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Laser Bacterial Reduction

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We are constantly learning and striving to advance the standard of patient care in our office.  As such, we have added a new optional procedure to your routine cleaning care to help fight Periodontal Disease.  Gum Disease is a bacterial infection in the pockets around your teeth.  Now, not only can we treat Perio with removal of irritants and diseased tissue, but we are also addressing the underlying infection that causes it.   
 
What is Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)?

We now have the ability to attack this periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level through the use of our dental soft tissue lasers.  The focused light power of the laser targets the bacterial colonies that are otherwise inaccessible, while simultaneously promoting an environment of healing. 

Through LBR, we are able to drastically reduce the harmful bacteria that causes inflammation and Periodontal Disease. This treatment is not a substitute for other procedures or cleanings, but rather an additional non-invasive and quick procedure that we offer to help improve your oral and overall health.   
 
What are the benefits of Laser Bacterial Reduction?

1) To reduce or eliminate bacteremias
During the normal cleaning process, some patients may have areas that bleed allowing bacteria (that is present in all of our mouths) to flood into the bloodstream and sometimes settle in weakened areas of our body such as a damaged heart valve or artificial knee.  We pre-medicate those patients that we know have a heart condition or artificial joints with antibiotics so that these bacteria can't cause harm to those areas.  Latest research shows that these oral pathogens have now been linked to a number of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, low birth weight babies, diabetes, etc... Needless to say, anything that we can do to reduce or eliminate these bacteremias is a positive for our patients. 

2) To prevent cross contamination of infections in one area of your mouth to other areas.  Decontamination minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up bacterial infection in one area of your mouth and move it to others. 

3) To kill periodontal disease bacteria and stop their infections before they cause physical destruction or loss of attachment around your teeth. 

4) To boost your immune system and improve your overall health.


The laser decontamination process is painless and normally takes about 5-10 minutes.  We circle the teeth with the laser within the surrounding gum pockets to destroy the bacteria.  Unfortunately, this procedure is not covered by insurance, but it is a minimal fee.  Please ask your hygienist if you have any questions regarding this treatment.