Laser Gum Disease treatment is now available on Long Island! Our modern, state-of -the-art Long Island dental office is focused on minimally invasive laser periodontal gum disease treatment. As laser technology has advanced, so has our ability to treat gum infections with lasers. We now offer several laser gum disease treatment options at our Smithtown, Long Island office.
The Silent Epidemic
Nearly 80% of the American population has some stage of gum disease. Medically called Periodontal Disease, and also known as Pyorrhea, gum disease is a chronic, long lasting and painless infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is the #1 reason Americans lose their teeth today, and people with less teeth live shorter lives. If you have bad breath, your gums bleed while brushing and flossing, or have loose teeth; chances are you have gum disease. Periodontal Disease is one of the major contributors to full body inflammation. People with gum dieses simply die younger and suffer more because it contributes to inflammation based diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart attack and strokes, and autoimmune disease such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Eczema, Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
The Trouble with Conventional Treatment
Conventional, 100 year-old techniques, focus on gum pocket elimination by cutting away the infected bone and gums around the teeth. A barbaric procedure where parts of the gums are sliced away and are "flapped" open so that the diseased bone is scraped and drilled away. Then the gums are stitched back. This mechanical procedure does little to address the real cause of the disease: the bacteria. Patients are often left with exposed sensitive roots, long ugly teeth, and food trapping gaps between the teeth. In addition, recovery from gum surgery may include pain, swelling, bleeding, black and blue marks on the face and many stitches.
On the other hand, lasers disinfect and decontaminate the inside of the gums and address the cause of the problem: the bacteria. Laser periodontal therapy is minimally invasive, does not involve gutting away gums and bone, requires no stitches or sutures, recovery is relatively quick and comfortable with no bruising.
Early to Moderate Gum Disease Laser Treatment
When gum disease is diagnosed early and the pocket measurements range form 4-6mm our non-surgical laser periodontal therapy is effective in photo-disinfection of the infected gums around your teeth. Following a thorough deep cleaning to remove tartar, plaque and bacteria around the teeth we use the EPIC Diode Laser to photo-disinfect or vaporize bacteria deep in the gums. We have seen great results with this minimally invasive and relatively painless technique.
Moderate to Advanced Gum Disease Laser Treatment
For more advanced gum disease with pockets ranging 6-9mm deep we offer Laser micro-surgery known as Wave Optimized Periodontal Therapy (WPT) using the double laser approach of the Fotona Powerlase. WPT is a break through in modern minimally invasive laser periodontal treatment. Our Fotona Powerlase is 2 lasers in one. This advanced dental laser uses both the Er:Yag and the Nd:Yag wave-lengths to predictably treat gum disease. By combining dentistry's two best laser wavelengths the Nd: Yag and the Er:Yag the Powerlase AT stands at the forefront of modern Laser Periodontal Therapy.
The Er:Yag laser is very effective in removing tartar, plaque and bacterial toxins from the root surface sot eh gums can reattach to the tooth, while the Nd:Yag laser removes diseased and infected gum tissue on the inside of the gums around the teeth, leaving the healthy outside gums intact. In addition, the Nd:Yag laser is used to form a biologic glue-clot eliminating the need for stitches. Together both lasers stimulate the body’s healing ability and in some cases is able to help regrow healthy bone around teeth.
Combined with our Gum Disease Adjunctive Protocol, laser gum disease treatment can stop or even reverse the ravages the silent and painless epidemic that is Periodontal Disease.