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.
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.
Since the start of this blog, I have been writing posts on behalf of Dr. Kazmer’s office. Now, it is time for me to write from a more personal perspective. About a month ago, I found myself stepping away from my laptop to sit in the dental chair as a patient of Dr. Kazmer’s as I received a dental implant. Consider this a patient review.
Why I Needed a Dental Implant
I fell going up the steps to my house one day, knocking out one of my front teeth. When my oral surgeon’s attempt to put the tooth back in was not successful, my dentist began exploring other options. It was eventually recommended that I get a dental implant. Long story short, I met Dr. Kazmer and he became the periodontist who would help me through the process of receiving my dental implant.
From the second that I sat down in a dental chair at Dr. Kazmer’s office, I was impressed by his caring bedside manner. He truly made me feel more comfortable and I was impressed by the fact that he took the time to explain everything to me in a way that I could understand.
Undergoing a Bone Graft Procedure
Before getting my implant, I needed an operation known as a bone graft. This procedure would ensure that I had enough jaw bone to support the implant. The bone graft went smoothly, I was numbed well and experienced very little discomfort.
Getting My Implant
A couple months later, I returned to the office. Once Dr. Kazmer had confirmed that enough bone growth had occurred, it was time for me to have my dental implant placed. Dr. Kazmer numbed me and I felt no pain for the rest of the procedure, only pressure. He had the implant placed in about 30 minutes and I was able to return to my normal routine the next day with minimal swelling and hardly any pain at all.
The Final Piece
About 3 months after my implant was placed, I came to see Dr. Kazmer again. Impressions for the implant crown were taken. The crown is the “tooth” part of the implant. Dr. Kazmer was able to do a digital impression using the new technology of the TRIOS Intraoral Scanner. The use of this technology eliminates the need for uncomfortable mouth trays and goopy messes. I enjoyed watching the realistic images of my mouth appear on the screen as Dr. Kazmer waved the camera around my mouth.
When my implant crown returned from the lab, I was incredibly impressed by how realistic it is. It was important to me that the tooth look as natural as possible, as it is in the front of my mouth and clearly visible to everyone. The crown is a perfect fit, and it even has the same ridges that the rest of my teeth have. Most importantly, the sturdiness of my crown and implant allow me to eat whatever I want, without having to worry about taking out a retainer or breaking a bridge.
I wrote this post in the hopes that I can ease the worries of others who are considering getting a dental implant. I highly recommend Dr. Kazmer to anyone who needs a periodontist – he is a true professional who cares about his patients and does excellent work.
I hope that you found this post helpful. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Kazmer or the procedures that he offers, please feel free to visit his website.
Everyone has fears. Some people are afraid of heights, others can’t stand snakes, and a lot of people are afraid of the dentist. While dentists often have your best interest in mind, a visit to the dentist can be a nervewracking experience for some patients. As we want to make your visit to our office as pleasant as possible, Dr. Kazmer offers sedation dentistry.
Depending on a patient’s needs, Dr. Kazmer offers three different sedation options: IV, oral, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). All of these options are safe and meant to make you comfortable during your procedure.
The following resources from the American Dental Association provide more information about these sedation options:
No one wants to discover that they have a health problem. Even though it can be scary to think about, it is better to get the possible problem checked out so that treatment can be administered. If your dentist finds an area of concern in your mouth, he may recommend that you have a biopsy done.
What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is a procedure during which a small sample of or the whole area of concern is removed so that tests can be done to identify any possible problems.
Why would my dentist be concerned about an area in my mouth?
Abnormalities of the mouth are commonly referred to as lesions. According to dental health information site Simplesteps, lesions may:
Be caused by illness or injury
be new bumps or patches of skin
Dr. Kazmer is proud to be able to offer biopsies. Discovering the problem is the first step to solving it.
If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments that Dr. Kazmer offers, read this article on our blog.
If you have any questions or concerns – or if you would like to schedule an appointment – please feel free to contact our office.
If you have been told that you should consider getting a dental implant, you may have questions, such as “what is a dental implant?” Dental implants are an effective, attractive option for those in need of tooth replacement. There is more than one type of dental implant, but the most common type is the endosteal dental implant.