Gum disease has traditionally been treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and by re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today. One of these advancements is guided bone regeneration, also referred to as guided tissue regeneration. This procedure is used to stabilize endangered teeth or to prepare the jaw for dental implants. As periodontal disease progresses, pockets of degenerated bone develop around affected teeth.
The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at 212.838.0940 during regular business hours. You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment. It is not usually necessary to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals (such as Motrin and Advil) prior to your surgery.
We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible. Please allow approximately 60-90 minutes for your initial visit. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you as soon as possible that day. We work hard to stay on schedule to minimize waiting at the time of your appointment. Occasionally, unforeseen circumstances can cause delays to the schedule, and your understanding and patience are very much appreciated. Whenever possible, we will contact you if your appointment time is delayed.
Research has recently proven what dentists have long suspected: that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissue, presence of disease-causing bacteria, and infection below the gum line. Infections and bacteria in the mouth can spread throughout the body and lead to a host of problematic health issues. Therefore, maintaining excellent oral hygiene and reducing the progression of periodontal disease through treatment will have benefits beyond preventing gum disease and bone loss.