Soft Tissue Diode Laser
We now have a new instrument that will allow us to treat the soft tissues of the oral cavities in a new manner. This diode laser is used to cosmetically reshape the gums, lessen the pain of canker sores, remove diseased tissue from underneath the gums, and disinfect periodontal pockets. There is minimal post-operative discomfort after this laser is used. We are very excited about the potential future uses of this instrument.
Laser surgery with the Picasso line of dental lasers provides a safer and more comfortable experience for patients. With the use of lasers in dental procedures, there is little to no bleeding, pain or discomfort, and healing time is substantially reduced. Lasers are safe around metal, allowing clinicians to perform a wider variety of procedures on a larger number of patients. Lasers are also more efficacious in killing bacteria and lessening the risk of infection
Links between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease
Studies involving almost 50,000 people in four different countries continue to verify the association between periodontal disease and heart disease. The culprit appears to be a common strain of bacteria found in periodontal disease. It seems to cause blood clots that can induce a heart attack if they escape into the bloodstream. Chronic inflammation that is the hallmark of periodontal disease is also involved in the inflammation of the blood vessel lining which can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis). So you can now add periodontal disease to the other major determinants of cardiovascular disease...smoking, hypertension, excess lipids in the bloodstream, diabetes, genetic predisposition, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.
Periodontal disease has also been implicated as a risk factor in other systemic diseases. The risk of strokes in people with this problem is almost three times that of people with healthy mouths. There is growing evidence that many chronic lung infections are caused by bacteria from the mouth being aspirated down into the lungs. Diabetes is aggravated by periodontal disease. This same bacteria may weaken the immune system and lead to slow wound healing and diminish a person's response to vaccines. Studies have shown that mothers with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have low-weight and premature babies.
Together, you and we can improve not only your oral health, but add improvement to your overall health. Do not forget to come in for your regular dental checkups.
Please Call us!
We welcome you and your family to experience state-of-the-art dentistry, excellent clinical care, and superb customer service. Call our Peru Office at (765) 473-9336 if you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment. Our Peru Dental Office is conveniently located for patients across from Peru High School in Peru Indiana. We welcome the opportunity to give you a Smile-for-Life!
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