Many advancements are happening in dentistry today, including different types of therapies that promote healing and reduce inflammation. Photobiomodulation is one type of therapy dentists some dentists are implementing into their dental practices due to its great clinical results.
What is Photobiomodulation?
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the use of low-level laser or light energy to stimulate a positive biologic response in your tissues, including your gums, teeth, and underlying jaw bone. To put it simply, PBM technology triggers cells to recharge in order to promote healing, reduce pain, and decrease inflammation. It does this by activating mitochrondria to produce more energy-driving molecules within cells. The promotion of cellular processes is completed without the use of drugs or chemicals. Because PBM technology uses low levels of laser energy, the entire procedure is pain free! Typically, the only sensation patients feel during the treatment is a little warmth around their skin.
How Sloan Creek Dental uses Photobiomodulation
At Sloan Creek Dental, we use the LightWalker by Fotona on a special setting specially tailored for PBM therapy. The Genova handpiece we use for PBM has been clinically proven to stimulate wound healing in skin, oral tissues, and bone. We often use PBM to decrease inflammation immediately after treatments and to reduce post-operative pain following surgeries.
Common Conditions Treated with Photobiomodulation
PBM therapy can treat several conditions, including:
- Treatment of recurrent aphthous ulcers and traumatic ulcers.
- Reduction of oral swelling
- Pain following periodontic, oral surgery, and endodontic procedures.
- Treatment of recurrent intraoral herpes and cold sores
- Management of inflammatory conditions and lesions in the mouth
- Reduce the pain of orthodontics
- Management of TMJ pain
- Promote healing of nerve damage
Is Photobiomodulation Safe?
There have been several thousand studies done on PBM therapy with no clinical side effects reported. This is because PBM uses your body’s natural healing processes but at an enhanced level.
How to Get Started with Photobiomodulation Therapy?
If you are experiencing chronic mouth ulcers, suffering from TMJ, preparing to have dental work done, or a tooth removed in the Fairview, Mckinney, and Allen area, feel free to call Sloan Creek Dental. Dr. Feng is an all-around dentist and would be happy to go over the benefits of photobiomodulation therapy and how it can potentially help you. To find out more information about the laser treatments that Sloan Creek Dental offers, please contact us or call us at (972) 468-1440.