Laser Bacterial Reduction
The entire team at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center is committed to providing a superior level of dental to you, your family, and your friends. This commitment requires staying current on all the latest science, research and technology available to provide the highest level of care possible.
We now know that approximately 80% of adults are affected by gum disease (a.k.a. Gingivitis and periodontal disease). Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that begins in the pockets and gum tissue around the teeth and then progresses to destroy the ligament and bone support of the teeth. Gum disease can also be associated with the following systemic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, low birth weight and prematurely delivered babies, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, obesity, still birth, and hypertension.
When gum tissues are not totally healthy, bleeding frequently occurs. This opens the portal for the damaging bacteria in our mouths to spread throughout our body via the bloodstream. Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) greatly reduces this threat and also helps stimulate our immune system to promote healing.
A laser is a device that uses a stream of light energy to perform work. Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving healthy tissue unaffected. It is this property that allows us to perform a variety of precise, effective, and painless dental procedures.
Diode lasers are now being used safely, and comfortably to decontaminate the gum tissue and pockets around the teeth prior to our dental cleaning as preventative care. The laser emits concentrated light energy, which vaporizes unhealthy bacteria. This procedure is called Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR). Laser bacterial reduction is painless and will take about 3 to 5 minutes.
The major benefits of Laser Bacterial Reduction are:
1. TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE BACTERIA
During the professional cleaning process, and during normal brushing and flossing, most patients will have some areas that may bleed. This allows bacteria that is present in all of our mouths to flood into the bloodstream and sometimes settle in weakened areas of our body. As stated above, research shows that these bacteria that cause periodontal disease have now been linked ot a growing number of other diseases. Using the laser prior to your cleaning allows us to remove the bacteria and reduce the bacterial flow into your bloodstream.
2. TO PREVENT CROSS CONTAMINATION
Infection in one area of your mouth can be transmitted to other areas. LBR minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up the bacterial infection in one area of your mouth and move it to others.
3. TO KILL PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA
As well as stop their infections before they cause physical destruction or loss of attachment around your teeth.
Other laser therapies that we provide:
- Treatment of herpetic lesions (cold sores)
- Treatments of aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
- Tooth desensitization
- Oral Tissue biopsy
- Treating periodontal disease
- Maintaining healthy tissue
- Gingival re-countouring to improve your smile
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding dental laser treatments or Laser Bacterial Reduction.