| Rochester Periodontal Surgery
||Gingivitis Periodontitis Rehabilitation
| Paul I. Sussman, D.M.D. - Meredith A. Pogal, D.M.D.
||(585) 227-4390; Fax: 585 227-5215
324 Greece Ridge Center Dr
Rochester, NY 14626
Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment - Rochester
Gingivitis or Periodontitis?
Gum disease, for most of us, starts out as something unnoticeable and perhaps even benign. Some that begins as uneventful will, with great certainty, develop into something that is very noticeable (75% - 80% of adults have gum disease).
Unfortunately, yet quite naturally, most people start out attributing early signs of gum disease to over-brushing, eating spicey foods, not brushing enough, etc. Although the devastation to bone and supportive tissues is ongoing... there really aren't any obvious cues or clues to what is going on deep within soft tissue and bone.
A more ironic viewpoint is that younger patients are more prone to have "symptom free gum disease" than older patients... who have had more time to acquire or develop more cumulative symptoms. Bleeding gums, shifting teeth or even mobile, loose teeth and the frightening signs that stir people into action.
The accumulation of serious symptoms that involve apparent tissue damage is the hallmark of Severe Periodontitis. For many patients, avoidance behavior may still be operating. Avoidance to obtain an accurate diagnosis... and an avoidance of getting treatment.
The following list represents a few of the concerns most of us have regarding a perio exam or treatment:
In general terms... the more we exercise our right to avoid things we don't like ... the cumulative effects for treating gum disease become more destructive and can cause loss of tissues (bone, connective tissue, gums and tooth structures) that may not be replaceable.
- Embarrassment because we hate to floss (very common)
- Embarrased about gums already beginning to bleed
- Unusually foul breath
- Sensitive/sore teeth
- Fear of loss of teeth
- Fearful that cleanings will be painful
- Fear of surgery
- Long appointments
- Expensive treatments
Reversing - Halting - Reconstructing
Ongoing advancements in Dental Science provide new adaptions of older proven methods and technologies and has created many newer treatments for eradicating gingivitis and actually reversing tissue damage for some patients.
Patients with more severe symptoms have options to quite literally stopping the active disease process and begin a reconstructive plan for replacing or rebuilding certain lost tissues. Soft and hard tissue grafting products provide a wide range of methods of creating the infrastructure that supports natural or new porcelain based tooth structures.
Dr. Sussman and Dr. Pogal provide all of our patients with diagnostic and treatment choices that assure they are either gingivitis free or on their way to halting and possibily reversing damage that has already occured.
A variety of antibacterial rinses are provided for early stages of gingivitis. Very noninvasive and simple to self-administer (actually quite refreshing, as rinses tend to be).
|Click picture to watch Arestin video
Arestin and PerioChip are periodontal antibacterial agents that our doctors routinely provide for treating different stages of mild and moderate gum disease.
Arestin, our favorite, provides a very thorough means of removing infected material for our patients with great comfort and has become a popular treatment choice for our patients.
Click here to watch a short animation demonstrating how the Arestin product is formulated and applied into areas needing attention.
Our doctors have also invested in another minimally invasive technology that incorporates the advantages of a diode laser hybrid device that makes deep cleaning "really" deep cleaning but without the discomforts many patients fear.
HygieneLase - Diode Laser by Zap
A unique, noninvasive treatment device that provides laser curettage and sulcular pocket decontamination as a straigt forward procedure.... requiring little or no need for local anesthetics. Our dental hygienist incorporates this technology in mild gum disease cases.
Treatment is very comfortable and provides the level of treatment our patients want for effectiveness.
|Click picture to watch video demonstration
Appointments are not lengthy ... and typically uneventful. For most patients, local anesthetics or sedative medications is not needed.
Click here to watch a live 2 minute video demonstrating our popular periodontal laser treatments.
Reconstruction: Rehabilitative Replacement Dentistry
Our patients have access to a number of additional technologies for assessing and diagnosing treatment needs many patients want, depending on the level of need after successful treatment of gum disease.
Dr. Sussmans latest acquisition of Cone Beam catscan technology (destined to replace old fashioned xrays as we know them today) enables our patients to see, for the first time, their entire jaw structure in true 3 Dimensional imaging. Guess work at what exists, what is needed... and when... is now practically a thing of the past. Visit our Guided Implant page for more details.
Bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, traditional dental implants, mini dental implants, overdentures, immediate dentures and fixed bridges are available in nearly any combination needed to precisely deliver the dental function and cosmetic result our patients want.
Discover the Options
In the area of treatment for different stages of gingivitis and periodontitis... available options for treatment diminish with time. Learn more about what can be done today to reinstate optimal oral health or what can be done to rebuild what may already be failing.
Call our office at (585) 227-4390 to schedule a complimentary consultation or use our on-line Ask The Doctor form to submit your questions directly. The doctors will respond to you directly with the answers you are seeking.