LASER Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
We are excited to announce that all of our hygenists are now offering Laser as part of our regular hygiene visits. The Laser light energy substantially reduces the levels of bacteria under the gumline, which further helps the body fight periodontal disease. The laser is painless and only takes 5-10 minutes to use.
In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctors and hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMJ.
If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling or planing, now called a full mouth disinfection. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, our hygenist will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. We also offer Visi-lite, an early detection procedure for oral cancer. Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.
Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Scaling & Root Planing (Full Mouth Disinfection)
Full mouth Disinfection is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygenist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Laser is used to reduce the bacteria in the pocket and the root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed ultrasonic and hand instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for more bacteria to gain a foothold. Full Mouth Disinfection can be done in a single visit, instead of the 4 visits for the traditional scaling and root planing procedure.