In Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) there is no cutting away of the gums or bone as in traditional treatment. The Waterlase MD™ laser uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tissue and minimizes pain and discomfort.
There are so many reasons why it is beneficial, one can see why dentists use it throughout the United States. The following are some of these benefits.
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy is:
In addition to the laser’s increased accuracy and shortened treatment time, patients, one for one, prefer the Waterlase MD™ over traditional treatment because it eliminates or minimizes any discomfort (pain) during and after therapy.
The #1 reason why patients delay needed trips to the dentist is not wanting to experience the pain related to traditional dentistry. The Waterlase™ LAPT therapy is minimally invasive and relatively painless, therefore there is often no need for dental shots or anxiety.
Waterlase MD laser treatment is about as non-invasive as you can get. There is no cutting of the gum or bone as in traditional surgery. Utilizing LAPT, a small laser fiber is inserted into the diseased gum pocket. This precise laser disintegrates the bacteria and diseased tissue without harming any of your healthy tissues. The disease is removed and healthy gums and bone are given a good chance to regenerate.
The Waterlase™ allows us to remove periodontal disease, gum tissue (as for enhancing a gummy smile) or bone (as in crown lengthening), and diseased tooth structures (as with sub-gingival cavities) while leaving surrounding areas whole and healthy. This promotes healing and allows you to keep more of your normal gum tissue!
WaterLase™ lasers are completely safe and have been approved by the US FDA as safe for periodontal treatment, periodontal cosmetics, crown lengthening and implant preparation as well as a variety of other dental procedures.
In actual fact, our advanced WaterLase MD™ laser is safer than traditional treatment because it sterilizes and seals your periodontal pockets, hindering re-infection and promoting faster healing. During the procedure the patient will also wear tinted safety glasses.
LAPT eliminates disease without harming surrounding healthy tissues. This is why WaterLase MD™’s minimally invasive treatment has been called "Biological Dentistry". LAPT results in healthier gums, leaving more tooth structure and bone intact. In addition, the laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue and provides a sealing clot that inhibits reinfection.
Traditional two-phase periodontal treatment often takes months and can be more expensive that minimally invasive laser therapy. LAPT is a one-phase complete therapy. Insurances and financing normally cover laser treatment.
Treatment Itself Is:
The #1 reason why patients delay needed trips to the dentist is not wanting to experience the pain, sensitivity and dental shots related to traditional dentistry. The Waterlase MD™ LAPT therapy is minimally invasive and relatively painless, therefore there is little or no need for dental shots or anxiety.
The Waterlase MD™ provides pinpoint accuracy and complete cleaning of diseased tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. This promotes healing and allows you to keep your natural teeth.
It takes about half the number of visits of traditional surgical treatment. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the office and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
Because LAPT is minimally invasive, there is often no need for dental shots which cause that annoying numbness in your tongue, cheeks and lips.
The Waterlase MD™ replaces the need for dental drills in periodontal treatment by doing the same work gently without the heat, vibration and pressure of dental drilling. It is the heat, vibration and pressure that cause pain. The laser is more accurate and quicker without the annoying whine of the drill. All of this makes for a much more comfortable experience.
Waterlase MD™ is safe for patients with health concerns. In addition, patients taking blood thinning medications (e.g. Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix) need not go off of these medications to receive treatment. It is also more indicated for smokers as gum recession is less prevalent in laser dentistry.
After Laser Therapy
During recovery, there is little or no discomfort, sensitivity, swelling or bleeding This is because of the precision of the therapy, the sterilization and sealing effect of the laser. There is little need for post-therapy pain medications as there can be with traditional periodontal surgery.
Most patients find that they recovery in less than 24-hours, so you won't lose time from work. In most cases, patients feel good right after the procedure. Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks, during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling.
With LAPT, your body naturally wants to repair itself because it removes diseased tissue while preserving your healthy tissue and your previously infected areas are sealed. Healthy tissue is then given a chance to grow back.
On the final step of the procedure, the laser is applied once more to clean and sterilize the area. The laser is then used to seal it with a blood clot. This hinders re-growth of infection and promotes an environment where the gum and bone can regenerate.
There are many LAPT cases where a patient’s infected areas were dramatically reduced and bone re-growth stabilized the teeth.
The minimally invasive Waterlase MD™ LAPT treatment assures that you get consistently good results. It eliminates your periodontal bacteria and promotes re-growth of the surrounding tissues, giving you a health natural smile that can last a lifetime. LAPT does not result in the loss of healthy gum or bone tissue as almost always occurs in traditional surgery. Loss of healthy tissue can expose your tooth roots leading to more sensitive teeth and a greater chance of tooth decay.
One of the unfortunate aspects of traditional periodontal surgery is that the gums need to be cut away to expose the bottom of periodontal pockets where periodontal bacterial grow. This procedure can lead to gum recession and exposed roots which can make your teeth look unsightly.
Periodontal therapy with the WaterLase MD™ enhances the appearance of the gums by preserving healthy gum tissue and reducing periodontal pockets without gum recession. The laser can also be used for a variety of cosmetic periodontal procedures such as cosmetic crown lengthening (to give a fuller smile) and gum re-contouring (to treat a “gummy smile”).