Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and is a growing epidemic in our society. Many people have this disease without ever being detected until it is too late. We now know that periodontal disease is a bacterial infection around your teeth. These same bacteria can travel throughout the bloodstream and cause heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and premature labor in addition to loose teeth. More teeth are lost from periodontal disease than cavities. Most patients with dentures today have lost their teeth from periodontal disease. There is no cure for periodontal disease and it can be passed from person to person by saliva.
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) is the most cutting edge treatment for periodontal disease. It combines our traditional deep cleaning appointments with the benefits of the laser. All of our hygienists are advanced laser certified to use the soft tissue diode laser. We were so convinced that we have a soft tissue laser in every room! The hygienists first take readings of your gum tissue and we (Drs. Cole) make a diagnosis of healthy or periodontal disease. We always access the bone levels and the amount of radiographic calculus. If LAPT is recommended, either a very effective liquid anesthetic is used or traditional anesthetic (most of our hygienists are certified to give local anesthetic). Each patient is given a treatment specific only to them which is usually 4-6 appointments for a moderate to advanced case of periodontal disease. The laser is precise and only removes disease tissue and decontaminates the tissue from billions of bacteria to almost nothing. The traditional cavitron and hand instruments are used to remove the calculus. In each appointment the worst teeth are worked on the most but the entire mouth is cleaned in every appointment. Insurance helps out at about 60 to 80%. You may be given a rinse or prescribed antibiotics during or after your therapy.