FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dr. Barbara Ireland of Northern
"In our practice, we pride ourselves on taking a different approach to dentistry," said Dr. Ireland. "The biologic, or holistic, way of practicing dentistry involves minimizing foreign materials and painful surgeries as much as possible. With the LANAP and LAPIP protocols, patients can feel at ease that they will be receiving a treatment that works by relying on your body's own regenerative potential, without the fear of pain and without foreign membranes or biomaterials."
The LANAP protocol can be performed in as little as one treatment session, and is safe to use on patients with health concerns such as diabetes, heart disease, and hemophilia, without discontinuing medication. It is the only scientifically proven laser gum disease treatment FDA cleared to regenerate the bone and tissues lost to gum disease.
Gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that rarely has any symptoms in its early stages. Despite the lack of symptoms or pain, the disease can still cause serious damage to your mouth, leading to loss of teeth, which has been tied to decreased lifespan. Additionally, several other serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes have suggested links to gum disease.
"A big part of our practice philosophy is treating our patients' dental needs in the context of their total body health," added Dr. Ireland. "While many people have gum disease and neglect to treat it, because it often doesn't hurt, people may not know that gum disease can actually lead to or exacerbate other serious illnesses. Educating patients on the importance of treating their gum disease is a chief concern of ours."
LANAP treatment uses laser energy to target the source of gum disease, without harming or removing any healthy gum tissue, decreases pocket depth, and allows the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures. In cases of failing dental implants, the LAPIP treatment is used to treat peri-implantitis and save the implant. Patients report less pain and less post-op sensitivity and a quicker recovery when compared to traditional osseous surgery. The LANAP treatment is a patented procedure that requires doctors to be trained over the course of five days of hands-on, live patient training by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD).
For information on the LANAP protocol, call Northern Arizona Biological Dentistry at (928) 440-5377 for an appointment.
About Dr. Ireland Dr. Barbara Ireland received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1998 and has been practicing dentistry for almost 20 years. She has a special passion for integrative, whole-body dentistry and enjoys assisting her patients in becoming the most healthy and vibrant version of themselves by using the latest techniques in biological dentistry and encouraging a holistic diet and lifestyle. During her free time, Dr. Ireland enjoys hiking, fitness and spending time with her husband and two children. Dr. Ireland feels blessed to call Flagstaff home and looks forward to taking advantage of all the nature and small community adventures that this area has to offer.
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