We are pleased to announce that we have recently acquired a new dental laser for our office, the Technology 4 Medicine laser. This laser is designed to treat both teeth and gums, allowing us to offer our patients a variety of exciting new treatment options. We are proud to be amoung the first of a growning number of dental offices nationwide to acquire this breakthrough laser technology.
- Cavities treated with no shot, no numbness and no whine of a drill.
- Gum disease treated with no incision (scapel) and no stitiches (sutures).
- Less time in the dental office.
- Rapid return to your normal activities after treatment compared to traditional perio surgery.
How does it work?
Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.
Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.
Does it hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we may anesthetize the area for the patient's comfort. In this way we can precisely direct the laser for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and of short duration.
How long does it take?
Inital treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes per tooth. Depending on the severity of the patient's periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. The estimated treatment time is reviewed with patients when we discuss their treatment plan.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
There are several factors which may affect the cost, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved. Patients should discuss their payment options with the treatment coordinator.
The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made the new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.