LESS PAIN. LESS DISCOMFORT.™ LANAP: The Laser Alternative to Gum Surgery.

What is LANAP™?

Smile Savers Dentistry offers LANAP, a laser-based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., PerioLase® Laser in our Columbia dentist office. Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when our patients find out that no scalpel or sutures will be used to treat their gum disease.

How does it work?

Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.

Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.

Does it hurt?

Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we may anesthetize the area for the patient’s comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.

How long does it take?

Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes. Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients when we discuss their treatment plan.

Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?

Typically we use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery and the laser treatment is generally no more expensive than traditional surgery. There are other factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved. Many insurance plans pay only for a portion of this treatment. Patients should discuss their payment options with our dental office personnel.

The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made the new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.


  • 24-hour recovery time with minimal discomfort
  • 98% of laser treated patients remain stable after five years
  • Greater predictability for reattachment of gum tissue and bone regeneration
  • Less time in dental chair – only takes two 2-hour visits
  • Reduced risk of infection, decreased sensitivity and less bleeding
  • Little to no gum recession
  • Less invasive

More Information

Please visit our LANAP website for more information on this highly successful alternative to gum surgery.

Success Stories

For years I was hesitant to smile in public because I was ashamed of my teeth. But then I found Smile Savers Dentistry, and now that's all changed!

B.V., Columbia, MD

Every time I come here I always get called in very quickly. I should have come here years ago! They also have the best prices and do the best work.

J.M., Columbia, MD

Dr. Stewart and staff have been wonderful to work with over the years. This will be my 16th year with them and I have always been treated with the utmost care.

K.B., Marriottsville, MD

I was greatly surprised with this office, everyone was super nice and friendly, so you are immediately put at ease. It was a really awesome experience.

B.B., Waldorf, MD

I will be forever grateful for the wonderful care and fun environment Smile Savers has provided. I have found my family dentist and going to the dentist isn't scary anymore.

B.D., Ellicott City, MD

"I would highly recommend this dental office to anyone looking for a new dentist. On a scale of 1-5 with five being the best, I give Smile Savers Dentistry a 5+! Clearly superior service."

M.P., Columbia, MD

"The dentists and staff have been wonderful guiding me through my dental needs. Finding a dental practice that is both friendly and supportive has been wonderful."

A.B., Frederick, MD

"An 'enjoyable' dental experience. Kind, friendly staff. Dr. Stewart is friendly, experienced and makes sure you understand everything that is happening every step of the way."

M.D., Columbia, MD

"After a few procedures, my smile was definitely saved by Dr. Stewart and his staff. I'm truly grateful."

S.B., Ellicott City, MD

"I would tell anyone who is scared of the dentist just as I was, to come in and have a very pleasant dental visit from the staff to the dentist."

N.P., Elkridge, MD

"Dr. Stewart and his wonderful team have literally revived my faith in the dental industry. You made a believer out of the biggest critic from PA!"

K.Z., Columbia, MD

"Everybody here is unique in the service and care they provide. They all go above and beyond to minimize pain and discomfort."

M.M., Crofton, MD

"The staff is friendly and great at making you feel at ease - alleviating the 'fear' of going to the dentist."

L.M., Elkridge, MD

"I had a great experience. Not only were the staff kind and professional, they were gentle and encouraging throughout the whole experience."

K.T., Columbia, MD

"Smile Savers Dentistry helped me overcome my 'dentist anxiety' with a friendly, patient and understanding staff. They finally set me on the correct path of dental health."

T.H., Mt. Airy, MD

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