Treatment Alternatives – Digital Technology versus Traditional Therapy
Have you been diagnosed with gum disease? Lynn Dental Care offers a conservative alternative to traditional gum surgery. We use a laser device which has been approved by the FDA to provide a treatment that does not involve scalpels or sutures!
PerioLase Laser (LANAP) treatment utilizes safe, gentle laser energy for the treatment of moderate to severe gum disease. It gently and effectively removes diseased tissue and bacteria from the pockets surrounding the teeth. Treatment is less invasive, less expensive, and faster than surgical techniques. With no stitches and no incision, you will be able to return to your normal routine quickly. Additionally, your body will be able to heal naturally, reducing gum pockets and stabilizing teeth, while minimizing recession compared to traditional therapy.
NEW TECHNOLOGY = NEW COMFORT
What is PerioLase Laser?
This is an advanced technology for treating periodontal disease with the PerioLase Laser from Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc. Fearful or apprehensive feelings about periodontal treatment disappear as patients discover that a scalpel and sutures are not necessary.
Lynn Dental Care is one of the first practices in our area offering this technology for gum disease treatment. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about Laser Periodontal Therapy™.
How does laser treatment work?
Our laser delivers a precision amount of focused light energy via a small fiber that is gently placed in the periodontal pocket, which forms between the teeth and the gum tissue. It helps to reduce harmful bacteria and removes a small amount of diseased gum tissue. The bone can begin to heal once the affected area has been cleaned thoroughly.
Next, tartar, which is associated with red, bleeding, swollen gums, is gently removed from the surface of root with small dental instruments and an ultrasonic scaler.
Does it hurt?
PerioLase treatment can be virtually pain free. However, at Lynn Dental Care we use a local anesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort. Any soreness or discomfort that develops after the procedure is typically quite minor and short-lived.
Bite Stabilization: If patients have loose teeth that can be saved, those teeth are stabilized by splinting or using a bite guard. Balancing the bite through fine adjustment can also be a solution.
How long does the procedure take?
The laser portion of the treatment is performed first, and it normally only takes a few minutes. The next step is focused on scaling, a procedure that removes tartar buildup using small tools. One or several sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results, depending on the severity of the disease and your scheduling preferences. During the consultation phase, your Lynn Dental Care doctor will discuss the comprehensive treatment plan and explain how many appointments will be needed.
Is laser treatment more costly than traditional gum surgery?
The same billing code is typically used for laser treatment or oral surgery procedures. In most cases, there are no more costs involved for laser gum therapy. However, other factors may affect the total cost of treatment, such as the number of teeth involved and the severity of the disease. Most insurance plans cover a portion of gum disease treatment. Patients are encouraged to ask about our affordable financing options.
The team at Lynn Dental Care is delighted with this treatment system, due to the dramatic increase in comfort that it provides our patients. We encourage everyone to address their oral health needs sooner rather than later because gum disease is progressive. If not treated, it will cause more damage to the bone, teeth, and gum tissue.
PerioLase and Reconstructive Dentistry
Dentistry is a rapidly evolving field, and progressive dentists such as Dr. Lynn strive to stay abreast of the latest techniques and offer the most innovative technologies, which have a proven record of success. We have incorporated PerioLase into our practice to provide our patients with a better experience and better results.
This advanced laser device utilizes Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) technology, and includes numerous unique features for performing many different conservative soft tissue procedures.
Who is a candidate for this therapy?
First, it helps to know who isn’t a candidate for this procedure. Patients with healthy gums won’t need any kind of treatment. Additionally, those with mild gingivitis (inflamed gums and a pocket depth less than 5mm) can be treated with even more conservative techniques.
Gum disease is classified as Class I, II, III, or IV. The higher numbers indicate more severe disease with deeper pockets around the teeth. Mild gingivitis is considered Class I; all others have a pocket depth of over 5mm. Patients with Class II, Class III, or Class IV gum disease are potential candidates for laser therapy at Lynn Dental Care.
How does Periotherapy compare to Traditional Surgery?
- With laser therapy, there are no stitches and no cutting
- Patients enjoy a higher level of comfort
- Treatment usually only requires one or two appointments, with two follow-ups. Traditional treatment typically requires four sessions with an hour of surgery plus time for sutures, as well as additional follow-up visits and an appointment to remove the stitches.
- Recovery time is about one day, whereas surgery requires between two and four weeks.
- Lost work days and interference with your daily life is minimal.
- This procedure can be safely used on patients with health conditions such as HIV, diabetes, or hemophilia, as well as those taking medications such as Cyclosporine or Coumadin.
Other Questions for Lynn Dental Care
We are proud to provide our patients with gentle, effective gum disease treatments that are not yet available in many dental offices.
If you would like more information about PerioLase treatment or you are ready to schedule an appointment and take control of your oral health, please feel free to contact your Lynn Dental Care Dallas dentist today. We can be reached via the convenient online form, or by phone at 855-596-0728.