New Technology, LANAP and Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

It’s an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form calculus or tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria which attack the soft tissue around the gums. This early stage of gum disease is called Gingivitis. Symptoms include red swollen gums, bleeding, bad breath and, sometimes, an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis. At this severe stage, bacteria destroy both the gums and the supporting bone structural Pockets form where teeth are separated from the gums and surrounding bones. Left untreated, Periodontitis eventually results in tooth loss.

Many people suffer from Periodontal Disease.  One of the best ways to treat Periodontal Disease is the LANAP Procedure. At Brogdon Dental we use the latest technology to provide for your dental needs. 

What’s the best way to treat Periodontal Disease?
LANAP® surgical laser protocol alternative to gum surgery, is a less painful, less traumatic way to treat periodontal disease at any stage.

WHY IS THE LANAP® PROCEDURE better for the treatment of gum disease?

The LANAP® Procedure is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting and no suturing.  There’s much less discomfort with the LANAP® Protocol than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure. It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups. LANAP® gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LANAP® treated patients remain stable after five years.

We recommend a soft diet for a day or two, and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure. Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets. There’s less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won’t lose time from work.

The LANAP® Procedure is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. 

 

Advertisements

Would You Like a Mint?

Everyone has bad breath now and then. Some of us more often than others. The technical name for bad breath is halitosis, and most of the time it is a temporary condition. Some foods, alcoholic drinks, coffee, tooth decay, dry mouth and certain medical conditions are all common causes of halitosis.

There are very few people in the world who cannot identify with having “morning breath.” Most of us wake up in the morning with bad breath because while we sleep bacteria multiply in the mouth. Simply brushing your teeth will take care of morning breath, as it will take care of about 90% of cases of bad breath.

Eating foods like garlic, onions, some cheeses, fish and coffee will also cause bad breath. If you are worried about having halitosis due to a meal or your day to day diet, you should consider carrying a small dental care kit – a toothbrush, paste, and mouthwash. If bad breath is a problem, make sure to clean your tongue when you brush.

Other tips to help you avoid the embarrassment of bad breath include sipping water frequently to keep the mouth moist and chewing sugarless gum for the same reason. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months, floss regularly and see Dr. Brogdon at least every six months for a thorough cleaning.

Regular dental care is vital to avoid bad breath because, following diet, tooth decay is the second leading cause of halitosis. Having your teeth cleaned every six months will help to insure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.

A few people suffer from chronic or persistent halitosis, which is often caused by an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, GERD, bronchitis or sinusitis. In those cases, seeking treatment for the underlying condition along with good dental care from Dr. Brogdon will help you overcome having frequent bad breath.

Finally, a small segment of the population, .5-1%, suffer from halitophobia, or delusional halitosis. People with halitophobia believe they have bad breath, but have not asked for an objective opinion. As with other phobias, the fear of bad breath can severely impact a person’s life.