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August 26, 2016

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

Filed under: Gum Disease,Uncategorized cornerstone @ 6:42 pm

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy has been provided by Cornerstone Dental for many years.

A laser is a state-of-the-art device that uses light energy in a fine focus.

A laser is a state-of-the-art device that uses light energy in a fine focus.

  • The benefits of treating gum disease or periodontitis are overwhelming because it allows the opportunity to attack the periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level, which dramatically increases the chances of success.
  • Lasers allow access to depths that are simply inaccessible by traditional dental hygiene methods, so there is a greater likelihood of reducing inflammation.

Gum Disease and Chronic Inflammation 

Gum disease is not only the MOST common cause of tooth loss among adults, but there is also a growing body of evidence that has linked serious gum disease (or periodontitis) to a number of “systemic” diseases that afflict the body. Gum disease has been linked to increased inflammation in the body and chronic inflammatory diseases.  Research has consistently shown that there is no doubt that having a healthy mouth goes far beyond personal appearance and no cavities.  The mouth is the gateway to the body.  The founders of The Mayo Clinic have stated “A healthy mouth can add ten years to your life”.  It has been suggested by the US Surgeon General that the pathology within the mouth (and the chronic inflammation that can be present with periodontal disease) can be linked to coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and complications during pregnancy.

Unwanted Access for Infections

When periodontitis is present, the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth essentially provides a portal or doorway for microscopic bacteria to access the body.  Periodontitis disrupts disease management by diabetics and doubles their likelihood of heart problems and kidney failure.  Pregnant women with periodontal infection have an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.  Simply “managing” periodontal disease is simply unacceptable, and ineffective.  Our greater responsibility is to cure periodontal inflammation and infection. Cornerstone Dental’s comprehensive approach allows us to focus on your needs with a new arsenal of weapons.

Do Not Wait 

In most cases, the laser assisted periodontal therapy provided at Cornerstone Dental’s hygienists and dentists is amply comprehensive to deal with oral inflammation and infection.  The sooner treatment is initiated, however, the better we are able to avoid the systemic consequences of inaction.  This is why we are so passionate about periodontal therapy.  It is so much more than just a simple dental “cleaning”. It is in every way the practice of oral preventative and therapeutic medicine.

Changing The Future

Cornerstone Dental in West Knoxville, TN uses lasers to attack periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level of infection.  The power of its focused light destroys otherwise inaccessible bacterial colonies while simultaneously creating an ideal environment for healing through laser assisted periodontal therapy.  Today, and for years, at Cornerstone we offer our patients the hope of a better tomorrow by providing comprehensive oral healthcare in ways that were science fiction only a few years ago.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to find out if LAPT is a good option for you, Click Here or call 865-531-7117.

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