Baytown Texas Dentistry
Dr. Zach Holder and
Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick

Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy

The laser is a revolutionary surgical tool that has been used for various procedures in dentistry for over 25 years. The control lasers provide allows both doctors and hygienists to perform precise procedures without worrying about damaging the tissue in your mouth.

The laser seals off blood vessels and nerve endings, prevents bleeding on the inside of the mouth, and greatly reduces postoperative pain and swelling. Dental Lasers can be used in a wide variety of procedures, but not in all cases. Dental lasers perform a myriad of operations, all of which require different techniques. The doctor and dental hygienist will determine when the laser should be used. 

Diode lasers have been used in medicine for over 25 years. More and more dentists make a decision to switch to laser dentistry each year. This allows for the evolution of more sophisticated technology and more accurate procedures. The FDA has approved of all laser procedures that are mentioned below. 

 

Procedures Include:

  • Laser assisted periodontal therapy
  • Gingivectomy                                                                               
  • Troughing
  • Frenectomy
  • Aphthous Ulcers ( canker sores) 
  • Root Desensitizing 
  • Pain Therapy

 

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

LAPT is a revolutionary treatment for periodontal disease that has been used by both dentists and hygienists over the last several years to help reduce the amount of bacteria present under the gum line. It takes only a few minutes, but the laser utilized can significantly reduce the bacteria count. Laser therapy helps to reduce bleeding of the gums, eliminate bad breath, and promote healthy gum tissue.

 

Gingivectomy       

A gingivectomy is a procedure in which the dentist gently shapes the excess tissue surrounding the front of the tooth, so that the tooth-to-gum ratio is consistent and the smile line is aesthetically pleasing.

 

Troughing

This procedure requires your dentist to cut a thin line around the tooth, providing a gentle way for the final restoration (crown) to fit well and look good. The process is quicker, less painful and bloodless compared to the traditional retraction cord system. 

 

Frenectomy

Dentists perform this procedure to remove attachments, or unwanted folds of skin that reduce the range of motion for particular organs, such as your tongue. It is performed in minutes and is the ultimate cure for patients who are tongue-tied!

Aphthous Ulcers (Canker Sores)

Laser therapy can also be used to cure canker sores. The problem is treated in seconds, often before it has the chance to cause pain. 

Root Desensitizing

The diode laser can be used on patients that have generalized or localized recession (where the gums have pulled back from the root surface of the tooth). Laser therapy helps to relieve the sensitivity in teeth and gums so that consuming cold beverages and food (as well as having dental cleanings) is more comfortable.  Most patients report that this treatment can last from six months up to one year. 

Pain Therapy

The Diode laser helps to relax the masseter muscle in order to reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms in the lower jaw. This treatment helps patients suffering from TMJ. 

Your dentist and dental hygienist have made a commitment to provide the highest standard of patient care, and they will discuss every detail about laser therapy with you if they decide that it is needed. If you have any questions regarding the doctor’s or dental hygienist’s training or experience, please do not hesitate to ask!

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