The biggest threat to the smiles, health, and wellness of Falls Church, VA, patients is gum disease. This common oral condition impacts nearly three-fourths of adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss today. As experienced periodontists, we treat gum disease and its effects on a daily basis. Though we offer traditional gum disease treatments, we find minimally invasive LANAP laser gum therapy to be highly effective for many of our patients. If you experience bleeding, swollen or tender gums, notice a receding gum line or have loose teeth, gum disease is likely to blame. Gum disease will not resolve on its own, and effective treatment is required to stop the disease process and save your oral health.
Dr. Carlos talks about using LANAP for periodontal surgery
To perform LANAP, our doctors direct the PerioLase laser down into periodontal pockets, or spaces between teeth and gums that harbor bacteria. The powerful yet gentle LANAP laser vaporizes diseased gum tissue and eliminates harmful bacteria. The laser only seeks out infected tissue, which is darker in color, leaving healthy tissue in place. We then mechanically remove tartar deposits from root surfaces, which are denatured by the LANAP laser. Our doctors pass the LANAP laser over affected sites once again to naturally seal the pockets and begin the healing process.
Traditional osseous surgery is still a viable option for some patients, but does require incisions and sutures to gain access to infected areas. LANAP is a modern, advanced solution for treating gum disease with less impact on oral tissues, and ideal for those unable to receive osseous surgery due to health issues. As board certified periodontists, Dr. Gouldin and Dr. Carlos are passionate about bringing the highest standard of periodontal care to the Falls Church, VA, community. We proudly offer LANAP laser therapy as a minimally invasive alternative to overcoming the common problem of gum disease.
Patient talks about his LANAP laser dentistry experience