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Perpetually bad breath isn’t just embarrassing. It may also signal you have (periodontal) gum disease. This serious condition is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. The great news is it’s completely treatable, especially with our painless approach that utilizes fiber optic laser gum treatments, with no cutting or stitching. View one of our videos by our Collegeville Laser Dentist, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo.

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Laser Treatments Options for Gum Disease

Treatment from our Collegeville dentist office will:

  • Relieve the infection
  • Prevent infection from spreading
  • Save your teeth
  • Stop bone loss and receding gums, two common results of gum disease
  • Position you for lifelong gum health

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Hi, I’m Dr. DiGiallorenzo of the LANAP and Implant Center. Today I wanted to discuss a little bit about our long-term findings on the LANAP procedure. Typically, patients come in and they ask, “How can I avoid surgery?” And one of the things, after being in practice 25 years and being a third-generation dentist, commonly we would find patients had high fear of surgery, were very concerned about the time that it took, and had really very awful experiences in the past. A lot of scraping, a lot of pain associated with the periodontal procedures that were necessary. So really, one, I wanted to talk to the benefits of the LANAP procedure. Clearly, if we look just the difference in the procedure, we can see here that this is a scalpel and this would be something that was traditionally used in surgery, particularly in the periodontal aspect of how we’re going to treat the disease process.

It essentially required cutting and suturing. Very painful. Multiple procedures. With the advent of LANAP, which we’ve been utilizing this procedure for over 10 years, we see a much more kinder, a much gentler approach. This is the fiber tip, this is the handpiece, and this energy, as we call it, is introduced between the tooth and gum to facilitate regeneration. So there’s no cutting, there’s no suturing. We can facilitate the process over and over, so you can have LANAP completed over and over. The delivery of the therapeutic energy that’s delivered is only beneficial to the human body, the cellular activity, and will create consistent improvements in the periodontal parameters.

So we’ve had just extremely good success with LANAP. We can do the procedure in one visit, so you don’t have to tie up a lot of time. It’s an interactive procedure. It’s not cutting, so the body will actually regenerate the bone and the soft tissue. And it’s just been a very important change philosophically in how we’re going to remediate chronic inflammation in the body. So, the good news is that we just don’t have to cut anymore, and that makes a big difference in outcome for our patients.

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Remove Disease Gum Tissue With Laser Treatments in a Single Visit

Our team will detoxify your mouth to remove the bacterial infection using a method called LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure). This is the only FDA-approved laser protocol for treating gum infections to remove harmful toxins, which elicit your body’s natural response to destroy bone and gum tissue. Using the dental laser, we can encourage actual tissue regeneration.

Compared to traditional gum disease treatment, LANAP is:

  • Fast – It can be completed in a single appointment. Our laser removes diseased tissue far more quickly than a scalpel.
  • Painless – There is no cutting or stitching involved, so both your procedure and your recovery will be more comfortable.
  • Promotes Quicker Healing – Without stitches, you’ll recover more quickly.

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Hi, I’m Dr. DiGiallorenzo of the LANAP and Implant Center. Today I wanted to discuss a little bit about our long-term findings on the LANAP procedure. Typically, patients come in and they ask, “How can I avoid surgery?” And one of the things, after being in practice 25 years and being a third-generation dentist, commonly we would find patients had high fear of surgery, were very concerned about the time that it took, and had really very awful experiences in the past. A lot of scraping, a lot of pain associated with the periodontal procedures that were necessary. So really, one, I wanted to talk to the benefits of the LANAP procedure. Clearly, if we look just the difference in the procedure, we can see here that this is a scalpel and this would be something that was traditionally used in surgery, particularly in the periodontal aspect of how we’re going to treat the disease process.

It essentially required cutting and suturing. Very painful. Multiple procedures. With the advent of LANAP, which we’ve been utilizing this procedure for over 10 years, we see a much more kinder, a much gentler approach. This is the fiber tip, this is the handpiece, and this energy, as we call it, is introduced between the tooth and gum to facilitate regeneration. So there’s no cutting, there’s no suturing. We can facilitate the process over and over, so you can have LANAP completed over and over. The delivery of the therapeutic energy that’s delivered is only beneficial to the human body, the cellular activity, and will create consistent improvements in the periodontal parameters.

So we’ve had just extremely good success with LANAP. We can do the procedure in one visit, so you don’t have to tie up a lot of time. It’s an interactive procedure. It’s not cutting, so the body will actually regenerate the bone and the soft tissue. And it’s just been a very important change philosophically in how we’re going to remediate chronic inflammation in the body. So, the good news is that we just don’t have to cut anymore, and that makes a big difference in outcome for our patients.

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Because there is no cutting, no sewing, and no pain with laser gum disease treatment, it’s great for people who get nervous at the dentist.

In addition to LANAP, other treatment options our specialists may suggest include:

  • Enzyme suppression, which involves a medication that prevents your body from breaking down bone and gum tissue
  • Antibacterial therapy, which uses antibiotics applied at the infection site to help protect against disease-causing bacteria
  • Nutritional therapy, which can reduce your risk factors

Common Periodontal Gum Disease Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease is gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Call us ASAP if you experience this or any of these other symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

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Gum Disease Causes Unhealthy Inflammation

Gum disease is caused by plaque that gets under your gums. Toxins in the plaque cause irritation and infection. Because these toxins cause the gums to go into a chronic inflammatory state, the tissues begin to break down as the body tries to fight the infection. Bone will begin to break down as well. The gums will loosen, and pockets will form around the teeth.

The pockets expose you to even more bacteria and spread the gum disease. Medical research has linked this inflammation to serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory infections, and certain cancers.

To find out if you need nonsurgical gum disease treatment, call 610-850-9206.

Periodontal Gum Disease Risks

The truth is that chronic oral inflammatory disease- or periodontal disease- can do more than cause tooth loss, said Collegeville Periodontist Dr. David DiGiallorenzo. It can kill you.

It is estimated that almost 75 percent of Americans suffer from any of a number periodontal disease forms and aren’t even aware of it, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

“Millions of Americans have loose teeth, bleeding gums, sore teeth, bad breath and shifting teeth, and all of these things are signs of periodontal disease,” said DiGiallorenzo, a Collegeville, PA dental implants specialist. “What’s particularly alarming is that only about three percent will receive treatment.”

The majority of people go undiagnosed as a result of not routinely visiting a dentist and not having a full periodontal probing and full set of X-rays. Of those who do get diagnosed, they frequently don’t follow through with treatment because gum disease typically doesn’t hurt and either they ignore recommendations, or they are under-treated, he said.

“There is this erroneous belief among many people that they don’t need to seek dental treatment until they are in pain, when the truth is that identifying the problems before they are painful and have the potential to lead to tooth loss is a much more prudent approach,” DiGiallorenzo said.

Others prolong treatment because they fear the treatment itself will be painful. That’s another misconception, now that laser periodontal treatment is available.

DiGiallorenzo is the only periodontist in the Delaware Valley who offers the laser-assisted new attachment procedure commonly referred to as LANAP. Earlier this year, he purchased the PerioLase laser. This surgical alternative is U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved and offers a quicker, pain-free treatment.

Lung Cancer Risks

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and a recent review of existing research has shown that a connection may exist between this killer and periodontal disease.

The review, published in the June edition of the Journal of Periodontology, included five studies that involved more than 320,000 participants. Their findings stated “that periodontal disease was associated with a significant risk of lung cancer.”

The data also showed that women who have periodontal disease are more likely than men to develop lung cancer.

One of the studies researchers reviewed suggested that certain oral bacteria may play a role in cancer cells forming in the lungs, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

On the bright side, another study reviewed suggested that treating and managing periodontal disease may significantly reduce a person’s chances of getting lung cancer.

“My hope is that this finding will prompt researchers to look deeper into the lung cancer/gum disease connection,” says Dr. David DiGiallorenzo. “The more we can learn about gum disease’s connection to serious systemic illnesses, the better we can educate the public about the importance of gum disease treatment as an approach to improved overall health.”

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