River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry Celebrates Dental Hygiene Month, Welcomes Patients for Laser Gum Surgery in Old Saybrook, CT

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River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry celebrates Dental Hygiene Month by inviting patients with periodontal disease in Old Saybrook, Waterford or Madison, CT, to receive laser gum surgery treatment. Drs. James R. McAraw, Mathew S. Cantner and Craig K. Foisie utilize the LANAP® protocol to precisely assess and treat gum tissue inflamed with bacteria, without the necessity of manually cutting tissue with scalpels or other sharp dental instruments.

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In recognition of Dental Hygiene Month, Drs. James R. McAraw, Mathew S. Cantner and Craig K. Foisie, from River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, improve the health of their patients by offering laser gum surgery for the treatment of periodontal disease, in Old Saybrook, Waterford or Madison, CT. Patients suffering with frequently bleeding gums, dental discomfort, chronic halitosis, and other gum disease symptoms are encouraged to visit any of their three office locations during Dental Hygiene Month to inquire about whether the LANAP® protocol is a recommended treatment option for their condition.

October is Dental Hygiene Month and Drs. McAraw, Cantner and Foisie urge patients with periodontal disease in Old Saybrook, Waterford or Madison, CT, to honor the occasion by seeking treatment for their condition, improving their oral hygiene. Gum disease is one of the most common oral ailments affecting society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately half of adults aged 30 and over, in the United States, have been affected by the disease. During the initial stages of gum disease, patients often experience symptoms that may be noticeable, but not necessarily painful. These symptoms may include swollen gums that are noticeably red and bleed easily. If left untreated, the condition may develop to more serious stages, which may ultimately lead to gum recession and significant oral health concerns. Patients are encouraged to receive laser gum surgery treatment when they notice the symptoms of gum disease.

The LANAP® protocol is a laser-based type of gum surgery designed to eradicate bacteria in the gum tissue, without causing unnecessary damage to surrounding healthy gums. The procedure has been proven to cause less discomfort, less bleeding, and less recession than other common treatment methods. The laser utilized in the LANAP® protocol has been cleared by the FDA, with precise accuracy in selectively targeting inflamed tissue. Additionally, treatment with the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser eliminates the necessity for stitches, allowing for a more expedited and comfortable recovery time.

Patients who believe they may be affected by initial or advanced stages of periodontal disease, in Old Saybrook, Waterford or Madison, CT, are encouraged to schedule an appointment for laser gum surgery during Dental Hygiene Month. Patients can schedule a LANAP® protocol appointment with River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry by calling their office during regular business hours.

About the Practice

Dr. James R. McAraw received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 1966. Afterwards, he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and continued his training in the United States Air Force for 2 more years. He went to Boston University, where he completed his specialty training in periodontics. Dr. Jim McAraw founded the practice in 1974, and has been chosen as one of Connecticut’s Top Dentists six years in a row. Dr. Matt Cantner received his undergraduate education at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he received a dual degree in biology and economics. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and stayed at the Ivy League school for his 3 year specialty training. He received the Directors Award for the top resident at the university and the highest achievement award from the Northeast Society of Periodontists. He joined the practice in 2004. Dr. Craig Foisie is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Board of Periodontology. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University in 1998 before graduating from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 2003. He joined the practice after a ten-year career in the US Navy, during which he received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Naval Dental Center Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Foisie also obtained a certificate in periodontology and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from George Washington University and was trained extensively in all aspects of periodontal and implant surgical therapy. Both Drs. Cantner and Foisie have been named on Connecticut Magazine's Top Dentists list as well. To learn more about the dental services available, please contact the doctors’ office at (860) 388-4439 for the Old Saybrook office, (860) 444-0601 for the Waterford office or (203) 245-4429 for the Madison office. You can also visit their website at http://www.rivervalleyperio.com.

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