Laser Dentistry for Periodontal Disease & Implantitis.
The Harley Street Oral Reconstruction Centre has been providing the latest laser dentistry technology available to treat periodontal disease and infections that can occur around implants for a number of years.
Laser gum treatment in London involves using focused light beams in order to remove or change small amounts of tissue. Through laser technology we can surgically remove tissue that requires biopsy and perform minimally-invasive treatments that don’t require a scalpel or sutures.
We use the Millennium PerioLase®, which is a Nd:YAG Laser which was specifically developed to treat periodontal disease using LANAP on Harley Street (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This patented, FDA approved process treats periodontal disease in a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates the need for conventional scalpel and suture surgery.The same procedure may be used to treat Implantitis or infections around implants.
What Are the Benefits of the Millennium PerioLase® Laser?
Dental laser treatments when carried out normally result in a number of benefits, including:
- Less pain
- Less gum recession
- Less bleeding
- Less swelling
- Shorter healing time
- Lower infection risk as the laser sterilises the gums
- Promotes regeneration of supporting gum tissues
- No suturing is required
What Are the Procedures that Benefit from the Millennium Laser?
Treatment For Periodontal Disease
The LANAP PerioLase® eliminates infected tissue from around the tooth root and leaves the healthy tissue relatively untouched. The specific steps are:
- Identifying excessive periodontal pocket depths using a periodontal probe.
- Eliminating bacteria and diseased tissue with the first laser pass.
- Removing root surface tartar loosened by the initial laser pass.
- Killing the bacteria in the periodontal pockets and on the bony tissue.
- Initiating the reattachment of the soft tissue and bone to the cleaner root surface.
- Adjusting the patient’s bite to eliminate bite trauma.
- Attaching new connective tissue and stimulating bone growth.
Treatment for Implantitis
Implantitis occurs when plaque and debris accumulate around implants, causing a loss of supportive bone. This can start from the head of the implant or the crest of the ridge, to the apex of the implant which is embedded in the bone. Applying the same PerioLase® LANAP procedure to the tissue around the implant makes it possible to destroy the bacteria and diseased tissue and, generate new bone and gum tissue and create a healthy environment without damaging the implant. The procedure focuses on eliminating the infection, detoxifying the implant surfaces, regenerating lost tissues and assisting with plaque-control. Visit our dentist in Harley Street to begin your treatment.
PATIENTS WITH EXISTING MEDICAL PROBLEMS
All LANAP procedures can be carried out under local anaesthesia and are beneficial for patients who have existing medical problems which require them to be on anticoagulants, because the technique produces far less bleeding.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are lasers used for in dentistry?
Here at Harley Street Oral Reconstruction Centre, we specialise in using the Millennium Periolase Laser, which is known for its precision and ability to treat a range of issues, with minimal pain or discomfort. We use this type of laser dentistry in London to treat:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Periodontal disease
- Abnormal lesions
We also offer LANAP Periolase treatment which removes infected tissue from the tooth’s root, ridding you of gum disease by taking away the infected areas.
Is laser dentistry painful?
One of the major benefits of opting for laser dentistry on Harley Street is that it’s much less invasive than scalpel treatment, with significantly less pain and a quicker recovery time. In this instance, we use lasers to replace scalpels and drills, therefore removing the need for as much anaesthetic and also reducing the risk of infection as there’s no need for stitches with laser dentistry.
Do you need anaesthesia for laser dentistry?
Typically, laser dentistry in London reduces the need for anaesthesia, and this is because laser dentistry is much less invasive and much less uncomfortable. Because our lasers are so precise, we are able to target the exact issue, without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue, so bleeding is usually kept at bay and stitches aren’t usually necessary. On top of this, because laser dentistry is frictionless, you should be able to relax during the procedure without experiencing pressure or pain.
How long does it take for gums to heal after laser dentistry on Harley Street?
If you’ve had laser dentistry to treat gum disease, then your recovery could take between 2-4 weeks, however, it’s worth noting that this period will differ from person to person depending on the severity of the periodontitis. Although recovery from laser dentistry is much shorter and less painful compared to traditional dentistry, you should still try and stick to a soft food diet during the weeks after your treatment, as your gums will likely be tender and inflamed.
If you’re experiencing a lot of pain after your laser dentistry, it’s worth getting in touch with your dentist who can check you over and make sure everything is as it should be. Or, for advice on the best foods to eat, and what you should avoid during recovery, get in touch with our team who’d be happy to advise.
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