We use a hard tissue laser to gently prepare teeth for fillings. By combining laser energy with a gentle spray of water, our hard tissue laser removes areas of decay while leaving healthy tooth structure intact. Many people don’t even need anesthesia with laser dentistry, so you’ll be out of the dental chair and back to your normal schedule before you know it.
Soft tissue lasers shorten the duration of almost any gum or soft tissue procedure that usually requires a scalpel and sutures. Soft tissue lasers are especially useful in gum disease therapy, because the high-intensity laser energy has been proven to kill bacteria and promote the regrowth of soft tissue cells. Because they eliminate the need for scalpels and sutures, lasers also help minimize pain and speed the healing process.
The FDA-approved and patented Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) therapy is a pocket-reduction protocol that reduces gum pockets caused by bone loss around the teeth. By establishing a new attachment (seal) of the gum tissues, the LANAP procedure provides the ideal environment for bone regrowth and ligament attachment to the root surfaces that were diseased before treatment began. In most instances, treatment with the PerioLase MVP-7 eliminates the need for conventional "cut-and-suture" periodontal surgery, also referred to as flap and osseous surgery.
For patients who are anxious about traditional "cut-and-suture" periodontal surgery, this new laser treatment can be a life-changing alternative! Teeth can be saved and natural smiles can be preserved through this new treatment option.
Dr. Robert H. Gregg, developer of Laser Periodontal Therapy, discusses how scalpel-free dental laser therapy successfully treats the cause of gum disease (bacteria and resulting endotoxins) with less pain, less bleeding, less infection, and less recovery time. Airdate: May 6, 2008
This pulsing laser can distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue using color differences. According to a study in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, the infected tissue, which has a darker pigment than healthy tissue, is "zapped" away by the laser, leaving behind only healthy gum tissue. The LANAP protocol then helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth. The laser's heat also seals the gums with a "thermal blood clot" which creates a phsycial barrier to block any bacteria that could recreate a gum pocket.
The newest technology available for periodontal patient care, the PerioLase MVP-7 Nd:YAG laser, is now available at our office. Similar to LASIK surgery for the eyes, this laser therapy allows us to treat periodontal patients with non-invasive, patient-friendly, breakthrough procedure. The PerioLase MVP-7, manufactured by Millennium Dental Technologies, was developed specifically to treat periodontal disease using the LANAP protocol.