Military Signs Deal for Dental Laser Training



Millennium Dental Technologies has singed multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts with the United States Army and Navy, as the post-graduate periodontal residency programs of both service branches are trained to use the PerioLase MVP-7 in the LANAP Protocol.

Select postdoctorate residents along with program directors and mentors will treat the periodontal disease of US service personnel. Program directors and mentors also will be selected for candidacy as certified instructors of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD).

According to Millennium, the LANAP Protocol is the only laser gum disease treatment to have rigorous, peer-reviewed, scientific evidence along with US Food and Drug Administration clearance for true regeneration.

The company also notes that true periodontal regeneration is the “gold standard” of healing following periodontitis treatments since it results in the functional rejuvenation of new bone, new functional ligaments, and new root coating (cementum) lost to the destructive processes of gum disease.

Furthermore, Millennium said, the LANAP Protocol is advantageous for the military as solders and sailors can return to duty significantly faster due to the minimally invasive nature of the fiber-optic, arthroscopic-type surgery. The laser-based protocol produces less bleeding, swelling, and pain, since lasers seal nerve endings, without any need to prescribe opioids for post-operative pain.

“As we learn more about the oral-systemic connection between gun disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, and other conditions, it is encouraging to have a patient-friendly, minimally invasive surgical approach to treat gum disease, one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, using the LANAP Protocol,” said Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, CEO of IALD and training director.

“We’re proud to support our Armed Forces with the true regenerative treatment option offered by over 33% of active US members of the American Academy of Periodontology and dental schools,” said Gregg.

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