Periodontal Surgery - Williamsport, PA

Gum Health and Periodontal Surgery

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Restoring Your Gum Health

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an ailment affecting millions of individuals all over the world. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria around the tooth causing plaque and tarter. As the bacteria grow and plaque builds, gum tissue begins to recede and detach from the tooth surface, creating deep pockets where bacteria can invade. Gum disease symptoms will begin with swelling of the gums and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. However, as the disease progresses, the gums will increasingly recede from the teeth leading to tooth and bone loss. Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery Dental Implant Center has helped patients reverse the effects of gum disease through periodontal surgery. As one of the premier oral surgeons in the area, Dr. Marc Rosenthal will help you reverse the damage caused by gum disease. The goal of gum disease surgery is to restore your gum health and remove harmful bacterial buildup.

Dr. Rosenthal will use a combination of techniques to eliminate gum disease and restore the health of your oral tissues. Osseous surgery may be recommended in conjunction with gum disease surgery if bacteria has enlarged pockets between your teeth and gums, causing tooth decay or loosening. During your consultation with Dr. Rosenthal, they will perform a thorough examination, take detailed imaging to visualize tooth and bone health and create a customized treatment plan. If the costs of dental treatment are holding you back from receiving the treatment you need, contact our financial coordinator today to learn about the various insurance plans and financing programs we work with to help make gum disease surgery affordable.

Our Periodontal Therapy Process

Dr. Rosenthal will begin your gum disease treatment by eliminating infection, removing existing tooth decay and/or damaged tissue, and taking steps to prevent future infection. Dr. Rosenthal will use a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable during the treatment. He will then make a small incision in the gum to expose the tooth and root. Plaque and tarter deposits will be gently scraped off and areas of bone affected by bacterial damage will be re-contoured. To reduce pocket depth, Dr. Rosenthal will suture the surrounding gum tissue. If gum recession is too severe for suturing, Dr. Rosenthal may recommend a gum graft to restore gum health. Dr. Rosenthal may recommend bone grafting if a significant amount of bone loss has occurred to become detrimental to your oral health.  Bone grafting is a simple procedure where the powder-like bone material is mixed with antibiotics and placed on the exposed bone, then surrounding gum tissue is then sutured back together. The bone graft will stimulate bone growth and regeneration for a healthy smile. Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Rosenthal may recommend a few types to help ensure your treatment is a success.

Going Beyond Treatment

At Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery Dental Implant Center, we believe everyone should receive the patient-centered care they deserve. If you have been avoiding treatment due to costs, let us show you how affordable gum infection surgery can be. We work with various insurance plans and financing services to help make treatment costs affordable to all our patients. Our finance coordinator can advise you on the best way to maximize your insurance benefits and utilize our financing tools. Delaying gum disease treatment can affect your physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown the link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease, emphasizing the need to seek out treatment right away. Decaying teeth, tooth loss, and gum recession can cause anyone to feel a lack of self-confidence and alienation from others. Don’t let fear of costs or anxiety about treatment hold you back from tackling gum disease. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to a healthier smile.

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