Our office is pleased to offer Periowave™ to our patients in the treatment of periodontal disease.
What is Periowave™
Periowave is a painless, non-invasive photodisinfection procedure that can significantly improve treatment outcomes when combined with scaling and root planing. Periowave eliminates many of the harmful bacteria and toxins associated with periodontal disease.
Periowave is approved for the treatment of chronic periodontitis, gingivitis, endodontics, and peri-implantitis disease. It is a non-antibiotic therapy that rapidly destroys gram-negative oral pathogens without pain, heat, or surgery.
Unlike thermal lasers that cut tissue, Periowave utilizes a cold (non-thermal) diode laser. It does not cause damage to root surfaces, dental materials, or surrounding tissues. Periowave does not exhibit many of the issues commonly associated with antibiotics, such as bacterial resistance, allergic or sensitivity reactions, opportunistic infections, or prolonged doses of medication.
How Periowave™ Works
Periowave is an effective, minimally invasive, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory treatment. It uses the powerful photodisinfection reaction to inactivate the harmful bacteria and toxins that are left behind after scaling and root planing.
Photodisinfection is based on a simple, two-step procedure:
Irrigate: The specially formulated Periowave photosensitizing solution is topically applied to the gums at the treatment site. It then preferentially attaches to the harmful bacteria and toxins associated with periodontal disease.
Illuminate: A thin, plastic light diffusing tip is painlessly placed into the treatment site. The treatment site is illuminated with a specifically calibrated laser light, activating the photosensitizing solution and destroying the harmful bacteria and toxins. Each treatment site requires only 60 seconds of laser activation, making Periowave a quick, painless, and stress-free procedure.