San Luis Obispo, CA Laser Gum Surgery Treats Gum Disease and Improves the Oral Health and Success of Dental Implants with Dr. Michael Colleran

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Patients of Dr. Michael Colleran who suffer from periodontal disease may now be able to save their teeth by undergoing laser gum surgery to treat the gum disease. If all teeth cannot be saved, Dr. Colleran can still provide patients with dental implants, which offer many advantages over other types of tooth replacements.

Patients can reduce their risk of losing teeth to gum disease by visiting Dr. Michael Colleran for laser gum surgery. For patients who are already missing teeth or patients who do not receive the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) early enough, Dr. Colleran also can offer dental implants, which can help prevent other oral health problems such as bone loss.

Gum disease and tooth loss are common issues in the U.S. Recent studies have found that 69 percent of adults between age 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth, while 26 percent of people age 74 or older have no permanent teeth left. Periodontal disease is not the only cause of tooth loss, but people who suffer from gum disease face an increased likelihood of losing teeth. Receiving treatment for gum disease early reduces the associated risks of tooth and bone loss.

Dr. Colleran's laser gum surgery promises unique benefits in terms of tooth and gum health. The laser removes gum disease while leaving healthy gum tissue in place to support teeth. The laser also stimulates bone growth, which can help loose teeth reattach to the bone. The results of LANAP are actually more consistent than those of conventional surgery. If teeth still are lost, Dr. Colleran offers patients a solution in the form of implants.

The American Academy of Periodontology reports that dental implants offer advantages that other replacements simply cannot. Implants are anchored into the bone and have no effect on other teeth. Once Dr. Colleran has placed an implant, it provides the stimulation needed to keep the jaw bone from resorbing, or shrinking. Replacements like dentures, in contrast, do nothing to prevent loss of bone density. It is becoming clear that implants offer many unique long-term benefits that make them a more effective tooth replacement choice.

Many patients who suffer from periodontal disease do not understand all of the risks that come with their condition. Loss of teeth and loss of bone density are just a few of the dangers of leaving gum disease untreated. Patients with gum disease or even missing teeth should not delay seeking treatment from Dr. Colleran.

About the Doctor

Michael Colleran is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for San Luis Obispo, CA patients since 2002. Dr. Colleran attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies and University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco for his professional training. He is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Colleran is a nationally renowned dental author and lecturer and an expert on laser dentistry. To learn more about Michael Colleran, DDS and his dental services visit his website at and call (805) 543-0814.

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