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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

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

Dec
29

How Lasers Have Transformed Periodontal Therapy

Posted in Laser Dentistry

In the past, there were only two ways to treat periodontal disease: conventional scaling and root planing, or periodontal surgery at a specialist’s office. Laser therapy has changed all of that! Now, patients can get even more effective treatment with quicker results and experience little to no discomfort.

There are different types of lasers used in dentistry. The development of advanced soft tissue lasers allow dentists to now treat diseased gum tissues in a gentle manner that destroys bacteria and improves healing.

Soft tissue lasers are used in conjunction with scaling and root planing procedures. During the deep cleaning, hard and soft debris is removed from the surfaces of the teeth. The laser is then applied to the tissue that lines the periodontal pocket. The superficial, diseased layer is gently removed as the infectious bacteria are destroyed. An instrument is then used to clean the very bottom of the periodontal pocket, and the laser once again is applied to this area to complete the treatment.

By removing all bacteria as well as diseased tissue, the underlying tissues can then create a seal against the clean tooth surface. Blood flow is improved, speeding recovery. Reattachment can then occur at a more prominent rate. As a result, patients can avoid the need for surgical procedures, grafts, and see results faster than ever. Laser therapy is the answer to the modern treatment and reversal of gum disease.

Not all dental lasers are created equal. Ask your dentist if he or she offers soft tissue lasers that can be used for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. The treatment can save you from invasive, uncomfortable procedures and give you the results you want – fast.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

Dec
8

Non-Surgical Perio Therapy Techniques

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease causes gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. It can destroy your smile even more than cavities. Surgical treatments are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to more effective non-surgical perio therapy techniques. Here are just a few ways your dentist can help you reverse your gum disease:

Laser Perio Therapy

Soft tissue lasers destroy active bacteria and speed up the healing of infected gum tissues. The entire laser therapy procedure takes just a minute or two per tooth, and dramatically improves recovery time. There is no discomfort associated with the procedure and no down time afterward. 

Locally Placed Antibiotics

Instead of taking medication by mouth, locally placed antibiotics are able to combat infection right where it starts. These medications are usually in the form of a small capsule or chip that are placed in the bottom of the periodontal pocket in areas where infection is at its worst. When placed after a deep cleaning, these medications dramatically improve results in even the deepest pockets. 

Deep Cleanings

Scaling and root planing treatments (“deep cleanings”) remove loose and calcified bacteria from the roots of the teeth and deep gum pockets. After deep cleanings, regular perio maintenance cleanings keep your condition from becoming more severe. 

Reversing active gum disease can be done through attentive professional care and a re-vamped oral hygiene routine at home. Eating a balanced diet, taking time to clean between your teeth, and visiting your dentist on a frequent basis can help your mouth heal itself and prevent the need for surgical gum disease treatments. If you have symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding or swollen gums, gum recession, or tooth mobility, it’s time to call your dentist immediately.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentistry Center
3070 Windward Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(678) 366-2322

Aug
29

How Soft Tissue Laser Treatment Can Improve Your Smile

Posted in Periodontics

Soft tissue lasers are becoming increasingly common in the modern dental practice. Their use is simple, comfortable, and can be used for a variety of different oral health needs. The treatment doesn’t require any anesthesia and in most cases can be completed in less than a few minutes.

Treatment of aphthous ulcers and cold sores

A bothersome cold sore or ulcer can take up to two weeks before it’s completely healed. Or, you can see your dentist, and have instant relief. Just a few seconds of laser treatment can reverse the inflammation and irritation caused by oral lesions. It almost feels as if your sore has been healed instantly. 

Managing periodontal disease

Lasers are also useful for eliminating live bacteria inside of the gum pockets around diseased teeth. Following a dental cleaning, a laser can be placed within the periodontal pocket to speed up the healing process and prevent further pocket formation. It can be used in conjunction with gum disease treatments to produce more dramatic results. 

Tissue recontouring

Improving the contour of your gumlines may be a cosmetic issue, or necessary for treatments such as crowns or veneers. Unlike surgical tissue recontouring, laser recontouring takes only a few minutes and has relatively no recovery time. Adjusting the contour of your teeth can help them appear more even, and provide more exposed tooth structure for larger restorations like crowns.

Having soft tissue laser therapy often results in little to no discomfort following your treatment. Healing times are dramatically reduced as well! The next time you need oral surgery, gum therapy, or any type of tissue treatment – ask your dentist how soft tissue lasers can help.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa

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Mar
6

Laser Gum Treatments

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers are quickly becoming one of the most beneficial instruments used in dental offices. They can be used for a variety of purposes, with the biggest benefits being that they cause very little discomfort and require next to no recovery time! Lasers are often used to:

  •  Treat gum disease
  •  Recontour gumlines
  •  Treat ulcers

Gingival recontouring is quicker, more comfortable, and much easier to perform thanks to lasers. Previously, recontouring was considered to be more of a surgical procedure. Now, recontouring only takes a few minutes to perform across the entire mouth. The laser is simply traced along the gumlines to reshape areas where excess gum tissue is present, creating a uniform, even gumline across the entire smile.

This is useful in people with “gummy” smiles, or on teeth that appear shorter than they ought to. Sometimes excess gum tissue is due to medications that are being taken, or prevents teeth from being treated. Extra tooth access is gained in a treatment called crown lengthening, and can sometimes also be completed by using lasers. Laser periodontal therapy also help destroy infectious bacteria that are active in areas of gum disease, speeding up the healing process and reversal of gum disease. They are part of a comprehensive periodontal therapy program.

If ulcers are a frequent occurrence, they can make life miserable. Simply using a laser over the ulcer for just a few seconds can provide immediate pain relief and speed up the healing time.

Most people do not experience any discomfort in the areas where they received laser treatment, because the tissue is lightly cauterized. Ask your dentist about how laser therapy can improve the care you receive during your treatment.

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

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