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Rachel Brinker, DMD Performs Laser Gum Disease Surgery in Mill Valley, CA

Modern Gum Disease Treatment Using LANAP

The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) is a form of laser gum disease surgery that does not harm healthy tissue. Traditional gum disease surgery uses a scalpel to cut away both healthy and unhealthy tissue, LANAP® uses a different approach, more specifically, a laser to remove only the diseased portions. This minimally invasive procedure results in less pain and less bleeding than traditional gum disease surgery. LANAP® gum disease surgery is widely regarded as the highest standard of care available for gum disease treatment, not to mention that patients rarely require pain medication following the procedure. Dr. Rachel Brinker is a periodontist in Mill Valley, California who provides patients with laser gum disease surgery.

Thanks to the advent of the PerioLase® MVP-7™, the LANAP® trained periodontist, Dr. Brinker can remove and kill bacteria without harming the healthy gum tissue. This is because the PerioLase® MVP-7™ is a highly intelligent laser that can easily distinguish between healthy and diseased gum tissue, based on the color and tint. In fact, LANAP® is the only method of laser gum disease surgery that has been cleared by the FDA. It is also the only form of laser gum disease surgery with the science and research to prove its effectiveness.

Periodontal disease is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans each year, yet very few actually seek treatment. This is largely because they do not understand the risk of complications that can arise. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to an increased risk in heart disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. Until now, the only options for gum disease surgery involved the painful cutting and stitching of tissue. With LANAP®, this is no longer true.

Visit Dr. Rachel Brinker in Mill Valley today to learn more about LANAP® and whether or not you qualify for this modern gum disease treatment.

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The LANAP Procedure

For patients that need gum disease treatment, there is now a way for them to repair their gum health without undergoing any painful cutting and stitching of the tissue. In fact, LANAP® is widely regarded as the highest standard of gum disease treatment. It is a quick procedure that can repair gum health in just six short steps:

Measuring pocket depth

Before we can repair gum health, we must measure how much loss of attachment has occurred. To accomplish this, a small probe is inserted between the teeth and gum line to measure the depth of the periodontal pockets.

Removing the bacteria

The next step to repair gum health is to remove any bacteria and diseased tissue from the area. This is done using a laser rather than a blade, as is used with traditional gum disease treatment. Mill Valley patients will experience less pain this way.

Removing calculus deposits

Ultrasonic scalers are then used to remove calculus deposits from underneath the gum line.

Forming a blood clot

The laser will make a second pass over the area to stimulate bone, root, and soft tissue. The laser also causes the blood to clot and form a tight seal around the tooth. In this way, LANAP® can create a safe environment for the repair of gum health to occur.

Tissue compression

The next step in the repair of gum health is to recompress the tissue against the tooth. This is done without using sutures.

Adjustment of bite

During the final step in gum disease treatment, patients will have their bite adjusted and examined for signs of trauma.


LANAP® is a safe and pain free way to repair gum health. By using a laser rather than a scalpel to remove unhealthy tissue, patients will experience less discomfort and a smaller chance of infection. For more information on how to repair gum health in Mill Valley, contact Dr. Rachel Brinker to schedule a consultation today.


Meet Rachel Brinker, DMD

Periodontics and Dental Implants

Dr. Brinker Lanap Periodontist

Dr. Rachel Brinker is originally from Kentucky and found her way to Marin County after attending dental school and residency on the East Coast. Rachel received her D.M.D. degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA and her Certificate in Periodontics from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York, NY.

Dr. Brinker has been practicing periodontics in Marin County for the past 10 years, originally in San Rafael, and now in her solo practice in Mill Valley. She appreciates and enjoys cultivating the relationships she develops and maintains with patients and colleagues. Dr. Brinker values the collaborations periodontics allows her to foster on a daily basis while helping patients achieve their treatment goals in a relaxed, attentive manner.

Rachel enjoys being in the outdoors and taking advantage of all that Marin has to offer. She runs, hikes, mountain bikes, enjoys crossfit, the beach, and anything active. Rachel also loves exploring Marin, and so much more, with her two young daughters, Sienna and Sabrina.

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655 Redwood Highway, Suite 110
Mill Valley, California 94941

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