Helping Our Patients with Periodontal Disease
This week’s blog comes from our Hygienist, Annika:
We have been so happy with our laser deep pocket therapy as treatment for periodontal disease. We have been using two different lasers, the Waterlase MD and the Epic 10 laser in addition to traditional treatment for patients with periodontal disease. As you probably know, periodontal disease is caused by 11 different harmful bacteria. This dual wavelength approach attacks bacteria and treats diseased gum tissue in a way that is impossible with traditional methods. Instead of merely removing tartar and bacteria, as with traditional scaling and root planing, we use our two lasers to disinfect the tissue, destroy toxins the bacteria produce that break down gum tissue, enhance healing, promote bone regrowth and tissue reattachment. This laser energy also increases lymphatic flow, the production of endorphins, increased microcirculation, and increased collagen formation.
We are continually looking to improve our quality of care and in that regard we have recently incorporated the use of Ozone gas and Ozonated water in our practice and in our treatment of periodontal disease. Ozone occurs in nature and one can often smell ozone in the air during a thunderstorm. Why are we using ozone in our practice? Ozone comes into contact first with the cell wall of the bacteria. The cell wall maintains the shape of the bacterium. When ozone molecules come in contact with the cell wall, a reaction known as oxidative burst punctures the cell wall. This puncture injures the bacterium and it began to lose its shape. Ozone molecules continues to puncture the cell walls and after a few seconds with a thousand collisions, the bacterial wall cannot anymore sustain the shape and so the cell dies.
We are very excited to be able to provide this multi- faceted approach do periodontal disease. The results have been fantastic and we have seen our patients maintain a high level of health over the last 2 years that we have been using the laser. It is exciting to see what increased improvement we will see with the addition of ozone.
Our fantastic results are a combination of both our efforts and yours. I would like to thank our great patients for all their hard work at home which has helped make these results possible! Keep up the good work!
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