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By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
December 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
LasersCouldbetheFutureforGumDiseaseTreatment

We’ve developed a number of effective treatments for periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on how far and deep a patient’s infection has advanced, treatment can be quite invasive and even require surgery. The more invasive, the longer and more uncomfortable the healing process can be.

But using a medical laser could make that less so. Although its use for gum disease treatment is still in its infancy, the latest observations from the field seem to show patients undergoing laser treatment may have less tissue trauma and bleeding, less discomfort after the procedure and quicker healing times.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection mostly caused by dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that build up on teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene. The infection can advance deep below the gum line, weakening gum attachment to teeth and destroying supporting bone. Ultimately the affected teeth can be lost.

Traditionally, the only way to stop the disease is to manually remove plaque buildup on teeth and gum surfaces, which is continuing to sustain the infection, with special hand instruments called scalers or ultrasonic equipment. Because it’s important to remove as much plaque and diseased tissue as possible, we may need to perform a surgical procedure called flap surgery to move some of the gum tissues out of the way to get to these deeper areas. As with any surgery, this can create tissue trauma that may cause discomfort during the healing process.

Our new alternative is to use an Nd:YAG medical laser in a procedure known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP. With light energy delivered through a small fiber no more than the width of three human hairs, the laser can pinpoint diseased tissue and destroy bacteria through intense heat. Because of the laser beam’s tiny width and pulsing action, healthy tissue is at less risk for trauma than with the traditional treatment.

Coupled with other techniques, LANAP procedures could remove as much infected tissue and plaque as traditional methods, but with less healthy tissue trauma. In the future, then, patients with advanced gum disease undergoing laser treatment could have less bleeding and discomfort and faster healing times.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Gum Disease with Lasers.”

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

What your dentist in Glastonbury wants you to knowlaser dentistry

You’ve heard about laser dentistry and now you’re wondering if it can help you. The truth is laser technology has changed dentistry forever. Thanks to laser technology, dentists can now diagnose and treat dental issues while they are still small, instead of waiting until they become large dental problems. Dr. Steven Hinchey at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT wants to share what you need to know about laser dentistry.

Lasers are used in diagnosis to detect tiny problems which are very difficult to find with conventional diagnostic tools. Early diagnosis is critical to a better treatment outcome. Dr. Hinchey uses lasers to:

  • Diagnose tooth decay in tiny pits, fissures and crevices
  • Screen for oral cancer and other tissue abnormalities

Lasers are at the forefront of soft tissue treatment too. The focused laser is precise, allowing more conservative treatment which will heal faster. Some common laser soft tissue treatments include:

  • Soft tissue recontouring, to remove and reshape excess tissue, resulting in a less gummy, more beautiful smile
  • Periodontal treatments, to promote shrinkage and healing of deep periodontal pockets and to kill harmful bacteria

Lasers have also revolutionized treatment of hard tissue problems. Lasers are quiet, allowing a much more comfortable, relaxing treatment than conventional dental drills. Dr. Hinchey uses lasers to:

  • Remove decay, resulting in a much cleaner, more precise tooth preparation which can lead to a longer-lasting dental restoration

When you choose laser dentistry from Dr. Hinchey, you will enjoy:

  • Improved healing
  • Less downtime
  • Less discomfort
  • Relaxing, quiet treatment

You deserve the best in dental treatment. That’s why you need to discover for yourself what laser dentistry can do for you. Now, thanks to laser dentistry, you have another choice other than noisy, old-school dental drills. If you want to experience relaxing treatment with less downtime, laser dentistry is for you! For more information about laser dentistry treatment, call Dr. Hinchey at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT today!