COLUMBIA
FAMILY DENTISTRY

CALL TODAY
(360) 953-8135

16415 SE 15th St., Suite #106
Vancouver, WA 98682

Review us on Google®

 

About Laser Dentistry


Dr. Michael Koceja is a leading expert in Laser dentistry. Also known as LANAP or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, Laser dentistry is a minimally-invasive, often pain-free method of treating and reversing periodontal disease. Those with specific anxieties or fears of visiting the dentist find laser dentistry to be an approachable and comfortable alternative to traditional surgical dentistry.

Dr. Michael Koceja is specially trained in laser dentistry – both in the research and the practical use of lasers in periodontal treatment. Lasers allow dentists to target infected tissue that has been damaged by periodontal (or gum) disease. This targeting keeps treatment minimal and most effective – limiting pain and speeding recovery.

Because underlying, undamaged tissue remains, and isn’t removed with laser dentistry, Dr. Koceja is able to stimulate healthy tissue and encourage growth. This allows gums to heal and regenerate in a natural, healthy form, rather than requiring stitches or surgical glue. This promotes faster, less painful healing.

WaterLase in particular incorporates a directed stream of water with a laser to target and remove buildup or infections, with unnecessary pressure, friction or vibration. This results in less pain in the short term and the long term, as well as fewer injuries to surrounding teeth, gums, bones and tissue. It often eliminates the need for anesthetics or dreaded tools such as drills.

Dr. Koceja has not only been trained in lasers and waterlase, but also has gained proficiency in a number of types and brands of lasers. This gives him the confidence and knowledge to provide the best, most comfortable laser surgery for his patients.

The only way to repair and reverse the signs and effects of periodontal disease is to remove plaque and tartar buildup from around the area, as well as the infected tissue. Traditionally, dentists removed the tissue and buildup with scalpels or other surgical devices, leading to pain and uncomfortable healing. Patients of laser dentistry enjoy less pain, with better, more natural results.