Berkeley, CA Periodontist, Dr. Keith Chertok Helps Patients Avoid Tooth and Bone Loss Using the FDA Cleared Laser Gum Surgery to Remove Periodontal Disease

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Dr. Keith Chertok can now help Berkeley patients avoid tooth and bone loss with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. In addition to treating periodontal disease, this LANAP laser gum surgery helps patients retain bone density.

Dr. Keith Chertok Offers Laser Dentistry In Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Keith Chertok Offers Laser Dentistry In Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Keith Chertok can now help patients who are facing tooth or bone loss retain their teeth by treating them with the only FDA-cleared laser gum surgery, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. Many patients have found LANAP to be an appealing alternative to traditional gum surgery; LANAP doesn’t cause the loss of teeth or bone density when treating periodontal disease, and there are a few different ways that the procedure helps to prevent tooth and bone loss.    

If gum disease is left untreated, it can result in the deterioration of the bone and root that support a tooth; the tooth will eventually become loose and can fall out. Treating periodontal disease promptly is crucial to limiting loss of both bone and teeth. However, traditional gum surgery presents a few drawbacks: it is invasive and results in gum recession, since some tissue is unavoidably cut out during the procedure. Excessive gum recession can leave more of the tooth and even the root exposed, which can still result in the tooth being lost. Furthermore, when a tooth is lost, the part of the jawbone that used to be stimulated by the root of that tooth will start resorbing. In other words, bone growth and maintenance will stop in that part of the bone. When several teeth have been lost, resorption can be significant and can lead to visible changes in the mouth and facial structure.

Now, with laser gum surgery, Dr. Chertok is able to offer patients a treatment that removes gum disease without all of the drawbacks of traditional surgery. LANAP removes periodontal disease without cutting out or even harming any healthy gum tissue. This reduces the likelihood that Dr. Chertok’s patients will suffer from loss of teeth or bone density in the future. However, LANAP can also actively help patients avoid bone loss. The laser used in the procedure stimulates the bone. If teeth have already been lost, this stimulation can help limit resorption.

Laser gum surgery offers distinct advantages over traditional gum surgery, and it offers particular benefits to patients who have lost teeth or bone density. You can find out more about how receiving LANAP from Dr. Chertok can help prevent tooth and bone loss by visiting Dr. Chertok’s website or calling his office today.

About the Doctor

Keith Chertok, DDS is a periodontist offering personalized dental care for Berkeley, CA gum disease patients. Dr. Chertok graduated in the top five percent of his class from the New York University College of Dentistry and was elected to the honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He received the Quintessence Award for excellence in Periodontics and went on to complete a Hospital Residency program at the New York VA hospital. Dr. Chertok arrived in California to study Periodontics and Implantology at UCSF. He taught at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and UCSF dental school and continues to teach education courses to dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Chertok is the attending periodontist in charge of periodontal education for the dental residents at the Veterans Hospital Healthcare System of Northern California at Mare Island. 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 Keith Chertok and his dental services visit his website at and call 510-423-0748.

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