Laser Periodontal Therapy
Gum and bone disease (periodontal disease) is a common infection that causes bad breath, sore gums, receding gums and bone and loose teeth. Sufferers may be putting their hearts at risk because the bacteria can attach to heart valves. This bacterial infection can also be transmitted to other people in your family through kissing and sharing utensils. A spouse has a 40% risk of acquiring periodontal disease.
Minor gums infections can be treated by ultrasonic and ozone cleaning with a hygienist, but more serious stages of gum disease usually need specialist care with a periodontist. Many times this involves surgery that can be costly and traumatic. The good news is with lasers we can offer more conservative and non-surgical treatment for moderate to serious gum disease. We work closely with a local periodontist to ensure that if results are not achieved with the laser that they are able to assist.
Laser gum disease treatment does not involve cutting and sutures. It is much less invasive, usually painless and without swelling. Healing and recovery are very fast and you don’t need to take extra days off work. This will save you time and money.
Treatment is done using two different laser wavelengths in a process known as Wavelength-optimised Periodontal Therapy.
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What is Wavelength-optimised Periodontal Therapy (WPT™)?
WPT™ is a minimally invasive periodontal disease therapy combining dentistry’s two best laser wavelengths: Er:YAG and Nd:YAG to significantly enhance treatment success rates and shorten recovery times.
How Does WPT Work?
The WPT approach enables wavelength-optimized treatments for periodontal therapy, which create the optimal conditions for healing periodontal tissues. What is more, WPT prevents infection and promotes reduction in pocket depths.
The procedure is performed in three simple steps:
- Step 1: The Nd:YAG laser removes the diseased epithelial lining of the periodontal pocket and improves access to the root surface.
- Step 2: The Er:YAG is used to thoroughly remove microbial biofilm and calculus from the root surface.
- Step 3: The Nd:YAG laser energy is used to coagulate and helps to form a stable fibrin clot.
Optimizing Dentistry’s Two Best Laser Wavelengths
Utilising both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths in a treatment makes optimum use of the unique laser-tissue interaction characteristics of each wavelength. For example, Nd:YAG laser energy is superior for coagulation and deep disinfection while Er:YAG is uniquely efficient at gently removing the infected surface tissue and calculus from the root surface. Combined, they can dramatically improve the outcome of laser assisted treatments, guaranteeing maximum safety and efficacy.
Why is LightWalker perfect for WPT?
LightWalker combines dentistry’s two best wavelengths Er:YAG and Nd:YAG in one system. This allows the practitioner to quickly and conveniently switch between Er:YAG and Nd:YAG while performing WPT.
The WPT approach, available only with LightWalker, gives general dentists the confidence to treat their patients’ moderate to severe periodontal disease the laser way, without scalpels and sutures.
Advantages of WPT for patients
WPT has an unsurpassed treatment success rate compared to conventional surgical methods. WPT is the most patient-friendly treatment of periodontal disease – much more comfortable than surgical treatments.
The procedure is fast, minimally invasive, there are no scalpels or sutures and bleeding is minimal.