Case Studies: Before and After with LANAP & LAPIP

Posted on January 11, 2017. Filed under: gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Honigman
(LANAP Clinician since 2006)
and his patient!
LANAP CASE STUDY
Congratulations to Dr. Tom McCawley
(LANAP Clinician since 2008)
and his patient!
CASE STUDY LANAP

Smile Savers Dentistry is one of the few practices in the Columbia, Maryland area that offers LANAP (short for “Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure”) as an alternative to traditional gum surgery. Learn more about LANAP by visiting our website at smilesaversdentistry.com or call our office in Columbia, MD for a consultation.

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Periodontal Disease Patients in Howard County Looking for a Gum Surgery Alternative in Columbia, MD Can Now Receive Treatment from Dr. Daniel C. Stewart

Posted on March 11, 2015. Filed under: gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Periodontal Disease | Tags: , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart, DDS

Daniel C. Stewart, DDS

Dr. Daniel C. Stewart belongs to a select group of dental professionals who are certified to perform laser gum surgery, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery. Only one percent of dental professionals in the country currently offer the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), which uses sophisticated laser technology to eliminate periodontal infection. Dr. Stewart recently began offering patients with periodontal disease this gum surgery alternative in his Columbia, MD dental practice, Smile Savers Dentistry. The LANAP® treatment is the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment and is only available from a few dentists in Howard County.

Dr. Stewart states, “This is one of the most amazing procedures I have used in over 26 years of practice. My patients are so happy and thankful when the treatment is complete.”

Prior to LANAP®, traditional surgery was typically the only option available to patients whose gum disease had progressed into the moderate or advanced stages. Because of the pain and recovery time associated with traditional gum surgery, many people postpone seeking the care they need. If left untreated, gum disease eventually results in tooth and bone loss. Significant bone loss can even render a patient ineligible for tooth replacement solutions like dental implants. However, the LANAP® treatment is less invasive than traditional surgery, so patients typically experience less pain and a much shorter recovery period. At the same time, the LANAP® treatment offers all of the same health benefits as other gum disease.

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About Smile Savers Dentistry: 
Smile Savers Dentistry is located in Columbia, Maryland and has been serving the dental needs of the Howard County community for over 25 years. The office is convenient to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The goal of Dr. Daniel C. Stewart and his staff is to educate and serve their patients in a relaxed and engaging environment. The practice offers regular and emergency dental exams and treatments, to the more advanced procedures like dental implants, veneers, crowns, Invisalign and LANAP laser gum surgery. Learn more at marylandlanap.com.

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A Word From Dr. Stewart: Could Oral Bacteria Be Linked to an Increased Risk of Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, Dental Hygienist, Dental Treatment, gum disease, Gum Surgery, LANAP, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, pancreatic cancer, Periodontal Disease, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Daniel Stewart at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandThe British Dental Health Foundation published a report yesterday that gum disease and pancreatic cancer may be associated with one another. The study found that certain types of bacterium in gum disease are linked to a 2 times higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. However, this is not to be confused with oral bacteria that is not harmful. If you have been told that you have periodontal disease, please don’t wait for it to further affect your health and well-being. Smile Savers Dentistry offers an excellent, proven alternative to gum surgery… more on that in a minute.

Researchers are saying that while they can’t yet prove that gum disease increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, the new research shows there is definitely evidence that there is a significant relationship between the two. It is not certain if certain bacteria found in gum disease is a cause or a result of pancreatic cancer. Breaking this down to the simplest point … this is yet another indication that good oral hygiene is crucial to one’s overall health. Did you know that only 4% of pancreatic cancer patients live for more than 5 years?

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or feel you should be evaluated, call our Columbia dental office immediately for an appointment at 410-730-6460. Smile Savers Dentistry offers LANAP which is an FDA approved laser alternative to gum surgery. This laser-based approach to treating gum disease makes it easier for you to return your gums to health and the process is far more comfortable than gum surgery. You can visit our LANAP website for more information on this non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Natalie: What is Your Mouth Telling You?

Posted on August 15, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, Gum Surgery, healthy teeth, Oral Health, Oral Health and Nutrition, Smile Savers Dentistry, Xerostomia | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dental Hygienist Natalie at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia MarylandWhen it comes to your overall health, your mouth is a good indication of what may be going on on the inside. Head on over to the mirror every week or so and take a peek. Changes in your gums or saliva could point to some unseen health issues.

If your gums are bright red, puffy or have small abscesses it could mean that you have gum disease. If there is pus or blood when you brush you may have some sort of bacterial infection which could be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist will want to take a look to confirm if you are having serious issues.

Stick your tongue out! If it’s pale in color, you most likely have iron-deficiency anemia. If you think you may be anemic your doctor can confirm this with a simple blood test. Eating plenty of green leafy vegetables, seafood, meat and beans (or a vitamin supplement) will help increase your iron.

Prescriptions and over the counter drugs could be causing dry mouth. If your saliva is thick or stringy, then you have dry mouth (xerostomia). If dry mouth is left untreated it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and oral yeast infections. You will want to talk to your dentist or doctor about your dry mouth and medications.

If you have any questions about your oral health, feel free to stop by or call me or Dr. Stewart at the dental office here in Columbia.

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A Word From Dental Hygienist Beth: Bleeding Gums Are Not Okay!

Posted on February 13, 2012. Filed under: Dental Health, Dental Hygiene Tips, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Smile Savers Dentistry | Tags: , , , , |

Bleeding gums can be a sign that you will, or may already, have periodontal (gum) disease. If you have bleeding gums when you brush or floss, your circulatory system is susceptible to “attack” by the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria cause health problems such as digestive disorders, risk for heart attack, diabetes, and even stroke. Symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums are warning signs that our body gives us so that we can take action to prevent the underlying cause from getting out of control.

To keep the tissues that surround and support your teeth healthy for a lifetime, it’s extremely important to establish an oral hygiene program with your dental hygienist and get that bacteria under control!

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