Bronx Dentistry Practice Uses Innovative Laser Techniques to Treat Gum Disease

At Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, patients can take advantage of a new gum surgery alternative called the LANAP laser and maintain improved oral health


Bronx, NY, USA – According to the Bronx dentists at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, millions of people are affected by periodontal disease. In addition to common symptoms like redness, swelling or bleeding, these dentists say that periodontal disease can lead to much more serious health conditions when left untreated. The dentists highlight that respiratory infections, stroke, heart disease and diabetes have all been linked to periodontal disease. Additionally, without proper periodontal care, plaque and tartar can accumulate along the gum line, causing the gum tissue to recede and ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Dentists have traditionally used gum surgery in order to treat periodontal disease. However, according to the dentists at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, recent technological innovations like the LANAP Nd:YAG™ laser have revolutionised treatments and greatly improved patients’ level of comfort. The LANAP™ procedure – a laser dentistry technique – can effectively treat periodontal disease without the need for a blade. In addition, the Bronx dentists note that there are a number of supplementary benefits of LANAP™, including:

  • Increased precision

  • Zero damage to surrounding healthy tissues

  • Sterilisation of the gum line

  • Stimulation of the healing process

If patients require periodontal care on both the upper and the lower gums, the dentists at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates typically complete the LANAP™ procedure in two office visits – one visit for each row of teeth. During the procedure, patients will have a topical anaesthetic applied to the gums to maximise their comfort. Then, using the extreme precision of the LANAP Nd:YAG™ laser, the dentist can target and eliminate damaged gum tissue without impacting the healthy tissues of the mouth.

Once the teeth are cleaned of any plaque or tartar, the laser is used for a second time to seal and sterilise the gums. “Since the LANAP™ laser can effectively seal blood vessels, nerve endings and lymphatics that would otherwise be exposed, most patients will feel an immediate sense of relief once treatment is complete,” say the Bronx dentists. This process also has the added benefit of initiating the body’s natural healing process, and consequently abbreviating the recovery from LANAP™ compared to traditional surgical methods. Finally, the dentists at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates schedule several follow-up appointments with their patients to monitor for any complications and help ensure their teeth and gums remain healthy.