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Lasers—Killing Bacteria and Saving Teeth

Fighting Infections with the Latest Technology

Hearing the term ‘laser’ attached to anything to do with your mouth might understandably make you feel a bit apprehensive.  But have no fear, because laser treatment can actually be one of the best and least intensive options for cases of gum disease.

You’ve probably heard of the common condition known as gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums.  Mild cases of gingivitis can usually be treated with improved brushing techniques, regular dental checkups, and antibacterial washes.  However, when the disease progresses into the more advanced stage known as periodontitis (when the infection may pose the risk of tooth loss), a more advanced treatment is necessary.

While a laser might sound big and scary, the device itself is actually a tiny, flexible, fiber optic cable that is only the thickness of about three human hairs.  It is slipped between your tooth and the surrounding gums and ZAP, just like that a series of small laser bursts kill destructive bacteria while healthy tissue remains unharmed and the pocket is sterilized.

The benefits of laser dentistry are many.  It is a minimally-invasive procedure, meaning that no surgical cutting is required, and the laser beam itself helps cauterize so there is typically very little (if any) bleeding.  Additionally, in almost all cases these laser treatments are pain free, so there is no need to worry if you are one of the many that experience dental anxieties.

So please, contact us immediately for a consultation if you are experiencing the symptoms of gingivitis, and our team will help determine the right treatments for you!

About Dr. Sean Moran

Dr. Moran is a San Francisco native. He received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He also received his DDS degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1988 at which time he began practicing general dentistry in San Francisco.

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