Your First Visit
- We will start with a comprehensive examination. During this exam, we will review and discuss your medical history, discuss any specific concerns regarding your oral health, and complete a thorough clinical extraoral and intraoral exam. This exam will also include an oral cancer screen.
- We will gather appropriate diagnostic information, including X-rays and study models if needed. X-rays allow the dentist to diagnose decay in teeth, to detect any pathology adjacent to teeth or in the jaw and to determine the health of the support structure (bone) around the teeth. A model of your teeth allows the dentist to study the way your teeth fit together when you are not at the office, and to determine a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
The Dentists on Pearl are in network providers for Delta Dental PPO, Aetna PPO and Cigna PPO. We can do a complimentary benefits check if you have any concerns regarding your current insurance to determine the coverage at our office. Please have your insurance information available for the initial phone call.
We do our best to give an accurate quote for services provided in our office, but all insurance plans are different and it is ultimately the patient's responsibility for any services rendered.
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Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)
The Dentists on Pearl is committed to providing a superior level of dental care to you, your family, and your friends. This commitment requires staying current on all the latest science, research and technology available to provide the highest level of care possible.
We now know that approximately 80% of adults are affected with gum disease (aka: periodontal disease). It is a growing epidemic in our society, and it is also affecting our youth. Periodontal Disease is a bacterial infection that begins in the pockets and gum tissue around teeth then progresses to destroy ligament and bone support of the teeth.
Periodontal disease can be associated with the following systemic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease, low birth weight and prematurely delivered babies, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, obesity, still birth and hypertension.
Diode Lasers are now being used safely, and comfortably to decontaminate the gum tissue and pockets around the teeth prior to your dental cleaning as preventive care. The laser emits concentrated light energy, which vaporizes unhealthy bacteria. This procedure is called Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR). The major benefits of LBR are:
TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE BACTEREMIA - During the professional cleaning process, and during normal brushing and flossing, most patients will have some areas that may bleed. This allows bacteria that is present in all of our mouths to flood into the bloodstream and sometimes settle in weakened areas of our body. As stated above, research shows that these bacteria that cause periodontal disease have now been linked to a growing number of other diseases. Using the laser prior to your cleaning allows us to remove the bacteria and reduce the bacterial flow into your bloodstream.
TO PREVENT CROSS CONTAMINATION - Infections in one area of your mouth can be transmitted to other areas. LBR minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up the bacterial infection in one area of your mouth and move it to others.
TO KILL PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA - And stop their infections before they cause physical destruction or loss of attachment around your teeth.
Laser Bacterial Reduction is painless and will take about 3 to 5 minutes. Insurance assistance is usually behind the leading edge in high tech health care. Laser Bacterial Reduction is $25 and at this time most dental insurance does not assist with payment for LBR. Your hygienist or dentists can answer any additional questions you may have.