Lasers allow us to do a number of procedures with more precision, removing drills and shots from the process. This ultimately leads to a pain-free experience.
The Fotona Lightwalker®
This laser contains two different types of lasers that allow us to address both hard and soft tissue. The Lightwalker® allows us to prepare teeth without anesthesia, NightLase® snoring treatment, remove porcelain veneers and crowns, remove gum growths, and biostimulation to help with TMJ/TMD pain as well as neuralgias.
Dr. Harr and Dr. Baxter use the DIAGNOdent™ laser to help evaluate pits and grooves in teeth for potential cavities.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation and the severity of the problem. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
PerioLase LANAP Technology
Dr. Harr was the first dentist in Middle Tennessee using the PerioLase® MVP-7. Patients looking for an alternative to classic periodontal surgery will really appreciate this laser.
LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is a procedure used to treat moderate to severe periodontal disease without reflecting the gum off of the bone.
Differing greatly from traditional periodontal surgery, PerioLase creates a sterile and stable environment where bone and tissue are able to grow back together. If you have periodontitis, you know that your gums (or connective tissue) pull away from the tooth, creating pockets. The pockets become deeper as the disease progresses, causing bone loss.
Traditional perio-therapy involves your doctor scraping out the inside of the pockets, trying to avoid bone loss since the infected bone will no longer grow back. Using PerioLase, our dentists are able to create an environment where your body can regenerate itself. Your gums will reattach to the tooth; in fact, it is proven that PerioLase is the only laser to have a 100% success rate in tissue reconstruction.
How does PerioLase work to improve the health of my smile?
Before your LANAP procedure, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, removing any tartar in an effort to make the tissue as healthy as possible. During your treatment, our dentists uses the PerioLase laser to find any diseased tissue in the pockets created from periodontitis. The laser kills pathogens (the bacteria causing the disease) without harming the good cells.
How do I know if PerioLase is right for me?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are most likely a candidate for PerioLase. PerioLase is also a safe alternative to conventional surgery for those who suffer from other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, or for those who might be pregnant. PerioLase may be recommended if you have had periodontal treatment in the past and are experiencing symptoms again. Once you have had gum disease, it is common to have a relapse. Consider PerioLase as a safe alternative to traditional periodontal surgery, and ask us if PerioLase LANAP is the best option for you.