1. Ablate pocket lining 2.Disinfect root surface 3.Seal off pocket
How Does Laser Periodontal Treatment benefit me?
Laser Periodontal Treatment offers numerous advantages over traditional periodontal surgery, including:
- It is less invasive
- Scalpel and suture free
- Little or no bleeding
- Faster healing
- Reduced risk of infection
- Much less postoperative discomfort
What is Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy?
WPT™ is Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy, which is a minimally invasive method for treating periodontal disease utilizing Nd:YAG and ER: YAG laser energy. These are two proven wavelengths with extremely different clinical and therapeutic abilities which are used in tangent to achieve new levels of success in the battle against periodontal disease and to protect your health.
How Does Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy Work?
Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy creates the optimal conditions for healing of diseased periodontal pockets by:
- Removing the diseased epithelial lining of the pocket with the Nd:YAG laser. This laser periodontics treatment seeks out and destroys harmful periodontal bacteria.
- Removing tartar buildup and biofilm from the root surface with the Er:YAG laser.
- Sealing the pocket after treatment with a stable fibrin clot using the Nd:YAG laser. This last step is what seals off the pocket and promotes healing and bone regeneration.
The Lightwalker laser periodontics treatment that Dr. Sachs uses is the only dental laser capable of delivering both Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser energy for the efficient performance of Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy. Utilizing both wavelengths in a periodontal disease treatment protocol makes optimum use of the unique laser-tissue interaction characteristics of each laser wavelength. For example, Nd:YAG laser energy is superior for coagulation and deep disinfection and biostimulation, while the Er:YAG is uniquely efficient at ablating (vaporizing) hard and soft tissues (such as tartar removal, and removal of bacterial biofilm), and attacking bacteria and pathogens that lack pigmentation. Combined, they can dramatically improve the outcome of laser- assisted treatments, with the ability to achieve impressive clinical results, and with dramatically improved patient comfort. Other lasers used for periodontal therapy have only one wavelength, and do not have the comprehensive capability and versatility of the Lightwalker laser.
Will my insurance cover laser periodontal treatment?
Insurance coverage is generally available for periodontal treatment, including laser periodontics treatment. In order to determine your level of coverage, we generally submit a pre-treatment estimate to your insurance company, so that you know ahead of time what portion of the fee your insurance company covers, and what your co-payments are for laser periodontics treatment.