Lasers in dentistry have been around for over 10 years, however the Gemini 810+980 diode laser with its revolutionary technology became available in the US, May 2016.
The Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser is the first dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser available in the United States. The unique dual wavelength technology combines the optimal melanin absorption of an 810 nanometer wavelength laser with the optimal water absorption of a 980 nanometer wavelength laser.The Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser is also the most powerful soft tissue diode laser available. The laser features 20 watts of peak super-pulsed power, which means faster, smoother cutting with less tissue tagging.No matter the procedure, the innovative Gemini laser makes it faster, smoother, and more efficient.
- 20 watts of peak super-pulsed power means faster, smoother cutting
- Sleek, innovative design features a stunning transparent electroluminescent display
- Simple user interface and 19 preset procedures enhance ease of use
- Bluetooth foot pedal allows for wireless control
- Single-use bendable tips are pre-initiated for reduced prep time
- Tip illumination provides better visibility at surgical site
Indications for Use
The Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser is a dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser that can be used intraorally for frenectomies, gingivectomies, and other soft tissue procedures.The following is a list of FDA-cleared indications for use of diode soft tissue lasers:
- Excisional and incisional biopsies
- Exposure of unerupted teeth
- Gingival troughing for crown impression
- Gingival incision and excision
- Hemostasis and coagulation
- Implant recovery
- Abscess incision and drainage
- Laser removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket
- Laser soft tissue curettage
- Oral papillectomies
- Pulpotomy as an adjunct to root canal therapy
- Reduction of gingival hypertrophy
- Soft tissue crown lengthening
- Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necrosed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss, and tooth mobility)
- Treatment of canker sores, herpetic, and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser Periodontal Therapy (also known as LPT) is an FDA-approved, non-surgical approach to treating gum disease. Laser Periodontal Therapy is an effective, less invasive alternative to gum surgery. Laser Periodontal Therapy is also used in bone regeneration treatments.
How does Laser Periodontal Therapy work?
A powerful laser emits concentrated energy in the form of a light beam, which our skilled dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas uses to trim infected gum tissue, remove the hardened plaque build-up, and re-contour the damaged bone. LPT can also help eliminate infection and heal diseased gum tissue.
The laser delivers a narrow beam that focuses on only a specific number of cell layers, providing precise control over the treatment area. The laser’s power is controlled with a foot pedal. The dentist treats the affected area using a slow sweeping motion, killing the bacteria and selectively removing the diseased tissue. For trimming soft tissue, the dentist will place the laser optical fiber carrying the beam directly on the gum tissue and move it along the incision line to create a cutting effect. To clear away infection, the laser optical fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is vaporized. Then an ultrasonic cleaning instrument is used to remove the tartar from the root and tooth surfaces, washing away the debris. Finally, the laser is again passed around the gum tissue to form a natural bandage around the necks of the teeth to seal them against re-infection.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is effective in maximizing the preservation of as much of the healthy gum tissue as possible, maintaining the height of the gums around the teeth, and minimizing bleeding and discomfort during and after the procedure.
What are the advantages of Laser Periodontal Therapy over gum surgery?
- Laser Periodontal Therapy takes less time and requires fewer follow-up visits than traditional surgery since there are no sutures to remove.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy results in faster recovery time.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy is more precise, which maximizes the conservation of healthy gum tissue and bone.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy is less invasive, resulting in less bleeding.
- Post-treatment discomfort is minimal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy is more sterile and reduces the risk of infection.
- Laser Periodontal Therapy provides better, longer-lasting results. Studies have shown that 98% of laser-treated patients do not have further disease progression after five years, compared to only 5% of traditional gum surgery patients.
- With Laser Periodontal Therapy, there is less risk of gum and teeth sensitivity.
- General anesthesia is not required because Laser Periodontal Therapy is much less traumatic than traditional surgery.
Is Laser Periodontal Therapy painful?
With Laser Periodontal Therapy, there is minimal discomfort. The laser actually has pain-relieving qualities when used in treating both soft and hard tissues. Lasers deliver energy faster than it takes to trigger a neural response – so the laser light beam ends before the patient can even feel it.
What should I expect during Laser Periodontal Therapy?
The procedure generally take two visits, each lasting 1½ to two hours. The dentist will treat one side of the mouth at each visit. The visits are scheduled within two to three weeks of each other so that the bacteria on the untreated side will not have a chance to infect the tissue and bone already treated.
The dentist will use the laser to clean off any tartar and infected tissue in the area around your teeth. Once the treatment is completed, the dentist will then use the laser to sterilize the tissue, promote bone regeneration, and initiate the healing process.
The recovery time is generally less than 24 hours, so most patients can return to work the next day. Many patients report only minor, if any, post-surgery discomfort. For more information on laser dentistry in Palm Desert, California, we invite you to call us today.