If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you are not alone. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant.
Otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or deep cleaning, is the process of removing or eliminating the etiologic agents - dental plaque, its products, and calculus - which cause inflammation, thus helping to establish a periodontium that is free of disease.
The LANAP protocol, the gold standard for laser periodontitis treatment, is a mininally intrusive, fast, and precise way to treat infections and facilitate healing. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. Learn more >>
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is an autogenous matrix derived from the concentration of the patient's blood platelets. A simplified chairside procedure results in the production of a fibrin membrane that is capable of stimulating the release of many important growth factors involved during wound healing processes that take place after surgery. Learn more >>
Considered among one of the top dental and medical schools, the University of California, San Francisco is where Dr. Connie achieved her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University, another top tier school, for her Masters degree in Periodontology. Learn more >>