The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry (UKCD) will integrate the regenerative Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) and Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP) protocols into its postgraduate periodontics program in collaboration with Millennium Dental Technologies (MDT) and the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD).
“Adding this advanced technology to our periodontics program was a logical step for the University of Kentucky,” said Mohanad Al-Sabbagh, DDS, MS, division chief and director of the post-graduate program in periodontology at UKCD. “As the field of periodontics continues to evolve, it is important for our students and their future patients to be at the forefront of evidence-based and scientifically validated protocols.”
Only MDT’s PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser for the LANAP protocol has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for “True Periodontal Regeneration,” as the company calls it, which is the regeneration of new cementum, new periodontal ligaments, and new alveolar bone.
Certified IALD instructors teach the protocols via live patient, clinical, hands-on courses. UKCD associate professor and director of graduate periodontology Dolphus R. Dawson, DMD, MS, MPH, completed the IALD Certified Instructor training program in 2016 and led the inaugural UKCD Laser BootCamp training last August.
By adding the LANAP and LAPIP protocols, the University of Kentucky joins Rutgers University, the University of California San Francisco, and the United States Army and Navy in advancing the standard of care for treating periodontitis and peri-implantitis, MDT reports. The company expects more universities and academic institutions to adopt the protocols in the near future.
“Consistency is the key to clinicians’ success in applying the LANAP protocol, which is why both the on-campus training at the University of Kentucky and at the IALD are standardized and calibrated,” said Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, IALD CEO and training director. “Our training is a unique, best-in-dentistry continuum. By using a hands-on method with live patients, we ensure the highest caliber experience for students, continuing the legacy of the LANAP protocol far into the future.”
“As these partnerships with several world-class universities and institutions have shown, the field of periodontics is rapidly embracing the need for a more effective gum disease treatment, both with regards to patient acceptance and results,” said Robert H. Gregg, DDS, MDT cofounder and LANAP protocol inventor.
“The goal of the LANAP protocol has always been to put the patient’s needs first,” Gregg said. “Patients want to save their teeth but avoid painful surgeries. With the FDA clearance for True Periodontal Regeneration, LANAP surgery gives patients hope for hopeless teeth.”