Bad Breath Laser Treatment

Updated April 17, 2017

Laser cryptolysis is a way to permanently cure your bad breath. Here are some factors to consider if you are thinking about having the procedure. Lasers treat halitosis specifically caused by bacterial build-up in the tonsils, which is far from the only cause of bad breath. In many cases, bad breath can be controlled with proper oral hygiene or changes in diet. Laser cryptolysis does offer a permanent solution to many who suffer from severe, chronic halitosis.

Type of Halitosis Treated by Lasers

Bad breath has many sources, and determining the cause of yours is the first step toward deciding if laser therapy is right for you. The most common source is odorous bacteria caused by food trapped in the teeth, gums or on the tongue. This type is generally well controlled through good dental hygiene. Other causes include the foods that you eat. After food is swallowed and absorbed into the bloodstream, odour from the food is eventually expelled by the lungs. Odorous foods such as onions and garlic can cause bad breath in this way. Of course, after the odorous food completely passes through the body the bad breath will go away. Other causes of halitosis include certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, sinus infections and bronchitis. Another cause can dry mouth resulting from medication. If any of these sources are the cause of your bad breath, laser therapy cannot help you.

Laser therapy treats only halitosis originating in the tonsils. This particular type of halitosis is caused by bacteria clumps called tonsilloliths or tonsil stones, which get caught in tonsil folds called crypts. The treatment works by removing these tonsilloliths and permanently closing the crypts. Since bacteria cannot form in the new scar tissue, the treatment is considered permanent. This type of halitosis is often chronic and severe and cannot be successfully treated through traditional oral hygiene. It should be noted, however, that according to Richard Price of the American Dental Association, only 6 per cent of halitosis originates in the tonsils.

Treatment, Recovery and Price

Laser treatment for bad breath is quick and simple. Treatments take about 20 minutes. The procedures are usually performed during an office visit. Topical anesthetic is required. Many patients return to their normal routines directly after treatment, though many do report some soreness in the throat. According to Dr. Yosef Krespi, one of the treatment's pioneers, most patients need only one treatment for desired results. The cost of each treatment is around £1,300 according to the New York Daily News.

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Julie Tridle is a freelance writer living in New Orleans. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Nebraska and writes articles, blogs and website copy on an array of subjects. She has written website copy for tourism websites, plastic surgeons, photographers and accountants.