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Bone Grafting is frequently utilized as part of a surgical procedure  to "turn back the clock" and regain lost bone and other supportive tissue around teeth and implants. In addition, sites previously occupied by a lost tooth can often be greatly improved in preparation for an implant or other replacement by employing one or more of the many bone graft materials available. Diseased teeth or implants can frequently be  saved by these regenerative or repair techniques gaining years of continued service and preventing possible social, emotional, functional and financial trauma. 

Dr. FitzPatrick often uses various types of barrier membranes (collogen or teflon) either alone or in conjunction with bone grafts or other materials to promote bone regrowth, depending on the situation. As always, a patient's questions and concerns, as well as all treatment options and expected outcomes are thoroughly reviewed before any treatment is rendered.

The materials used in bone grafting fall into four basic catagories:

Autografts- bone  from the same individual

*Allografts- bone  from a different individual within the same species.

Alloplasts- synthetic material.

Xenografts- bone from another species.

All of these substances have been well studied with a long track record of use. Each continues to have a place in the practice of contemporary periodontics. They are safe, and when the indications for their use and goals of treatment are clearly understood and identified, they are also effective. Dr. FitzPatrick is an expert in the nature and use of these materials, and employs them extensively in the regenerative aspects of his practice.

* There is no documented case of an individual having contracted a communicable disease such as Aids, Hepatitis or T.B. from these materials used in periodontics.



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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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