Friday, September 27, 2013

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Crow Family Dental is proud to announce the certification of both of our dental hygienists.  In June, Terri and Janice completed course work in soft tissue management via the DEKA Laser, becoming some of the first hygienists in Wisconsin to earn this certificate!  Using a soft tissue laser for pocket decontamination and debridement offers many clinical benefits when added to conventional gum disease prevention and therapy.

Periodontal disease affects approximately 60% of adults and like heart disease and diabetes, without proper screening, you don't know there is a problem until it is too late.  Research has shown that gum disease is associated with other systemic health problems such as heart disease,  diabetes, and other chronic inflammatory conditions.  Bacteria are the enemy in our battle against periodontal disease.  We know that some of the bacteria do live in and around the surrounding tissues.  Therefore, cleaning only the surfaces of the teeth will leave behind the tissue-invasive bacteria which are free to produce and create new disease.  It is said that our bodies are not completely healthy until our gums are healthy.  With infected gums, your body's immune system has to work overtime; 24 hours a day.

The great thing about the laser is that it eliminates bacteria and their toxins that breakdown the bone that holds your teeth in place.  Laser therapy seals the blood vessels and nerve endings which eliminates the need for stitches and reduces swelling and inflammation.  The laser energy supports healing by stimulating your tissue with light energy to increase the oxygen supply and super charges the cells for faster healing.  The results of laser therapy have been unbelievable and patient satisfaction is outstanding.

Some of the benefits of laser therapy include:

  1. Efficiency & Precision
  2. Selective photo-thermal ablation
  3. Deeper penetration/aids in removing tarter
  4. Stimulates regeneration of tissue
  5. Neutralizes endotoxins/bactericidal
  6. Hemostasis/less sensitivity
  7. Quicker healing/minimally invasive for optimum patient comfort
  8. Reduction in bleeding gums, bacteria, pain and bad breath
  9. Teeth and smile are maintained
  10. No stitches are needed
  11. Minimal pain.
  12. Minimal downtime after treatment
    Minimal recession after treatment

If you have any questions about laser therapy, please visit us at

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