Dental Lasers are a huge asset both within the dental field and our practice. Bright Dental has two Diode Lasers in the office, which mainly aid in bacterial reduction to help fight periodontal (gum) disease. As part of your regular hygiene appointments Laser Bacteria Reduction (LBR) is an effective treatment to help us control infection in your mouth.
The Laser process takes approximately 5-10 minutes and is painless. We recommend that all our patients have their teeth and surrounding tissues decontaminated through this process during their regular periodontal maintenance appointments for 3 main reasons:
- The Laser light is able to penetrate the tissues deeper than manual instrumental cleaning, thermally dehydrating bacteria. This is lethal to the bacteria, which means a reduction in potential disease progression occurs
- The process helps prevent cross contamination of infectious bacteria from one area of your mouth to another.
- The process helps to reduce or eliminate bacteremia. During regular appointments most patients have areas that bleed. This allows general oral bacterial to enter the bloodstream (bacteremia). The latest research shows that oral bacteria and pathogens have now been linked to Cardiovascular Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, low birth weight babies, Diabetes, Alzheimer�s, and more.
Since there is no cure for Periodontal Disease, we can help you to maintain and prevent further damage by reducing:
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
Two other uses for dental lasers within our office are for cold sore treatment and Gingivectomy.
- Cold sores, which are caused by viruses, can be disrupted in the early stages with the use of a dental laser to aid in healing and recovery. No freezing or medications are required. Instead, the patient only feels the warmth of the laser during the treatment, which disrupts the virus and initiates healing of the lesion, decreasing the time the cold sores is present and visible.
- Gingivectomy, the surgical removal of gum tissue, is typically required when deep pockets are created between the gums and teeth as a result of pulling away from the teeth. The pockets decrease the ability to consistently remove plaque, so this procedure helps save the bone and teeth. Furthermore, the procedure aids in treatment and reshaping of the gum tissues for cosmetic reasons. Using the laser for this treatment is less painful, results in less bleeding, and decreased tissue healing time than other methods.