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Apr
5

LANAP Periodontal Therapy: What is it?

Posted in Gum Disease

In the past, patients with advanced gum disease faced only one option: surgery. If a deep cleaning or rehabilitative treatments in the family dental office didn’t work, it would mean seeing a periodontal specialist for a flap procedure. As intimidating as this seems, it was usually the only choice left if someone wanted to save their natural teeth.

Thankfully, LANAP is changing that. The laser periodontal treatment can help patients with gum disease in just a couple of visits to their dentist’s office.

After a deep cleaning, LANAP eliminates any residual bacteria along the tooth surface as well as the outer layers of soft tissues that are adjacent to the tooth. It also creates a new connection between the gums and sterile tooth root, allowing reattachment to take place. Consequently, most LANAP patients see drastic improvements in their gum treatment and are able to avoid having surgeries later on.

LANAP is a fairly straightforward process, although it can take a bit of time due to the number of sites requiring treatment. A thin laser is placed into the gum pocket along the tooth, and the tip treats a specific area. Gradually, it is walked around the entire pocket until the entire circumference of the tooth has been addressed. Your dentist may want to break your visit up into two or 4 visits, depending on how much of your mouth is impacted by the disease.

Most LANAP patients see a significant improvement in their gum pockets after the laser treatment. Be sure to follow your home care instructions carefully, as they impact the successful healing of your surgical site.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Nov
21

How Lasers Can Gently and Effectively Help You Treat Gum Disease

Posted in Laser Dentistry

The methods for treating and managing gum disease are constantly evolving to reflect the latest advances in medical technology. What does this mean for you? Let’s take a minute to discuss how laser technology can improve your gum therapy experience.

Decrease Levels of Bacteria

Gum disease is characterized by the presence of destructive bacteria in the gums around the teeth. The bacteria are what make the condition difficult to manage. Lasers can be used in conjunction with a special rinse after a deep cleaning procedure to reduce the bacterial population in the pocket around a tooth. This may also eliminate your need for an antibiotic. Doing this makes it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean.

Improved Healing

Some lasers used in periodontal (gum) therapy can help to reduce bleeding and inflammation. Discomfort after a procedure is significantly reduced when lasers are used. Whether you need a procedure that requires the use of metal instruments or not, lasers can give you a shorter time for healing.

Less Scaling with Metal Instruments

A laser could even be an effective alternative to the use of traditional metal hand instruments in a scaling and root planing procedure. Lasers have proven to be very efficient at removing traces of tartar and bacterial toxins embedded in the roots.

Periodontal treatment may be essential not only to saving your teeth but also to protecting your overall health. If your dentist recommends gum therapy to treat your periodontal condition, you don’t need to worry that it will be an uncomfortable procedure. Ask your dentist about the ultra modern and efficient tools and technologies used to manage periodontal disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Oct
25

Soft Tissue Lasers: What They Mean for Periodontal Patients

Posted in Gum Disease

As someone who is familiar with the battle against periodontal disease, you know how tiring the fight can be. You may need to return for multiple cleanings (periodontal maintenance appointments) every few months, and you are constantly searching for new ways to improve the way you keep your gums plaque-free. How can a soft tissue laser give you an added advantage in combating periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease causes a destruction of the gum, ligaments, and bone surrounding teeth. This breakdown creates a deep pocket against a tooth. Even after periodontal therapy, this deep pocket may still be difficult for you to keep clean. If not kept clean, the periodontal disease will continue to rage. This problem can be addressed by trimming away the gum tissue around the tooth, thereby decreasing the depth of the pocket.

 

  • The challenge of controlling periodontal disease can be compounded by certain medications which cause the gums to exceedingly grow over the teeth. This creates a false pocket that is still prone to trapping bacteria and becoming inflamed. A laser can be used in reducing the depth of such a pocket and preventing you from having a “gummy” smile.

 

  • After dealing with periodontal disease, the shape of your gums may look a little different. It is possible to surgically recontour or reshape your gum line with the help of soft tissue lasers.

 

  • Soft tissue lasers can also be used to cleanse periodontal pockets of debris and bacteria after scaling and root planing. This reduces your reliance upon antibiotic therapies.

At your next periodontal maintenance appointment, ask your dental hygienist or dentist about the laser therapies that aravailable and how they can assist you in treating periodontal disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jul
24

Laser Therapy for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

At present, lasers have a variety of useful applications in dental procedures including: removing decayed tooth, setting restorative materials, gum surgery, some tooth-whitening procedures, and more recently, in the treatment of gum disease.

About Lasers

There are different kinds of lasers with different settings which are very specific to individual procedures. When set to the safe and proper wavelength by a trained professional, lasers are not harmful to healthy gum tissue. Lasers can be used in place of metal instruments to remove small growths to test them for cancer. Even if the growths had already been judged as harmless, they can still be removed this way if they were a source of irritation to the patient. Lasers have also been used as a means of disinfecting the pockets around teeth that develop as a result of the action of the bacteria involved in periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).

How Can Lasers Help in Treating Gum Disease?

Some recent research suggests that the use of lasers after non-surgical treatment with mechanical instrumentation can both promote healing of the tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria in sites affected by periodontal disease.

According to data reported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the near future of periodontal treatment could see the introduction of a laser as a replacement for scaling and root planing procedures presently completed by hand.

As an alternative to traditional gum surgery, laser therapy results in quicker healing time, and less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.

At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about the laser technology utilized in the office and how it can improve your next dental procedure.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

May
2

Uses for Lasers in Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers are making dental care more efficient, more effective, and even more comfortable than ever. The types of lasers vary from one design to the next, with some used solely for hard tissues like teeth, while others are for soft tissues such as the gums. Here are some of the ways dentists are using lasers to improve your smile and your oral care experience:

Drill Free Fillings

Imaging being able to have a cavity removed and your tooth filled without ever hearing or feeling a drill. It’s a reality! Some types of dental lasers allow tooth alteration and preparation for purposes like fillings or bonding. 

Perio Therapy

Managing gum disease used to mean surgery for some patients. Now, lasers can be used in conjunction with deep cleaning appointments to create a sterile environment around the tooth, destroy bacteria, and aid in tissue reattachment. Patients that elect to have laser perio therapy often experience greater results from their treatment. 

Gingival Contouring

If gummy smiles or excessive gum tissues make your teeth look shorter or uneven, laser recontouring only takes a few seconds to complete. Recontouring will reshape the gum tissues around the tooth, making it appear even with just the right amount of tooth exposure. 

Cold Sore Treatments

Are you a person who frequently battles aphthous ulcers or cold sores? If you feel a sore popping up, a quick trip to the dentist could prevent it from flaring up altogether. Lasers quickly destroy the bacteria in these wounds and speed up recovery time, so that you don’t have to wait a week or longer for it to go away on its own.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Feb
2

Laser Therapy for Gum Disease

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Combating gum disease is an important step to living a healthy life and having a healthy smile. After all, gum disease can cause tooth loss and make it more difficult to fight off other types of health conditions. In the past, most periodontal therapies involved a deep cleaning and if that wasn’t successful enough, surgical therapy. Now there is a minimally invasive, more proactive way to treat gum disease: soft tissue laser therapy.

Utilizing soft tissue lasers during deep cleanings allows active bacteria and diseased tissues to be eliminated during the procedure. First, calcified tartar is removed from the teeth, along with loose debris that is tucked under the margin of the gum tissue. Then the laser is applied to the pocket area so that the tissue that lines the pocket can be treated, along with the detached tissues near the bottom of the pocket. During this procedure, active bacteria that are loose within the pocket are also eliminated.

The laser is gentle enough to use on your gum tissues without causing any significant discomfort. In fact, it actually speeds up the healing process. After the infected tissues have been treated and the pocket is sterilized, the gums are much more likely to reattach to the root surface of the tooth. It’s more successful than any other type of non-invasive or minimally invasive therapy when it comes to battling gum disease. Many patients are able to prevent the need for surgeries later on, and reverse their periodontal condition altogether.

Experience effective gum therapy and have a healthy smile again. Ask your dentist about soft tissue laser therapy and save your teeth before it’s too late!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Jun
6

Biolase Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

What if the power of lasers and the gentleness of water could be combined to provide an effective new way at treating dental patients? Biolase is just that! Each Biolase laser combines the two together as a way to gently prepare teeth for restorations like fillings without the use of electronic drills.

Anxiety is a real problem for dental patients. By eliminating the need for high-pitched drills, Biolase helps patients relax during their treatment. The laser is so gentle, that many patients feel as if nothing is going on at all. Quietly and quickly, dentists that use Biolase are able to hep their patients feel comfortable without sacrificing the quality of their care.

Dentists are also able to provide very precise tooth adjustments with the thin laser tip. In fact, laser dentistry treatment is more accurate than using traditional equipment, and it takes less time to complete. Short appointments are something that everyone appreciates!

Depending on what type of treatment you need, Biolase lasers may be an option. It can be used for laser periodontal therapy or even for adjusting the contour of the gumlines. With so many options for it’s use, more dentists are using Biolase as a way to improve their patient care.

If the thought of “drilling and filling” keeps you away from the dentist, it’s important to know that times have changed. The next time you sit down with your dentist to discuss treatment your smile needs, ask about Biolase lasers. Your dental care provider will let you know how they can be used for your specific oral health concerns.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics

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