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Perio Disease Treatment Alternative: Lasers

This article focuses on one of the two popular alternatives to traditional diseased gum therapies, namely the treatment protocol that incorporates laser technology. The other minimally invasive therapy that involves special antibiotic bathing of the periodontal tissues (PerioProtect) can be reviewed here.

PerioLase: Digital Technology versus Traditional Gum Therapy

Advanced Periodontal Treatment Periodontal Disease can become devastating for many patients. Although nobody wants it.... it nonetheless occurs and rapidly advances, for a variety of reasons.

Gingivitis is the usual starting point and although easily treatable for most patients, commonly develops into a serious disease process.

Traditional disease treatment procedures are considerably invasive and a painful experience for many patients. Like many other treatment methods and techologies in dentistry, perio treatment research has also produced recent advancements in theory and successful treatment methods.

These advancements now enable patients to benefit from non or minimally invasive treatment choices.

Based on active research conducted by two renowned dentists, a gum tissue surgery therapy that incorporates the use of an Nd:YAG laser (most widely used laser platform in modern dentistry) was developed to successfully compete with the more traditional methods of eliminating the process.

Reconstructive Dentistry and PerioLase

More and more dental surgeons (including periodontists, more recently) who seek to be on or near the cutting edge of treatments that have the highest predictability of success factor, are acquiring the PerioLase Laser to provide more treatment choices for gum disease patients.

Click photo to watch procedure
The PerioLase from Millennium Dental Technologies is a specialized Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser with the unique features necessary to perform a variety of soft tissue procedures.

Gum Laser Multimedia Video

The adjacent photo is a snapshot of a PerioLase animated demonstration video of an amazing technology that will appeal to patients seeking a proven treatment for treating even the most severe cases of periodontitis.

Click here to watch this interesting video and see first hand how the technology is used on tooth structures and soft tissues.

Questions: Periotherapy Comparisons with Traditional Surgery

  • No surgical cutting and no suturing
  • Less discomfort than with standard surgery, both during and after treatment
  • Treatment usually completed in two visits, with two follow up visits, compared to about 4 one hour periosurgery sessions followed by suture removal and additional check ups
  • PerioLaser results are longer lasting. 98% of Laser treated patients versus 5% of perio surgery patients remain stable after 5 years
  • Patients can usually eat what they want immediately after treatment
  • Recovery following Perio Laser treatment is approximately 24 hours, compared to 2-4 weeks for traditional surgery
  • Minimal time lost from work
  • Laser Periodontal Therapy is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Coumadin or Cyclosporin.

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