Lasers and Dentistry: The Periolase
When the first working laser was introduced to the world, one observer said “The laser is a
solution looking for a problem.” The laser is easily one of the
greatest scientific inventions of the twentieth century. Forty years
later, lasers are everywhere, from the supermarket to the DVD player.
The first laser
for dentistry was introduced in 1990. In 1998
two California dentists reported the first
uniquely laser-dependent dental procedure. Dr
Robert Gregg and Dr. Del McCarthy, after years of research, used a laser for treating gum disease and were
able to consistently cause growth of new periodontal attachment. The laser they developed is called a
Periolase. It is tuned to a specific
wavelength, pulse width and power to maximize its treatment of gum disease. It has been submitted to the FDA and received approval for
the treatment of gum disease. The specific
treatment protocol, LANAP, was then submitted to the FDA and was approved. Both the Periolase and LANAP are patented. Dr. Gregg and Dr. McCarthy then set out to introduce the
Periolase to the dental community. They formed the
IALD, the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, as a training organization. Instead of just advertising in journals and sending them
to any dentist that ordered one, they set up a training facility in California
. After deciding to buy a Periolase, the dentist is given a
date to attend training, and at the end of that training session, given a test. After passing the test, their Periolase is then built and
shipped to them. There are then two additional
required training sessions.
This approach is unique in the dental world. Because of this, we have
had great success with the Periolase and LANAP.
If you have gum disease issues, we will do a free consultation to see if the Periolase and
LANAP are right for you. Click here
to request an appointment.
One common question is what will I experience after LANAP? Click here to read an informational article
Here is an animated video on the procedure:
Here is a graphic of the basics of
- The probe indicates excessive pocket
- Laser light kills bacteria and diseased
- Ultrasonic scaler uses sound waves to break up
and loosen tartar and special hand instruments are used to smooth root
- Laser finishes debriding pocket and establishes
- The tissue is compressed against the root
surface and a stable fibrin clot forms along the gum line.
- The bite is adjusted and equilibrated to prevent
excessive (traumatic) chewing forces from interfering with healing.
- Healing with new attachment of the gums to the
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