Encinitas Periodontist Answers Laser Periodontal Therapy FAQs

What is laser periodontal therapy?

Laser periodontal therapy is a method used to treat gum disease. Periodontal infections builds up between the teeth and gums, causing separation and creating a space for the bacterial infection to grow. Eventually, continued attachment loss will lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss. To combat periodontitis, our Encinitas periodontist, Dr. Kania uses laser therapy to clean between the teeth and gums and remove infection.

How does laser gum therapy work?

The soft tissue laser is set to a highly specific wavelength to prepare your gums for deep cleaning without using traditional cutting instruments. After cleaning around the tooth root, Dr. Kania will use the laser to essentially “seal” the gum tissue to stop bleeding and block further infection. This crucial step allows for quicker healing than traditional gum surgery.

What are the benefits of laser periodontal treatment?

Dr. Kania may use the LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure) protocal to treat gum diseaseLANAP is different from traditional gum disease treatment because there is no cutting or stitching required. Laser gum disease treatment allows for a more comfortable and less invasive procedure than typical gum surgery. Additionally, laser treatment requires less healing time after therapy. In as little as two office visits, our experienced periodontist can treat periodontal disease using laser periodontal therapy techniques.

Is laser gum therapy safe?

Laser periodontal therapy is safe even for patients with HIV, diabetes, and hemophilia. Our Southern California board certified periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania is one of the elite dental specialists certified by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. At a consultation with Dr. Kania, she will discuss with you any health concerns, and what you can do for the most successful treatment outcome. 

Periodontist in Encinitas

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important that you receive the treatment necessary to preserve your health. Many people have gum disease and experience no symptoms.  Dr Kania will determine your diagnosis.  To schedule an appointment at our Encinitas periodontal office, call us at (706) 642-0711. We serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.