Downey CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
Despite recent research, which has linked gum disease with harmful systemic effects like heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer and low-birth-weight or premature babies, many people avoid periodontal disease treatments because gum surgery is often invasive and painful. Dr. Michael Duncker, a leading dentist in Downey, CA recently introduced the revolutionary LANAP Laser Gum Disease Treatment to his practice in an effort to negate the negative attitude towards traditional periodontal disease treatments.
Traditional gum disease surgery requires the doctor to cut the gums in order to clean the area and remove the diseased tissue. However, during the procedure, healthy tissue may also be removed, thus lowering the gum line. A lowered gum line can result in aesthetic issues for the patient as well as an increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods. After the surgery, patients often describe experiencing moderate to severe pain and discomfort, and many require days off of work to recover.
The LANAP procedure is minimally invasive and requires no cutting or sutures like traditional gum surgery. Instead, this periodontal laser surgery zaps away bad bacteria from the gums without harming the healthy tissue. The laser operates at a wavelength that pinpoints the diseased tissue and removes it without harming the gum tissue nearby. Since it works using laser light technology, there are no scalpels or cutting involved. This means less gum recession and potentially less pain after the surgery than with traditional treatments for gum disease.
About the Doctor
Dr. Michael C. Duncker Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is a general practice offering patients personalized dental care in Downey, California. Dr. Duncker has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years, and received his BA from USC and his dental training from UCLA. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Dr. Michael C. Duncker Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and their dental services visit their website at downeylanap.com and call (562) 287-5244.