(PRWEB) October 05, 2013
LN Periodontics, the practice of Dr. Douglas C. Lowy and Dr. Reid A. Nelson, provides patients with the latest options in treatment technology. Since gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S., LN Periodontics encourages patients to look into laser gum surgery options to save their natural teeth. For teeth that cannot be saved, dental implants may be a good tooth replacement solution.
Many people are unaware of the potential consequences of untreated gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to overall health consequences such as heart disease, pancreatic cancer and diabetes. Periodontal disease is also directly related to tooth loss. In advanced cases, a tooth can become destabilized in the mouth when the bacteria that cause gum disease start to damage the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in the need for the tooth to be extracted.
Missing teeth can have negative physical and emotional effects on an individual. The absence of teeth can lead to problems with chewing and eating. Also, the jaw bone in the area where a tooth is missing typically starts to deteriorate rapidly, which can lead to oral health issues. Cosmetically, missing one or more teeth can change an individual’s appearance. Patients with several missing teeth sometimes notice that the skin around their mouths will start to sag and wrinkle, making them appear older.
In order to try and save teeth that may otherwise need extraction, patients at LN Periodontics are encouraged to consider the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). LANAP is the first FDA-cleared laser gum surgery option. It uses a highly specialized laser to remove damaged tissue, while preserving healthy connective tissue. This healthy tissue can then reattach to the base of the tooth. LANAP also stimulates the cells in the jaw bone to regenerate. The renewed health of tissue and bone may work to stabilize the tooth.
In cases where the tooth cannot be saved, LN Periodontics recommends dental implants as the best tooth replacement solution in many cases. Because dental implant surgery often has the best results when the mouth is free of disease, LANAP may be used to sanitize the area. Individuals who are interested in learning more about LANAP can visit http://www.louisvilleperio.com for more information.
About The Doctor
LN Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Louisville, KY. The practice is led by Dr. Doug Lowy and Dr. Reid Nelson. Dr. Lowy received his B.A. in Earth Science and Mathematics from Newark State College and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University. He completed his dentistry training at University of Louisville and his Periodontal Certificate from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Lowy is an assistant professor of periodontics at the University of Louisville and is course director of a hands-on periodontal course for sophomore dental students. Dr. Nelson received his DMD at the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry, and became certified in Periodontics from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Nelson is currently involved in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a member of many professional organizations such as the American Academy of Periodontology. Both doctors are part of one percent of dental professionals who offer laser gum surgery for gum disease treatment. To learn more about LN Periodontics and their dental services visit their website at http://www.louisvilleperio.com and call (502) 653-8185.