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Gum disease treatment without the cost of a periodontist in San Francisco

Periolase Laser Therapy from San Francisco dentist

Periodontal (Gum) disease is a bacterial infection that can affect the gums and bone that support the teeth. Many American adults have some form of gum disease, ranging from simple gum infection (gingivitis) to serious disease (periodontitis), which can cause severe damage to the gums and bone, as well as tooth loss.

Plaque is a bacteria laden, colorless, sticky biofilm that continually forms on teeth. When this biofilm isn’t regularly disturbed by brushing and flossing, the harmful bacteria begins attacking the oral tissues. Gingivitis (the early stage of the disease) causes the gums to swell, redden, and bleed easily. It can be reversed with effective treatment and excellent oral hygiene at home.

If left untreated, the disease will advance to periodontitis. In this stage, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that gather more plaque that causes more infection. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums, stimulating a chronic inflammatory response that breaks down the gum tissue and bone.

Numerous studies have indicated that the damage of gum disease can reach far beyond the oral structure. Research has found an association between gum disease and a number of serious health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disease to name just a few. Effective treatment for periodontal disease is crucial to patients’ oral and overall health.

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Traditionally, treatment for advanced gum disease involved a scalpel, sutures, considerable discomfort, and a bill from a periodontist. In San Francisco, Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented team offer a minimally invasive, patient-friendly treatment for gum disease that is a terrific improvement over traditional gum surgery. Dr. Arellano uses PerioLase laser therapy called LANAP as an alternative to traditional surgical treatment.

This method has revolutionized periodontal disease treatment, allowing it to be completed in weeks rather than months. Patient discomfort is significantly reduced, and so is the recovery period. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities within 24 hours.

Early, effective treatment for gum disease is vital to oral and overall health, and this innovative treatment provides a kinder, gentler method to stop this potentially devastating problem. San Francisco residents can call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment to learn if this treatment is right for them.



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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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