Moderate to severe gum disease can be treated one of two ways: with osseous surgery or with laser. More patients in Encino, CA choose the LANAP® protocol – the FDA cleared laser gum treatment performed by Dr. Alfred Penhaskashi that is minimally invasive, has no side effects, and decreases the risk of tooth loss.
Choosing LANAP® over Osseous Surgery
- Comfortable, minimally painful gum disease treatment
- Laser replaces the usual incisions and sutures
- Minimal bleeding and swelling
- Low risk of infection
- Laser targets bacteria with exceptional accuracy
- No gum recession as a result of treatment
- Natural reattachment of connective tissue
- Fast recovery, less need for pain medication
- Grows new bone to stop tooth loss
Comparing Laser and Osseous Surgery for Gum Disease
If you have gum disease, you have two treatment options – osseous surgery and laser gum therapy. Both methods are effective at treating this condition, but they are very different.
is the traditional method of removing bacteria and diseased tissue from periodontal pockets. It is effective, but it comes with risks most patients wish to avoid. A scalpel is used to incise the gum line so that it can be peeled back to expose the diseased tissue and root surfaces. Healthy gum tissue is also cut away during the procedure, which means a greater chance of recession. Once the root surfaces are clean and diseased tissue has been excised, the gums are sutured (grafting material may be used as well to reconnect soft tissue).
LANAP® treatment with Dr. Penhaskashi addresses moderate to severe gum disease without a scalpel or stitches. Bleeding and inflammation are significantly reduced because dental lasers are designed to hunt and remove bacteria while ignoring gum tissue that has not been affected by disease. This not only reduces discomfort but prevents gum recession. Patients also report an easier and faster healing experience without relying on prescription medication. Laser revitalizes bone structure so patients are less likely to lose their natural teeth. Scientific studies show LANAP® treatment stimulates bone growth to reinforce tooth root support.
If you have gum disease, laser gum treatment in Encino, CA may be the right course of action for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Penhaskashi.