January 15, 2016

National Without a Scalpel Day is celebrated each year on January 16th. On this day in 1964, the very first pinhole angioplasty was performed. In honor of this special day, Dr. Andrew Satlin, a periodontist in Los Angeles, CA is encouraging everyone to consider the many benefits of laser gum surgery.

How Lasers Benefit Dental Patients

Lasers can perform a variety of functions in oral surgery. They can be used to make incisions like scalpels, cauterize open wounds and tissue, whiten teeth more efficiently and cure bonding material to teeth. Instead of patients having to undergo long and painful procedures involving the use of scalpels, they can now receive gum disease treatment in a manner that is much easier for them to bare.

Reasons why LANAP® laser gum surgery is gaining in popularity include:

  • Shorter recovery times
  • Less painful than traditional surgery
  • Less bleeding
  • Less discomfort
  • Fewer office visits
  • Faster results
  • More healthy tissue is retained

Many people who undergo laser surgery for gum disease treatment are able to regain their confidence and quality of life much sooner than people who opt for traditional gum surgery. The use of a laser is a lot less intimidating to many people as well, especially for individuals who suffer from dental anxiety and phobia.

Lasers Are Very Safe and Effective

Laser surgery is much safer than traditional oral surgery. This is partially due to the fact that as soon as a laser is used to remove diseased gum tissue, it immediately cauterizes the area, which drastically reduces the risk for infection and bleeding. Although lasers are very successful in the treatment of gum disease and other conditions in the dental field, they currently cannot be used for every dental procedure.

To learn more about how lasers can be used to improve your oral health, contact our dental office at (310) 907-5912 for an appointment with Dr. Satlin.



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