A Friendly Approach to Gum Disease

How It Works

At our periodontal practice, Dr. Molina offers advanced laser treatments to effectively treat moderate to severe gum disease, such as the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) and the Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol (LAPIP).

Both LANAP and LAPIP use advanced laser technology to target and eliminate diseased tissue, while preserving healthy tissue and promoting the body’s natural healing process. The laser is precisely focused on the affected area, eliminating bacteria and promoting healing without the need for invasive scalpel surgery.

What to Expect

To determine if you’re a candidate for either of these treatments, Dr. Molina will perform an oral exam and may take digital X-rays. During the consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns, have treatment options explained and have any questions answered.

When it’s time for your treatment, Dr. Molina will administer a local anesthetic or provide a sedative to eliminate any discomfort. The laser will then remove the diseased tissue and kill the bacteria surrounding the teeth. Once this is done, the doctor will also remove the tartar from the root surfaces. The laser is then passed over the treated area one more time to remove any remaining bacteria and to stimulate the clotting process. The blood helps to form a sticky seal around the pocket so that new germs cannot enter the area. This creates a sanitary environment and promotes the healing process.


Both LANAP and LAPIP offer many benefits over traditional gum surgery. They are more cost-effective, provide greater comfort, improve tooth and implant health, are quick and effective, and have a shorter recovery period. There are no incisions needed with LANAP and LAPIP, so it is minimally invasive, which makes it safer for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, hemophilia, or those taking blood-thinning medications.

Dr. Molina’s laser treatments are also less time-consuming than traditional gum surgery. It takes two 2-hour visits (or one 4-hour session) compared to the four to eight appointments required by traditional surgery. Rather than weeks, there’s less than a 24 hour-recovery period. Most people can return to work the day after. The results of laser surgery are long-lasting, and Dr. Molina will work with you to develop a plan to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

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