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Are Dental Lasers Safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted initial marketing clearance for soft tissue surgery in 1991. Since then, lasers have become an integral part of many common dental procedures.

Dental laser usage generally falls into one of the following three categories:

  • Disease Diagnosis 
  • Soft Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to lips, gums, or the tongue 
  • Hard Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to bone, dentin, or enamel

Laser Dentistry in Encino, CA

Laser dentistry in Encino, CA with Dr. Alfred Penhaskashi now makes it possible for patients to receive treatment for gum disease more comfortably as well as enjoy remarkable outcomes unequaled to traditional methods.

What Laser Dentistry is Doing Today

  • Improves the diagnostics of oral disease
  • Laser can treat both soft and hard tissue (gums, lips, tongue, bone, dentin, enamel) 
  • Provides patients with procedures that are significantly less painful 
  • Outcomes are more dependable 
  • Healing is faster with less reliance on pain medication 
  • Increases bone density in the jaw

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser technology is used to diagnose and treat disease in many areas of the body, including the mouth. In the early 1990s, the FDA approved laser to treat soft oral tissue and some periodontists, like Dr. Penhaskashi, are using it every day to treat gum disease and other problems related to teeth and bone. Laser is now considered the preferred alternative to treating gum disease with an osseous procedure, as it results in less damage to healthy gum tissue and provides bone support to prevent tooth loss.

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER)

To get an idea of how laser works, consider how a ray of sunshine would appear as it moves through a prism compared to a dental laser. You would immediately notice a rainbow of various colors projecting from the sun rays but a dental laser would project just one color. This concentrated wavelength of energy is what doctors use to target and remove disease with extreme precision. To perform laser dentistry, four components are required: electricity, a mirror to guide the beam, a semiconductor, and a fiber optics delivery system.

The LANAP® Laser Protocol

The LANAP® laser protocol is a treatment for gum disease that Dr. Penhaskashi uses for patients with moderate to severe cases. LANAP® treatment is completely safe and FDA cleared to provide the most comfortable and effective treatment for gum disease today. Traditional osseous treatment for gum disease is still an option but more patients are turning to laser because it gives them benefits that scalpel treatment cannot.

Dr. Penhaskashi uses the FDA cleared PerioLase® MVP-7™, one of the most highly rated and leading dental lasers used in periodontal surgery. It specifically goes after disease and bacteria inside the periodontal pockets without causing any damage to soft tissue, which makes the procedure much easier to tolerate. With laser, bleeding and inflammation is greatly reduced because there is no cutting or suturing. Bacteria are quickly eliminated and patients are often recovered in one day or less.

Laser also improves and stabilizes bone density. Peer reviewed scientific and human histological studies show laser treatment for gum disease increases bone growth in the jaw where teeth get their support. Thousands of patients who have had a laser treatment are not only infection free, but have decreased their risk of tooth loss.

Laser dentistry in Encino, CA with Dr. Penhaskashi makes good sense. If you need treatment for gum disease, call us today for your LANAP® laser treatment consultation.
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