Archive for November 2013
Conventional periodontal therapy usually involves mechanical scaling and root planing to remove the hardened deposits and rough areas along root surfaces in attempt to allow natural healing. When this treatment is unsuccessful, periodontal surgery is often the next step, which is often very expensive, time consuming and met with post-operative pain. The surgery often results in recession that is not esthetically pleasing.
Laser periodontal therapy is an effective treatment alternative to conventional surgical therapy. In most cases, the treatment can be completed without reflecting a surgical flap of tissue dramatically reducing the risk of recession. The laser energy applied to the pockets and is very effective at removing the infected tissue, disinfecting the pockets and removing the micro-deposits of calculus and infected cementum that can not be removed by mechanical means. In many cases, the entire procedure can be completed with the use of topical anesthetic alone!
There are countless studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of laser periodontal therapies. This simple procedure has been proven to promote reattachment of tissue, bone growth and wound healing. These results can not be achieved by conventional therapies alone.
Keep posted for some treatment results that have been achieved through laser treatments completed by Dr. Luke Haslam and the Waterlase iPlus (ErCr:YSGG 2780nm RFTP).
Basinview Dental Centre is pleased to offer dental treatments using the Waterlase iPlus. With this technology, many cavities can be easily and quickly restored without the application of anesthesia. That means no more needle and no more numbness.
The laser simply applies light energy (photons) to the tooth with a fine mist of water and precisely removes the targeted tooth structure and decay. There is no heat and no vibration and therefore, no discomfort.
Over the coming weeks, we will highlight a variety of specific treatments that can be completed with the Waterlase. With each treatment, we will outline the procedure, the treatment goals, the duration of time required and the expected treatment outcome. We will also offer some basic laser physics so patients can better understand just exactly how the works and why it is so effective at promoting wound healing.
Here is a 30sec video clip of the laser in action. An old composite filling and underlying cavity is removed without any anesthesia. The filling was slightly below the gumline causing some minor bleeding at the margin of the preparation. The tissue is quickly dried with the laser, again without the use of anesthesia. Note the distinct popping sound the laser makes and how the handpiece never actually touches the tooth!