CERRITOS, Calif., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry (IALD) provides over $750,000 annually in free dental disease treatment to patients in Southern California. While the focus of the free clinical care is moderate to severe gum disease, patients receive urgent care to stabilize teeth with cavities, and even root canal infections. Once patients complete the 12 month periodontal treatment and follow-up program, they are referred to LANAP Certified specialists for definitive dental care, and ongoing periodontal maintenance.
"Thanks to the IALD, over 900 patients with moderate to severe gum disease have been treated, as well as their other teeth with acute infections– all at no charge to them! Often, these patients are uninsured or underinsured and cannot afford treatment on their own or have refused traditional treatment out of fear," adds Robert H Gregg II, DDS, IALD Program Director. "These individuals now have access to a minimally invasive laser treatment and, most importantly, hope for the hopeless teeth."
Gum disease is a chronic infection that impacts the entire body and is linked to stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, certain cancers, diabetes, pre-term birth, erectile dysfunction, pre-term and stillborn infants.
"While our goal is to help those suffering from the destruction of gum disease, saving a patient's natural dentition has benefits beyond oral health," remarks Dawn M. Gregg, DDS, CEO and Training Director for the IALD. "We help restore confidence and hope - and that's an amazing gift to be able to give to those in need."
The IALD has trained over 2000 periodontists and general practitioners around the world in the patented LANAP Protocol to earn their status as LANAP Certified Specialists.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LASER DENTISTRY: The IALD is a non-profit educational and research center dedicated to providing evidence-based clinical training in advanced laser dentistry therapies. Formed in 1999, the IALD is an ADA-CERP and AGD-PACE recognized provider, and is nationally recognized for its continuing education programs.
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SOURCE Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry