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Frequently Asked Laser Questions in Centennial, CO

Dr. Heather Richardson of Denver Periodontics & Implant Dentistry belongs to a select group of dental professionals certified to perform the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, the only FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. This ground-breaking procedure is possible because it employs high tech laser technology. Specifically the PerioLase® MVP-7™, which enables a periodontist like Dr. Richardson to remove decayed tissue and bacteria while leaving the healthy tissue intact.

Only one percent of dental professionals in the entire country possess the equipment and accreditation needed to practice LANAP®, so patients in the Centennial, Colorado area are encouraged to take advantage of their proximity and schedule a consultation to find out if laser gum surgery is the best gum disease treatment option for their periodontal needs.

Frequently Asked Laser Questions

How are lasers used in dental surgery?

Lasers transport energy in the form of light. When used for laser gum surgery and other surgical procedures, the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser vaporizes the tissue it comes in contact with, allowing the periodontist to target only the infected areas without disturbing healthy gum tissue. The laser’s capability for such selectivity is the chief advantage of this particular gum disease treatment. In addition to vaporizing bacteria, lasers can also be used to fortify the bond between the tooth and the filling, and serve as a heat source to enhance the bleaching agents during teeth whitening procedures.

Are lasers safe to use in dental surgery?

Assuming that the periodontist is properly trained and follows the appropriate protocol, the PerioLase® MVP-7™is very safe and poses no greater risk than other dental instruments. Your periodontist will give you special eyeglasses to wear during the procedure to protect your eyes from the laser.

Is laser gum surgery more costly?

Although prices for LANAP® vary from periodontist to periodontist, this particular gum disease treatment typically runs around the same price as other procedures. Considering the numerous benefits, such as significantly less pain and discomfort than traditional gum disease treatment, LANAP® is well worth the cost.


Dr. Richardson, located in Centennial, CO, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Aurora, Denver, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, and Lonetree, CO and other neighboring communities. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!


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