A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum disease), and the surgical placement and long-term maintenance of dental implants.
A periodontist will see patients who are experiencing current symptoms of gum disease, and a periodontist will also provide additional routine preventive care for patients with a history of periodontal disease.
Did You Know?
Recent studies show gum disease is linked to:
- Heart Disease
- Pregnancy Problems
- Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
New Technology * New Patient Comfort
West 10th Dental Group is an industry leader in treating periodontal (gum) disease using leading edge technology: LANAP(TM) laser therapy.
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy™?
Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., PerioLase®Laser. No scalpel or sutures will be used.
We are one of the first offices in the area to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis (gum disease).
How does it work?
Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.
Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleansed, the body can heal the area naturally.
Does it hurt?
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, we will anesthetize the area for your comfort. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and short in duration.
How long does it take?
Initial treatment is focused on scaling and the use of small instruments to remove tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, treatment may be a accomplished in one office visit or multiple office visits. The estimated treatment time will be reviewed with you when discussing your treatment plan.
Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?
No. We use the same billing codes as traditional gum surgery, and the laser treatment is the same cost as the traditional surgery. There are other factors which may affect the costs, such as the severity of the periodontal disease, and how many teeth are involved. In some cases, laser treatment allows us to eliminate steps in a traditional treatment approach-which can save money.
Many insurance plans pay only a portion of this treatment (traditional or laser). We offer a variety of payment options, and we would be happy to discuss them with you.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce further damage to your gums, teeth and bone. Our goal is to help you maintain your natural teeth and have the healthy smile you deserve!