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Gum surgery without cutting or stitches?

Laser Gum Treatments from San Francisco dentist

For those who have significant gum disease and have been told that they need traditional gum surgery, laser gum treatments may be an alternative. Research has shown that this “No Cut – No Sew” alternative called LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is the only laser gum treatment with the ability to regenerate the lost bone and soft tissue attachment that causes the deep pockets associated with gum disease. Because of this, LANAP® is also the only FDA approved laser procedure for treating gum disease.

Traditional gum surgery generally tends to be amputative by design. A scalpel is used to cut away infected gum tissue by trimming and repositioning it around the teeth while the affected bone is cut away. You come away from the procedure with the gums sewn back together. The end result is teeth surrounded by shallow gum pockets that are free from gum disease. But this is done at the expense of less gum tissue and bone support surrounding the teeth that not only creates spaces between teeth that can trap food, but can be an esthetic problem if these spaces and now exposed tooth roots can be seen. Exposed tooth roots can also be prone to root sensitivity, root abrasions and erosions, and root decay.

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On the other hand, LANAP® tries to regenerate the lost bone and gum tissue attachment associated with gum disease. Laser Periodontal Therapy™ (LPT) is basically a 4-step procedure that uses LANAP® to create an environment that allows and promotes the body’s natural healing capability to take over. The PerioLase® laser was specifically designed for this procedure. It not only specifically targets diseased gum tissues, but the laser has a biostimulatory effect that promotes healing.

But every treatment option has its limits. Whether you are a candidate for this procedure and what is your particular expected outcome is important in determining whether LANAP® is right for you. Since 2007, Dr. Leo Arellano has been one of the first dentists in the San Francisco Bay Area that has been fully trained and certified in this new procedure.

Call today to take advantage of his experience with this new standard of care procedure for periodontal disease.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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