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1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023

1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023

1995 Broadway, Suite 200, New York, NY 10023

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Periodontist in Upper West Side, NYC

Offering periodontal therapy at Manhattan Dental Arts

A periodontist specializes in the treatment and prevention of periodontitis and gingivitis as well as severe periodontitis. They use preventative techniques such as LANAP surgery, scaling and root planing, as well as pocket reduction. They can also perform gingival gum grafts for more advanced issues.

 

Types of Periodontitis

Periodontists mostly treat the two most common types of periodontitis – chronic periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis. They can also treat necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis (NUP) and periodontitis associated with systemic diseases.

Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when the bone and tissues surrounding the teeth become infected. This is known as periodontal disease.

Two stages of gum disease.

  • Gingivitis. The milder form of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Dental plaque is the primary cause of Gingivitis. It typically only affects the gums and the tissue surrounding the teeth.
  • Periodontitis. A more serious condition. Once the gingivitis progress into periodontitis, the supporting gum tissue, and bone that hold teeth in place deteriorate and erode leading to a subsequent loss of teeth.

 

Gum Disease

Connective Tissue Grafts

Connective tissue grafting procedures are an important component of cosmetic periodontal therapy. Patients are often concerned about exposed tooth roots that may be highly sensitive or unsightly. These procedures are utilized to correct receding gums. The goals of these procedures include the following:

  • To regenerate normal, healthy gum tissues over unaesthetic or sensitive tooth roots.
  • To prevent dental root decay from developing on exposed tooth roots.
  • To enhance the cosmetic results of dental implants, crowns, and bridges.
  • To prevent further gum recession, bone loss, or inflammation.

Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and carefully explain the procedure at length during your consultation appointment.

Cosmetic Crown Lengthening (Gum Lift)

Cosmetic or esthetic crown lengthening procedures are performed to correct a “gummy smile”. In certain situations, an individual’s normal, healthy white teeth may not fully emerge from the gums. Braces and certain medications may influence these situations. Additionally, cosmetic crown lengthening may be performed in conjunction with a cosmetic dental treatment plan to enhance the outcome of treatment. The goals of these procedures include the following:

  • To correct a “gummy smile” and create a more mature, beautiful smile.
  • To enhance the outcomes of cosmetic dental treatment.

Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and carefully explain the procedure at length during your consultation appointment.

Dental Implants in NYC

Dental implants are a safe, predictable, and highly desirable solution for tooth replacement. Dental implants are titanium posts that are carefully placed into the jawbone. After a period of healing, the implants are used to support new crowns or bridges. Implant-supported crowns look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Implants may also be used to stabilize loose-fitting dentures. The goals of dental implant placement include the following:

  • To replace single or multiple teeth in a safe, predictable, and esthetic manner.
  • To stabilize loose-fitting dentures and improve the quality of life for denture patients.
  • To protect healthy teeth from treatment that is necessary for bridge placement.
  • To enhance or accelerate orthodontic treatment (braces).
  • To replace broken or severely decayed teeth in a simple, highly successful manner.

Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and carefully explain the procedure at length during your consultation appointment.

Functional Crown Lengthening

Functional crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that is often required to save decayed, worn, or severely fractured teeth. During the procedure, the gums and bone surrounding the affected teeth are repositioned to expose healthy tooth structure. The goals of the procedure include the following:

  • To allow proper treatment of severely decayed or damaged teeth.
  • To provide access for your dentist to create high-quality crowns and restorations.
  • To prevent the metal or porcelain edges of crowns from irritating the jawbone.
  • To maintain your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably and confidently.

Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and carefully explain the procedure at length during your consultation appointment.

Management of Periodontal Disease (Deep Cleanings)

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that directly affects the gum tissues and bone that support the teeth. It is caused by poor oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) but influenced by the absence of professional care, smoking, and poor health. It often develops with little warning or pain and may only be discovered by your dentist. Periodontal disease may be managed successfully, but only if the following requirements are met:

  • The patient is committed to improving their daily oral hygiene (brushing and flossing).
  • The patient is committed to improving their total body health.
  • A proper diagnosis is made and treatment is carried out in a conservative, but effective manner.
  • The patient understands and is willing to participate in a maintenance program.

While mild forms of the disease may be managed with deep cleanings, more severe forms of the disease will require more advanced treatments. In certain instances, the patient may have the opportunity to regenerate or grow new bone that was lost as a result of periodontal disease.

Gingival Grafts

Soft tissue grafting procedures are surgical therapies designed to correct severe defects in the gum tissues. Aggressive brushing, using hard-bristle brushes, and failing dental work are just some of the causes of advanced gum recession. In some instances, the resilient pink gum tissue that surrounds normal healthy teeth is completely lost. What often remains is a painful area that is prone to plaque accumulation, decay, bleeding, and bone loss. These procedures are designed to correct these defects and restore the high quality tissue that was lost. These procedures are recommended to:

  • Correct painful, bleeding defects in the gums
  • Regenerate normal, resilient pink gum tissues in areas of severe recession
  • Enhance or thicken gum tissues in preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Prevent further recession, bone loss, and tooth decay

Our doctors will perform a thorough examination and carefully explain the procedure at length during your consultation appointment.

Cost of Gum Tissue Graft

This can be an extensive procedure due to the fact a graft may be taken from the roof of your mouth. This requires skill and experience and it may cover one or two teeth. Other factors that may affect the price are how extensive the gum recession is and if a tissue graft from your mouth was used or Alloderm was used.

Frequently Asked Questions – Periodontist

What can I do about bleeding gums?

If a patient has bleeding gums when they are brushing or flossing then they may have gum disease. There are three stages of gum disease being gingivitis, periodontitis, and severe periodontitis. The most common cause of gum disease is due to a build-up of plaque at the gum line. When this happens a patient’s gums can become inflamed and they have gingivitis. Once this plaque below the gum line becomes hardened it will form tartar which is mostly bacteria-this can cause bleeding and usually leads to the more advanced form of gum disease called periodontal disease.

Do periodontists place dental implants?

Yes, periodontists can place dental implants just like oral surgeons and their education and expertise allows them to do so. Periodontists will form part of your treatment plan if your dentist has decided that you need to see a periodontist. They are uniquely qualified to treat bone loss, place dental implants, repair gum tissue, perform gingival grafts, sinus lifts, ridge augmentation, and treat all types of periodontal disease.

Is LANAP surgery expensive?

Yes, it can be. In what way does LANAP surgery differ from other gum treatments? LANAP offers a lot of benefits over traditional treatments. The fact that it is minimally invasive is one of the main benefits. It is also virtually pain-free and has very little post-surgery discomfort. Here are the main benefits: There is less bleeding There is less time in surgery The healing is faster and recovery time is quicker There is no need for the removal of gum tissue When bacteria in the mouth is eliminated there is less inflammation in the mouth It is safe for patients that have medications.

What are periodontal scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by periodontists to treat patients that have chronic gum disease. It allows for bacteria to be removed below the gum line which can prevent bone loss. Bone loss can loosen teeth and make medical conditions complicated, such as diabetes and heart disease. Scaling and root planing is also known as deep cleaning.

Why would a patient need root planing and scaling?

A patient’s teeth may have become slightly detached from their gums due to plaque and the build-up of tartar. This bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed – when this happens spaces form and they are called pockets. Once these form, if left untreated, plaque cannot be removed with regular brushing which can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

What are the signs of gum disease?

There are many signs of gum disease:

  • Red or swollen gums.  Tenderness in the gums or other pain in your mouth.
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food.
  • Gums that are receding or are gradually pulling away from the teeth. Teeth may appear to look longer than before.
  • Teeth separating or becoming loose.
  • Pus between your gums and teeth.
  • Halitosis (Persistent bad breath)

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