caring! He goes out of his way to check on his patients! The entire crew is spectacular, top notch 5 star customer service full of compassion for their patients! The entire facility is extremely clean - not an ounce of dust! My FULL trust goes into their hands! Dr. Ian Turner SAVED MY SMILE… Special thanks to him and the team for all they do!

- Laura R

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The entire staff and Dr. Turner made my dental experience exceptional and took care of all of my needs.

- Debra L

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr.Turner is a brilliant and highly skilled Periodontist. He and his staff are extremely attentive, patient and willing to answer questions and explain procedure details and protocol. Thank you.

- Sandra B

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

Dr. Turner is so nice. And, the staffs are nice, too.

- Angela S

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