Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Laser Gum Surgery

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Laser Gum Surgery

Laser Gum Surgery Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Laser Gum Surgery Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Gum disease is an increasingly common inflammatory condition of the bone and gums surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, a number of issues can develop, such as swelling and/or bleeding gums, or gums to begin to recede. Gum recession occurs when the margin of gum tissue that surrounds your teeth begins to pull back or wear, resulting in more of your teeth or their roots being exposed. In addition to longer looking teeth and visible roots, other common symptoms of gum recession include increased tooth sensitivity, bleeding, inflammation, and halitosis. An increasing number of studies also indicate that chronic inflammation of the gums can lead to systemic inflammation, which increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as dementia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, or heart disease.

To prevent or reverse gum disease, your periodontist may recommend laser gum surgery treatment, an increasingly popular treatment option among periodontists and their patients, due to its efficacy, safety, and the fact that it is much less invasive than procedures involving scalpels. At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about laser gum surgery and treatment for gum disease, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.


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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.


Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Laser Gum Surgery Treatment Expectations

Unlike traditional treatment methods, which require the use of scalpels and sutures, laser gum therapy uses a laser that is specially calibrated to destroy P. gingivitis bacteria. Your periodontist will insert a fiber into the pocket of the diseased gum to kill the infected tissue and bacteria. After this is complete, the calculus is removed using an ultrasonic root cleaner. The laser is then used to heat up the blood in the pocket, which creates a seal that will disinfect and protect this corrected pocket from plaque and germs. As an added benefit, the laser will naturally stimulate the stem cells, which in turn will facilitate the formation of more bone, connective tissue, and collagen.

Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery and Treatment

Lasers have become an increasingly popular treatment alternative to traditional methods because the laser minimizes swelling, limits the need for anesthesia, is less painful, and does not require stitches. The recovery process is also easier and faster.

Additional unique benefits to laser gum treatment include the following:

  • Immediately stops gums from bleeding
  • Suture free
  • Reduced discomfort and post-surgical pain
  • Seals periodontal pockets
  • Stabilizes the tooth
  • Regenerates bone tissue and ligament
  • Preserves gum tissue
  • Decreased chance of infection
  • Reduces root sensitivity and root exposure

Candidates for Laser Gum Surgery and Treatment

Laser gum therapy is ideal for patients who require periodontal therapy and meet the following qualifications:

  • Pockets are deeper than 4mm
  • Pockets are otherwise inoperable
  • Pockets break down with other treatment attempts
  • On a medication regimen that cannot be stopped, which would be necessary for traditional treatment options
  • Extreme emotional concerns or anxiety related to traditional surgical procedures
  • Gingival overgrowth
  • Age-specific conditions

Laser surgery can also be used to treat the following:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Biopsy to test for cancer
  • Laser frenectomy
  • Removal of tissue buildup that occurs due to tissue damage or after an operation
  • Relieve localized hemostasis

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Laser Gum Surgery Cost

The cost of using laser gum surgery to treat gum disease will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, and the severity of your case.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule your appointment for laser gum surgery treatment, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422