Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Dr. Stephen Eriksen is now making the Waterlase iPlusâ¢ gum disease treatment available to new patients in Walnut Creek, CA who need treatment for periodontal disease. This procedure minimizes pain and damage to healthy tissue, so patients face a low risk of undesirable side effects or complications. At the same time, the laser therapy effectively treats gum disease and reduces the risk of patients experiencing related health complications.
The Waterlase iPlusâ¢ laser combines laser energy and a stream of water to perform periodontal procedures without the discomfort or damage associated with traditional surgery. Using this laser, Dr. Eriksen can precisely remove diseased gum tissue and tartar deposited below the gumline. The use of water, along with the elimination of vibration and heat, reduces pain and inflammation both during the procedure and after it is complete. Most patients experience minimal bleeding and discomfort. Since this laser therapy procedure is less invasive than regular surgery, patients are also unlikely to experience infection afterward.
Dr. Eriksen hopes that patients, who might not otherwise seek gum disease treatment in Walnut Creek, CA, take advantage of this alternative to conventional surgery. If gum disease is left untreated, it can have numerous harmful effects. The resulting gum recession can leave teeth vulnerable to damage and infection, and advanced periodontal disease can cause damage to the teeth and the supporting alveolar bone. In severe cases, victims of periodontal disease may experience tooth loss and irreversible bone density loss. Studies have also suggested that gum disease can have impacts on general health, causing chronic inflammation and raising the risk of certain systemic illnesses. Dr. Eriksen is helping more people avoid these outcomes by making minimally invasive laser therapy available.
Gum disease can cause various symptoms in its early stages. Many changes in periodontal health, including redness, soreness, bleeding and inflammation, may indicate gum disease. People who notice gum recession, enhanced tooth sensitivity, greater tooth mobility and changes in gum pocket size may also need gum disease treatment. People who experience these periodontal health changes are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eriksen in Walnut Creek, CA to discuss gum disease treatment options. New patients are welcome to call Dr. Eriksen’s office to schedule an appointment.
About the Doctor
Dr. Stephen Eriksen is a general dentist offering personalized care for patients in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Eriksen grew up in Walnut Creek and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and from the prestigious UOP Dental School in San Francisco. He maintains active affiliations with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and the Contra Costa Dental Society. Dr. Eriksen is LVI trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry (Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies), and has earned a Fellowship with the World Clinical Laser & Imaging Institute. To learn more about the dental services offered by Dr. Eriksen, please visit his website at http://www.walnutcreeklaserdentistry.com or call (925) 272-2185.