Procedure for Laser Dentistry
1. Measurement of Pockets
The first step of periodontal disease treatment with the laser involves measuring the periodontal pockets with a small dental ruler. This tells us how much loss of attachment may have occurred because deeper pockets often mean that a greater amount of bone loss has occurred.
2. Laser Removal of Bacteria
We administer pulsed laser light over the infected tissue to kill the bacteria causing gum disease. Since this laser is not absorbed in water, it leaves healthy gum tissue, root structure, and bone tissue intact. This reduces patient discomfort and is only minimally invasive compared with traditional gum surgery.
3. Calculus Removal
Calculus, or tartar, is removed from the surfaces of the tooth with ultrasonic scalers. This is important because the laser can only denature calculus and cannot remove it on its own.
4. Clot Formation with the Laser
We will pass the laser over the treated area a second time to stimulate the tissues and encourage the body to produce a clot. This helps to seal the treated area and promotes the healing process after your periodontal disease treatment.
5. Gum Tissue Compression
The gum tissue is re-compressed against the surfaces of the tooth root without any sutures needed.
6. Bite Adjustment
We will need to adjust your bite to ensure that there is no pressure on any part of the mouth that would cause trauma. This is even more important in areas that have experienced bone loss.
With LANAP®, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities right away. For more information about the latest options for laser dentistry in Miami, FL
and periodontal disease treatment with LANAP®, schedule your consultation
with Dr. Scott Ross and Dr. Bradley Ross today!