LASERS IN DENTISTRY…
MODESTO DENTIST USES LASER FOR GUM DISEASE
What is periodontal or gum disease?
It’s an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attacks the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath and sometimes unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroys both the gums and the supporting bone structure. Pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, periodontitis eventually results in tooth loss.
HOW DO LASERS WORK IN DENTISTRY?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth beaching agents.
Compared to the traditional dental drill, lasers:
- May cause less pain in some instances, therefore, reducing the need for anesthesia
- May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
- Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
- May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal
WHAT IS LANAP?
LANAP is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This is an FDA approved periodontal procedure provided by a dentist trained & licensed by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry. It uses the PerioLase MVP Laser from Millennium Dental Technologies that offers selective settings specifically suited for periodontal & soft tissue treatments. It is not destructive like the harsh CO2/carbon dioxide lasers. Additionally, the procedure includes bite adjustments to even out the load being placed on the teeth and supporting structures.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT LANAP?
Using a special kind of laser called the PerioLase MVP, the laser fiber, which is only about as wide as a couple of human hairs, is inserted between the gum tissue and your tooth, where it comfortably removes the noxious elements that cause gum disease.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LANAP OVER TRADITIONAL PERIODONTAL SURGERY?
- No healthy tissue is removed, further enhancing the chance for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth surface without further exposure of the root (recession). (So no looking long in the tooth!)
- Less pain & less bleeding
- Faster healing with little or no “down time” (Really!)
- Laser therapy stimulates bone regeneration
- Less expensive than traditional periodontal surgery
Because of greater comfort & faster healing time, the patient is ready to treat their restorative and/or cosmetic dental needs sooner.