Virtually Painless Laser Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
History of lasers in dentistry
Lasers use light energy in a super-focused manner to change our lives. The first lasers were developed in the 1960s. All of us have seen lasers in the supermarket scanning groceries, in disc players, and many more places in our daily lives. The possibilities for laser use in dentistry did not occur until 1989 when the first FDA approval was granted for soft tissue use (gums and other tissues). In 1996 the FDA approved the first use of lasers on hard tissue such as teeth and bone. Each of these lasers is of a different “wavelength” that has different characteristics in the way that they are attracted to different types of tissues in and around the mouth.
This procedure is a laser assisted periodontal therapy to treat gum disease without uncomfortable cutting or sutures. The treatment manages infected gums in a single office visit by utilizing the industry’s only proven multi-wavelength laser treatment provided by the Fotona LightWalker® laser. The combination of two laser wavelengths dramatically improves the outcome of laser assisted therapy. Laser dentistry quickly and painlessly removes dangerous toxins that lead to bone deterioration, while simultaneously promoting the growth of healthy gum tissue.
Here’s how it works
Laser assisted periodontal therapy is regarded for its comfort, but a local anesthetic is applied to ensure absolutely no pain is felt during the procedure. A general anesthetic isn’t necessary.
A small laser fiber, about the size of a thin hairbrush bristle is placed in the pocket space between the gum and tooth to eliminate bad bacteria and diseased gum tissue. The healthy tissue is left unharmed, and the pocket is cleared for further cleaning.
A second laser wavelength uses a thin laser quartz rod, which creates a photo-acoustic or sound wave to gently break apart tartar and calcium deposits on the tooth’s roots along with detoxifying the root surfaces. The laser fiber returns to reach the bottom of the pocket and remove harmful toxins and bacteria while sterilizing the bone and tissue. This action elicits blood clotting. The clots contain fibers that will support the reattachment of the tissue to the bone and foster the regrowth of lost tissues.
Gums that were once diseased are restored to health without cutting, scaling, stitches, or pain. Laser assisted periodontal therapy is remarkably powerful and effective, yet gentle. Unlike traditional periodontal treatments, which employ sharp tools to cut away affected tissue, laser assisted periodontal therapy keeps your gums intact and allows you to remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure and afterwards.
If your gums are tender, inflamed, bleeding, or receding from the tooth, it’s likely you have gum disease. It’s important to promptly seek treatment since gum disease contributes to cardiovascular issues, diabetes, stroke, and low birth weight in pregnant women. Gums anchor the teeth, so acceptable periodontal health promotes oral health, too. Dr. Shiffman and his Boynton Laser Dental Center, www.boyntonlaserdental.com, located in Palm Beach, Florida are committed to keeping up with the latest advances in Laser Dental therapy to help maintain your health and well-being.