Laser Periodontal Therapy
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Left untreated, inflammation caused by the infection results in bad breath, loose teeth and bleeding gums. If the infection persists for an extended period of time, teeth may be lost entirely.
Periodontal disease has been scientifically-proven to be linked to cardiovascular disease. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease not only like to reside in deep pockets below the gum line, but also like to colonize valves around the human heart.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Older, more antiquated techniques are still (unfortunately) being employed to eradicate periodontal disease. The CORE periodontal model is customized to each patient and their specific needs. Our patients can expect pain-free quadrant periodontal treatments in conjunction with dental laser therapy. Our hygienist strongly emphasizes the importance of good oral hygiene home care and maintaining routine professional hygiene appointments to achieve optimum health for your teeth and gums.
Why is the laser better than traditional periodontal surgery?
Until recently, surgery meant scalpels, sutures, many post-op visits, and pain. Using new dental technology, we are now able to treat periodontal disease using a dental laser, with little to no discomfort. Laser periodontal therapy can be used to eradicate periodontal disease without the need for incisions and stitches. There is minimal discomfort (sometimes, you won't even need novocaine) and the healing period is much quicker than traditional periodontal surgery.
A small, flexible laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is gently inserted between the tooth and the gum. When the laser is activated, the wavelength of light that is emitted immediately clears away the infection. In most cases, the entire mouth can be lased in just two 2-hour sessions. The typical recovery period is less than 24 hours, so there's no need to worry about missing school or work.
The laser can be used for other soft-tissue procedures as well...
- To correct a "gummy smile" by cosmetically reshaping and/or removing gum tissue (known as a "gingivectomy").
- To help the doctors access cavities that are below the gumline.
- To remove an attachment that is interfering with normal speech (known as a "frenectomy") or to relieve muscle attachments that are causing gum recession.
- To remove soft tissue growths inside the mouth (cheeks, lips & tongue).
- To help remove swollen gum tissue that was caused by systemic disease, medication or poor oral hygiene.
- To prevent cold sores (herpes lesions) from coming out completely (in fact, laser treatment has been shown to eliminate herpes outbreaks entirely)!
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