Dr. White provides laser therapy using a Biolase Waterlase Laser. This newest generation erbium laser provides the most advanced technology in laser treatment and is FDA approved for use on soft tissue and bone and for the removal of calculus from root surfaces. The American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association both have position papers that state that erbium lasers, like the Waterlase, have the greatest potential for effective periodontal therapy because they remove both calculus and endotoxins from root surfaces.
Dr. White and makes every attempt to perform minimally invasive procedures for their patients. Many procedures can be performed with the Waterlase laser requiring only topical anesthesia. Patients heal faster and have less postoperative discomfort. Most patients report soreness but no pain after laser treatment with the Waterlase. The Waterlase has a specific laser wavelength that targets water in pocket epithelial cells and in bacteria and destroys them. Research has demonstrated that Waterlase laser treatment leaves the roots of teeth in ideal condition to allow regeneration without damaging the roots.
Dr. White offers a minimally invasive laser procedure called Laser Pocket Therapy as an alternative to conventional periodontal flap surgery. Laser Pocket Therapy is recommended as a treatment option for patients with thinner gum tissue and no deeper than 4-6 mm pockets remaining after scaling and root planing. Laser Pocket Therapy is a great option for patients with diabetes, taking blood thinners, in questionable health or of more advanced age. It is the ideal treatment option for patients with gum overgrowth due to medications.
Contact us at 479-631-6074 if you want to know more about Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy.