The month of October recognizes the celebration of National Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, providing many an opportunity to gain insight about the innovative treatment methods of laser dentistry. This popular alternative to traditional oral surgery can eradicate gum disease and restore health to those affected with the condition.  

Why Laser Dentistry?

Gum disease can deteriorate the connective tissue within the mouth and has been proven to take precedence as the most prevalent cause of tooth loss in America. However, patients who are afflicted by gum disease also increase the risks of other health conditions. Periodontitis may increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, low birth weight babies, and even some types of cancer.  

What is Laser Dentistry?  

The LANAP® protocol is an innovative new process, which utilizes pulsing laser light, to eradicate the bacteria that causes gum disease. It is also used to remove diseased tissue, clean and smooth teeth below the gum line, and foster regenerative growth of healthy bone and connective tissue.  

What are the Benefits of LANAP®?  

Many patients choose LANAP® to treat their gum disease. Dentists recommend the LANAP® protocol as an alternative to traditional surgery for a number of reasons.  

 ·         Rapid Healing – LANAP® does not require cutting or suturing, decreasing the stress on the body, allowing tissue to recover at a more expedited rate.
 ·         Minimal Discomfort – This procedure is minimally invasive, and may be less painful than other traditional options. Many patients require only an over-the-counter painkiller after the surgery to manage discomfort.
 ·         Saves Teeth – Because it can stimulate the regeneration of new bone, LANAP® can preserve teeth that may be at a higher risk for decay and infection.
 ·         Protects Gums – LANAP® does not decrease the gum line, and can prompt new growth of healthy gum tissue.  

Dr. Keith Chertok specializes in laser dentistry in Berkeley, CA. To learn more about the LANAP® protocol, contact Dr. Chertok’s office at (510) 423-0748.