Periodontal Health Affects Overall Good Health

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New Laser Technology Makes Periodontal Disease Treatment More Comfortable

I had heard nightmare stories about gum surgery, so I kept putting it off. But with LANAP™, I had no sensitivity or pain, and minimal discomfort. It was a positive experience, and it has solved my gum problems.

We all know the general rules to stay healthy-eat right, exercise, and get enough rest. However, many of us overlook a key area when it comes to health care-our dental hygiene, especially periodontal hygiene.

October is Dental Hygiene Month, so it's the perfect time to address the importance of keeping up proper dental hygiene, particularly since periodontal disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and uncontrolled diabetes. Good oral hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and avoiding sugar) plays a large part in maintaining dental health, but regular checkups and periodontal evaluations are also important.

Nearly 75 percent of American adults suffer from various forms of periodontal (gum) disease, and many are unaware of it. Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria infect the gums and bone around teeth causing tissues to deteriorate. Symptoms may not be noticeable to some but could include bleeding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath. Those who know they have the disease sometimes put off treatment because traditional means are painful and include a lengthy recovery time.

However, recent advances in the form of advanced laser technology make treatment easier and more comfortable. LANAP™ (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), a laser-based approach to treating gum disease using a pulsed laser, eliminates any cutting or suturing of the gums and reduces post-operative pain and sensitivity to little or none.

Dental Implant & Periodontal Solutions, a Milwaukee-area provider of state-of-the-art specialty dental services, is the only certified LANAP™ laser periodontal disease treatment center in southeastern Wisconsin. Led by acclaimed periodontists Ahmad Eslami, DMD, MS, and Jeffrey Burke, DMD, MS, the practice is known for leading-edge technology in all facets of periodontal dentistry.

"The LANAP™ treatment has changed gum surgery," says Dr. Eslami, a leading U.S. periodontist who has directed The Periodontal Surgery Clinic at Marquette University. "LANAP™ makes a significant difference, including less pain and faster recovery--the two greatest concerns for most patients."

"We provide the most conservative, effective, and least invasive periodontal disease treatments possible," adds Dr. Burke, an honors graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. "Our goal is to help our patients feel comfortable during the procedure, experience as little discomfort as possible, recover quickly, and, ultimately, achieve their desired results."

Dr. Burke notes that time off from work is often virtually eliminated compared to several days to a week for traditional gum surgery.

Josie Kafura, a LANAP™ patient, shares, "I had heard nightmare stories about gum surgery, so I kept putting it off. But with LANAP™, I had no sensitivity or pain, and minimal discomfort. It was a positive experience, and it has solved my gum problems."

Dental Implant & Periodontal Solutions, located in West Allis, WI, provides a broad range of state-of-the-art specialty dental services primarily focused in the areas of dental implants and periodontal diseases. Services include dental implants, LANAP™ laser gum treatment, periodontics, cosmetic gum procedures, and permanently affixed dentures. To learn more about Dental Implant & Periodontal Solutions, visit http://www.teamperio.com .

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