Chronic inflammation and oral microbial toxins are often responsible for the development of periodontal disease. The condition typically manifests itself by red and swollen gums tender to the touch, and bleeding when brushing. Periodontal disease has been linked to several medical conditions such as cardiovascular disorders, pulmonary disease, diabetes and low birth weight. Obtaining early diagnosis and treatment may prevent serious health complications in the future.
Until recently, conventional periodontal therapy consisted of removal of the diseased tissue around all infected teeth. Still implemented in minor cases of periodontitis, the technique has now evolved into more sophisticated method of treatment with the laser periodontal therapy in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Dr.Jean-Max Jean-Pierre offers the newest approach of periodontal therapy and can save severely compromised dentition, which was previously considered too damaged to save. A laser device is used to softly remove any deposits of bacterial toxins and allowing the soft tissue to heal correctly. This type of treatment stabilizes formerly mobile teeth and restores proper balance within the surrounding tissue of the gingiva. Dr. Jean-Max Jean-Pierre is one of the very few specialists certified and trained to offer this method of periodontal therapy.
Patient Benefits from LPT
The LPT procedure is less invasive and less traumatic to the patient then traditional gum surgery. Many benefits include preservation of gum tissue and minimal bleeding during and after the procedure. In addition, there is no need for scalpels, and the healing time is much quicker. Laser surgery also reduces the chances for infection and sensitivity. The cost for LPT is comparable to the conventional surgery expense.
Who is a good candidate for the surgery?
A comprehensive exam is performed to determine if the surgery will benefit the patient. A prophylactic cleaning, as well as deep root scaling and planning, may be recommended to control the existing condition and to establish the need for periodontal surgery. The gingival pockets are measured around all teeth, and if they reach the depth of 4 mm and the patient exhibits any signs of bone loss, the condition may warrant the need for corrective periodontal surgery.
The level of pain – The surgery is generally painless as the area is anesthetized prior the treatment. Various methods may be used to assure the patient’s comfort including pre-operative sedative, local anesthesia, and Nitrous Oxide. Most patients report minimal discomfort after the surgery.
Duration of treatment – Most laser-oriented procedures can be completed within one visit. In severe cases, multiple visits may be needed to complete the therapy.
Delaying the treatment – Many factors may cause the patient to delay the treatment. It is important to remember that bacterial toxins may release microbial deposits into the bloodstream causing additional health issues.
The cost of the procedure – Severity of the present periodontal conditions typically determines the cost. However, in many cases, the procedure is considered medically necessary and may be covered by both dental and medical insurance providers. The payment options can be discussed with the office personnel as we offer third-party financing as an alternative to insurance compensation.
Please contact the periodontist for more information or to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at 615-264-6404.