Periodontal/Laser services.

Periodontal Services and Treatment

A healthy mouth begins with healthy gums.

What is Periodontal Disease?

If you are suffering from red, swollen, or tender gums, you may have periodontal disease. Left untreated, it may lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually recession. Early diagnosis and treatment can preserve the health of your teeth and gums.

The Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis

Inflammation from bacteria may cause gums to be red, swell, and bleed. If you have any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible. A general dentist can usually intervene when the disease is in the gingivitis stage.

Periodontitis

Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the next stage. Periodontitis occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth leading to infected pockets. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss. Treatment from a Periodontist is required at this stage.

Periodontal Laser Dentistry

To minimize patient discomfort and maximize treatment effectiveness, we use the most advanced laser technology available. The Fotona LightWalker® laser delivers gentle pulses of light to effectively root out and kill the damaging bacteria hidden between teeth and gums. While traditional scalpel (blade) surgery can harm healthy gum tissue, laser treatment focuses precisely on the diseased tissue leaving healthy tissue unharmed. The result is a more relaxing patient experience with faster healing. Learn More

Benefits of Laser Periodontal Dentistry

Precision

Our precision dental laser meticulously targets and removes harmful bacteria without causing damage to healthy gum tissue.

Fast Recovery

Since there is no cutting and little to no postoperative inflammation, our patients experience a much faster healing period and often do not need pain medication.

Minimal Gum Recession

Gum recession is commonly an unavoidable result of traditional surgery because the scalpel cuts away at the gum line. Laser gum surgery never harms healthy tissue, which means there is little to no gum recession.

Stronger Support

Laser gum surgery has been shown to generate new bone growth in the jaw, leading to added support for existing teeth.

Periodontal Treatments

Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria. This approach can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss, enhance the smile, and facilitate more effective home hygiene care.

Gum Contouring

Your gums establish the framework for your smile. If you have excess gum tissue, your teeth may appear shorter than normal. To reshape your smile, we use a leading gum contouring approach known as gum reshaping, gum lifting, or crown lengthening. Our specialists meticulously adjust your gum line to create the smile you desire.

Ridge Augmentation

A ridge augmentation is often performed following a tooth extraction to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw. Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge (bone surrounding tooth roots) is not medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes.

Scaling and Root Planning

As the most common non-surgical methods to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing reach where flossing and brushing cannot. A special dental tool is used during the procedure to get down to the roots by removing the bacteria and tartar that have gathered below the gum line.

Guided Bone and Tissue Regeneration

Guided regeneration can help you regain a healthy gum line and bone structure. Our specialists surgically position barrier membranes under your gums to promote healthy tissue growth and bone regeneration.

Sinus Lift/Augmentation

Sinus lift/augmentation raises the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation in the upper jaw. Bone is added between the jaw and maxillary sinuses to repair damage from periodontal disease, and often for the proper placement of implants.

Gum Grafting

Our specialists use soft tissue, or gum grafts, to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Grafts not only improve the beauty of your smile and protect roots, they can also lead to reduced sensitivity while slowing recession and bone loss.

Laser Solutions

TwinLight®

TwinLight® treatment is a minimally invasive therapy that uses two laser wavelengths to clean and disinfect the areas between the gums and teeth where bacteria thrive. It has been shown to be considerably more effective than traditional ultrasonic scaling treatment, especially in deep pockets.

Facial Esthetics

Fotona’s advanced laser system allows us to rejuvenate and refresh your skin for a much younger appearance. Unlike other lasers, the Fotona laser uses two wavelengths of light for more effective regenerative skin outcomes. SmoothLase® laser solutions help induce skin collagen to smooth skin, while LipLase® laser solutions help plump and create fuller lips.

Sleep Apnea

Laser treatment with Fotona’s NightLase® offers a non-surgical solution to reduce snoring and sleep apnea. Through the use of a gentle laser, we tighten tissue in your airway to keep it more open and free for a better night’s rest. NightLase® is quick, comfortable, and requires no anesthesia – that means you can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

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