The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry is the first university in the state to formally adopt the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) protocol into its periodontology postgraduate program.
In this partnership with the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) and Millennium Dental Technologies, UCSF is emphasizing the importance of teaching both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques. IALD certified instructors will teach the protocol via live patient, clinical, hands-on courses.
“The LANAP and Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP) protocols are evidence-based treatment methods at the forefront of periodontics and an important skill set for any emerging periodontist to have,” said Pinelopi Xenoudi, DDS, MS, director of postdoctoral periodontics at UCSF and an IALD certified instructor.
“As a member of both the UCSF School of Dentistry and IALD communities, I am very excited to see both sides join forces to give our residents the ability to achieve regenerative results using a minimally invasive periodontal surgery patients accept,” Xenoudi said.
By integrating the LANAP protocol into the curriculum, UCSF ensures that graduates can provide a full armamentarium of effective periodontal treatment modalities with optimal results and graduate at the forefront of periodontics, IALD said.
Only Millennium’s PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser for the LANAP protocol has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for “True Periodontal Regeneration,” as the company calls it, which is the regeneration of new cementum, new periodontal ligaments, and new alveolar bone.
“The training is unique in dentistry, as is our Instructor Candidacy Program. All professors who teach the LANAP protocol are required to successfully complete rigorous IALD Instructor Training, ensuring every clinician who learns the LANAP protocol will know the proper techniques,” said Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, IALD CEO and training director.
UCSF’s addition of the LANAP protocol follows previous educational collaboration agreements with the University of Kentucky, Rutgers University, the US Navy, and the US Army in advancing the standard of care for treating periodontitis and peri-implantitis.