Periodontal Disease Progressively Damages Your Oral Health
Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and affects over 75 percent of Americans. Many people don’t even know they have this progressive disease. When gum disease advances from gingivitis to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, severe damage to your oral structure occurs. At this stage, the disease becomes uncurbable—only manageable with periodic maintenance. Dr. Edward Segal offers the most effective treatment for periodontal disease: osseous surgery. This technique is generally the last step in gum disease treatment, and aims to remove disease-causing bacteria and recreate a healthy environment.
Osseous Surgery: A Time-Tested Gum Disease Solution
When you suffer from periodontal disease, bacterial and plaque buildup gather below your gum line. This area is unreachable by traditional cleaning methods, and when left unchecked, causes gum infection and bone destruction—eventually leading to tooth loss. We are able to access this unreachable area with osseous surgery. The process involves gently retracting the gums to gain access to areas below the gumline. The teeth and gums are then thoroughly cleaned of tartar buildup and bacteria, and the gums are stitched back in place. If bone damage has occurred to your jaw, we will carefully reshape the bone to allow for adequate gum reattachment.
The Benefits of Osseous Surgery to Your Oral Health
End gum disease progression
Improve gum and tooth health
Prevent tooth loss
Prevent bone loss
Provide clean area for gum reattachment
Prevent halitosis (bad breath)
Experienced Care for Quality Results
Osseous surgery is a delicate procedure and should be performed by a doctor with experience. Dr. Segal has specific training in the field of periodontics from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology as well as the Academy of Osseointegration. Dr. Segal is also trained in sedation dentistry and advanced IV sedation to provide you with an anxiety-free and virtually painless osseous surgery. We also offer the LANAP® protocol for a minimally-invasive laser approach to gum disease therapy. After treatment, patients experience improved oral health, lessening their chances of bone or tooth loss.