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Laser treatment for gum disease

Scaling and Root Planing has long been the gold standard in periodontal treatment... but studies are showing that non-invasive Laser-assisted Periodontal Therapy provides additional benefits over Scaling and Root Planing alone. 

But how does it work!?

Laser energy is transmitted through a thin fiber which is easily inserted into deep periodontal pockets, targeting inflammed tissues and bacteria. Studies have shown reductions in gingival bleeding, reductions in tooth mobility and reduction in loss of attachement around the tooth, and most importantly increased patient comfort during the post-operative healing phase!!!

How will your hygienist use it during your appointment?

The hard tissue side of the pocket (tooth and root surface) is first debrided with ultrasonic scalers ...

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Assessment and Maintenance of the Periodontal Patient

Lia, Jessie, and Holly attended Dr Micheal Smith's presentation "Assessment and Maintenance of the Periodontal Patient" on Friday night. It was a great evening lecture covering when to refer a periodontal patient to a specialist and case selection relating to dental implants. It was great to hear that some of the key health factors such as gum disease and diabetes don't necessarily mean that a patient can't opt for an implant to be placed- as usual it comes back to disease stabilisation and active maintenance with a periodontist/dentist/hygienist to mitigate the risks these diseases present to implant placement.

Take home message for patients- Gingival bleeding equals active disease.... If you have ...

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.