Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, specifically targeting the gums surrounding your teeth. In its early stages called gingivitis, gum disease in Kennewick, WA, is curable with proper at-home care and routine hygiene visits to your dentist. However, if gum disease is left to progress, it will advance to periodontitis, which can only be routinely maintained, not cured.

But how is gingivitis cured and periodontitis maintained in a minimally invasive manner? Dr. Andrew Mohlman uses new state-of-the-art dental lasers. Through a procedure called LANAP®, we can vaporize infected gum tissue without much discomfort to keep your mouth in a healthy state. 

Frequently Asked Questions About LANAP

Q: Does laser treatment hurt?
A: There is minimal pain with LANAP treatment, and many patients do not even need any form of sedation or anesthesia. While you may feel a little discomfort, LANAP laser treatment is the gentlest and minimally invasive treatment for gum disease.

Q: How long does laser treatment take?
A: Laser gum disease treatment is much quicker and more effective than traditional gum disease therapy. With the laser, we will not need to use scalpels or sutures and can typically treat all areas of disease at once. Sessions are normally just a few hours and you may need only one or two appointments to completely eradicate the disease. 

Q: How long will I need to recovery after laser treatment?
A: With how gentle LANAP therapy is, you will have a very minimal recovery time. Because there is no cutting or stitches needed, most patients are able to go about their day right after treatment and see immediate results. 

Q: Why should I choose laser treatment over traditional treatment?
A: Laser dentistry is considered the most minimally invasive of all forms of gum disease treatment. There are no scalpels or sutures, minimal bleeding and pain and treatment can normally be complete in one session. All that means more time for you to do what you want to do with a healthy, happy mouth.

If you are seeking treatment for gum disease in Kennewick, WA, you should choose a dentist that specializes in minimally invasive laser dentistry. Dr. Mohlman has experience and certification in LANAP therapy and can help treat cases of gum disease effectively. Contact our office today to get started!