What is Photomodulation and is it Right for You?
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Just like every other person on this planet, there are times where one had the shivers going to see the dentist. For the most part, it’s minor dental work, however when it comes to wisdom teeth extractions or major dental work than it can cause a case of nerves. The good news is that there is an alternative known as photomodulation, previously called cold laser therapy. What is photomodulation? This technology has been out there for decades, but recently it has been more favored because of the advancement in technology in the dental field.

What is Photomodulation?

Photomodulation works on the same principles as that of photosynthesis. Light of a specific wave length falls onto the affected area, and talks to the effected cells to expedite all their cellular functions. The power house of the cell, mitochondria, absorbs this light, and starts producing more and more ATP under the influence of this light, and talks it’s neighboring cells into doing so, as well.

There is a cascade of events that take place, including increase in blood flow and oxygenation and a feeling of instant relief of pain or pressure in the effected or inflamed area. Since happy hormones or endorphins are also released during this whole process, a person feels a gush of sense of wellbeing that can last for days. The best part is there are no side effects or thermal effects, since there is no heat therapy and it is non-invasive.

There are several cold laser modalities to choose from, and you can always ask your dentist if photo modulation is right for you. Some of these modalities come with an adjustable dental probe attachments for those sensitive areas in your mouth.

Is Photomodulation Right For You?

Now the question arises who is the right candidate for this treatment? Could you benefit from photomodulation? There is lot information out there and several device companies have come up with their own treatment protocols, based on years of research in this area. That way, one can decide if they are the right candidate for this therapy. Insurance does cover it, however, there might be some out of pocket costs related to it, depending on a few factors such as, in what capacity the insurance codes were used and how they were applied for reimbursements.

Another important thing to keep in mind is, if you fall in any of the following criterias then you can benefit from this therapy.

  • Pain in the mouth (dental extraction, filling, surgery of any sort, gum disease, bone pain, etc.)
  • Inflammation, including gingivitis (immune boost included with every session)

Talk to Your Dentist About Photomodulation 

Photomodulation can have beneficial effects in terms of less sensitivity ,expedited reduction in inflammation, expedited gum healing, expedited post-surgical recovery, and you get a dose of an immune boost to go with it as well.

Sometimes you only need one treatment session, other times larger areas might need extra attention depending on whether it is one tooth or the entire mouth or jaw. Ask your dentist if photomodulation is right for you and your dentist should be able to tailor the photomodulation sessions according to your needs.