Our periodontist can perform a number of procedures including the treatment of gum disease, placing of dental implants, crown lengthening, gingival grafts, scaling and planing.
Periodontal disease is a major problem many Americans are facing. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is one of the most damaging problems that can affect a person’s oral health because the damage it causes is often irreversible. The best way to fight periodontal disease is with the help of our expert in periodontal treatment, Dr. Daniel Moezinia.
The problem is most commonly caused by poor dental hygiene or tooth decay. When oral hygiene is not properly and regularly performed, the gums can become inflamed. This is called gingivitis and is noticeable if your gums bleed during normal brushing. Tartar, a dark hard substance, is often seen around the gumline or below it. Tartar is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone, requiring a professional cleaning to do so. Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by our periodontist that will remove all the tartar from areas too tight to reach with a toothbrush.
Gum disease is manifested in two forms:
Scaling and root planing works great in treating early stages of periodontal disease but later stages will require more extensive procedures including surgery. When gingivitis reaches the advanced stage known as periodontitis, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth, causing them to become loose and possibly fall out. A surgical procedure designed to restore the gums is known as gum grafting. A gum graft uses gum tissue donated from another area of the patient’s mouth, or cultured in a lab, and is surgically placed by our periodontist in order to regrow the gums. This procedure is usually only reserved for the most serious cases of the disease.
When teeth are lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants offer the best replacement solution. The rest of the bacteria will need to be removed first to allow the implants to heal properly. Dental implants are titanium dental appliances that are placed into the jawbone to perform the role of the tooth root. e attached in the healthiest, most natural way possible.
Periodontitis is a common complaint affecting approximately 50% of U.S. adults over the age of 30 years. It occurs in people who have preexisting gingivitis which is itself caused by the accumulation of bacteria at the gum line (dental plaque). Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline, which traps food and plaque. If left untreated, plaque calcifies to form dental calculus. Dental calculus must be removed completely by the dentist in order to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can usually help prevent further damage. If left untreated, bone supporting your teeth can be destroyed, causing your teeth to shift or loosen.
Our office uses the following services and technologies to treat gum disease:
COMPUTERIZED CHARTING – Our computer software allows us to measure the depth of the periodontally infected areas as well as the healthy areas. We can compare your readings from one appointment to the next and provide you with a graphic printout so you can see how you are doing and where you can help yourself with better home care. This also allows us to tailor our treatment, specifically for you.
CAVITRON ULTRASONIC INSTRUMENTATION – We use the most modern ultrasonic equipment available to remove plaque buildup quickly and comfortably.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPY – Our periodontal therapists have been trained to thoroughly remove the bacteria ridden plaque and tartar deposits that colonize the roots. This is the key to eliminating periodontal disease.
PERIO PROTECT® – is a comprehensive method that is customized for individual patients to help manage biofilms – communities of bacteria, growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gum tissue. The overall goal of the Perio Protect Method™ is to manage oral biofilm (bacteria) with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health.
CAVI-JET – In addition to the traditional polishing or buffing that you are accustomed to, we also utilize an air polishing system (like a mini pressure washer) to remove stains from your teeth.
Regular dental exams are the best way for our dentists to diagnose periodontal disease before it advances to the most damaging stages. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Our periodontist can perform a number of procedures including:
Looking to schedule your teeth cleaning on the Upper East Side? Call Upper East Side Dental Arts at 212-517-5940 to schedule your appointment today