At last, there is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. And it comes from an interesting new application of laser technology called Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an inflammatory condition of the gums (gingivitis) and/or the supporting bone and attachment around the teeth (Periodontitis). Periodontal disease usually progresses from gingivitis to periodontitis. It is estimated that, 50 individuals out of 100 have moderate to severe gum disease,40 out of the 50 don't know it, and only 3 individuals out of 100 will ever get treated before it is too late.
Until very recently, the only way to control advanced cases of periodontal disease involving deep pocket damage to gum tissue was to literally cut away the gums so pockets can be kept clean and small. Surgery is a very radical and painful procedure and may still be necessary in the very worst cases of gum disease.
We treat periodontal disease with gentle scaling and laser assisted therapy. With this approach and conscious patient participation the vast majority of patients with 6 to 9 mm deep pockets can experience pocket reduction. We use very fine delicate instruments to gently remove any debris and hard deposits that are adhering to your teeth. This can be compared with removing barnacles from a pier.It will remove the mechanical irritant to your gums and supporting bone and eliminates a major reservoir of bacteria. This tartar or calculus that our hygiene team will remove for you is like a barracks for gum disease bacteria.
Theralase™ (FDA and Health Canada approved) technology is used in our clinic for laser assisted periodontal therapy. It is fast, less expensive, gentle, non-invasive and pain free.
After removing the tarter and calculus we will use a laser to selectively treat, infected disease tissue around your teeth (which are like small wounds all around your teeth).Laser deactivate harmful bacterial toxins that contribute to gum disease and activate and speed the healing process in the gum. We have found that laser therapy also helps increase blood circulation at the bottom of disease pockets and help regenerate gum attachment. A series of treatment Laser assisted periodontal therapy will be done once a week for approximately four weeks.
McKenzie Dental Hygiene Clinic
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, June 30, 2008
PATIENTS WANT IT - There is an increasing awareness and growing market for Systemic Dental Hygiene/dentistry. Patients are aware of the significant impact oral health has on their overall health. According to Voll, "At least eighty percent of patients suffering from chronic diseases will find the cause in the mouth”.
Doctors and healthcare professionals are integrating healthcare delivery. More and more dental health professionals are integrating Systemic techniques into their practices. These "COMPLIMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL PRACTICES" are the result of current trends in medical education and studies promoting Systemic medicine.
STUDIES - 50% OF PATIENTS REGULARLY USE SOME FORM OF SYSTEMIC THERAPY. Oxford Insurance Company, in an inquiry to its subscribers, found a high patient acceptance of Systemic therapy. It is estimated that within the next five years, ALL MAJOR MEDICAL SPECIALITIES WILL HAVE A SYSTEMICALLY INTEGRATED APPROACH that will constitute the future "STATE OF THE ART".
Dental Practitioners unique position in systemic healthcare delivery
Since According to Voll, "AT LEAST EIGHTY PERCENT OF THOSE PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM A DISEASE WILL FIND THE CAUSE IN THEIR MOUTH."
The Systemic Dental Practitioner (Dentist or Hygienist) is in a unique position to detect and correct 80% of systemic health problems from the mouth.
Oral Health imbalances and dental diseases provide us with the clues to practice systemic functional medicine healthcare delivery, to detect and adapt corrective treatment protocols to bring about balance.
This is achieved by applying mineral medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine etc.