Non-Invasive Dentistry- Periowave Photodisinfection for Gum Disease

For many people, a trip to the dentist is a traumatic experience involving pain and fear.  Fear of pain is a major reason why many people ignore their oral health and allow their gums to recede and bleed.  One Government study (NHANES 1994) found that 70% of the diagnosed patients with gum disease failed undertake treatment.  If gums were visible, such rampant infection would never be tolerated. Who, for instance, would allow a 2 inch pussy wound on their arms or face to remain untreated for years on end? No one. But for many, gum disease is a constant companion because it is relatively painless until the disease reaches very end stages that result in tooth mobility and tooth loss.

Traditional treatment of gum disease involves rigorous scaling and root planing at 3 month intervals and often requires surgical procedures involving slicing the gums open, flapping them back, recontouring bone tissue, adding replacement bone matrix and grafting tissue from the roof of the mouth onto the gums to reclose the area. If there ever is an unpleasant procedure, this is it.  It is hard to imagine that any patient would opt for this type of treatment in the face of less invasive alternatives.

Periowave Photodisinfection is a non-surgical alternative, offering a non-invasive approach to gum disease. It is a pain-free therapy that uses a two-step process involving a photosensitizer activated by a cold (non-thermal) red light. There is no burning or charring of tissue unlike thermal lasers often used for periodontal disease treatment. Instead, there is the power of photodisinfection which can eliminate bacteria and their virulence factors, can inactivate the inflammatory response and can promote innate host immune responses that other therapies are unable to achieve. Unlike antibiotics, there is no resistance generation and can therefore be used as often as needed. With this value proposition, photodisinfection is an important new approach for the treatment of gum disease including peri-implantitis for patients looking for effective, pain-free dental therapy.

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