Millennium Laser Therapy
At DC Smiles, we are continually looking for the most up-to-date, cutting-edge treatments to provide our patients with the most comprehensive care. One such treatment we employ is the use of Cold Laser Therapy (Millennium Laser Therapy [MSL]) “Low Level Lasers” to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and orthodontic therapy.
Cold laser therapy treats joint and muscle inflammation by using light therapy to stimulate the healing of facial muscles and tissue. During therapy, the light hits the affected area, thereby reducing inflammation and enhancing production of more red blood cells in the area and enhancing the speed and quality of tissue repair. Cold laser therapy has proven effective in providing both temporary and long-term relief of pain and discomfort associated with TMJ.
MLS Laser therapy aims to photo-bio-stimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light. When cells are chemically damaged they stimulate the pain cycle. Laser excites the kinetic energy within cells by transmitting healing stimuli known as photons. The skin absorbs these photons via a photo-chemical effect, not photo-thermal—which causes heat damage to the tissues.
Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a torrent of cellular activities. Laser therapy light floods the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This increases the body’s production of ATP (Adenosine-triphosphate), speeding up the healing process to reduce inflammation and repair damaged tissue.
Laser light can also elevate collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissues – a critical step in reducing long term disabling chronic myofascial pain syndromes. Patients get out of pain faster and heal at the same time.
Despite the name of this treatment, cold laser therapy does not involve a freezing laser beam-or any temperature change, in fact. Cold lasers cause no fluctuation in body tissue temperature. Cold laser therapy is non-invasive, pain-free, highly effective and most importantly safe. Cold laser therapy meets all standards and requirements set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Studies have shown that cold laser therapy is most effective when multiple treatments are administered. The number of treatments required to achieve results varies from patient to patient. Following a comprehensive examination, we can discuss whether cold laser therapy might help alleviate your pain associated with TMJ or aide in your orthodontic therapy.