A Brief Overview of Laser Treatments for Periodontal Disease, Prepared by Dr. Monica Boniadi

As a dentist and the owner of Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care in Laguna Hills, California, Monica Boniadi offers a range of nonsurgical treatments to clients, including laser periodontal (gum) therapy. Traditional methods of treating periodontal disease involve cutting and suturing the gums, an approach that often requires a long and painful recovery. However, in recent decades, noninvasive and cost-effective methodologies have emerged as safe alternatives to dental scaling and root planing. The techniques help to eliminate the agents that cause gum inflammation.

One of these methods is laser therapy. Research suggests that the use of lasers, instead of scaling and root planing, can cause less bleeding and swelling of the gums and ultimately decrease discomfort to the patient. Plus, dental lasers come in various wavelengths and power levels, meaning they may be adjusted to best meet the needs of patients. Additionally, most insurance providers cover laser therapy just as they would traditional periodontal treatments. However, the insurance carrier should always be consulted to verify this first.

About the Author: Dr. Monica Boniadi completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and maintains her private practice at 27051 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, California, 92656. For more information, please call her office at (949)448-7500.