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Volume 34 , Issue 1
January/February 2014

Pages 2127

A Prospective 9-Month Human Clinical Evaluation of Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) Therapy

Marc Nevins, DMD, MMSc/Soo-Woo Kim, DMD, DMSc, MS/Marcelo Camelo, DDS/Ignacio Sanz Martin, DDS, MSc/David Kim, DDS, DMSc/Myron Nevins, DDS

PMID: 24396837
DOI: 10.11607/prd.1848

This investigation was designed and implemented as a single-center, prospective study to evaluate the clinical response to the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). Eight patients with advanced periodontitis were enrolled and treated with full-mouth LANAP therapy and monitored for 9 months. Fullmouth clinical measurements, including clinical attachment level (CAL), probing depth (PD), and recession, were provided at baseline and after 9 months of healing by a single calibrated examiner, including a total of 930 sites and 444 sites with initial PD equal to or greater than 5 mm. Clinical results for the 930 sites measured pre- and postoperatively revealed that mean PD was reduced from 4.62 2.29 mm to 3.14 1.48 mm after 9 months (P < .05). CAL decreased from 5.58 2.76 mm to 4.66 2.10 mm (P < .05) and recession increased from 0.86 1.31 mm to 1.52 1.62 after 9 months (P < .05). For the subset of 444 sites with initial PD greater than or equal to 5 mm, the PD decreased from 6.50 2.07 mm to 3.92 1.54 mm (P < .05) and CAL decreased from 7.42 2.70 mm to 5.78 2.06 mm (P < .05). As demonstrated by the clinical evaluation, the majority of treated sites demonstrated clinical improvement. LANAP therapy should be further investigated with long-term clinical trials to compare the stability of clinical results with conventional therapy. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2014;34:2127. doi: 10.11607/prd.1848)

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