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We diagnose and manage oral pathology and Orofacial pain conditions. We perform laser procedures to manage orofacial diseases. Laser procedures are minimally invasive and provide improved outcomes with minimal and no anesthesia. With laser surgeries, there is almost minimal or no bleeding.

LASER BENEFITS

Accelerates Surface Healing.

Increases ATP Production

Improves Circulation

Enhances Oxygen Delivery

Laser therapy in oral healthcare provides a more comfortable experience. At our practice, we can deliver a precise treatment that is minimally invasive, more comfortable, quicker and provides more stunning results. Laser therapy may need minimal anesthesia, and some procedures may not even needle a needle stick. Laser therapy is beneficial in many areas of dental care, such as managing gum disease, teeth whitening, fixing cavities, sore mouth healing, burning mouth treatment, and jaw pain management.

How does laser therapy work?

Lasers produce intense beams of light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right time, we can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation, and reduce pain. In Dentistry, two types of lasers are used. They are hard tissue and soft tissue lasers depending on the wavelength.

One of the primary mechanisms is the effect of light on cytochrome c oxidase and, consequently, the unbinding of nitric oxide and the release of ATP, leading to improved cellular function. For anti-inflammatory effects, we have found a measurable reduction in PGE2, TNF Alpha, and IL-6 in the synovia surrounding damaged tendons. For analgesia, high-intensity lasers over nerve supply can inhibit fast axonal flow. In addition, high-intensity single-point lasers can release trigger points and treat acupuncture points instead of needles.

Who can benefit from laser therapy? 

Laser therapy has wide applications in orofacial diseases, disorders, and oral conditions. This is a non-pharmacological therapy that can benefit without any significant side effects. Conditions such as oral lesions, mucositis, burning mouth syndrome, and facial pain are known to be chronic. The management of these conditions can be complex. Medical management may have side effects, and surgical management may not benefit significantly. Such situations can benefit from laser therapy. Chronic periodontal conditions, tissue inflammation, and inflammatory conditions may also benefit from treatment.  

LASER PROCEDURES

Laser Biopsy

We use high-end lasers for biopsies. Lasers are minimally invasive, have fast healing, and most procedures do not require annoying sutures. Some oral conditions can be treated with lasers, requiring minor maintenance. Check on laser biopsies and laser treatments for oral lesions and pain management.

Laser oral lesion treatments

The lasers can effectively manage chronic oral lesions such as oral lichen planus. Some lesions respond very effectively and have a minimal reoccurrence rate. At the same time, some may need repeated laser treatments and supplemental topical medications, unlike strong immunosuppressive systemic therapies with severe side effects.

Low-level Laser Therapy

Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy), previously known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), applies a unique range of light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.  Beneficial in the treatment of TMJ/ Facial Pain disorders, Burning mouth, Oral Mucositis, and Oral Lichen Planus.

  • 2019 – Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) guidelines recommend PBM treatment for the prevention of oral mucositis. Click here
  • 2018 – National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance for the UK NHS recommends laser therapy for oral mucositis. Click here
  • 2017 – UK NIHR funded RCT on the Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Low-Level Laser in the Management of Oral Mucositis in Head and Neck Cancer Irradiation, 10 NHS hospitals, 380 patients in progress. Click here
  • 2017 – Low-Level Laser improves survival of head and neck cancer patientsClick here

TMJ/TMD and Oral Pain Management

Between 5-12% of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMJ disorder.  Until recently, it was typically treated with injections, physical therapy, night guards, and anti-inflammatory medications that could have side effects over long periods.

Now there is an effective therapy with the use of laser technology. The Laser helps to temporarily increase your blood circulation as well as to relax your jaw muscles. The treatment takes approximately 5-10 minutes for each area, so it’s fast and convenient. Depending on the jaw problems, several treatments may be indicated to achieve the intended results. Laser therapy is effective for jaw muscle pain and inflammatory conditions of the jaw. Laser therapy is usually done once a week or, in severe conditions, twice a week for 6-8 weeks. Studies show the benefits are felt after 3-4 weeks of treatment.

References:

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