Issues in Periodontal Treatment
The best quality care for patients is based on science: what has been proven, in controlled clinical trials, to be effective in treating and managing periodontal disease. As a practitioner, I am constantly inundated with the latest “new” and “improved” products that promise to put my dental practice at the forefront of technology and progress.
Because of the lax regulation of dental technology and patient-targeted advertising, dental companies are allowed to make claims not supported by scientific evidence.
As a consequence, patients receive misinformation on the best methods for controlling periodontal disease and are easily manipulated into receiving treatment that is little more than a marketing strategy by dental care providers.
My periodontal and surgical practice is based on proven science tested by clinical trials. If you have questions about the efficacy of a treatment, please defer to the official position of the professional regulating body for the treatment of periodontal issues, the American Academy of Periodontology. Below are my recommendations based on the current body of research available.
The Use of Lasers in Treating Periodontal Disease