CERRITOS, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry becomes the first university in California to formally adopt the LANAP® protocol into its periodontology post graduate program. In this partnership with The Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) and Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. (MDT), UCSF emphasizes the importance of teaching both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

“The LANAP and LAPIP protocols are evidence-based treatment methods at the forefront of periodontics, and an important skill set for any emerging periodontist to have,” stated Pinelopi Xenoudi, 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.”

By integrating the LANAP protocol into the curriculum, UCSF ensures graduates can provide a full armamentarium of effective periodontal treatment modalities with optimal results, and graduate at the forefront of periodontics.

Only the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser for the LANAP protocol has been awarded FDA clearance for True Periodontal Regeneration – regeneration of new cementum, new periodontal ligaments and new alveolar bone. The protocol is taught by Certified Instructors at the IALD via live patient, clinical, hands-on courses.

“A key factor for the consistent, positive results of the LANAP protocol is the standardized, live-patient training continuum,” remarks Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, CEO & Training Director for the IALD.  “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.”

UCSF’s addition of the LANAP protocol follows previous educational collaboration agreements with the University of Kentucky, Rutgers University, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army in advancing the standard of care for treating periodontitis and peri-implantitis.

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY: Since its founding in 1881, the UCSF School of Dentistry has striven to educate the leading practitioners, scholars and faculty members of the next generation. As a leading institution of oral and craniofacial health, its educational programs have grown to include, in addition to DDS and dental hygiene programs, an array of MS and PhD, post-graduate and residency programs. UCSF students and faculty handle over 120,000 patient visits a year in its comprehensive Dental Center, and many students staff 14 community-based externship sites. The School is also one of the top oral and craniofacial research enterprises in the world, ranked the top dental school in the country in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for 25 years and home to several leading translational research programs.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LASER DENTISTRY: The IALD is a non-profit educational and research center dedicated to providing evidence-based clinical training in advanced laser dentistry therapies. Formed in 1999, the IALD is ADA-CERP and AGD-PACE accredited, and is nationally recognized for its continuing education programs. The IALD’s ultimate goal is for the percentage of patients seeking treatment for periodontitis to reach the percentage of patients seeking general dental care.

ABOUT MILLENNIUM DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.:  Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., is the developer of the LANAP protocol for the treatment of gum disease and the manufacturer of the PerioLase MVP-7 digital dental laser. MDT’s FDA-cleared LANAP protocol removes the fear from gum disease treatment, offering a vastly less painful and less invasive regenerative treatment alternative to conventional surgery. The company’s founding clinician, Robert H. Gregg, II, continues to operate the company with the vision: To create better clinical outcomes in periodontal disease patients—and to remain true to the guiding principle—”It’s all about the patient.”

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SOURCE Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc.; Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry