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Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease, and several other factors.  Dr. FitzPatrick will evaluate for the presence of periodontal diseases or conditions, and recommend the appropriate treatment based on the circumstaces of a particular patient. Just like patients, not all periodontal diseases are the same.

Periodontal diseases progress as the sulcus or space between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacterial plaque, and tartar, causing irritation (inflammation) to the surrounding supporting tissues.  This causes the space to deepen and form what is known as a pocket. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!

If chronic periodontal disease is caught in the early stages (gingivitis), with no damage to the supporting bone, it is possible and even likely that the problem can be managed with nonsurgical methods.  In addition you will  be given specific instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene (plaque control) habits and having regular periodontal maintenance cleanings.

If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages (periodontitis), a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) may be recommended.  It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb.  In this non-surgical procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and various plaque control aids may be recommended to help control infection and promote healing. In addition several adjunctive treatments are available such as  systemic or locally administered antibiotic therapy. 

Depending on several factors, including the initial severity of disease, the response to initial therapy and the goals of treatment, periodontal surgery may be considered. Surgery can be highly effective in more advanced situations to eradicate pockets, reduce probing depths or to  replace (regenerate) lost support.

Dr. FitzPatrick is also certified in Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), a minimally invasive laser guided alternative to conventional periodontal surgery. This new treatment option is rapidly gaining favor due to its much greater patient acceptance and proven results.

The goal of treatment, regardless of the methods employed, is to restore health, esthetics and comfortable function; enhance maintainability, and therefore prognosis.  


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I have received regular dental care and cleaning all my life. I was very surprised to learn that I had moderate periodontal disease mostly due to crowded teeth. After thorough evaluation and explanation by Dr.
FitzPatrick, I decided that LANAP treatment was right for me.
The procedure was only mildly uncomfortable with no bleeding and no need for any kind of pain medication afterward. Since the treatment was completed in only two sessions, it did not cause any disruption to my daily routine.
Now, two and one-half years later I continue my periodontal therapy and am very satisfied with my LANAP outcome.
I highly recommend Dr. Fitzpatrick and his staff to anyone who needs periodontal treatment.

Dale Nicholson Mountaintop, PA

"It has now been about nine months since my implant work was completed, and it is well past time to thank you for your magnificent performance. I have not had a single problem with either the functioning or the appearance of my 'new mouth'.

While it obviously was not a 'walk in the park' to get the job completed, you exerted every effort to keep the discomfort to a minimum-and you were successful. Your professionalism is of the highest quality in all respects.

It has been the first summer in several years that I have been able to savor and enjoy corn on the cob and thick steaks. What a joy! Initially, I had my doubts that it would be worth all the expense, but now that the arduous work is behind me, the results prove that it was. I am immensely grateful to you and my restoarative dentist, and I would be pleased to recommend your services to anyone who is contemplating similar work."

Richard Nachman Milford, PA

"I had been dealing with periodontal disease for a number of years, having had minor surgical procedures. When my dentist recommended that I needed extensive periodontal surgery, I was ready. I had been aware of the LANAP treatment and I am happy I did it. Dr. FitzPatrick explained everything. I had the procedure and follow-up visits and the results were great. I would reccomend the LANAP to anyone who needs periodontal treatments."

Edward S. Wicks Clarks Summit, PA

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