I recently attended a dental lecture presented by Dr. Ed Brant, the Saint James periodontist with whom I often work with when a dental patient requires periodontal treatment or dental implant placement. His website is http://www.longislandreconstructiveperiodontics.com/. The lecture was about the PerioLase for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), which Dr. Brant has recently incorporated into his periodontal practice.
The PerioLase from Millennium Dental Technologies is a specialized Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser which performs soft tissue procedures to treat some kinds of periodontal disease (http://www.lanap.com//). The Periolase is an exciting laser modality. It is minimally invasive, doesn’t require surgery, produce discomfort or a period of healing. The laser is bacteriocidal and removes the diseased sulcular lining around the tooth. The protocol includes antibiotic treatment, occlusal adjustment, a night guard and periodic professional cleanings at regular intervals. The results are impressive. I look forward to referring patients to the periodontist for laser periodontal therapy when appropriate.