A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum disease), and the surgical placement and long-term maintenance of dental implants.
A periodontist will see patients who are experiencing current symptoms of gum disease, and a periodontist will also provide additional routine preventive care for patients with a history of periodontal disease.
Recent studies show gum disease is linked to:
West 10th Dental Group is an industry leader in treating periodontal (gum) disease using leading-edge technology: Laser Periodontal Therapy™ (LANAP).
Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser-based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., PerioLase®Laser. No scalpel or sutures will be used.
We are one of the few offices in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ (LANAP) for the treatment of gum disease (such as periodontitis and gingivitis).
The success of the LANAP protocol is rooted in laser physics and the unique interaction between the tissue in the mouth and the PerioLase®Laser. The laser energy targets the diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue and penetrates beyond the surface for effective bacteria kill in areas of deep pockets that historically were only accessed with traditional cutting-type (scalpel) surgical procedures. Once the deep pockets are accessed and disinfected, the laser interacts with the remaining healthy gum tissue to create a stable clot, allowing the body to heal more naturally than the normal “cutting” approach.
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we will anesthetize the area for your comfort. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and short in duration.
Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally takes less than an hour. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or multiple office visits. The estimated treatment time will be reviewed with you when discussing your treatment plan.
No.Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is often similar in cost to traditional gum surgery. There are other factors which may affect the costs, such as the severity of the periodontal (gum) disease, and how many teeth are involved. However, in some cases, laser treatment allows us to eliminate steps in a traditional treatment approach-which can save money.
Many insurance plans will help to cover the costs of periodontal treatment. We also offer a variety of payment options, to help you receive the necessary care. If you feel you suffer from gum disease or have a history of gum problems, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce further damage to your gums, teeth, and bone and call us today to schedule for an evaluation with one of our gum specialists. Our goal is to help you maintain your natural teeth and have the healthy smile you deserve!