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Dental Implants Uses

For over thirty years, dental implants have been an ideal way to permanently replace missing and damaged teeth. Dental implants provide excellent strength and durability, and are a versatile treatment that can be used to correct a variety of dental concerns with aesthetically pleasing results. At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, we understand that missing a tooth impacts both the aesthetics and health of your smile, so it’s important to visit a Manhattan cosmetic dentist as soon as possible to correct the problem.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the existing structures of the mouth. Made from medical-grade titanium, dental implants fuse with the jawbone over time and can be fitted with several different types of dental restorations.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Dental implants provide cosmetic and restorative benefits for patients. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like a sturdy, natural-looking replacement, you may be a candidate for a dental implant. During a consultation for dental implants, Dr. Clifford Melnick will carefully evaluate your dental health and jawbone to determine if dental implants are the right treatment for you. If not enough jawbone is present, bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration may be used to rejuvenate the area and build up bone and tissue for a dental implant.  If you are suffering from a tooth that is severely decayed, we can often place a dental implant in combination with a dental extraction.

Common Dental Implant Uses

Severely decayed and missing teeth and can make talking, chewing, and smiling more difficult, but a dental implant can restore form and function to your mouth. Dr. Melnick specializes in providing full-service treatments for our Manhattan dental implants patients. Cosmetically, dental implants are natural-looking, with no visible metal, and can fill in gaps. When your dental implant has sufficiently healed, it will function like natural tooth roots and can be fitted with different types of dental restorations, including dentures, dental bridges, and individual replacement teeth.

  • If you’re missing a tooth, a single dental restoration will be custom-fit to your mouth. Our high-quality porcelain replacement teeth will look and feel like a natural tooth.
  • Implant-supported dentures and bridgesare available for patients who are missing some or most of their teeth. Unlike regular dentures, a denture supported by implants will sit securely without the use of creams, making talking and chewing easier. Dental bridges are commonly attached with porcelain crowns, and can also be firmly anchored with dental implants.

Other Dental Treatments

We also offer additional advanced dental treatments, including CO2 laser technology. With our Ultraspeed CO2 dental laser, Dr. Melnick can treat many dental concerns, including gum sculpting, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease.

Learn More about Dental Implants

Dr. Melnick and our caring staff look forward to helping you regain confidence about your smile. To schedule a consultation and learn more about how dental implants have helped patients like you, please contact our Manhattan periodontics and implant surgery center.

Laser Gum Contouring Procedure

Even those with perfect oral health and ideally aligned, exquisitely white teeth can have smiles that are affected by excessive or uneven gum tissue. People with “gummy” smiles are often self-conscious as their teeth appear shorter than they actually are. Sometimes, uneven gum tissue can make teeth look misshapen or misaligned when, in actuality, they are in excellent condition. For such patients, thankfully, there is a highly effective solution.

Manhattan cosmetic dentist Clifford S. Melnick is pleased to offer laser gum contouring to patients of his New York periodontal practice. Laser gum contouring is the most precise, pain-free method of reshaping the gums. The result of laser gum contouring is a proportional, balanced smile that you will be proud to flash at every opportunity.

Why Laser Treatment?

In the past, the only way to reshape the gums was through surgical removal of periodontal tissue using traditional scalpels and other instruments. While the results could be quite good, the healing process took several weeks, during which patients were at heightened risk of pain and infection. Modern dental lasers, however, are able to ablate the soft periodontal tissues while causing only minimal bleeding and swelling. The laser allows for far greater precision than traditional surgical instruments, giving Dr. Melnick full control over the reshaping process. With complete accuracy, Dr. Melnick can craft a gum line that beautifully frames the teeth, with the shape and size of each individual tooth – in relation with the other teeth and the entire mouth – taken into careful account. The result is a stunning smile, not to mention a very short recovery period and little to no discomfort. Indeed, some patients require no pain relief whatsoever.

The results of laser gum contouring are permanent. You do not have to worry about the gum tissue regenerating. As long as you take proper measures to keep your newly contoured gums healthy – including regular periodontal exams and dental appointments – your beautifully reshaped smile will last a lifetime.

Candidacy for Laser Gum Contouring

Because dental lasers are so safe and precise, most patients with excess gum tissue are good candidates for laser gum treatment at our New York periodontal practice. Lasers can be used on nearly anyone, with the exception of patients who are on oxygen. Otherwise, even those who are pregnant or who have pacemakers may undergo laser gum contouring.

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile because you have “overhanging” gum tissue, gum tissue that obscures the front surfaces of your teeth, or an irregular, jagged gum line, chances are that you are an excellent candidate for laser gum contouring. As a patient of Dr. Clifford S. Melnick’s, you can expect superb results that are attractive and completely natural looking.

Contact Dr. Clifford S. Melnick Today

Are you ready to say goodbye to your gummy smile and hello to a beautifully contoured gum line? If so, we want to hear from you. Please contact Dr. Clifford S. Melnick today to learn more about laser gum contouring and to schedule a consultation at our New York practice.

Scaling and Planing Treatment Process

Our patients in Manhattan rely on Dr. Clifford Melnick’s expertise in the fields of periodontics and laser dentistry to ensure the health and aesthetics of their smiles.

Scaling and Root Planing Candidates

Scaling and root planing are used in the treatment of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Gum disease is the infection of the bones and tissues supporting the teeth. Gum disease attacks the sulcus (the v-shaped shallow crevice between the teeth and the gums), just below the gumline, resulting in the breakdown of the tissues supporting the teeth. As these tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket. These pockets become deeper as the disease progresses.

The build-up of plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, but hormonal changes, certain illnesses, certain medications, smoking, and genetics may also contribute to your risk of developing gum disease. In its earliest stage, gum disease is often painless. To ensure the health of your teeth and gums, it is important to know the symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bleeding gums: with gingivitis gums may bleed when touched or when brushing your teeth; with periodontitis gums may bleed without any stimulation whatsoever
  • Gums that are bright red or purple in color
  • Inflamed or swollen gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Teeth may become loose or start to shift
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when biting down
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and affects only the gums. Gingivitis can be treated before causing irreversible damage to the gums and teeth. By following proper oral hygiene recommendations, it is entirely possible to eradicate gum disease in its earliest stage. The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis and it is quite dangerous. During this stage of gum disease, the damage to the bones and tissues supporting the teeth is irreversible. If left untreated, periodontitis may lead to the loss of one or more teeth. Our Manhattan cosmetic dentistry patients with periodontitis are generally good candidates for the scaling and root planing treatment.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning treatment. It is one of the most effective treatments of gum disease. Because scaling and root planing may cause discomfort in some patients, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the treatment areas. During the scaling process, plaque and tartar are removed from the root surfaces below the gumline. Root planing is used to smooth the rough spots left on the roots of the teeth. Removing these rough spots allows the gums a smooth and clean place free of bacteria to reattach to. Antibiotics may be prescribed, and in some cases antibiotic fibers may be placed during the scaling and root planing treatment.

Scaling and Root Planing: Lasers

Lasers used in scaling and planing may improve the effectiveness of the procedure. Patients who undergo laser treatment experience less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort during the scaling and root planing surgery. Our New York laser dentistry practice is dedicated to providing patients with the very best in dental technology and techniques.

Contact Dr. Clifford Melnick Today

To learn more about scaling and root planing, please contact Dr. Clifford Melnick today.