To provide the best health results and the safest gum disease treatment, we use a laser that kills gum disease bacteria without hurting the healthy tissues. Laser Pocket Disinfection is done before your regular cleaning when high levels of harmful bacteria are detected and the resulting gum disease and inflammation caused by that bacteria during our exam.
When gum disease affects the upper layer of gum tissues, our hygienist uses the laser to eliminate bacteria before the cleaning. This prevents the aerosolization of bacteria during the cleaning process. Which then results in healthier tissues after the cleaning. If a deeper infection develops, then the doctor will discuss LANAP treatment.
This procedure does not require any numbing (no needles!) and takes about half the time of the cleaning itself. Patients usually feel some mild warmth as the laser vaporizes the bacteria and has little to no discomfort.
We encourage our patients to prevent worse conditions from developing by treating gum disease when it is found early and is still considered gingivitis with Laser Pocket Disinfection. This helps our patients stay as healthy as possible and avoid the added risk to their overall health as well as their oral health that comes from not treating gum disease early and completely.