Did You Know


Facts Surrounding Gum Disease

47.2% of adults over 30 years of age

in the U.S. have some degree of gum disease

men experience a greater incidence of periodontal disease than women

with 56.4 percent and 38.4 percent respectively

2xIndividuals having periodontal disease

are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease


Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive oral condition having serious negative consequences on your oral and overall health. To arrest the disease process and return health and vitality to your smile, Dr. Eastman performs the highly revered LANAP® laser gum surgery.

Traditional gum surgery techniques, known as osseous (flap) surgery, require the use of incisions to gain access to infected tissues and sutures to hold gum tissues together while healing. Though this method has proven effective, advanced technology has provided a more efficient, minimally invasive option of treating periodontal disease via a gentle laser technique. With LANAP® laser gum surgery, you can look forward to a comfortable procedure that delivers rapid results with very little downtime – and no incisions or sutures.

A Closer Look at LANAP® Laser Gum Surgery vs. Traditional Osseous Surgery

Undergoing Treatment with the LANAP® Protocol: When performing LANAP® laser gum surgery, Dr. Eastman utilizes the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to gently and thoroughly eradicate harmful oral bacteria and diseased gum tissue. This highly specific laser targets periodontal disease deep between the gums and teeth, leaving healthy surrounding tissue completely intact. The process also assists in bone regeneration and offers an expedited recovery time, benefits unique to laser gum surgery.

Undergoing Treatment with Osseous Surgery

Treating periodontal disease with this method requires an incision in and retraction of gum tissue to allow access to the diseased areas, root surfaces of the teeth and underlying bone. Once the sites have been treated, sutures are placed to begin the healing phase. Bone grafting may also accompany osseous surgery procedures.

Are you searching for a minimally invasive way to restore your periodontal health? Contact our Bradenton, FL office today to reserve your private consultation with Dr. Lindsay Eastman or Dr. Christie.

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