How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 5

Welcome back!  We welcome you, whether you are returning readers, faithful followers or new readers who are joining us for the first time!  For those of you who have been ongoing readers of this blog, we believe we have already established that we have a long-standing reputation for its devotion to the improvement of our readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf.  As you may already be aware, Dr. David Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who, understanding the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research, and how it influences the lives of those afflicted with it, loves to share any information which he feels is pertinent to his readers and patients.  Our current article series focuses on the process of dental implant treatment, and we hope to familiarize you with the incredible technological options for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. In our last posting, we began a discussion about the step-by-step process involved in dental implantation. You are invited to ride along with us as we continue this journey on the road to dental implantation treatment.

More About the Evaluation

In our last blog post, we talked a bit about the evaluation, mentioning some general things which will be addressed by Dr. Scharf.  Dr. Scharf is a board certified Periodontist, but beyond that certification, he has amassed extra years of training in periodontal health as well as the process of placing the dental implants we’ve been discussing.  Because he has all of that extra training and experience, he will well-qualified to review the results of the examination itself, and the variety of imaging and testing, to determine what procedures for which you are best suited.  He will carefully examine and review the data, providing an in-depth explanation to you, to ensure you know exactly what conditions exist and what options are available to you.

Step Three:  Pre-Implant Surgery

Because some of the caused by gum disease can take years to surface in other systems and parts of our bodies, patients having periodontal disease who need dental implants may be relatively healthy beyond the destruction that is occurring in their mouths.  In this case, you’d likely be thinking that dental implant surgery could move forward fairly quickly, when in fact, the surgery to place the implants is delayed because of conditions in the mouth.  Now, the testing and imaging done in step two comes into play at this point, revealing the condition of the boney structures that need modification, or extra tooth removal to accommodate the dental implant, or even bone grafting needed to support the alveolar ridge.  While these procedures need time to heal like any other surgery, these surgeries will help your dental implants look and feel comfortable and attractive.

In our next post, we will discuss tooth extractions and bone grafting so that you have a better idea of the depth and details of the process.  Until then, we highly recommend that you call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com.  He wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and he’ll be happy to tell you about how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 4

Greetings to all of our returning readers as well as to our faithful followers!  If you have been an ongoing reader of this blog, then we’re pretty sure you already know that it has a long-standing reputation for its devotion to the education of its readers as well as the patients of Dr. Scharf. Dr. David Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it, something he loves sharing with his readers and patients.  Recently, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. Last time, our installment included a discussion on the various types of dental implants and how they work, and accordingly, now that you know a bit more about the types of dental implants commonly used, we think it is time to discuss the applications of the phases and the step-by-step process of these procedures. We invite you to take another step with us on this journey down the road leading to the methods of dental implant treatment.

Step One: The Loss of a Tooth

Let’s start from the beginning — the actual loss of any tooth or teeth.  The need for dental implantation doesn’t occur until and unless there has been a loss of the natural teeth. This loss is something which can happen for a variety of reasons, and they’re not always because your oral hygiene was found lacking.  Cavities, injuries or a mixture of oral cancers are just a few of the non-hygiene causes of tooth and bone loss. Once lost, the other teeth, the environment as well as the geography of the oral cavity changes, some of those changes beginning almost immediately after the loss.  The longer the oral cavity is allowed to exist without filling that space, the higher the chance that the geography is affected.

Step Two:  The Evaluation

Step two is the evaluation of the overall condition of oral structures.  Depending on the severity of the geographic state of the mouth, this evaluation may require several visits to complete, gauging not only the condition of the various tissues but also the overall health condition of the patient.  This latter consideration is vital because some health conditions can interfere with either the advancement of surgical planning or the medications are taken for them can impede or prevent the essential healing process needed to make the procedures successful.  One should also expect much questioning and discussions about oral hygiene regimens, both those currently in place as well as those required before, during and after the dental implantation process.

Next time, we will continue with this step-by-step discussion about the process of dental implantation.  Until then, Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can evaluate and treat gum disease in any stage of development in you and your family.  If dental implants are an option for you, he will happily provide his expertise to restore your mouth and smile to make you proud and healthier!  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or pay him a visit at https://drscharf.com and let him explain how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

 

How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 3

Hello again, to all of our faithful followers and returning readers!  If you have been a regular follower of this blog, then you’re well aware that this blog is long-standing in its devotion to the education of Dr. Scharf’s patients as well as his readers.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Recently, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible newer technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. Last time, we promised that our next installment would be on the various types of dental implants and how they work, so, without further ado, let’s take another step in this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

First, General Information

There are two types of dental implants from which your dental professional can choose for your dental procedure.  The choice of implant is largely dependent upon the general health as well as the oral health of the patient. Xrays and a general review of your oral health will be utilized to determine the strength of the jawbone which will ultimately determine the type of implant which is best for you.  The presence of any periodontal or gum disease will also need to be evaluated and treated before the dental implantation process begins.

Two Types of Dental Implants

Now, we’ll move on to the two types of dental implants: Endosteal Implants and Subperiosteal Implants.  

  • Endosteal implants are posts which are implanted into the jawbone during a surgical procedure.  These posts are generally made of titanium but other materials are available for those people who, for a number of other health reasons, cannot tolerate the titanium material.  Once the area has healed from the placing of the post, a dental implant will be placed on the post and the artificial tooth will then be placed to complete the look of the new tooth.  
  • Subperiosteal implants are metal frames that are created and fitted to the jawbone, just below the gum tissue.  Once healing takes place, the metal frame is affixed to the jawbone and the posts (endosteal implants) are then attached to the metal frame.  The artificial teeth are then placed on the endosteal implants which are attached to the metal frame. Generally, endosteal implants are used to replace single missing teeth whereas the subperiosteal implant replaces areas of multiple missing teeth.

Once these dental implants are in place, they will function like the natural teeth they replaced, frequently performing even better than those natural teeth. These implants will last a lifetime and are cared for just like your natural teeth, enabling you to have a new set of functional and attractive teeth to renew your beautiful smile.  Your dental professional will need to follow your oral health routinely just as he would any other patient, watching for problems or issues which could result in a decrease in your oral health. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and he will be happy to evaluate and treat gum disease in you or any member of your family, giving the benefit of his surgical expertise in the event that dental implants are recommended for you.  Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.

 

How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 2

Welcome back!  For those of you who have been following this blog for any length of time. You know that this blog is long-standing in its devotion to the education of Dr. Scharf’s patients as well as his readers, regardless of how long you’ve been with us.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and any more modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Last week, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. So, without further ado, let’s get started on this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

More About Dental Implants

Last week, we concluded our blog post with a promise to talk about how dental implants work in our next post.  Today, we are making good on the statement and will be discussing how dental implants are designed to work. Last time, we talked about what dental implants are, explaining that they are the best replacement option for replacing missing teeth, whether the need is to replace single missing teeth or multiple ones.  But, in the explanation, we did not tell you exactly what a dental implant is because we felt that information would fit better into the scope of today’s blog post.

What Dental Implants Are

What dental implants are and what they do is pretty nifty when you think about it.  Dental implants are surgically positioned titanium screws into the jawbone in a space where the tooth or teeth are missing.  The titanium screw bonds or fuses with the surrounding jawbone, creating a robust and permanent anchor for the mounting of the artificial tooth or teeth.  The fused strength of the titanium screw with the jawbone creates a “root” which is strong enough to hold the replacement tooth and allow the chewing mechanism to work as designed by the Creator.

How Dental Implants Work

Solidly placed and fused tightly with the surrounding bony tissue, the dental implant can be, depending upon your oral health, stronger than your natural ones.  This permanent attachment eliminates the normal shifting to which natural teeth are prone, keeping the environment in your mouth more stable. These dental implants do not cause the sore spots, gagging and poor ridges which are common to dentures, nor do they fall prey to the problems that infections in the anchor teeth for bridges, whether fixed or removable, can cause.  Under these circumstances, the bridge anchor teeth can fail, requiring them to be removed and either redesigning of the bridge which was dependent upon them or another option to fill the gap thus created.

Next time, we will discuss the types of dental implants and how they work.  In the meantime, we urge you to get established with a dental professional for an appropriate evaluation of your oral health and that of each of your family members.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any stage of development in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him online at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.

 

How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 1

Welcome to all of our regular readers and those readers who are new to us today.  This blog is a long-standing one in which Dr. Scharf educates his patients and his readers, whether new or old in either category.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who enjoys keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and further research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Today, we begin a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. So, without further ado, let’s get started on this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

What Are Dental Implants?

Before we can delve very deeply into this topic, we must first get some basic information out front.  You may wonder what exactly a dental implant IS? A dental implant is a newer and preferred way to replace missing teeth that is available to us today.  As people live their lives, sometimes situations occur, i.e., accidents, decayed teeth, weakened or loosened teeth, which result in some the loss of teeth, either singly or in multiples.  

The Options

When teeth are missing, two things are essential to understanding:

First, the mouth was designed to have a specific number of teeth, all of which have a particular function and which are placed in the appropriate sequence on the upper and lower plates to perform those functions efficiently.  When you lose teeth, spaces occur in the plate structure which results in areas not only allow the trapping of food but also the openness changes the way the chewing mechanism takes place.

The second thing essential to understand is that, as mentioned above, each tooth has an assigned function in the chewing process which also relates to the digestive processing of food.  Some teeth are for biting, some for cutting and some for mashing and chewing, and when the structure of both the lower as well as the upper plates are intact, every tooth does its job to efficiently break up food in preparation for its journey through the digestive tract.

By understanding these two principles, it follows that if the initially designed tooth configuration and chewing mechanism are changed or interrupted, the food, inadequately prepared,  travels through the gastric system in a form not intended, a situation which could cause issues as we age.

The Negatives

When teeth are missing, and this chewing mechanism changed, there are several options available to fill in the gaps (pun intended).  Those options include bridges (both removable as well as fixed), dentures and dental implants. Here are the negatives of the alternatives:

The bridges can erode adjacent teeth to which they have been affixed, causing loosening and additional eventual loss.

Dentures can be challenging to adjust to, interfere with eating and enjoying some foods and may need adjustments or replacement periodically.  

Dental implants are the closest permanent fix for missing teeth which our current technology can provide.  Recent advancements make this option even more attractive in that completion occurs within hours instead of weeks or months.

Next time, we’ll talk about how dental implants work.  In the meantime, we’d like to encourage you not to ignore those missing teeth.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel, as well as guide you toward your best options for replacement of missing teeth.  Call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him explain the many ways he can help you.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 6

Welcome back to all of our returning readers and those new readers who are joining us for the first time.  Welcome to all to the last segment of this article series on marijuana, gum disease, and erectile dysfunction. Recently, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  For you readers who are new to this blog, allow me to introduce Dr. Scharf to you. He is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, we will conclude our discussion on the very sensitive of ED; you will see that we will point out the last two of the ten ways we found to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. So, come along with us to part 6 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Unfaithfulness

If you are either in a relationship or are committed in a marital one, this may or may not be new information.  When you are unfaithful to those with whom you are relationally involved, guilt generally follows the unfaithfulness.  This guilt, though for a time may be ignored, will eventually grow to create anxiety issues and those associated anxiety issues can cause chemical changes in the brain which can and do have some influence on the ability of a male to get and maintain an erection.  These high levels of anxiousness tend to put your sympathetic nervous in overdrive, keeping your body in a “fight or flight” mode. Continually remaining in this mode doesn’t allow your body to relax and calm down enough to even enable arousal to occur. Additionally, this anxiety stops the release of neurotransmitters which facilitate the erection.

How do you position your laptop?

For some of us who utilize laptop computers for gaming or work issues, the position in which we use the laptop can play a role in your sex life.  The “laptop” computer was designed to be more conveniently used than a desktop PC, having the battery power, lighter weight and smaller size that lends it to portability.  Laptops are designed for use on a tabletop or from your lap; it is this latter position which has the potential to influence the male erection. Did you know that the temperature in your testicles is a few degrees lower than your body temp?  The cells in the testes that produce the sperm and even the testosterone are quite heat-sensitive. Thus the reason the testicles are located outside the body. Placing the laptop in your lap allows the heat from the unit to build up in your lap and it is that heat that influences the heat-sensitive cells that comprise the whole erection process.  A simple solution is to reduce or eliminate the time spent with the laptop resting in your lap, choosing instead to place it on a table or lap tray.

Now that you have learned many new things and new ways to protect your penis and its function in your life let’s encourage you, again, to also protect it from the damaging effects of gum disease in general. Allow me to remind you that Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, a role that will assist him in helping you protect your parts.  A step in that direction is to call Dr. Scharf at (631)661-6633 and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 5

We’re so happy to welcome back all of our returning readers as well as those new followers who are joining us for the next segment in this article series.  Previously, as you may recall, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use. If you are new to this blog, allow me to explain that Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, we will continue our discussion on the very sensitive of ED, you will see that we will point out more ways to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. You’re encouraged to come along with us to part 5 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Alcohol Use

While it is true that many prefer to include alcohol consumption to help get into the foreplay frame of mind, it can be more of a hindrance than a help. The result of some studies reveals that too much alcohol makes erections more challenging to achieve softer results.  They have also shown that when reformed alcoholics were studied, they found that they were at a higher risk of ED problems than those men who remained sober. They explained that alcohol works as a depressant and, accordingly works against getting it up and having the energy to perform if you can.  Keep it to two drinks or less and enjoy it more naturally.

Increase Exercise Intensity

We all know that exercise activities benefit many symptoms and parts of the body, and including your sex organ. However, some forms of exercise, such as easy jogging, aren’t intense enough to provide the erectile benefits which are available.  Studies show that stepping up your intensity will help, especially for those men with high blood pressure issues. They recommend interval training programs as great ways to increase that intensity and the quality of those erections.

We’ve still got two more ways to discuss, and we’ll cover those next time.  Until then, we encourage you to get established with a dental professional and have that vital evaluation as soon as possible.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can evaluate and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631)661-6633 and allow him to explain how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 4

Welcome back! We’re so glad you have returned to continue for the next segment in this article series.  As you may recall, we have been discussing various conditions linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in educating his readers and his patients, in an attempt to keep them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, continuing in our discussion on the very sensitive of ED, you will see that we will point out more ways to protect against and possibly prevent the ED risks that increase with regular and frequent cannabis imbibement. You’re encouraged to come along with us to part 4 of this series covering the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

How well do you sleep?

Do you get your 7 to 8 hours of good sleep every night?  If you’re like many people, the answer to that question is probably ‘no.’  The University of Chicago did a study that looked at the sleeping habits of young, healthy men as related to their testosterone levels.  What did they find? You guessed it! They found a correlation between men who slept less than 5 hours a night and their levels of testosterone.   They found that those men had levels of testosterone that decreased by ten percent — and those levels plunged after only a few days of poor sleep. Additionally, other brain hormones like dopamine and serotonin change according to your slumber pattern.  All three of these hormones are involved in your exercising your erection. They recommend a minimum of 6 hours with an ultimate goal of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.

Gum Disease three times more likely

A Turkish research study looked at the prevalence of gum disease and any correlation to erectile dysfunction.  Those Turkish researchers found that men with ED were about three times more likely to also have gum disease in one stage or another, than those men who did not have erection issues. The research also supports the link by revealing that the higher the degree of impotence suffered increases the risk of gum disease to a ratio of 4 out of 5.  There are many studies which support the fact that many physical and health maladies are seen in the mouth first.

Next time, we will talk about more of these ways to protect your penis, but in the meantime, we encourage you to call Dr. Scharf at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him evaluate each member of your family.  Ask him to be your Periodontist in Long Island; he’ll be happy to tell you how about treating gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 3

Welcome back! It is so great to have our faithful followers, as well as any new readers, join us today.  Over the past few months, we have been discussing a variety of conditions which have been linked to some degree to gum disease and marijuana use.  Just in case you aren’t already aware, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, as promised last time, we will continue a discussion on the very sensitive topic of ED, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which increase with marijuana/cannabis use. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 3 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Ever Considered “Butt” Kicking?

Here is a question for you guys, and even maybe for you gals who are reading this for yourself and your guy.  Are you aware that smoking isn’t healthy for you? I mean, really, not to beat a dead horse, but something you may not necessarily be completely aware of is that a direct link has been established between smoking and erectile dysfunction.   The “how” of this pertains to the changes that smoking causes to the lining of the blood vessels and, guess what, blood vessels are the source of the “power” behind your penis. The damage caused by smoking to the lining of the blood vessels in your penis can decrease the flow of blood into it, thereby creating a meek and mushy member.  In a study conducted in China, they found that about 51% of men who smoke suffer from ED. Additionally, a study done in Iran reported that one year after cessation of smoking about 25% of study participants reported improvements in the ED condition while, during the same time frame, none of the men who continued to smoke, whether using full strength or “light” cigarettes had no changes in their ED.

Is Work Stress Affecting Your Libido?

It is a well-known fact that high levels of stress aren’t necessarily a good thing for our bodies.  Many maladies are being linked to poor management of stress levels and more become evident every year.  There is an exorbitant amount of pressure being placed on men to be successful each and every day, making it extremely difficult to leave the “work at the office,” resulting from many men in their 40’s and 50’s having erectile dysfunction problems.  Couple this with the fact that men in this position aren’t likely to get adequate sleep and probably even less exercise, another two elements of our lives which pay homage to ED.

Next time, we’ll continue to talk about the ten ways to protect your penis.  Until then, we recommend that you and every member of your family get established with a dental professional who can identify and treat any gum disease which may be present.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can detect and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.

 

Marijuana Use, Gum Disease and Erectile Dysfunction: Are They Related? Part 2

Hello, again, to our faithful followers as well as any new readers who are joining us today.  Recently, we have been discussing a variety of conditions which have linked to gum disease and marijuana use.  Just so you know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, keeping them up-to-date regarding all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health.  Today, as promised last week, we will continue a discussion on the very sensitive topic of ED, pointing out some ways to protect and possibly prevent the ED risks which increase with marijuana/cannabis use. You are invited to follow along as we continue to part 2 of a new article series on the effects of marijuana use, and gum disease as these pertain to erectile dysfunction (ED).

Guys, you have control

As we mentioned last week, our lifestyles can affect our bodies and any of the various systems of it.  Marijuana/cannabis use is one of those lifestyles which can affect our bodies, whether you’re male or female, whether you imbibe regularly or only once in a while.  We specifically refer to sexual function and how it can be affected by cannabis use, and this is especially so if you are male in the form of erectile dysfunction (ED).  There are some things that you can do to prevent these problems or reverse them. I found ten ways that you can control, let’s begin to discuss them.

Some medications

There are some types of medications which are known to affect penile erection function.  Those medication types are:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Narcotic types of pain management
  • Allergy and cold medications, whether prescription or over the counter

The chemical mechanism that is said to be responsible is medications like Sudafed, for example, behaves like epinephrine, which is an adrenaline hormone; i.e., an adrenaline rush.  Since an erection is an action which is opposite of an adrenaline rush, Sudafed kills any opportunity for erection. We recommend that you read those medication labels very carefully and try to avoid medications containing Sudafed. If you have other medications which you think may be conflicting with each other, consult your doctor for clarification, management, and possible substitutions.

Belly Fat

Is your waist larger than 35 inches?  If so, then you are twice as prone to have erection issues.  The larger waist size refers to those visceral fat layers which are dangerous for all of us but, for males, it can decrease testosterone levels and increase inflammation.  Both of these results can wreak havoc on erectile function.

Next time, we’ll talk about more of the ten ways to protect your penis.  In the meantime, we want to emphasize how important it is for you and every member of your family to establish with a dental professional who can identify and treat any gum disease which may be present.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in that role, he can detect and treat gum disease in any stage in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.