What is Periodontal Laser Treatment?
By Zbaraschuk Dental Care P.S.
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Any case of periodontal disease, whether it is mild or aggressive, should be treated immediately. Many patients are relieved to learn that periodontal laser treatmentlaser treatment is a way that your dentist can successfully resolve this very common dental issue. At Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA, infected gum tissue can be removed using a laser treatment called LANAP.

Periodontal Disease 
Many people think that the most concerning issue related to your dental health is tooth decay, but gum disease is actually one of the most prevalent conditions affecting Americans. Up to 50% of adults have some degree of periodontal disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many don’t even realize they have gum disease until they go to the dentist for a checkup. It’s a progressive deterioration of gum tissue due to an infection caused by bad bacteria. When not controlled, this condition can result in tooth loss and the infection could spread.

Periodontal Laser Treatment
Lasers are now used in many different medical procedures to get rid of unhealthy tissue so that new healthy tissue can regenerate. This is the goal of LANAP or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. When you see your Sequim dentist for periodontal laser therapy, you’ll first have the teeth cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler. Then the laser light energy is carefully applied to affected areas through a fiber. It is an effective procedure that can be completed in about one or two visits (depends on the severity of the case).

Benefits of This Option
Traditional periodontal therapies can be effective, but they can also be more difficult and time-consuming to administer. For instance, periodontal surgery requires cutting the gums, anesthesia, and multiple appointments. Scaling and root planing alone (scraping below the gumline) can’t completely resolve advanced periodontitis. Laser therapy is easier, quicker, and more comfortable to tolerate.

Treat Your Gums with Laser Therapy
Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, be sure that you consult your dentist about your treatment options, including laser therapy. Call (360) 683-3626 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk at Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA.

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