What Is “Laser Pocket Disinfection”?

Posted by PCE DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER May 17, 2022

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“I’ve heard about using a laser to clean my teeth. What is “Laser Pocket Disinfection” or “Laser Cleaning” about, and is it worth the extra money?”

Within every inflamed periodontal pocket resides billions of bacteria. These bacteria are not only responsible for causing systemic problems by spreading to the heart and lungs, but the infection they cause in the gums adversely affects blood sugar control in diabetics. In addition, those same bacteria are responsible for bad breath, bone loss, gum recession, and tooth loss.

What are the benefits of “Laser Pocket Disinfection” or “Laser Cleaning?”

  • Reduction of the bacteria that could be introduced into your bloodstream
  • Prevent cross-contamination of the harmful bacteria to other parts of your mouth
  • Eliminate the bacteria that can cause further destruction of your gums and bone
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Encourage healing with the biostimulation effect from the laser energy

Is “Laser Pocket Disinfection” or “Laser Cleaning” safe? At the Periodontal Center of Excellence all of our hygienists have had extensive training in the use of the laser. This procedure is painless and normally takes about 10 minutes. While the hygienist gently directs the laser tip into the pocket, the focused light energy of the laser destroys bacterial colonies, reducing billions of bacteria to mere hundreds in a matter of seconds. The treatment is safe around crowns, bridges, implants, and any other existing dental work. It does not replace any other therapies, but is an adjunct to deep cleanings and preventative maintenance cleanings.

At the Periodontal Center of Excellence, we are always striving to offer our patients the best care, in a comfortable environment, utilizing the latest technological advances. Laser periodontal therapy is the wave of the future.

If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for “Laser Pocket Disinfection,” please call our office for an appointment.

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