We are pleased to announce Dr. Waasdorp’s laser technique for treating periodontal disease was published in the latest issue of Dentistry Today (August 2017). Dr. Waasdorp’s technique provides predictable, minimally invasive treatment of gum disease.
Dr. Waasdorp recently lectured to a group of Italian dentists at New York University about lasers in periodontal therapy.
Our Philadelphia practice specializes in treatment of gum disease using lasers. The procedure is minimally invasive and virtually painless, allowing patients to maintain their teeth.
American Academy of Periodontology Reminds the Public to Take Care of Dental Implants
With brushing, flossing, and professional dental care, implants can last a lifetime
December 18, 2014 – Television personality Sharon Osbourne became an unlikely poster woman for dental implant health when her artificial tooth loosened and fell from her mouth during a Dec. 16 episode of the CBS daytime chat show “The Talk.” The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) encourages those who wear dental implants to care for them through twice-daily brushing, flossing at least once a day, and regular visits with a periodontist.
“Individuals who wear dental implants should care for them the way they take care of their natural teeth,” says AAP president Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, who is also a practicing periodontist in Los Angeles. “Just like your natural teeth, dental implants are susceptible to periodontal disease. They are prone to infection, can become loose, and may even require removal if not cared for properly. However, with the proper individualized, implants can last a lifetime.”
Dental implants are artificial replacements for a tooth and its root, and they are often a treatment option for patients who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or another ailment. “Implants can look and act just like natural teeth once they are properly placed in the mouth. In addition to restoring health and function, an implant can keep a person’s smile intact by filling spaces created by lost teeth.” Dr. Otomo-Corgel says.
Dental implant procedures can be performed by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in implant placement and in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (or gum) disease. Affecting nearly 50 percent of American adults, periodontal disease is a preventable and treatable inflammatory condition that if not treated, can damage the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth and can possibly result in tooth loss.
A person can minimize his or her periodontal disease risk through regular oral health care habits and by undergoing a yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluation, in which a periodontist assesses the health of a person’s teeth, gums, and bone structure to determine gum disease risk.
“If a person is found to have periodontal disease, a periodontist can determine the best course of treatment,” Dr. Otomo-Corgel says. “If a dental implant is needed, the periodontist—who builds and restores the foundation for teeth and implants—is the expert for placing it and making sure it stays healthy.”
Gum Disease Prevalence Surpasses Diabetes with Nearly 65 Million Affected
With one in every two adults age 30 and older suffering from periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is calling for Americans to Love the Gums You’re With and take better care of their gums. Periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone damage, loss of teeth, and can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite its prevalence, periodontal disease is hardly ever discussed, resulting in a lack of urgency for people to properly care for their gums. Simple steps like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from a periodontist can help detect and prevent gum disease.
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.
“Many people don’t know that periodontal disease is so common and often overlooked,” said Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor and director of clinical research at New York University’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. “With more Americans suffering from this disease than diabetes, the AAP created Love the Gums You’re With to educate the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease.”
Periodontal disease typically does not cause pain until it’s in an advanced stage, at which point much of the damage has been done and tooth support destroyed. To raise awareness and help consumers better understand periodontal disease, the AAP is teaming up with Chris Harrison to launch the Love the Gums You’re With educational effort. As host of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Harrison has the experience to know first impressions are important and what makes a successful long-term relationship. Just as personal relationships thrive on daily attention and care, so does the relationship with your gums.
To aid in the prevention of periodontal disease, the AAP recommends establishing good oral hygiene habits including brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and discussing gum health with a dental professional. Each patient is unique, and a dental professional can make a referral to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation and specialized periodontal treatment plan.
To learn more, a brief quiz on perio.org/loveyourgums helps people to evaluate the current state of their gum health, learn the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, and receive tips on how to properly care for their gums. In addition to educational information, people can also search for a periodontist in their area, who can work with them to create a personalized plan to help support a life-long commitment to healthy gums.
About Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that form plaque below the gum line. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line. Poor oral hygiene is a primary cause of periodontal disease, but smoking is also a significant risk factor in the development and progression of the disease. While periodontal disease is mostly preventable and treatable, the early warning signs can be painless, leading to a lack of urgency in people to establish adequate oral hygiene habits or to discuss their periodontal health with a dental professional. With an appropriate diagnosis, the damage from periodontal disease is reversible in many cases.