LANAP Periodontal Disease Treatment from Dr. DiGiallorenzo
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- What is periodontal disease?
- Problems Associated With Gum Disease
- What are the symptoms of gum disease?
- What causes gum disease?
- Gum Disease Treatment from Dr. DiGiallorenzo in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA
- Single Visit Periodontal Detoxification Using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is more commonly called gum disease. There are various types of gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis. These gum diseases are chronic bacterial infections, and these infections of the soft tissues in your mouth can cause very serious problems if left untreated. Eventually you can lose teeth or develop systemic complications due to gum disease.
The plaque (a sticky, colorless film) that develops on your teeth contains bacteria that can eventually cause periodontal disease. This is why preventing gum disease involves regular home hygiene care as well as trips to your dentist twice a year for cleanings to remove plaque and tartar where bacteria can hide.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, and it’s extremely common. During this phase of gum disease, your gums may appear red and swollen and bleed when you brush. Gingivitis is usually not painful, and it is simply caused by a lack of thorough oral hygiene. With treatment from Dr. DiGiallorenzo near Philadelphia, PA, and an improved home dental care routine, gingivitis can be reversed fairly easily.
When gingivitis is left untreated it can turn into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Plaque can get under the gums, and the toxins in the plaque will cause irritation and infection. Because these toxins cause the gums to go into a chronic inflammatory state, the tissues will actually begin to break down as the body tries to fight the infection. Bone will begin to break down as well. The gums will loosen, pockets around the teeth will form, and these pockets will expose you to even more bacteria and spread the gum disease. While this may sound very dramatic and your symptoms may be mild, eventually the destruction of the tissues that hold your teeth in place will cause them to become loose and require removal.
Luckily, Dr. DiGiallorenzo is an extremely educated and experienced Philadelphia periodontist with offices in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA. Dr. DiGiallorenzo provides state-of-the-art gum disease treatment in the form of LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure), helping you rediscover complete health when gum disease has caused damage. You can learn more about LANAP gum disease treatment further down on this page.
Problems Associated With Gum Disease
Gum disease has actually been associated with the following diseases and conditions:
- Heart disease
- Pre-term low birth weight births
- Respiratory disease
When an infection is affecting one area of your body (in this case, your mouth) it can spread to other areas and infect those as well. Plaque is a cause of gum disease, and plaque is implicated in heart disease as well. Gum disease can exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes because it interferes with blood sugar regulation.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease isn’t usually very obvious, which often keeps those who have it from seeking treatment. Still, there are symptoms to look out for, and it’s always recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam so that he or she can look for the symptoms of gum disease and possibly refer you to Dr. DiGiallorenzo for treatment. Dr. DiGiallorenzo can also perform a periodontal disease assessment for you at his Collegeville and Williamsport periodontal offices near Philadelphia, PA.
What are the symptoms?
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together when you bite
What causes gum disease?
Several different risk factors can make you more likely to develop periodontal disease. Everyone should pay thorough attention to oral hygiene at home to keep gum disease from becoming a problem, but these risk factors can make you especially sensitive to periodontal disease:
- Genetics: Research has shown that certain people may be genetically prone to periodontal disease, and even with excellent home dental health habits, they are six times more likely than most people to develop gum disease.
- Pregnancy and Puberty: Hormonal changes can cause all kinds of sensitivities in the body. During pregnancy and puberty, women show an increased risk of gum disease. This can especially be a problem because gum disease in pregnant women has been linked to the delivery of pre-term, low birth weight babies.
- Stress: Stress causes all kinds of health problems, and it can also affect your gum health. Stress lowers your body’s immune response, opening you up to all kinds of infections including gum disease.
- Medications: Certain medications, including oral contraceptives, certain heart medications, and anti-depressants, can cause your gums to become more susceptible to gum disease. If you’re taking any of these medications, discuss this with Dr. DiGiallorenzo during your periodontal treatment.
- Smoking: Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can increase your risk of periodontal disease.
- Diabetes: Gum disease can contribute to the development of diabetes, and it also works the other way around.
- Poor Nutrition: Nutrients play a role in strengthening your body’s immune system and tissues.
Gum Disease Treatment from Dr. DiGiallorenzo in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA
With regular checkups and proper home care, periodontal disease can be diagnosed early and treated more easily.
Treatment with Dr. DiGiallorenzo includes single visit periodontal detoxification power washing, laser gum disease therapy (LANAP), occlusal therapy, enzymes suppression, antibacterial therapy, and nutritional therapy. There is no suturing, no cutting, and no pain!
For best results, you may have a combination of the above therapies. We incorporate the use of conservative, effective treatment protocols for the utmost in comfort.
Single Visit Periodontal Detoxification Using LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure)
In one single painless office visit, Dr. DiGiallorenzo will detoxify your mouth to remove the bacterial infection. He will use several passes of the only FDA approved laser protocol for treating gum infections to remove harmful toxins, which elicit your body’s natural response to destroy bone and gum tissue. What makes LANAP so different from other forms of periodontal treatment? Using the dental laser, we can encourage actual tissue regeneration.
Traditional periodontal disease treatment cuts away the infected tissues. The periodontist then stitches the tissues up. LANAP for gum disease treatment, offered at the Philadelphia area offices of Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, is different. Instead of cutting away tissue and sewing you up, the laser is used to painlessly remove diseased tissue and promote healing without the use of stitches. Laser gum disease treatment is no cutting, no sewing, and no pain! It’s great for people who get nervous at the dentist.
Other treatments Dr. DiGiallorenzo might employ include:
- Enzyme suppression involves the use of a medication that prevents your body from breaking down bone and gum tissue.
- Antibacterial therapy uses antibiotics applied at the infection site to help protect against gum disease-causing bacteria.
- While surgical treatment has been the standard of care for gum disease, LANAP allows Dr. DiGiallorenzo to treat your gum disease without cutting, sewing, or pain!
- Nutritional therapy can help Dr. DiGiallorenzo come up with a dietary plan to reduce your risk factors.
- Dr. DiGiallorenzo uses The Wand to deliver anesthetic. If you’re afraid of needles, The Wand is the answer for you. This small, lightweight hand piece delivers an even flow of anesthetic using a computer-controlled system.