By: Patricia Lugo, DMD
December 6, 2019
To establish periodontal remission by addressing the clinical manifestations of periodontal disease and altering the oral flora in order to lower the incidence of periodontal disease relapse. Bacterial management will eliminate a source of total body inflammation and increase success of implant placement.
Additional Comments: Patient indicates he visits the dentist every six months and reports no previous periodontal treatment.
Clinically there was 100% pocket size reduction on pockets greater than 3mm. All periodontal pockets stabilized and zero bleeding on probing was observed. There was a 79% reduction in periodontal pathogen (burden) load 3 months and 18 days after treatment started. These current results are likely associated with a decrease in both oral and systemic inflammation. Having clinical improvement is always our goal and was achieved in this case. The significance of having the pre and post therapy MyPerioPath results gives me an objective measurement to things I can’t visually see. With the reduction of bacterial load, I now know the environment for surgical placement of an implant has less risk for failure due to periodontal pathogens. I utilize this test as a pre-surgical work up, just like a medical doctor uses blood work before their hip/knee/valve replacements surgeries.
Dr. Patricia Lugo is a Puertorriquena oral surgeon who studied her doctorate degree at University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and has been practicing for more than 10 years in the private sector. Her passion is practicing Complete Health Dentistry, dentistry that links oral health with systemic health. She works with her husband, Dr. Edwin Rodriguez, prosthodontist, on providing optimal health to patients with complex oral rehabilitations.