Laser Dentistry Offers a Less Invasive Solution to Many Difficult Dental Issues
THE 21ST CENTURY ALTERNATIVE TO GUM SURGERY:
One thing is for certain: Of all the patients I have referred to a periodontist, not one wanted to have their gums cut. Most patients who had the treatment said they would never do it again.
Then I was introduced to Laser Periodontal Therapy™ and saw that it really works! The results are comparable to conventional gum surgery without the postoperative discomfort. I jumped at the chance to master this technique and offer it to my patients.
I am now a certified Periolase® dentist.
At last, you have a great choice in restoring the health of your mouth.
What are the benefits of LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ (LANAP)?
Gum recession. 50% of people 18-64 years of age and 88% of those over 65 have it. Are you one of them? If you are, there is a new treatment that may interest you.
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, grinding the teeth or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.
Conventional Gum Grafting vs Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique Video
Why should gum recession be taken seriously?
When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.
Traditional gum recession treatment involves the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. Soft tissue is sutured in place to join with existing gum tissue as it heals. While effective, comparable results with significantly better patient experience is achieved through the Pinhole Surgical Technique™.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST™ is incision and suture free.
How is the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™) performed?
During the procedure, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient's existing gum tissue. Special instruments are then used to loosen the tissue to expand the gumline and cover the exposed root structure. There are no grafts, no sutures and no incisions needed. The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ simply involves adjustment of the existing tissue.
What are the benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST™)?
The benefits of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ include:
How long will this last?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is expected to be permanent and last as long as any other procedure. Nothing is forever, of course, because the normal aging process goes on. However, with good health and no over-brushing, it can last years and years.
Does this procedure cure gum disease?
The Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is designed to restore the gumline not cure gum disease. If gum disease is present, it must be treated before having this procedure.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ is comparable to traditional gum grafting procedures, but can be much less expensive as we can treat multiple areas in one session.
Perio Protect Method
The Perio Protect Method® is an effective, sensible approach to treat bacteria that cause gum disease. At the heart of the Method is the adjunctive Perio Tray® delivery of medication. The basic idea is to get medication under the gums and into the pockets where bacteria grow and keep it there long enough for the medication to work, all in a comfortable, non-invasive way. Not a simple task. That’s why the Perio Tray is such an important advancement.
The Perio Tray is easy to use. You put the medication into the trays, wear the trays at home as instructed by your dentist and, well, that’s it, until you return to the dentist for a recall visit. It’s comfortable, it works well, and it’s convenient. The Perio Protect Method’s combination of Perio Tray delivery with thorough cleanings from a dental office is the least invasive approach available, and research shows better results than cleaning alone.
Perio Trays are custom fit for individual use. They have a special seal and extension system that correspond to the conditions of the gums around each tooth. The seals and extensions help direct and maintain medication under the gums to the site of the infected wounds. For most people, treatment time amounts to minutes each day. As healing occurs and conditions improve, dentists will modify your frequency and duration of usage, gradually decreasing patient usage until the infection is under control and the disease is well managed. You can then follow a homecare maintenance schedule to keep the bacteria at bay.