We use laser technology to provide minimally invasive treatment for periodontitis—gum disease that is affecting the bone and tissues that support the teeth. Gum disease is detected with a thorough examination using X-rays and a periodontal probe. The crevice between a tooth and the surrounding gum should be 2 to 3 millimeters deep. When plaque and tartar become problematic, this crevice becomes deeper than 3 millimeters and is referred to as a pocket. Using Laser Technology is gentler and more targeted than the traditional surgical method using a scalpel. As a result, treatment is more comfortable and there is less trauma and faster healing. At McConachie we practice the following:
Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) - This is accomplished by the dental professional using a non-cutting dental laser. The high intensity light energy of the laser is focused around the teeth and into the periodontal pockets during a regular cleaning. During a cleaning, there is a high potential for some bleeding, which will give the bacteria another potential entry point. When LBR is performed, most of the bacteria are killed, greatly reducing the strain on the immune system and making the cleaning safer.
Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) - this practice will remove diseased tissue leaving healthy tissue intact and bacteria free. The laser cauterizes blood vessels and nerve endings to reduce bleeding and pain. This allows your hygienist or your dentist to clean infected bone and to prepare the tooth root so that the gum will reattach to it. With this laser there is no need for a scalpel to cut gum tissue or instruments to cut bone.
Daily brushing and regular flossing are important to maintain your oral health. However, no matter how diligent you are with your daily routine, you will still leave calculus, plaque and bacteria behind – Your Dental Hygienist to the rescue! They will:
Remove calculus, plaque and bacteria
Prevent Gingiva (Gum) Disease
Prevent Caries and maintain health of fillings and crowns
Detect Oral Cancer
Treat Halitosis (Bad Breath)