Dr. Vasiliki Batalias at Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants discusses teeth saved by LANAP procedure and patient’s excellent follow-up and self-care. A particular LANAP case that stands out in my mind is that of a man in his thirties who had just seen his dentist the week before to have two molars extracted. He was devastated about the loss of those teeth at such a young age. He came to see me and was actually very scared to have treatment in a periodontal office.
This patient committed to doing the LANAP laser treatment and within a month he felt so much better. We saw him for his one-year checkup and fortunately some teeth that we thought we were probably going to lose at some point had healed dramatically. As a result of this treatment he is not going to lose those teeth. He was so relieved, and he told me that at the initial visit after he left my office he went into his car and started crying because he thought he was going to lose another three to four of his molars. The treatment was very successful and he is in our maintenance program and doing great.
A good maintenance program is very important. Our mouth is full of bacteria and whether you have had periodontal disease or whether you are healthy, unless we see the patients and clean their teeth on a regular basis, periodontal disease can come back. Maintenance is basically having the teeth cleaned at the gum line and below the gum line to remove the bacteria that can potentially cause gum disease. It is a critical part of all periodontal treatment, both for prevention and for maintenance.
This particular patient became very highly motivated to have a healthy mouth moving forward. I think losing the two teeth was definitely a wakeup call and he was very diligent. Following treatment he came to all his scheduled appointments including the follow-ups and the bite adjustments, and he stayed current with his maintenance every three months. His home care was very good, and he took a very active role in his oral health.
When patients are cooperative and work with us, we often get an excellent result.
Dr. Vasiliki Batalias
Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
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