Presenting Our New Laser for Periodontal Treatment: the Millennium PerioLase

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Recently, we acquired the newest technology available for periodontic care; the Nd:YAG Millennium PerioLase. This is the latest generation of the Nd:YAG laser and it’s designed specifically to treat periodontal disease.

The new pulsed Nd:YAG laser can be used to safely remove the sulcular lining of periodontal pockets without damaging the subjacent connective tissue at the microscopic level.  Laser periodontal therapy specifically targets the highly pathogenic black pigmented bacteria and is able to vaporize these bacteria safely because of a very rapid 1/10,000th of a second pulse that allows the tissue to cool 99.8% of the time. Tests have shown that 80 percent of sections showed 100 percent epithelium removal without damage to connective tissues. In a six-month follow-up study of laser treated subjects versus conventional surgery patients, researchers noted equal pulp vitality, gingival index, pocket depth reduction, and P. gingivalis and P. intermedia (periodontal pathogens) bacteria levels for both treated groups.

A newly developed procedure known as LANAP, (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), is an FDA-approved procedure performed by the PerioLase. The objective of LANAP laser therapy is pocket reduction achieved by establishing a new connective tissue attachment to the tooth at a more coronal level. The LANAP procedure involves an environment in which new bone, cementum and the PDL can form on a previously diseased root surface. LANAP allows us to treat periodontal disease in a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates the need, in most cases, for conventional blade surgery (osseous and flap surgery).

Clinical advantages of the PerioLase:

  1. Efficiency & Precision
  2. Selective photo-thermal ablation
  3. Deeper Penetration/Aids in removing tarter
  4. Stimulates regeneration of tissue
  5. Neutralizes endotoxins/Bactericidal
  6. Hemostasis/Less sensitivity
  7. Quicker healing/Minimally invasive for optimum patient comfort

In addition to the clinical benefits, the PerioLase laser treatment is also great for patients who have medical problems requiring drugs such as Plavix or Coumadin. Patients do not have to discontinue usage of these drugs with this laser therapy. These benefits make it ideal for patients who are fearful of conventional periodontal scaling and surgery. Of course, maintenance visits and good plaque control will be necessary following laser treatment.

Documentation and research have been published in the Journal of Periodontology since 1992.

Laser Priodontal Therapy Can Be Life Changing

For patients who are concerned about conventional blade surgery to treat periodontal disease, the new laser treatment can be a life-changing event. Patients are able to preserve their natural teeth, enhance their smile, and avoid the potentially life-threatening systemic effects of untreated periodontal disease.

Treatment Procedure

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1. Periodontic probe indicates excessive pocket depth
2. Laser removes bacteria and diseased tissue
3. Hand instrumentation/Piezo scaler are used to clean the root surface
4. Blood clots the pockets and keeps the epithelium from growing back
5. Soft tissue and bone begin to reattach to the clean root surface
6. Occlusal trauma is adjusted (if needed)
7. Healthy sulcus

Other Treatment Lasers

Our office now has two lasers for periodontal treatment: the new Nd:YAG Millennium PerioLase and the DEKA Ultra Speed CO2. Each has its own distinct wavelength and each is best suited for certain procedures. For instance, the Nd: YAG Millennium PerioLase may be used for operculectomies, periodontal abscess debridement, fibroma removal, as well as periodontal disease treatment.

The CO2 laser has specific advantages for certain periodontal procedures, including frenulectomys, reduction of gingival hyperplasia, vaporization of mucosa during implant recovery, coagulation of donor sites following soft tissue autografting, papilloma removal, and for crown lengthening. The CO2 laser is well suited for periodontics because of its ability to produce hemostasis during and after surgery; to reduce post-surgical pain, swelling, and scarring while decreasing surgical time.

New Patients

Reviews

    Had my final two implants placed last Monday. Procedure went well with minimal pain and minimal swelling. Staff were very patient and knowledgeable. Doctor was very professional. Could not have asked for better service. Ellen C.-

    The team at Dr Stoner's were extremely patient and made me feel comfortable for my tissue graft consult. They were very nice and definitely would recommend their office. -Josh J.

    Dr. Stoner did a great job with my gum surgery. I highly recommend his office for perio procedures. I could not be happier with my results. -John S.

    Dr. Stoner's Office, along with all of his incredibly skilled and professional staff are fantastic. They all make you feel as if you are "one of the family" and whether you are there to have a procedure done or a simple consultation, they cater to you every need. Thank you for such a positive dental experience! -Andres B.

    Happy that I didn't give up trying to find their office! My experience so far has been as pleasant as a visit to the dentist can be - very wonderful, friendly office personel who even give you cookies if you are good. Dr. Stoner was exceptional. Joanne S.

    There is nothing exciting about going to a periodontist, but Dr. Stoner and his staff make it as easy as they possibly can. Everyone is caring and the follow-up is great. I cannot say enough about the excellent caring and concern that Dr. Stoner and his staff have for their patients Tesh G.

    I dreaded my visit for 3 extractions and 2 implants plus laser treatment. However, the visit and procedures went VERY smoothly and 12 hours later I had nearly no pain and no swelling. They should be called "magicians" as well as peridontists. I simply cannot say enough positive about my experience so far -- it's been great. -Cynthia G.

    I had laser gum surgery with Stoner and found the team to be very professional and caring Joanne S.

    The professionals at Stoner Periodontics were the best Meredith J.

    The work done was the final piece of fixing my smile. I had an implant placed and a gingival and bone graft. He did excellent work! I will definitely recommend them! Wtuscherer T.

    I appreciate all the wonderful people at Dr. Stoner's office. I believe everyone there is committed to my well being.-Dimitry F.

    Dr. Stoner and his staff were wonderful. Every question was answered ahead of time, long before the surgery. I even got a refund, because I was short a tooth! -Melissa M.

    Dr. Stoner and his team are friendly, professional and have a strong 'patient first' approach.-C. Elizabeth S.

    The entire team at Stoner Periodontic Specialists was professional and courteous. They used the highest quality implant materials since I am allergically sensitive to most metals. The entire team was there for me during and after the procedure was completed. I highly recommend them.-Lisa G.

    Dr. Stoner and his team do excellent work. I've had several gum grafts done, which was pretty painless for the most part, and the healing went well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and use him again if the need ever arose. -Kara C.

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