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May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about this amazing way to manage your gum disease symptoms and improve your gum health.laser dentistry

Do you suffer from gum disease? Want to protect your oral health and prevent tooth loss? If so, then it’s time you visit the office of Dr. John Leitner in Grand Haven, MI, to learn more about LANAP laser treatment for managing your gum disease and keeping it under control.

If you want an effective way to treat your gum disease without needing surgery, then LANAP laser treatment is the way to go. This is the only system out there that can protect the health of your gums all while regenerating healthy tissue and bone development. Gum disease doesn’t just ruin the health of your gums, it can also lead to bone and tooth loss. By choosing to get this treatment, you can protect your entire mouth from the complications of periodontal disease.

What does the treatment entail?

Since the procedure takes a few hours to complete, you will most likely come in for two separate visits to make the procedure shorter and more manageable (we know it isn’t always easy or comfortable to sit for long periods of time in a dental chair). During each visit, we will use the laser system to go in between the pockets of the teeth and gums to destroy both the gum disease-causing bacteria and the infected tissue. The laser will also help us to remove bacteria from the roots of your teeth and the jawbone all while destroying tartar buildup. By removing bacteria and smoothing down the roots, we can also prevent more bacteria from thriving there.

Once everything has been disinfected and the diseased tissue has been removed, an amazing thing will happen: Your blood will naturally begin to thicken and create a sticky seal around these areas we treated. This seal will help prevent bacteria from re-entering the gums after your procedure.

Protect your beautiful smile and keep your gums as healthy as possible with LANAP laser treatment. If you want to learn more about this treatment option then contact Dr. John Leitner's office in Grand Haven, MI, today.

By John Leitner DDS
December 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Since their development in the laboratory over five decades ago, lasers have found increasing use in our everyday lives. In the field of medicine, it’s not uncommon to find lasers in the offices of dermatologists, ophthalmologists and surgeons, to name just a few. Now, some dentists are finding that lasers can offer an alternative means of treating gum disease — and one that may have advantages in certain situations.

You probably know that a laser produces a special kind of light — in fact, its name is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Essentially, a medical laser uses electrical energy to produce an intense and narrow beam of concentrated light. This light can be directed to a particular area, often via a fiber-optic channel. The laser’s precision allows a doctor or technician to focus the light energy exactly where it’s needed — to remove diseased tissue, seal off blood vessels, and sterilize a wound, for example.

For several years, periodontists — dentists who specialize in treating diseases of the gums — have been researching the use of lasers for treating certain types of gum disease. In standard clinical practice, hand-held instruments and ultrasonic cleaning tools are used at regular time intervals (3 – 6 months) to remove the sticky bacterial biofilm, as well as calculus (tartar), that forms in between teeth and gums. If that still isn't effective, gum surgery may be required to access the affected area, remove diseased tissue, and reduce pocket depth (the space below the gum line that gets larger as bone loss occurs) to prevent reinfection.

Recently, however, several new procedures have been developed that use lasers to accomplish some or all of these goals. One type of therapy uses a special laser that emits pulses of light with a specific wavelength (color) of 1064 nanometers. This light passes through healthy cells like a sunbeam through a window — but when it encounters darkly-pigmented bacteria, it vaporizes them instantly!

One of the potential advantages of laser treatment is its precision: focused directly on the area where trouble occurs, it targets diseased tissue but leaves healthy tissue alone. Another is that laser treatment is less invasive: It requires less tissue removal, and may cause less discomfort and tissue shrinkage (gum recession) than conventional periodontal surgery. And because it produces small amounts of heat, it can seal blood vessels and help control bleeding.

While lasers have long shown promise for treating gum disease, until recently it wasn’t clear if they offered any advantages over traditional methods. Now, several studies have shown that certain laser treatments can be just as effective as traditional gum surgery in many cases — with the potential benefit of being less invasive. In the future, the use of lasers for periodontal procedures is likely to increase.

It’s important to remember that no single treatment — not even a laser — can “zap” gum disease in one fell swoop. Controlling periodontal disease requires effective at-home oral hygiene combined with regular professional care. If you have questions about periodontal disease, please call our office to schedule a consultation.