Patient receiving the LANAP procedure


When left untreated, gum disease is a dangerous condition that can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and bodily harm.

However, you may be put off by the idea of undergoing surgical gum grafting and bone grafting.

Our practice in Raleigh, NC, offers LANAP®, a comfortable alternative.

What Is LANAP?

LANAP, or Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is an FDA-cleared treatment for periodontal disease. Using laser technology, Dr. Thiago Morelli can eliminate diseased tissue and stimulate your body's natural healing response to regenerate new gum and bone tissue. The procedure also encourages your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth, providing healthy support.

Our periodontists use the PerioLase™ MVP-7™ laser for this remarkable procedure; no scalpel or sutures are required.

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How LANAP Benefits Patients

LANAP can allow patients with periodontal disease to keep their teeth, maintaining their oral function and overall quality of life. With LANAP, you can expect:

Thorough Treatment

LANAP is usually performed in two two-hour appointments at our periodontist's office in Raleigh, NC: one appointment for each side of your mouth. This allows us to be thorough in our approach to treating your periodontal disease.

Comfortable Care

When compared to traditional periodontal surgery, patients typically report less pain and discomfort during and after the LANAP procedure. LANAP is minimally invasive and targets only bacteria and diseased gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. Additionally, patients often feel well enough to continue with their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Safe Procedure

LANAP naturally cauterizes the treatment site, sterilizing the area and reducing blood loss. Treatment is also safe for patients with health concerns like diabetes, HIV, or hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.

Amazing Results

LANAP results in less blood loss, swelling, pain, sensitivity, and gum loss compared to traditional gum surgery. The healing process after laser dentistry can also be faster and more comfortable than traditional surgical methods.

How LANAP Works

After a gum disease consultation with Dr. Morelli at our Raleigh office, you may be able to move forward with treatment. The LANAP procedure involves several steps:
"LANAP is minimally invasive and only eliminates bacteria and diseased gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed."
"LANAP is minimally invasive and only eliminates bacteria and diseased gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed."

Place Laser

The PerioLase laser fiber, which is about the size of three human hairs, will be gently placed between the gum and the tooth.

Eliminate Infection

The laser will eliminate the diseased tissue and harmful bacteria in the periodontal pockets.

Remove Calculus

Your periodontist will remove the laser. Once he has better access to your teeth, he will remove any calculus buildup on the roots.

Remove Debris

The laser will be used again to remove any remaining debris and sterilize the periodontal pockets and bone.


Your periodontist will create a clean environment in which healing can begin. Over the next few weeks, your gum tissue will reattach to your teeth.


The process will be repeated on the other side of your mouth at a second appointment.

We Also Perform LAPIP at Our Raleigh, NC, Practice

LAPIP™ is similar to LANAP in that it is a laser treatment that addresses gum disease. However, LAPIP addresses gum disease around dental implants. LAPIP can save implants by treating infections and sometimes regenerating new gum and bone tissue around them.

Patients Appreciate Our Service "I would highly recommend Dr Morelli and LANAP."


Matthew Salkeld


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After a 15 year hiatus from the dentist (mostly due to hating the pain and sounds), I needed some advanced work. I had the LANAP procedure and it has been 100% worth it. I just finished to left side today. I had the right side done a few weeks ago. To my surprise, it was pretty much pain free and the recovery time on the right side was minimal. If you have some bad pockets like I had, I would highly recommend Dr Morelli and LANAP.

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Don Bruton


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Very professional, super friendly, one-of-a-kind service… Made me feel like I was a family member… they went out of their way far and beyond to make me feel comfortable. I will suggest going here over any other dental office in the Raleigh area… Everyone greets with a smile, and honestly made me forget that I was there for dental work if I could give everybody a five star review from this office, I would… I wish this type of service was more common. Keep up the great work.

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North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

Established in 2018, our practice is led by Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS. His professional affiliations and distinctions include:

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

ADA: American Dental Association

Diplomate - American Board of Periodontology

Fellow - International Team for Implantology

Please request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling us at: (919) 510-8888

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