Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the bone, teeth and gum tissues that affects millions of Americans. With proper oral care, gum disease is easily preventable and during the beginning stages of gingivitis, can be cured. Once gum disease has progressed to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, it can no longer be cured, but only maintained with routine deep cleanings. At the Periodontal Centers of Rochester, our team of board-certified periodontists have nearly 60 years of combined experience in diagnosing, treating and preventing gum disease through effective procedures like osseous surgery.
Our specialist doctors have focused their education and training on periodontal care, from gum disease to dental implants. We believe in continuing education and staying involved with the academic world, with our doctors being members and educators in the American Academy of Periodontology and certified in periodontology from the Eastman Dental Center. This has given us a more acute understanding of gum disease and the effective ways to treat the disease. Our doctors and staff will always check your mouth for symptoms of gum disease and when surgery is necessary offer soothing sedation options to make your treatment easier. We believe in time-tested and academically proven gum disease treatments that give the best results, including:
A deep cleaning of the tooth roots and area under the gum line with specialty tools used to scrape away gum disease causing bacteria and tartar that have accumulated.
For those affected by advanced gum disease, osseous surgery involves removing infected gum tissue, cleaning tooth roots of bacteria and tartar and reshaping the jaw bone to allow for healthy reattachment of the gums.
After patients undergo osseous surgery for gum disease, they must make routine dental visits for periodontal maintenance every three months. This includes a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, including scaling and root planing.