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  • Everything I have had done at Premier Smile Center has been top-notch. The treatment I received was thorough, precise and extremely professional. I never felt like just another patient because they took the time to listen to my concerns. They addressed my issues and we agreed on the treatment plan together.

    The staff is very friendly, warm and extremely knowledgeable. I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing I chose the right place to get the dental work I needed. Dr. Johnson is very humane and very knowledgeable, and she does amazing work. I like the friendliness and honesty of the whole practice. I was not confident with my smile, in fact I was very self conscious and rarely smiled. Premier Smile Center has changed all that. My smile is one of the things I like the most.

    Maria
  • I was terrified to receive a root canal, but I knew it had to be done. After meeting with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bui, I felt better about the procedure. They educated me on the process. I was comfortable and had no pain—which was my biggest worry. I love coming to the office. Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable. The doctors and staff educate you on what they are doing and why it is needed.

    The dentist was a place I visited only when I desperately needed to, and now I’m in the office every few months. I don’t live near the office anymore, but as long as they’re there, I will be driving over to Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to Premier Smile Center, I now have healthy, pearly white and almost perfectly straight teeth.

    Adriana
  • When I first came to the practice, my teeth were in terrible condition. From the beginning to the end of my treatment, Dr. Johnson and her entire practice were outstanding, professional and extremely understanding of my needs. Dr. Johnson is honest and very hands-on, and the practice feels like a family and not a factory. Thanks to Dr. Johnson, I now have a great smile.

    Arthur
  • Coming to Premier Smile Center was a life-changing experience for me. Although I was a registered nurse, I had the worst teeth ever—a missing tooth, discolored teeth and a crooked smile. Dr. Johnson explained to me in detail how she could give me a beautiful smile. She and her staff have been truly supportive and non-judgmental about my teeth. Dr. Johnson is compassionate, understanding and a joy to talk to, and the staff are friendly, efficient and caring. They encouraged me to go on when I was feeling down, and now I can smile confidently.

    The treatment I received has greatly increased my self-esteem. I can smile and laugh unashamedly and join into a group conversation, and not just be a passive listener. I also have better health and nutrition. It is the best investment I have ever made for myself.

    Gloria
  • Premier Smile Center has always treated me like family, and my experience as a patient of Dr. Johnson’s has been nothing but satisfactory. Dr. Johnson is brilliant, and the practice is clean, friendly and professional. Before I came to the office, the condition of my teeth was depressing. As a result of my treatment, I have more confidence and less anxiety associated with a messed-up mouth.

    Clayton
  • Before coming to Premier Smile Center, I had not been to a dentist in some time. I needed some periodontal work done, fillings and wisdom tooth extractions. What initially struck me was the warm welcome I received from the front office staff, and I had virtually no wait time before I was greeted by Dr. Johnson. She was incredibly professional and explained everything she was doing as she conducted the initial exam. She made her recommendations and scheduled a return visit to repair some fillings and pull two wisdom teeth.

    What was truly amazing was that within 24 hours Dr. Johnson herself called to check on me and asked how my experience was. My wisdom tooth extractions went flawlessly, and I experienced very little bleeding and no pain during or after the procedure. Again, Dr. Johnson called me afterward to check how I was doing. I like Dr. Johnson’s warm and sincere concern for her patients, and I also like her professional staff. I am always impressed by the warm, professional nature of everyone in the office.

    Daniel
  • From the moment I arrived at Premier Smile Center over a year ago, Dr. Johnson and her entire staff have been amazing. Needless to say, anytime you have a cosmetic procedure done there will be nerves and lots of questions. Within minutes into my initial consultation, these concerns subsided. Unlike other dental practices I have been to, Dr. Johnson took her time and explained what I should expect from beginning to end with Invisalign. I continue to receive compliments on my smile every day. I love it! I have already and would recommend her again to anyone I know. A huge thank you to Dr. Johnson and the Premier Smile Center staff for making my experience fabulous!

    Erica

LANAP Laser Dentistry

LANAP Laser Dentistry

Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease, whether gingivitis or advanced periodontitis. Dr. Diane Alvarez is our in-house periodontist, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease through deep cleanings, antibiotic therapy, patient education, and laser gum surgery, also known as LANAP Laser Dentistry.

What is LANAP?

Patients with advanced periodontal disease often stay away from the dentist even though they know something is wrong. They may be embarrassed by the condition of their teeth and gums, worry about the work that must be done to correct their problem, or believe nothing can be done to help them – but all gum disease is treatable.

Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is a minimally invasive surgical therapy used to address moderate to severe gum disease. This cutting-edge procedure is the only laser gum disease treatment that has been cleared by the FDA as a true method of periodontal regeneration that enables the reattachment of gum tissues and new bone growth.

How LANAP Works

Signs of early gum disease include inflammation, redness, and bleeding – all symptoms that are easily overlooked by a non-expert. As gum disease progresses, however, pain will set in from the collection of bacteria and pus around the teeth. Eventually, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, causing the teeth to loosen. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.

LANAP laser dentistry is designed to target the diseased areas of the gum to reduce inflammation and clear away the infected areas. A local anesthetic is applied to the gums and the super-fine, high-powered dental laser is inserted between the infected tooth and gum. A sophisticated tool, the dental laser recognizes and avoids healthy tissue, focusing only on the areas that need healing.

Typically, LANAP laser dentistry takes a few sessions to complete treatment of the entire mouth. Each session lasts for about two hours, depending on the severity of the disease. While this treatment may sound daunting for someone who is living with tender, painful gums and loose teeth, it is gentle when compared to conventional gum disease treatment.

Comparing LANAP to Conventional Gum Surgery

Conventional periodontal treatment requires the periodontist to move gum tissue to improve visibility so they can ensure that the area has been completely cleaned. When infected tissue must be cut away, the depth of the pocket is reduced, and reattachment of gum tissues to the tooth root may require membrane or bone grafting. None of this is necessary with LANAP, which is known as the “No Cut, No Sew, No Fear” treatment. There are no scalpels or sutures needed to complete the procedure.

When compared to conventional gum surgery for gum disease, LANAP patients can expect:

In the simplest terms: If you suffer from gum disease, LANAP is the kindest, simplest, most effective treatment you can undergo to correct the problem, stop your suffering, and get your mouth ready for dental restorations and a beautiful, healthy smile.

Teeth Replacement After LANAP

If periodontal disease caused tooth loss, you will have a discussion with your dentist about the most viable dental restorations for your oral health. The mouth will need to heal thoroughly before any restorative dentistry can be undertaken, but it is essential to replace missing teeth to maintain the shape of your jaw and face.

Dental implants are the most effective, long-lasting, permanent tooth replacement solution. The implanted tooth root stimulates the jawbone where a natural tooth root should have been, and the natural-looking prosthetic tooth fills in the holes in your smile.

Every LANAP patient is different though and, depending on bone loss and bone density, as well as age, budget, and overall oral health, you may be a better candidate for restorations like dentures or dental bridges.

Remember, gum disease is treatable, and you can have a beautiful, healthy, complete smile. If you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease, or you know that you have periodontal disease, contact Premier Smile Center to schedule your appointment and find out if LANAP laser dentistry is right for you.

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