Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Laser treatment for periodontal disease is perhaps the best example of the capabilities our lasers possess. The initial laser wavelength, Nd:YAG, is used to selectively remove the diseased and inflamed gum tissue from around the tooth (gum pocket). This means that traditional methods of using a scalpel blade to cut the gum tissue is many times not necessary.
The teeth and roots are then thoroughly cleaned with traditional instruments, as well as the second laser wavelength, Er:YAG. This second wavelength not only removes tartar from tooth roots, it also powerfully detoxifies them.
Once all the disease has been removed, the initial wavelength (Nd:YAG) is used to stimulate a strong blood clot to form between the teeth and gums. This allows for better healing and in many cases, regeneration of the supporting bone around the teeth.
The last step involves sealing the gum pocket where the blood clot was formed. This is mostly done with pressure and a surgical adhesive.