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Collegeville Periodontist Says Technological Advancements Usher in a New Chapter of Gum Disease Treatment

  • September 4, 2014

Collegeville periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo says gum disease treatment is advancing once again, thanks to technology, improved techniques.

When we think of technological advancements, we often think of thinner televisions, smarter mobile phones or faster Internet service. But the benefits of technology stretch much farther to include advanced dental treatments that once were far-fetched dreams.

Regenerative procedures are in that category. The once-irreversible effects of periodontal disease are closer than ever to being almost entirely reversible, thanks to the ability we have to regenerate bone and gum tissue.

Untreated, aggressive periodontal disease can gradually eat away at tissue and cause recessed gums. Over time, gum recession can lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth causes the jawbone to diminish. This is because your tooth roots stimulate your jawbone and help keep it healthy. Without them, the bone believes it has served its purpose and no longer is needed.

Here at the Lanap & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, we use technology to restore lost bone so implants can be used to replace teeth lost to periodontal disease, trauma or decay. We also apply the same technology to regenerate the gum and bone around your own teeth where periodontal disease has caused degeneration of those tissues. This prevents tooth loss. We use Platelets Rich in Growth Factors – called PRGF for short – which is a revolutionary technique that stimulates your body’s natural healing processes. A tiny amount of your own blood is used to help kick in the gum and bone tissue healing process. PRGF have a variety of benefits, such as:

  • painless healing
  • reduced swelling
  • more successful results

Another way to regenerate gum tissues destroyed by periodontal disease is to use the laser to perform the noninvasive, “no cut, no sew” FDA-approved Laser-Assisted New Attachment Protocol (LANAP). The laser light can disinfect the area, then stimulate your own natural healing potential to regain what was lost because of gum disease. The outcome is improved periodontal health, and prolonged longevity of teeth.

As advanced and even futuristic as these treatments might sound, they may soon advance even farther. Periodontal experts from throughout the world met in June to review a variety of treatment techniques and reach consensus on how periodontists can apply their findings in their practices.  A report of their findings will be published in the Journal of Periodontology in early 2015.

Here is what this means for you as our patient: we may soon bring you even more effective ways of treating periodontal disease and maintaining periodontal health once your disease is under control.

We are excited by these new findings and the promise of providing more advanced periodontal treatment than ever thought possible.

This is just one way we harness the power of holistic treatments to generate ideal results and help you heal and feel your best. Contact your local Collegeville periodontist today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about our advanced restorative and regenerative technology.