Louisville, KY (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
This October is Dental Hygiene Month and Dr. Reid Nelson and Dr. Doug Lowy, periodontists with Nelson & Lowy PSC, are honoring the occasion by educating their Louisville, KY patients on gum disease and the new, innovative laser gum surgery option that they can undergo to treat the condition. The LANAP® protocol is an FDA-cleared gum surgery that can remove infected tissue and help restore the bond between teeth and supporting tissue.
Gingivitis is the first stage in periodontal disease. It is caused by a buildup of plaque around the gum line, which can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed easily. Gingivitis progresses to become a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. In this stage, the fibers and bone that support the tooth structure are slowly and irreversibly damaged. Bacteria infected pockets form along the gums, and gum recession causes gaps to become visible between the teeth. Without treatment, patients usually develop advanced periodontitis, where the damage to the supportive bone becomes so great that teeth can loosen and fall out.
Periodontal disease can also cause dangerous health problems throughout the body. There is a well-established link connecting untreated periodontitis to heart disease. To keep their risks of developing heart disease low, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Lowy recommend that their Louisville, KY patients undergo the LANAP® protocol, a laser gum surgery used to treat gum disease. During the procedure, the doctors simply place the tip of the PerioLase®MVP-7™ laser inside a patient’s periodontal pockets. The laser targets and removes only infected tissue and bacteria, so it results in little pain and discomfort and most patients experience minimal bleeding. Once the area is free of disease, the doctors clean the tooth’s root surface using ultra-sonic scalers and then use the laser to stimulate the tissue to reattach to the tooth.
Patients in Louisville, KY can take advantage of Dental Hygiene Month with Dr. Nelson and Dr. Lowy by learning about proper dental hygiene practices as well as laser gum surgery treatment options available today. Interested patients can learn more by visiting the doctors’ website or call the office to set a consultation appointment.
About the Doctor
Nelson & Lowy PSC is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Louisville, KY. The practice is led by Dr. Reid Nelson and Dr. Doug Lowy. Dr. Nelson received his DMD at the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology after studying periodontology at 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 and the Academy of Osseointegration. He lectures at the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry for both graduate and undergraduate levels. 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. Both doctors are certified to offer advanced treatments such as LANAP® and the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™. To learn more about Nelson & Lowy PSC and their dental services visit their website at http://www.louisvilleperio.com and call (502) 653-8185.