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Periodontal Therapy

Treating gum disease efficiently and comfortably.

Periodontal therapy involves treatment of the diseases that affect the gums (gingiva) and boney skeletal structures (periodontium) that support the teeth. The majority of periodontal diseases are germ (bacteria) induced inflammatory conditions that destroy both gum and bone.

 

The majority of treatments are non-surgical in nature, however, advanced cases require more sophisticated yet minimally invasive surgical therapies. The primary objectives of therapy are to convert inflamed, deteriorating conditions into a comfortable, stable state of health. When these objectives are met, teeth can be saved for a lifetime. Modern medications, biologic materials and conservative microsurgical techniques have allowed the vast majority of our patients to experience very efficient, comfortable and successful treatment programs

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious, inflammatory disease that, if left untreated, can result in premature tooth loss. Research has found that periodontal disease is correlated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and several other inflammatory conditions. 

Periodontal disease constitutes the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Almost three-quarters of all adults show signs of periodontal disease and about one-half of those people over age 65 have lost teeth. Diseases often start early in life and painlessly progress until the condition reaches its advanced state. Advanced disease usually involves painful abscesses and subsequent tooth loss. Most conditions can be successfully treated with life-long results.

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Microsurgery Approach

We use microscopic technology to accomplish periodontal surgical therapy. The principal microsurgical instruments are the periodontal operating microscope, eyeglass mounted microscope telescopes, fiber optic light sources, micro ultrasonics and miniaturized microsurgical operating instruments.

 

The purposes of using microsurgical techniques are to improve surgical results, minimize surgical trauma, and reduce negative side effects. Microsurgical techniques dramatically improve surgical results and reduce side effects such as pain, swelling, sensitivity and recession. Most patients require little or no pain medications and usually return to normal activity and function the day following microsurgery.

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