Laser Periodontal Treatment

Dr. Indech and his dental hygienist utilize the Picasso diode laser. The Picasso laser allows us to perform a number of procedures using specific light wavelengths to complement the procedures we do with our traditional tools. This technology gives our patients the benefit of an especially pleasant experience while receiving the highest level of treatment available.

Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light to water in the body's cells and heating them to their boiling point, causing the cells to burst. In dental surgical procedures, lasers act as cutting instruments or vaporizers. Bleeding is minimized during laser treatment because the high-energy light emitted by the laser aids in the coagulation of exposed blood vessels. In addition, dental procedures performed using laser are quite comfortable for our patients. Our dental team is specially trained in the use of our Picasso Laser, which we use to perform the following dental procedures:

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT)

LAPT is used during scaling and root planing procedures to remove diseased, infected, inflamed, and granular soft tissue within a deeper periodontal pocket below the gums. The goal of LAPT is to use the laser to help maximize the elimination of the harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease, reduce inflammation, encourage shrinkage of swollen gums and promote reattachment of the gum to the root surface thereby reducing pocket depth and disease activity. 

LAPT is considered a non-surgical procedure. With scaling and root planning, LAPT can help patients that have moderate periodontal disease recover to a degree that surgical procedures may not be required at that point in time.

Cosmetic Gingival Recontouring

Cosmetic gingival recontouring is the precise shaping and contouring of gum tissue to change the appearance of the tissue around the teeth, especially in the smile zone. Gingival recontouring is a cosmetic smile enhancement procedure often utilized in smile makeovers to help the dentist achieve the ideal level of gum tissue height above the front teeth and optimal tooth exposure prior to restoration.  In some cases, this can be done with a laser. This treatment can also be performed as part of post-orthodontic treatment following the removal of braces, as well as in dental implant procedures.

Desensitizing Teeth

Dr. Indech can use the Picasso laser to reduce the sensitivity of our patient’s teeth, especially along the gum line. Sometimes exposed root surfaces on teeth can become very sensitive and painful, especially when exposed to cold or sweet foods. With the use of the dental laser, our highly trained team can reduce the bacteria that causes sensitivity in the teeth which could ultimately result in decreasing or eliminating tooth sensitivity.

Treatment of Cold Sores and Canker Sores

The Picasso laser can prevent the eruption of unsightly and painful cold sores and fever blisters that erupt on your lips. If our patients schedule an appointment the moment they feel the tingly sensation associated with cold sores, the dental laser can prevent the eruption of the blister. If the blister or cold sore has already erupted, the dental laser can help reduce pain and swelling, as well as decrease the overall healing time. The dental laser can also treat painful mouth sores caused by accidents and trauma to your cheeks, tongue, or lips. All of these laser procedures are quick, effective, virtually pain free and do not require injections of local anesthesia.