Effectively & Comfortably Treating Gum Disease with LANAP

When left untreated, gum disease can cause serious problems such as bone loss and gum recession. The good news is that advancements in dental technology have improved the way that this disease is treated.  The LANAP procedure is a more comfortable, effective way to treat gum disease.

Known as the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP for short), this method involves using a special laser to remove infected and dead gum tissue. The healthy, live tissue is left unharmed. In fact,  LANAP stimulates healthy gum tissue to regenerate.

The following animation explains how LANAP works:

In comparison to other traditional gum disease treatments, patients who undergo LANAP can expect:

  • Less discomfort after the procedure
  • Less inflammation and bleeding during and after the procedure
  • A lower risk for dental decay
  • A more aesthetically pleasing appearance of the gums
  • A faster rate of healing and gum re-growth

If you have gum disease, please ask our staff about using LANAP as your treatment solution. To make an appointment, call our office at 919-468-6410.

Take care of your smile!

Tips for Getting Motivated

No matter what stage of life, we all struggle with motivation at some point or another. Yet, motivation is crucial to achieve success. Here at Kazmer Perio, our desire to provide quality care motivates us each day.

So, next time you are pursuing a goal and find yourself lacking motivation, keep these words of wisdom in mind:

#1: Your motivation starts with you.

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#2: Don’t let your age discourage you.

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#3: Define your goals.

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#4: Perseverance is key.

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#5: You don’t have to rush.

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#6: Don’t give up if you experience failure.

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#7: There is always room for improvement.

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#8: Surround yourself with people who support your goals.

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We can certainly attest to this piece of advice. There is such a wonderful team of people working here at Kazmer Perio!

We wish you the best of luck in accomplishing your goals. As you become motivated in other areas of your life, remember to take care of your smile!

What to Do During a Dental Emergency

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Life is often unpredictable, and it can be hard to be prepared to handle mishaps ahead of time. However, when it comes to handling certain dental emergencies, such as knocking out a tooth, it is important to act quickly. I (Maya, the Social Media Coordinator here at Kazmer Perio) experienced this first hand when I knocked out my front tooth.

When I was six years old, I fell while walking up the brick steps on the side of my house. I immediately got up and ran over to my father, who was outside doing yard work. He took one look at my bleeding mouth and knew that something wasn’t right. As he lead me into the house, he noticed my tooth – root and all – sitting on the step. He picked it up, rinsed it off, and rushed me to the hospital.

Even though I was only six, the tooth that I knocked out was an adult tooth, not a baby one. The doctor at the hospital decided that the tooth needed to be put back into place as soon as possible if there was any chance of it surviving. However, in my case, that meant waiting until the next morning when I could see an oral surgeon. Long story short, the oral surgeon tried to place my tooth back into my mouth, but it did not survive. (Don’t worry though, this story has a happy ending. Once I was old enough, I received a dental implant from Dr. Kazmer and I am so happy with the results! You can read more about my dental implant experience here).

One of the doctors that we saw after my accident told my father that it was great that he acted so quickly after my accident. However, he also explained that if my father had placed my tooth in a cup of milk, it would have had a better chance of surviving.

My point in sharing this story with you all is to illustrate how knowing the steps to take during an emergency before the emergency occurs can make a difference.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a list of instructions for handling dental emergencies on their website.

Here’s a quick summary of the ADA’s recommendations:

What to do if an adult/permanent tooth is knocked out:

“Keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.”

What to do if a tooth is cracked:

“Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.”

What to do after biting your tongue or lip:

“Clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.”

What to do if you have a toothache:

“Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.”

What to do if an object becomes stuck in your mouth:

“Try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.”

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, you can call our office at 919-468-6410.

Take care of your smile!

 

 

We’re Here to Help!

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In 2010, Dr. Kazmer was featured in Cary Living Magazine when he gave a deserving patient free treatment. Today, pages of the magazine article are on display in our Office Manager Angela’s office.

There is something about those photos that makes them memorable. The smile on the patient’s face after treatment says it all – it is obvious that she is thrilled to be able to show off her new smile.

That is the wonderful thing about periodontics. Every day, our staff gets to help people. Seeing the smiles of happy patients is so rewarding.

However, periodontics is a rewarding field of practice for more than cosmetic reasons. While we are working to make smiles more beautiful, we are also improve the state of a patient’s  oral health. This is important for many reasons. For one, gum disease has been linked to other medical problems and can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. Also, dental problems can make it difficult to eat. By enabling patients to eat, smile, and talk without concern, we are improving their quality of life.

I (Maya, the Social Media Coordinator here at Kazmer Perio) experienced first hand the impact that the work of Dr. Kazmer and the rest of the staff can have when I received a dental implant in May of 2016.

Before receiving my implant, I managed to get by with solutions that were certainly workable, but not always the most comfortable or practical. After getting my braces off, a fake tooth was placed on my retainer. It was aesthetically pleasing, but every time I took my retainer out to eat, the spot where I was missing a tooth became visible to those around me.

I later had a Maryland bridge placed in the space. This bridge was not easily removable, so it was always in my mouth, even when I ate. It solved the problem of having to take my retainer in and out each time I wanted to eat, but I had to be careful. I could not bite with my front teeth, with the exception of some soft foods. Over the years, I began experiencing problems; the tooth popped off repeatedly and the bridge eventually broke.

Having a dental implant placed solved this issue completely. Since the implant was placed into my jaw bone, I no longer have to worry about having a tooth that comes in and out. Also, it’s strong enough for me to bite into anything that I want. The fact that the crown of the implant (the part that looks like a tooth) looks incredibly natural is icing on the cake!

Being able to have a lasting impact on patients that improves their life is one aspect of periodontics that makes it so worthwhile.

If you are looking for  a periodontist, please contact our office. We’d love to help you!

Take care of your smile!

 

5 Intriguing Spots to Visit in NC

Living a healthy lifestyle is about more than eating healthy and exercising. It is important that we all take the time to enjoy life. Traveling is one of Dr. Kazmer’s favorite hobbies, and is a great way to fill your life with new experiences. However, you do not necessarily have to travel far to go on a memorable vacation. Here are 5 places to visit that are right here in our state.

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1. The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a wonderful destination for adults and kids alike who love the beach and beach-related activities. From beautiful beaches to relax on to fishing and lighthouse tours, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

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2. Grandfather Mountain

There’s plenty of beautiful scenery to admire at Grandfather Mountain. While visiting, vacationers can walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, go for a hike, visit wildlife habitats, and even grab a bite to eat at Mildred’s Grill.

3. The Greensboro Arboretum

If you love plants, visit the Greensboro Arboretum. According to Greensboro Beautiful’s website, this “17-acre site features 10 woody plant collections, special display gardens, and distinctive structural features.”

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4. The North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo is another great option for a day trip, especially if you love wildlife. It is “the largest ‘natural habitat zoo’ in the United States,” according to their website. The zoo features African, North American, and Aviary exhibits. There is also a Giraffe Deck!

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5. Charlotte

This city is a great place to visit whether it is just for the day or for an extended vacation. It offers several shopping areas, restaurants, art museums, and even a NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Where will you visit this summer? There are good times to be had and memories to be made!

For more information on family-friendly places to visit in North Carolina, see this article from Carolina Parent.

Have a wonderful and safe summer. Don’t forget to take care of your smile!

 

 

Did You Know? 10 Interesting Facts about Dr. K & Kazmer Perio

It can be hard to get to know your doctor, especially when you only get to see him or her a few times a year. Like all of us, Dr. Kazmer is a regular guy with a family and hobbies. He also happens to be a periodontist with a practice that has its own special traditions. To help you get to know Dr. Kazmer and Kazmer Periodontics a little bit better, here are 10 interesting facts about the man behind the dentist’s mask and the practice that he owns.

1. Our practice has its own special shade of blue, something our Social Media Coordinator Maya likes to call “Kazmer Blue.”

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2. Dr. Kazmer is a graduate of both Tufts University in Medford, MA and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. Go Jumbos! Go Heels!

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Photo: “Tufts Universtiy” by Eric Kilby
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Photo: “Old Well” by William Yeung

3. Our office celebrates employee birthdays with cake. Yum 🙂

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4. Dr. Kazmer and his wife Janet have 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

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5. Dr. Kazmer is very adventurous and enjoys skiing, boating, scuba diving, and traveling with his family.

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6. Dr. Kazmer has German roots.

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7. Our office has been hosting an annual Oktoberfest celebration for 17 years now.

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8. Dr. Kazmer was born and raised in Guilderland, NY (Albany County).

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Photo: “Wormer Road – Guilderland, New York” by Doug Kerr

9. Speaking of Dr. Kazmer’s hometown, this is what he looked like as a child:

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10. Dr. Kazmer’s wife Janet has her own business, Preston Counseling Services. There is an entrance to her office within her husband’s practice.

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Did any of these facts surprise you? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Have a wonderful rest of your week and take care of your smile!

 

 

 

It’s the Little Things That Matter Most

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Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed these first few days of 2017.

With a new year comes new hopes, dreams, and of course, New Year’s resolutions. If you are looking for some ideas for resolutions, check out our post from 2016. In this post, we are going to focus on what 2017 means for us as an office.

This year, we hope to continue providing the same great care to all of our patients, both new and current.

That means you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles and feel welcomed as soon as you walk in the door.

And we will talk with you to decide on the treatment plan that’s best for your situation.

On the day of surgery or some other procedure, Dr. Kazmer and his assistants will be prepared and ready to give you the highest quality of care possible.

We’ll share important moments with you on social media, whether it be an employee’s birthday,

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a seasonal celebration,

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or the addition of a new piece of technology that will make your experience at our office even better.

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And we’ll even try to have a little fun when we can.

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Because to us, it’s the little things that matter most.

Thank you for the support that you all have shown us over the years. We love being able to share special moments with you. Take a look at some of the exciting things that happened for Dr. Kazmer and the rest of our staff in 2016:

Take care of your smile!

(That might make a good New Year’s resolution, don’t you think?! 🙂 )