Laser Periodontal Surgery


Are you looking for a dentist who specializes in laser gum surgery in Modesto, CA? Look no further than Dr. Openshaw! 

You may need surgery for severe gum disease (periodontitis) if it cannot be cured with antibiotics or root-planing and scaling. At Dr. Openshaw’s office we offer a treatment that is called LANAP. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is Laser Periodontal Therapy. Laser Periodontal Therapy is a laser-based approach to gum disease using a free running pulsed laser requiring specific knowledge and skills. 

To you the patients this means: less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less tissue removed, less down time, and less recovery time which is decidedly less costly to you and your employer. The reasons we use Laser Periodontal Therapy are to: remove only the diseased tissue without removing any of the healthy tissue, maintain the height of the tissue around teeth, minimize pain and discomfort to the patient, get a closure of the periodontal pocket wound and allow healing to take place. Controlling periodontal disease makes it possible to save and restore otherwise hopeless involved teeth. 

Dr. Openshaw will start by numbing your gums with a local anesthetic. Then he will use the laser to target unhealthy tissue and bacteria. After the procedure you will wear removable splints. This will protect your gums while they heal. You can eat soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm liquids while your gums are healing. It usually takes a few days or weeks for the gums to heal. You can return to your normal activities after the anesthetic wears off. 

Most gum surgeries are fairly simple and are not too uncomfortable. You can take ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to reduce pain. After LANAP, it will be easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean. 

The contour or shape of your gums may change. 

Laser gum surgery is necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth, creating deep pockets. The pockets make it hard to clean away plaque. If you maintain good dental care after surgery, the laser treatment likely to help stop gum disease. Your gums should become pink and healthy again. 

After you have your Laser gum surgery in our Modesto, CA office, please be aware that harmful bacteria can be introduced into the bloodstream. Gum tissue is also at risk of infection. You will need to take antibiotics before and after surgery. 

For more information about laser gum surgery in Modesto, CA, please feel free to call our office or email us.