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Dentist In South Philadelphia Helps Patients Understand Periodontics
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Being diagnosed with periodontal disease can be a bit of a scary experience. It's a dental condition that affects almost half of all Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental experts believe that this prevalent dental condition may be a hereditary issue but that it can also develop due to poor dental care and health over a patient's lifetime.
Philadelphia PA periodontics dentist Dr. A Milici of Matarazzo & Milici Group has made it a priority at her Philadelphia dental practice to service patients who already have or are at risk of developing serious periodontal issues. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, which is the premier Ivy League school for dental medicine the world over. The school is committed to educating dentists on progressive treatments to help patients save their teeth.
The Importance of Correcting Periodontal Issues
Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums (also called gum disease) that compromises your teeth and puts your entire mouth at risk. It can cause seriously inflamed gums, make it difficult to eat and eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
What many people don't realize is that periodontal disease can affect more than just the teeth -- it can also lead to other health issues over time, like heart disease and diabetic complications. Symptoms include red gums, bleeding when brushing, loose teeth that move around and bad breath.
Common Gum Disease Treatments
The first step to treating periodontitis is getting an initial exam and X-rays to understand the extent of the problem. After that, Dr. Milici may suggest a deep cleaning or root planing to remove bacteria. Pristine home dental care and regular visits for cleanings are essential. In more serious cases, periodontal surgery may be necessary, which removes bacteria and grafts artificial bone into specific areas of the jawbone to strengthen the root of the affected teeth.
There are also more advanced, modern options for removing the bacteria beneath the gums, including LANAP, or Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, which Dr. A. Milici offers at her office on One Crescent Drive in Philadelphia. Instead of invasive periodontal surgery, a laser zaps away the offending bacteria located beneath the gums while preserving good tissue.
"In order to save affected teeth, it's important to begin the process of treating gum disease in its earliest stages," the Philadelphia PA periodontics specialist explains. "Some modern treatment options are quick, simple and virtually painless."
Philly-area patients who feel they may be having ongoing issues with periodontal disease are encouraged to call Dr. A. Milici to schedule an initial consultation at (215) 389-3161 or make an online appointment request at NavyYardSmiles.com today.
About Matarazzo and Milici Group:
Dr. Francis S. Matarazzo graduated from Temple University Dental School with his dental degree. Afterwards, for two years, Dr. Matarazzo continued training as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps. He received his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine under the renowned program of periodontal prosthesis, under the tutelage of Professors Morton Amsterdam and D. Walter Cohen. Because of his dual specialty certification, Dr. Matarazzo attained clinical associate professorship. Dr. Matarazzo is an active member of many dental organizations, including the International College of Oral Implantology.
Dr. Anita Milici received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Milici continued her post-doctoral studies as the first woman admitted to Penn's Periodontal Prosthesis Program. In 1993, she graduated with a dual specialty in periodontics and prosthodontics, completing her training with a Branemark fellowship in implantology. Dr. Milici is certified in advanced laser dentistry for treating periodontal disease, and she also has extensive training in periodontal plastic surgery. Dr. Milici is an active member of many professional organizations.