How Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Work?
The laser generates a tiny beam of concentrated light energy. This energy sterilizes the area, removes diseased tissue only, and it facilitates the scaling and root planing that is also critical to the procedure.
In the United States, more than 60% of the population has some degree of gum disease, yet statistics show that less than 3% have treatment. Since fear is one of the factors that prevent patients from having recommended treatment, we want to introduce our patients to Laser Periodontal Treatment (LPT), a non-surgical approach to treating gum disease. We and our patients have found that this is a very effective treatment, and it is far less invasive and therefore much more comfortable than traditional periodontal surgery.
LPT can help eliminate infection and heal diseased gum tissue which, if left untreated, can lead to early tooth loss. Research suggests that dental infections may also be associated with hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke and premature births.
Laser periodontal therapy (LPT) is a breakthrough in the treatment of gum disease just as LASIK was for ophthalmology. LPT takes some of the most effective treatment modalities that have been used for many years and enhances them with the conservative use of a laser. This very special combination of treatments has proven to be as effective as surgery for the treatment of periodontal disease.
We use this LPT procedure in order to preserve as much of the healthy gum tissue as possible, maintain the height of the gums around the teeth, and minimize the discomfort to the patient.
|A||Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.||E||Healing of gums to clean root surface occurs.|
|B||Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue.||F||Bite trauma is adjusted.|
|C||Ultrasonic scaler and special hand instruments are used to remove root surface tarter.||G||Healing occurs.|
|D||Laser finishes cleaning pocket and aids in sealing the pocket closed so new germs cannot enter.|
Benefits of LPT:
- Faster healing.
- Minimal post-op discomfort-usually pain can be managed with Motrin®.
- Less bleeding.
- Spend less time in the dental chair than traditional surgery.
- Reduced risk of infection – laser virtually sterilizes periodontal pocket.
- Decreased sensitivity.
In addition to the benefits of gum treatment , LPT is also used to:
- Take the sting out of painful aphthous ulcers
- Perform frenectomy and gingivectomy procedures.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy is an FDA approved procedure for the treatment of periodontal disease and bone regeneration.
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