Washington DC (PRWEB) August 04, 2013
Russell W. Phillips now offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) as an alternative gum disease treatment. LANAP effectively treats periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Gum disease in Americans aged 30 and over is widely considered to be an epidemic. Many cases of gum disease go untreated. Experts believe that this is partially because of patients’ fear of traditional treatment methods.
Gum disease occurs when bacterial processes in the mouth create a film on the teeth. When this film is not properly removed through good oral hygiene, it hardens into calculus. As a result, the tissues and bone around the teeth recede away from the surface of the tooth. Teeth become unstable and tooth loss becomes inevitable. Besides being unsightly, missing teeth can also contribute to further bone loss in the jaw. Because the root of the tooth is no longer stimulating the bone, the bone starts to degenerate. Ultimately, this can drastically alter the shape of the face, causing it to wrinkle and appear aged. Proper bone density is essential to good oral health.
Tooth loss and bone loss can be avoided with preventative care measures. This includes good day-to-day oral hygiene. Patients with advanced gum disease should seek gum disease treatment with LANAP from Dr. Phillips. Dr. Phillips uses an advanced laser to remove damaged tissue from the mouth. The high-precision laser preserves healthy tissue, allowing it to reattach to the roots of teeth. The laser also stimulates the regeneration of cells in the jawbone, further stabilizing teeth. LANAP facilitates faster healing times than older “flap surgery” methods and can be done in only a few short sessions.
The beginning symptoms of gum disease, such as inflammation, bleeding of the gums and sensitivity are seemingly innocuous and often overlooked. However, patients should be aware of the potential dangers of gum disease including tooth and bone loss. Individuals who may be suffering from periodontitis should look into treatment options. Visit http://www.russellphillipsdmd.com for more information on gum disease treatment options.
About The Doctor
Russell W. Phillips, DMD is a general practitioner with advanced training offering personalized, comprehensive dental care for Washington D.C. gum disease patients since 1984. Dr. Phillips graduated from Penn State University and earned his D.M.D. dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania with honors. He later returned to University of Pennsylvania for the Periodontal Prosthesis and Periodontics program. He continues his education and remains involved in many dental organizations. Dr. Phillips is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Russell W. Phillips, DMD and his dental services visit his website at http://www.russellphillipsdmd.com and call (202) 350-4581.