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In addition to traditional methods of gum disease treatment, like scaling and root planing, Dr. Canatella and Dr. Neumeyer also offer a state-of-the-art, FDA-approved procedure called LANAP. Instead of a scalpel and sutures, LANAP uses a soft tissue laser to remove diseased tissue — which makes for a procedure that is less invasive, more comfortable, and with faster healing times. LAPIP is a related procedure that we use to treat inflammation of the gum tissue and bone that support a dental implant. Keep reading to learn more about LAPIP and LANAP in New Orleans from the team at Canatella Dental.


While it has long been true that you cannot regenerate lost periodontal tissue, LANAP makes it possible. This is a type of laser-assisted tissue regeneration that can help patients who struggle with chronic gum disease regain their healthy, attractive smiles.

If LANAP is the best option for you, Dr. Canatella will carry out the procedure in a series of steps. They include:

  • Local anesthesia is administered to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure
  • Pocket depths are measured and recorded for future reference to monitor healing
  • A first pass of the laser removes targeted areas of bacteria and infected tissue
  • Root surfaces are smoothed and cleaned with ultrasonic instruments
  • Another pass of the laser disinfects the pocket further
  • Loose tissues are compressed against the tooth to create a seal and promote healing
  • The recovery process begins! Attachment will take place over the course of 12 months

LANAP is revolutionary because it eliminates the need for the scalpel and sutures — and, thanks to regeneration, patients experience much faster recovery times compared to traditional procedures.



LANAP is a good option for many patients who are dealing with chronic gum disease, but the only way to know for sure is to contact our office to schedule an appointment with your dentist. We will carefully evaluate your oral health and choose the very best option to treat your periodontal disease.


With a success rate of over 95%, the vast majority of dental implants never cause problems — but the condition known as “peri-implantitis” can take away from the foundation the implant posts need to stay stable. Peri-implantitis is essentially gum disease, but that which is limited to the area around a dental implant. It is caused primarily by poor oral hygiene and can eventually result in the failure of dental implants.

Fortunately, the same technology used for LANAP also works to treat dental implant inflammation. The procedure is called LAPIP and it can rescue dental implants that are on the verge of failure due to peri-implantitis. Your dentist will use the same soft tissue laser to target the diseased tissue and promote health and healing — without the need for stitches or sutures.


Please don’t hesitate to contact our office to learn more about your options for periodontal therapy in New Orleans. LANAP or LAPIP may be excellent treatments for your smile — but the only way to find out for sure is to come in for an appointment. Contact us today!