DR. RICHARD MERCURIO – LANAP CLINICIAN SINCE 1999.
The LANAP® Procedure is a breakthrough in periodontal treatments. It is a laser alternative to gum surgery.
Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. It starts off as plaque which is an opaque film that over time will harden into tartar or calculus.
The bacteria in the calculus can infect the gums. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. With gingivitis, gums are red and swollen and when you brush your teeth they will bleed. Other symptoms are bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouths. When gingivitis is not taken care of it will lead to periodontitis. It is a serious form of gum disease. Periodontal pockets will form, this separates the teeth from the gums and supporting bone structure. The infection will becomes severe if not treated. The pockets will deepen and you can lose your tooth.
To repair the damage from periodontitis the infection needs to be clean out and the open periodontal pockets needs to be close up. Dr. Mercurio offers the LANAP® Procedure an alternative from gum surgery.
Click on the play button to learn more about our iCAT machine. It is a very unique piece of equipment that we are proud to have in our office.
The iCAT is a digital imaging system that produces a three dimensional picture of teeth, bone and other facial structures.
Dexis, our second generation digital x-ray system, allows our practice to offer our patients more advanced dental care. It provides us the tools to have superior diagnostic image quality while providing you, the patient, with a more comfortable x-ray procedure.
The digital technology that we use to take pictures of your teeth allows up to 90% less radiation and a clearer resolution than a traditional dental x-ray. X-Ray images are put on a computer monitor instead of a tiny piece of film. By seeing x-ray images in a larger format, you can better understand your dental condition. Through a clearer understanding of your dental condition, often apprehension about procedures are reduced.
The intra oral camera is one of the most important tools that we use in our dental practice. The technology allows us to fully show our patients each dental procedure performed. This allows better education for the dental patient. The image of a patient’s mouth is clearly displayed on a TV monitor in the treatment room so the patient and doctor can see it. These images are printed out and put in the patient’s chart for future reference. This alleviates much apprehension and makes for a more pleasant dental experience.