Elizabethtown, KY (PRWEB) May 12, 2015
Robert L. Franklin, DMD is opening his doors to all Elizabethtown, KY residents suffering from gum disease. He is now accepting new patients, without the need for a referral, for an alternative gum disease treatment option, the LANAP® protocol. Dr. Franklin is one of the few periodontists in the country certified to offer LANAP®, which is an FDA-cleared procedure that uses a laser rather than a scalpel to remove bacteria and damaged tissue. This prevents damage to healthy tissue and bones and results in less pain and bleeding than traditional gum surgery.
Good oral hygiene habits are the best way to guard against gum disease, although some people have higher risk factors such as hormone changes, disease, genetics or tobacco use. Individuals who brush and floss twice daily and visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning are much less likely to develop a build-up of plaque below the gum line. Once plaque hardens into tartar, a patient may notice tenderness and swelling around the gum line. This is one of the first symptoms of infection, and it is critical to visit a dentist right away to prevent further damage.
As bacteria continues to attack gum tissue, pockets form around the roots of teeth. The bacteria proliferate in the pockets causing more damage, including bone loss. With traditional scalpel surgery for the treatment of gum disease, the gums are cut back, the area is cleaned and the gums are sutured back in place. A full recovery typically takes four to eight weeks. However, the trauma of the procedure often damages tissues, resulting in recession and painful root sensitivity.
Elizabethtown, KY patients now have an alternative gum disease treatment. During the LANAP® protocol, Dr. Franklin inserts the tip of the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser below the gum line to clear away bacteria and diseased tissue. Next, ultrasonic scalers remove the build-up of tartar and calculus on the roots of teeth. Once the area is clean, Dr. Franklin uses the laser again to create a clot that seals the area and encourages tissue reattachment.
Dr. Franklin’s website contains more information about the LANAP® protocol. Those with symptoms of gum disease are urged to visit the website or call the office to schedule a consultation.
About the Practice
Elizabethtown Periodontics is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in Elizabethtown, KY. Dr. Robert Franklin has over 25 years of experience, and has been selected as a Top Dentist in Kentucky by the International Association of Dentists. Dr. Franklin earned his Psychology Degree from the University of Louisville, before attending the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Franklin then completed his residency in periodontics at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He believes in continuing education and offers the latest technology, to ensure the health and comfort of his patients. Dr. Franklin became the first periodontist in the Elizabethtown area to become certified in LANAP®, the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. To learn more about Elizabethtown Periodontics and the dental services Dr. Franklin provides, visit their website at http://www.robertfranklindmd.com or call the office at (270) 506-0708.