Preventative – Laser Bacterial Reduction
Approximately 75-80% of adults are affected with gum disease (aka: periodontal disease). Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection in the pockets and gum tissue around teeth. The cause for periodontal disease is from the bacteria in your mouth. Periodontal disease is associated with the following diseases: heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, low birth weight and premature delivery, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, obesity, still birth and hypertension. Laser dentistry targets the bacteria to help prevent the above diseases.
Diode Lasers are now being used safely, and comfortably to decontaminate the gum tissue and pockets around the teeth prior to your dental cleaning as preventive care. The laser emits concentrated light energy, which vaporizes unhealthy bacteria. This procedure is called Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR). The major benefits of LBR are:
- TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE BACTEREMIA – During the normal dental cleaning process and during the normal brushing and flossing, most patients will have some areas that may bleed. This allows bacteria that are present in all of our mouths to flood into the bloodstream and sometimes settle in weakened areas of our body. As stated above, research shows that these bacteria that cause periodontal disease have now been linked to a growing number of other diseases. Using the laser prior to your dental cleaning allows us to remove the bacteria and reduce the bacterial flow into your bloodstream.
- TO PREVENT CROSS CONTAMINATION – Infections in one area of your mouth can be transferred to other areas. Decontamination minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up bacterial infection in one area of your mouth and move it to others.
- TO KILL PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA – And stop their infections before they cause destruction or loss of attachment around your teeth.
Our Laser Bacterial Reduction is painless and normally takes about 5-6 minutes for the entire mouth. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this service as part of your cleaning appointment.
Laser Bacterial Reduction is $35 and at this time some dental insurance does not assist with payment for LBR. Unfortunately, insurance coverage is almost always behind the leading edge in high tech health care.
Cosmetic – Laser Aesthetic Dentistry
We offer laser gum contouring, which is a treatment for a smile that features more of a person’s gum lines. The laser quickly vaporizes unwanted gum tissue and significantly decreases bleeding at the same time. With precision, the laser removes just a few small cell layers and then seals the area, creating a sterile surface for optimal healing.
The process of using the laser reveals more of the tooth tissue, giving your smile more balance and enhanced brightness. The laser procedure is often used to sculpt the shape of the gums and promote the best possible aesthetic results.