Genetic Tests To Predict Gum Disease?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010, 2:16 pm

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is going to be conducting a large clinical study using genetic testing to assess the risk for gum disease.    Dr. William Giannobile will lead the study for the University.  “It is an exciting study because it’s a way to use genetic testing to personalize a dental treatment plan the the frequency of dental care visits of patients as it relates to oral care” said Dr. Giannobile.

It is estimated that 3 of every 4 American adults have gum disease and over 20 percent have moderate to severe cases that can lead to tooth loss.

The reason that most of the patients suffering from gum disease do not seek prompt treatment is anxiety and fear of dental care.  Whether this fear is due to a bad experience earlier in life or is the result of hearing horror stories told by friends and relatives – the effect is the same.  A very real feeling of anxiety about going to the dentist.

It is possible for you to get the dental care that you need without feeling the anxiety and fear.  Sedation dentistry allows the dentist to correct years of dental neglect – and you remain relaxed and unaware.  Depending upon your level of anxiety we offer several choices in sedation to meet your individual needs.

For some patients, breathing a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask allows a sense of relaxation and is all they need.  Other patients may decide upon oral conscious sedation which uses oral medication to place the patient in a state of deep relaxation, losing track of time and any anxiety.  For patients with extremely severe dental phobia IV sedation may be a good choice.  While sedated in this manner patients are completely asleep and unaware.

Your oral health is important.  More and more research is proving the links between diseased gums and the health of the entire body.  Don’t delay getting the care you need any longer.  Please contact my Toccoa, Georgia office at 706-886-9439 to discuss your sedation dentistry options.

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