SOURCE: Millennium Dental Technologies

Millennium Dental Technologies

March 24, 2015 11:15 ET

Social Media Funds Patient Treatment

Crowdfunding Helps Pay for the Lanap® Protocol Laser Gum Surgery

CERRITOS, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2015) - In what appears to be the world's first-ever instance of crowdfunding to help a patient pay for gum disease treatment, Debbie Martin successfully harnessed the power of crowdfunding to help pay for her LANAP® laser gum surgery, using the PerioLase® MVP-7™. The idea of "disease" and "gone viral" in the same thought proved to be a good thing for Martin when her GoFundMe.com page received over 830 shares through Facebook, with 83 donations to raise over $7,000 in 15 months, bringing to light the vast potential of the online community.

After noticing a loose tooth while brushing, which later fell out along with another, Martin was referred to a periodontist and diagnosed with severe periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. "I was actually shocked that this was going on in my mouth and that I was not aware of it," says the Dallas-area resident. Her reaction is not unusual. Eighty-five percent of American adults -- 50 million Americans -- have moderate to severe gum disease.1 Of this staggering number, 40 million are unaware that they have it. Gum disease is the most common ailment in the United States. This pandemic is often referred to as the "silent killer" and is closely linked to major health problems including heart disease, strokes, preterm and stillborn births, as well as certain cancers. Several periodontists who examined Martin told her that she would lose 12-14 teeth in their proposed treatment, the financial implications of which were daunting in addition to her emotional devastation.

Without adequate insurance, Martin looked to other resources. She was aware of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. "I decided to give crowdfunding a try after watching others use the platform. I am very grateful for the generosity of my friends and people I did not know through the Internet. In the end, it was more cost effective for me."

Ready to move forward, Martin did her own research online, read about the LANAP® protocol, and contacted D. Brock Lynn, DDS, MS, a local periodontist who performs the LANAP® protocol. "I felt he was on top of the latest technologies, and I was very impressed with the LANAP® protocol. There would be less down time from work, less pain involved, and faster healing. And with the possible bone growth stimulated by this procedure, I might lose fewer teeth." In just one appointment, Dr. Brock performed the LANAP® protocol and extracted only four of Ms. Martin's teeth. But there was a side benefit, too. Martin's life-long kidney-related health issues include suffering from kidney stones since the age of 18. "But I haven't had any of that since the LANAP® laser surgery and my gum disease cleared up. It's very possible that there was a direct connection. I really have had no more kidney issues since the LANAP® procedure."

Manufactured by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., the LANAP® protocol is a patented, patient- and doctor-friendly laser periodontitis treatment, histologically proven to regenerate the attachment apparatus lost to periodontal disease. The LANAP® protocol treats all levels of periodontitis -- including "hopeless" teeth -- with less pain, faster recovery time, and long-term success. The MDT-manufactured PerioLase® MVP-7™ digital laser is specifically designed for the patented LANAP® protocol for the treatment of periodontal disease and promoting new periodontal attachment. Today, one out of four (25%) of the active members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) licensed to practice in the United States are now practitioners of the LANAP® protocol.

1A.D.A.M. and Simon, Harvey (2009). Gum Disease In-Depth Report. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/periodontitis/print.html.

ABOUT MILLENNIUM DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INC.: Headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., is the developer of the LANAP protocol for the treatment of gum disease and the manufacturer of the PerioLase® MVP-7™ digital dental laser. By providing a simple and comfortable experience with unique bone-building clinical results, MDT's FDA-cleared and patented LANAP protocol removes the fear from gum disease treatment, offering a vastly less painful and less invasive regenerative treatment alternative to conventional scalpel/suture flap surgery; its PerioLase® MVP-7 is a 6-watt free-running variable pulsed Nd:YAG dental laser featuring digital technology and 7 pulse durations -- the most available on the market -- giving it the power and versatility to perform a wide range of soft- and hard-tissue laser procedures. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ is also developed for the LAPIP™ protocol, for the treatment of ailing and failing implants. Established in 1994, the company's founding clinician, Robert H. Gregg, II, continues to operate the company with the vision: To create better clinical outcomes in periodontal disease patients -- and to remain true to the guiding principle -- "It's all about the patient." For more information, visit www.lanap.com.

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