Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Laser treatment for gum disease can help you get your smile back on track. Gum tissue, when healthy, allows us to chew, talk and smile with comfort.  When gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria (periodontal disease) it causes gum recession, bone degeneration, and tooth loss. Eating, speaking, and grinning is no longer done with ease.  According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 2 in 5 adults suffer from some form of gum disease.

The advanced technology of laser therapy is a proven technique for repairing gums and treating periodontal disease.  Dr. Abeyta uses laser dentistry in her practice in Albuquerque, NM. Laser technology treats gum disease non-invasively, eliminating the need for surgery and a lengthy recovery.  

How Does Laser Therapy Repair the Gums?

The laser is used to remove the inflamed and infected gum tissue.  Once the infected gum tissue is removed the dentist will have better access to the root surfaces so that they may be thoroughly cleaned with Piezo ultrasonic scalers and hand scalers (Piezo scalers may adversely affect how a cardiac pacemaker functions). 

The laser will then be used again to remove any remaining infected gum tissue and to kill bacteria lingering in the gum pocket.

What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy on Gums?

  • Less discomfort during treatment
  • Reduced post treatment pain and swelling
  • Rapid healing time
  • Less bleeding
  • Fewer post-surgical complications
  • Less trauma to the surrounding dental tissue
  • Bacterial reduction

In addition to the above benefits, laser treatment is completely customizable so that it can personalized for the individual’s needs. 

What are Signs of Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease is associated with poor hygiene.  Hint – floss and brush your teeth at least two times a day!

If you are experiencing any of the below listed symptoms, contact your dentist to find out if you have gum disease.

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Receding gumline

If you need laser treatment for periodontal disease but are worried about the expense, Dr. Abeyta offers an in-house dental membership plan.

Why join a Dental membership Plan?

  • You have no dental insurance currently
  • You are losing your dental insurance
  • You are paying too much for your current dental insurance
  • You have retired and need dental care
  • You would like to save money on your dental care

Memberships plans are available for both adults and children.

As with most dental issues, the earlier they are detected, the easier they are to treat. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Abeyta to learn more about treatment options for gum disease at (505) 293-7611.

 

Laser Assisted TMJ Relief Treatment

Laser Assisted TMJ Relief Treatment

Laser Assisted TMJ Relief Treatment

Part I

Laser assisted TMJ relief treatment uses light to penetrate deep into the tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint.  Laser energy decreases inflammation which promotes almost immediate relief. It also stimulates healing by increasing circulation. Laser therapy is one of the safest treatments for anyone who suffers from TMJ disorders.

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint has a unique mechanism; the articular surfaces of the bones never come into contact with each other – they are separated by an articular disc. The presence of such a disc splits the joint into two synovial joint cavities, each lined by a synovial membrane. Dysfunction of the joint will not only irritate the outer part of the disc but also make it hard and brittle. The disc will eventually be displaced causing chronic inflammation and pain. One in every 12 people are affected by TMJ.

What are TMJ symptoms?

  • Pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, jaw joint and ear area.
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw is opened or closed.
  • Difficulty chewing food.
  • Swelling around the face area.
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Tooth pain

If you have any of the above issues, talk to a dentist such as Dr. Abeyta, in Albuquerque, NM.  Through a series of diagnostic tests, she can determine the origin of your pain and discomfort. Her office uses state-of-the-art digital software to help detect occlusal disease to aid in treating and protecting the jaw and teeth from unbalanced forces and destruction.

How does Laser Assisted TMJ Relief Treatment Work?

Just as light bulbs come in different wattages, lasers produce different watts of energy to penetrate deep into inflamed muscles and even target the joint itself.  The handheld wand emits the light which helps generate new capillaries and other blood vessels necessary for healing and restoring proper function.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Studies show patients with TMJ dysfunction experienced an improved mandibular range of motion as well as pain reduction after four to six months of treatment. In addition, further studies reported laser therapy provided anti-inflammatory benefits as well as pain reduction associated with TMJ.

For more information on laser assisted TMJ relief treatment and the best dentist in Albuquerque, NM contact the office today at (505) 293-7611.

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” Thich Nhat Hanh

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NighLase laser therapy for breathing disorders can finally let you get a good night’s sleep to help boost overall health.  Or as Thomas Dekker said, “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. “

Laser therapy is quickly expanding in the field of dentistry, providing remarkable results for patients seeking all types of treatment, especially breathing disorders.

Typical breathing disorders:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Related Hypoxemia Disorder
  • Snoring

Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep:

  • Boosts Immunity
  • Boosts Mental Wellbeing
  • Prevents Diabetes
  • Wards off Heart Disease
  • Increases Fertility

    What is NightLase therapy?

     

    Image of clear airways vs obstructed airwaysNightLase is a dental laser therapy that gently heats the tissues in your soft palate and throat with rapid, comfortable pulses that cause collagen to reorganize into a firmer form.  This procedure helps to open the oral airway allowing more air and better breathing during sleep.

    The technique has been used for several years in medical disciplines such as cosmetic surgery. When used on the face, for example, wrinkles are smoothed, and facial muscles tighten.

    Is it Painful?

    You may feel warmth from the laser, but most patients report little to no discomfort during or after the treatment. And, the treatment is noninvasive, meaning there is no cutting or need for anesthesia.

    How Many Treatments Will I Require?

    Typically, three treatments, which take about 20 minutes, spread out over a month will get the desired results.  The treatment lasts about one year, then further treatments may be needed to keep breathing disorders under control.

    How do I know If This is for Me?

    If you suffer from breathing disorders and have tried other methods to stop snoring and get a good night’s sleep, Fotona’s NightLase therapy might be the perfect solution.

    Dr. Abeyta. is excited to share the NightLase laser with her patients.  Discover how they use laser therapy as an effective solution by calling her office today to set up your appointment at (505) 293-7611.

    Breathe easy and sleep well!