LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery - Berkeley, CA

Gum Disease and Your Health

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Healthy Gums, Healthy Smiles

Patients with gum disease may be at an increased risk of developing other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, or having low birth weight babies. Traditional gum surgery can be painful and cause trauma to the gum tissue, but the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) with Dr. Keith Chertok is a minimally invasive alternative and does not involve any cutting or stitching of the gums.

What is LANAP®?

Millions of Americans have gum disease, but only some end up seeking the treatment they need to restore their oral health. Research shows a link between gum disease and a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers. Until recently, the only option for surgically treating periodontal disease involved cutting the gum tissue and stitching the gums back together. Today, patients can undergo LANAP, which kills bacteria under the gum line while leaving healthy tissue intact.


LANAP patients enjoy a fast recovery time and more predictable results. Dr. Chertok can perform laser gum surgery without any cutting of the tissues, and the laser wavelength allows for very precise treatment. LANAP has revolutionized how gum disease treatments are performed and can be a highly effective alternative to traditional gum surgery.

Benefits of LANAP

LANAP Treats Gum Disease the Less Invasive Way

Our LANAP Procedure

As an important first step, this involves measuring the depths of your periodontal pockets with a small dental ruler. These measurements provide us with information regarding the amount of attachment loss that has occurred.

We use pulsed laser light to get rid of bacteria and diseased tissue without damaging healthy tissue. This is a minimally invasive process and causes little to no discomfort for the patient.

Dr. Chertok will use ultrasonic scalers to remove calculus, or tartar, deposits from underneath the gum line. The laser helps to denature the calculus for easier removal.

The laser is passed over the area a second time to stimulate the soft tissue, root, and bone. The clot that forms here creates a sticky seal around the tooth and helps the healing process.

The gum tissue is recompressed along the surface of the tooth and no stitches are necessary.

Dr. Chertok will need to adjust your bite to ensure no trauma to the teeth.

Dental Laser Safety

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing clearance for the use of lasers in soft tissue surgery in 1991, and they have since become a part of many standard dental procedures. 

Dental lasers are used to perform:

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Lasers in Dentistry

Lasers have become an important part of many dental procedures and typically fall into one of three categories:


What Are Lasers?

Laser is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and generates an ultra-focused beam of light to a target area. Lasers are different than sunlight, which separates into a rainbow of colors when the sunbeams are passed through a prism.

Medical Lasers

Medical laser devices are designed with several components that harness light-producing materials and manipulate wavelength properties. They can be used to treat or remove soft and hard tissues, and also detect disease or infection.


LANAP® FAQs and Periodontal Treatment

Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in the mouth. When the early stage, or gingivitis, is left unchecked, it can develop into periodontal disease. Bacteria invade the deeper tissue layers and supporting bone when periodontal disease occurs, and can result in tooth loss if left untreated. The moderate to advanced stages of gum disease may require laser treatment with Dr. Keith Chertok to get rid of the infection.

LANAP® is minimally invasive and can effectively treat periodontal disease with very little discomfort for the patient. The laser specifically targets only bacteria and diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Laser gum surgery helps the gums heal quickly and does not contribute to gum recession. It can also help to save healthy teeth by promoting bone regeneration around the tooth structure.

The PerioLase® MVP-7™used for LANAP® is FDA cleared and backed by countless scientific research studies. Dr. Chertok is trained and certified to perform laser gum surgery with LANAP®.

If you are concerned about your gums and want to improve your oral health without traditional surgical procedures, talk with Dr. Chertok about the benefits of laser treatment.

Dr. Chertok will need to adjust your bite to ensure no trauma to the teeth.

Early treatment of gingivitis can often prevent its progression to a more serious condition. If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis or think you may have periodontal disease, schedule your consultation with your Berkeley periodontist, Dr. Chertok, as soon as possible.

For additional information about LANAP ®

schedule your consultation with Dr. Chertok, Periodontist in Berkeley, CA today!