One of the strongest aspects of our practice at our clinic is the care and attention given to patients in our preventive and periodontal department. If a cleaning is all that is required, our hygienists are able to do this in a very comfortable and thorough manner. If a patient has more involved needs, our hygienists are fully trained and capable of providing the most up-to-date nonsurgical treatment available.
In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon Generals Office released a report declaring America's high prevalence of dental disease a "silent epidemic." The report aimed to raise awareness that oral health is an integral part of overall well-being and that no distinction should be made between oral and general health.
Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone. As the disease progresses, bone literally dissolves away from the tooth causing teeth to become loose and infected. Gum and periodontal disease have been linked to infective endocarditis, diabetes, spontaneous preterm births, lung infections, and a weakened immune systems, as well as infections in joint replacements.
Periodontal Disease Prevention in Marco Island
Unfortunately, gum disease is not curable, but it is preventable. Your degree of susceptibility is determined by such factors as daily oral hygiene, the health of your immune system, and especially your genetics. If you have had gum disease you will always be susceptible to recurring problems so it is very important that you continue to visit the dentist on a regular basis.
Using a simple test, we can detect early signs of periodontal disease and provide treatment which is critical to prevent further problems. Even though this procedure for early detection is simple, many people have never had it done.
The goal at Island Tower Dentistry is to have our patients enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth, with pockets no deeper than 3 mm and no bleeding upon probing. The mantra in Island Tower Dentistry is "Zero Tolerance for Bleeding" and it is becoming increasingly evident through research that this critical goal is not only good for your oral health but also for your general health as well.
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss today! Anyone at any age is susceptible to gum disease. Routine and regular visits to the dentist are the best ways of detecting and treating gum disease during the early stages. Gum disease will not go away by itself or with intense brushing. The only way to control the disease is with professional cleanings that remove plaque under the gums.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Dr. Schulze and Dr. Perez both take the treatment of periodontal disease very seriously. Because there is a direct link between your dental health and your medical health, we perform a thorough periodontal examination on all new patients and we also screen our recall patients at regular intervals. Once we have completed the assessment we are then able to determine what type of cleaning is necessary for your mouth. Yes, there are different types of cleanings that the hygienists and your dentist will recommend for you based on your individual dental condition.
A computerized charting lets us know the status of a patient at any given time. This information can be shared with physicians and other specialists, and it is highly recommended that you bring a copy of your charting to your dentist up north if you leave for the summer. In addition, at your recall hygiene appointments, one of our specially trained hygienists will examine and assess your current dental condition. In determining your current dental condition we will review:
• Your current medical history
• Conduct a head, neck and cancer exam
• View and analyze current x-rays
• Examine gums and bone structures for periodontal disease
• Examine teeth for cavities
• Complete a thorough cleaning appropriate for your dental condition
• Understand your concerns and values
• All of this is included in the normal fee for your regular checkup and exam
Treatment of more advanced periodontal disease using a special laser and an FDA approved protocol is an excellent alternative for the treatment of periodontal disease. This protocol, (used for over 15 years and not to be confused with other non-approved laser gum therapies), was published and spearheaded by Prof. Raymond Yukna DMD, MS, director of Advanced Periodontal Therapeutics at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine. "These results (LANAP) are very positive, very consistent, and very encouraging related to the treatment of deep gum pockets." said Dr.Yukna. "Dentists have been looking for ways to regenerate some of the tissues lost to gum infections and the LANAP protocol is an exciting and revolutionary treatment protocol showing microscopically that we can form a new root coating (cementum) and new connective tissue attachment (collagen). Our consistent results suggest that the best possible type of healing can be obtained using the specific LANAP protocol. This presents a wonderful alternative to traditional surgery."
Dr. Schulze underwent the initial LANAP training at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine under Dr. Raymond Yukna, as well as more advanced coursework in California, and he has been using this protocol for approximately two years. This treatment now makes it possible for us to effectively treat gum disease problems and establish ideal conditions for healing the gums around teeth that have periodontal pockets, right in our office. Please discuss any concerns with Dr. Schulze if you think you may be a candidate for this technology.
Contact Island Tower Dentistry
Dr. Schulze, Dr. Perez, and their qualified team including dental hygienists and dental assistants are ready to assist you with all your dental needs. To contact Island Tower Dentistry regarding a dental concern or to make an appointment, call the office phone number at 239-394-1004. Island Tower Dentistry is conveniently located at 606 Bald Eagle Drive Suite 200, Marco Island, Florida 34145.