Contract to provide U.S. Armed Forces access to laser procedure for gum tissue regeneration

The U.S. Armed Forces will have access to a laser procedure for fully regenerating gum tissues lost to disease.

Millennium Dental Technologies (Cerritos, CA), whose Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) allows peridontal (gum) tissues lost to disease to be fully regenerated and return to functional health, has signed multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts with both the United States Navy and United States Army.

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With the contracts, postgraduate periodontal residency programs of both service branches are being trained to use the company's PerioLase MVP-7 variable pulsed laser in the LANAP protocol. Select postdoctorate residents, along with program directors and mentors, will be treating periodontal disease of U.S. military service men and women. Program directors and mentors will also be selected for candidacy as Certified Instructors of the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD).

The LANAP Protocol is advantageous for the military, as soldiers and sailors are able to return to duty significantly faster because of the minimally invasive nature of the fiber-optic, arthroscopic-type surgery. Since the LANAP Protocol is laser-based, there is less bleeding, swelling, and pain (lasers seal nerve endings), as well as no need to prescribe opioids for postoperative pain.

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