Introducing Lasers to Dental Cleanings

Written By: Carly Peterschmidt, DMD [May 10, 2024]

To remain current with the best available evidence-based technologies that can aid in optimal oral health outcomes of our patients, we have implemented a soft-tissue diode laser into our practice! Laser technology can be used in adjunct with dental cleanings as a bactericidal aid. Laser technology is a painless, efficient, and effective method of significantly reducing microbial loads in periodontal pockets, thus helping to treat the bacterial infection causing inflammation of the gum tissues. This is done in adjunct with the removal of mineralized bacterial plaque colonies with the use of our ultrasonic and hand scaling instrumentation, as our patients are already familiar with.

Significant evidence has revealed that concentrated light energy from diode lasers:

  • Greatly reduces pathogens (gram negative bacteria) that cause periodontal disease, the destruction of soft (gum) and hard (bone) tissue around your teeth
  • Inhibits viral pathogens
  • Promotes healing through an anti-inflammatory effect

Newer research is showing that the use of diode lasers also:

  • Disrupts bacterial cellular signaling, thus preventing formation of bacterial colonies
  • Supports cell rescue, recovery, and regeneration of fibroblasts, collagen fibers, and osteoblasts, thus increasing periodontal tissue attachment and bone regeneration

Why are we concerned about inflammation?
We now know that approximately 42% of adults in America are affected by some form of gum disease. Untreated gum disease, or chronic bacterial-induced inflammation of the oral tissues, can be associated with the following diseases, as bacteria in the mouth is shared with the rest of the body via the bloodstream: heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, low birth weight and premature delivery, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, obesity, still birth, and hypertension. Your oral and systemic health are connected!

Anyone can be a candidate for use of the laser with their continuing care visits, however, our dental hygienists will be specifically discussing it as an option with patients who show signs of inflammation in their gingival tissues. If you would like to add laser bacterial reduction to your services as a preventative measure, please let our office know and we would be happy to do so!