Rockwall & Paris, Texas
At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care by using the latest in dental technology. To ensure you receive highly accurate and far less invasive treatment, we use a Piezosurgery ultrasonic surgical instrument when cutting bone and hard surfaces. Unlike conventional instruments, Piezosurgery uses ultrasonic vibrations to precisely cut bone and other hard structures, like a tooth root, without affecting soft tissue or the gums, due to it being modulated to a frequency low enough that it cannot cut soft tissues like the nerves, blood vessels, gums, and skin. The piezosurgery technology uses sophisticated hardware to direct and control ultrasonic energy, which allows us to perform all different kinds of periodontal related procedures like gum surgery, crown lengthening, implant placement, and bone augmentation procedures with complete safety and high level of accuracy.
To learn more about Piezosurgery, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.
Common Treatment Methods
Piezosurgery can be applied to different procedures, but is most commonly used as part of a sinus lift or dental implant procedure. Because it allows for more precise and selective cuts, Piezosurgery improves the success rate and precision of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, such as implant-site preparation, bone grafting, and sinus floor elevation. Because cuts are more precise and selective, there is less thermal and mechanical damage to the bone. Piezosurgery technology also allows for bone and hard tissue cutting while creating a smaller increase in temperatures while cutting, which reduces the risk of the osseointegration process being negatively impacted by overheating.
Traditional instruments used in bone surgery are either driven by a motor or by hand. Hand-driven instruments offer significantly less precision, and motor-driven instruments can be difficult to control and generate more heat than piezosurgery due to friction. Reducing the rotation speed will decrease the friction, but then requires more manual pressure to be used, which diminishes control. A high level of surgical control is essential when performing periodontal surgical procedures and for the placement of dental implants.
In addition to implants, Piezosurgery technology in conjunction with a tooth extraction reduces the risk of damage to gum tissue, nerves, or arteries, preserves the integrity of your socket, and improves our ability to extract the tooth in the least invasive way possible. When used as part of a sinus lift procedure, Piezosurgery ensures the sinus membrane will remain healthy and intact. This is due to the fact that Piezosurgery uses interchangeable vibrating tips, rather than a sharpened edge to avoid damaging the sinus membrane, and can be adjusted to address various types of bone density. Because Piezosurgery does not require as much pressure as traditional methods, it is simple for the operator to stop and assess surgical progress throughout the procedure. The ultrasonic vibrations created my the piezosurgery unit allow for improved visibility during the course of the surgical procedure.
Advantages of Technology
Piezosurgery technology has many benefits, both to the patient and the operator, which include the following:
- Precise: Piezosurgery provides maximum intra-operative control and tactile sensation, which allows us to perform procedures more effectively and more precisely.
- Safe: Due to improved control, we are able to safely work in close proximity to nerves, mucosa, and delicate structures cutting bone efficiently while preserving soft tissues.
- Faster healing due to reduced trauma: By using Piezosurgery, your healing response will be rapidly accelerated due to and earlier increase in levels of bone morphogenetic proteins, faster bone healing and formation, and reduced inflammation. Additionally, because there is less intra-operative bleeding, intraoperative trauma is reduced, which results in reduced discomfort following the procedure. Thermal damage is also reduced with constant irrigation, which reduces the risk of bone necrosis. Piezosurgery combined with irrigation also helps to reduce bleeding, which keeps the surgical site irrigated and sterile. Risk of infection is also significantly reduced. This irrigation also improves visibility and the ease of performing tissue modification for dental implant treatment, such as sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, bone grafting, bone harvesting and general implant site preparation.
- Efficiency: Piezosurgery technology allows us to perform procedures precisely and efficiently thanks to the high-quality controls and reduced hand pressure, compared to traditional methods, which means less time that you have to spend in the dental chair. The osseointegration process (the process of the dental implant integrating with the bone) can also be faster. Additionally, Piezosurgery allows for improved visibility and reduced noise compared to other cutting methods.