Periodontal (gum) disease is a major health issue that will likely lead to other health problems if left untreated. Dr. Firshein and team with the Manhattan Beach, CA Laser Dentist often sees patients with signs of gum disease such as swollen or tender gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and bad breath. In some cases, these patients don’t realize that they are experiencing symptoms of gum disease. In other cases, patients know that they are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, but are avoiding treatment because of negative past dental treatments involving invasive treatment.
The good news is that it’s no longer necessary to fear treatment of periodontal disease. Modern dental technology such as LANAP (a non-surgical procedure), makes invasive cutting of the gums a thing of the past.
What is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This patented technology offers a patient-friendly alternative to gum surgery. When LANAP is performed, patients experience less discomfort, less treatment time, and a significantly shorter recovery time.
Where can I obtain LANAP treatment?
LANAP treatment is available at the Manhattan Beach, CA Laser Periodontics Dentistry office. In most cases, Dr. Firshein and team will schedule a complimentary consultation in which patients are shown exactly how the laser works. X-rays are then taken which will accurately diagnose the extent of the infection.
What can I expect on the day of treatment?
On treatment day, local anesthetic will be used to numb the area which will eliminate any possible discomfort. A tiny laser fiber will be inserted between the tooth and gums while the infection is cleared away. The entire process only takes two, 2-hour sessions! One half of the mouth will be treated during the first session, and the other half will be treated during the second session. Most patients experience such slight discomfort, that they continue with the rest of the day as usual.
It is important to note that Periodontal Disease can progress without any symptoms. Routine visits to the Dentist for both examinations and cleanings, is the best way to identify potential problems before they become costly and difficult to treat.
Manhattan Beach Laser Dentist Explains Non-Surgical Periodon