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Laser technology has been adopted by many medical specialties since the debut of the working laser in 1960. Medical and dental professionals effectively use lasers to perform disease diagnosis procedures, surgeries, and noninvasive treatments.
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 sun beams are passed through a prism.
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.
Lasers have become an important part of many dental procedures and typically fall into one of three categories:
• Disease Diagnosis - to detect disease or infection in the tissues
• Soft Tissue Procedures - to treat the lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue
• Hard Tissue Procedures - to treat bone, dentin, or enamel
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) allows Dr. Chertok to kill bacteria within infected tissue with minimal trauma to the healthier gum tissue. He can perform laser gum surgery without any cutting of the tissues, and the laser wavelength allows for a very precise treatment. LANAP® has revolutionized the way gum disease treatments are performed and can be a highly effective alternative to traditional gum surgery.
The laser has been proven to effectively treat periodontitis in a minimally invasive manner. For more information about periodontitis treatment options, schedule your consultation with Berkeley periodontist Dr. Chertok today!