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Periodontist Manhattan

Periodontal Specialist

Dr. Cliff Melnick is a periodontist in New York City. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease. Periodontists are experts in performing gum surgery, dental implants, gum grafting and tissue contouring. Periodontists receive three additional years of specialized training after dental school. Dr. Melnick received his Certificate in Periodontics from Columbia University. Dr. Melnick employs the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease for his patients in Manhattan.

Dr. Melnick often treats more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease, bone and tooth loss. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned), and root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a variety of surgical procedures. In addition, periodontists are specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.

Studies show that periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. In diabetes, studies report that gum disease is a complication of diabetes, makes it more difficult to control blood sugar, and increases the risk of complications from diabetes. Research has confirmed that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

During the first visit at his New York City periodontal practice, Dr. Melnick reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is extremely important for Dr. Melnick to be aware of all medications being taken and whether the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal health and care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.

Periodontist Dr. Cliff Melnick examines the gums, checks to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. Periodontist Dr. Cliff Melnick will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets. This helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.

Who should see a periodontist?

For some New York City dental patients, periodontal needs can be managed by employing a thorough at home dental cleaning regimen, and more frequent professional cleaning. Importantly, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment necessitates a greater understanding and increased level of expertise of a trained specialist. New York City patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, are best managed in partnership with Dr. Cliff Melnick.

Dr. Cliff Melnick has been a practicing periodontics in New York City for 30 years. Dr. Melnick has been voted one of America’s Best Dentist in 2016. Dr. Melnick is dedicated keeping current on the science and finding the best dental technology to ensure the highest level of periodontal care for his patients.

Piezo Scaler

Piezo Sclaer Technology

Ultrasonic devices have dramatically improved supragingival scaling and periodontal debridement. Recent improvements to ultrasonic technology have allowed for the devices to become more integrated into dental practices. Ultrasonic technology, like that of the Piezo Scaler, allows for a patient to experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased treatment time
  • More efficient removal of dental plaque and calculi
  • Ultrasonic instruments allow for there to be less tissue trauma as there are no sharp cutting edges
  • Excellent tool for stain removal on teeth
  • Procedures have been found to be more comfortable for patients

During a consultation with Dr. Clifford Melnick, you will learn more about how the Piezo Scaler might be able to best suit your individual periodontal needs.  Sonic scaling has helped countless patients achieve beautiful and healthy smiles with less pain or recovery time than ever before—find out more today about this outstanding periodontal technology.

Learn More about Fifth Avenue Perio

If you are interested in learning more about the treatments and technologies that we offer at Fifth Avenue Perio, please contact us at 212-355-1266.  We will answer any of your questions concerning the Piezo Scaler, as well as all of the additional technology that we offer for ultimate periodontal health.

Dr. Clifford Melnick is dedicated to providing patients with unparalleled care and services.  With ultrasonic scalers and technology, Dr. Clifford Melnick can keep your dental health and comfort at the forefront.  Learn more about all of our available dental technology by contacting our team of dental and periodontal experts today.


Piezo Ultrasonic Scaler. About the Piezo Ultraonic Scaler.

A Healthier Smile in the New Year

Healthier Overall Health

When you look at your New Year’s resolutions that you penned right before midnight on December 31st, you might notice that there are a few trends.  You might have goals to avoid using your cell phone as much.  You might have thought it would be ideal to spend more time reading throughout the year.  Or maybe you want the opportunity to hit the gym more often in 2014.

Many resolutions may have something to do with improving one’s personal health, but when most think about health, oral care is generally forgotten.  Through Dr. Clifford Melnick’s blog, you will learn some of the ways that you can improve your overall dental health with our top laser dentistry procedures.  Keep reading to learn more about a healthier smile and body in the New Year!

Your Smile and Overall Health

At our Fifth Avenue Periodontics office, we offer laser dentistry to our patients as a safe and effective way to maintain the support structures of the teeth.   Laser dentistry is used for a multitude of procedures including:

  • Modifying the shape of the gum line in cosmetic dentistry
  • CO2 laser technology is used to remove tumors or lesions.  This technology allows for Dr. Clifford Melnick to have exceptional control in performing a wide variety of periodontal treatments.
  • Laser dentistry can be used to minimize the amount of anesthetics or sutures needed during a procedure.  Laser dentistry can also minimize the amount of recovery time, reduce bleeding, minimize the chances of bacterial infection, and help patients recover faster.

Laser dentistry is safe for individuals of all ages, including women who are pregnant, patients with diabetes, and individuals with pacemakers.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, we are passionate about delivering only the best in laser dentistry procedures to ensure that our patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair, and more time smiling.  With this dental technology, we are able to transform smiles more quickly, efficiently, and with less reported pain in the process.

Learn More about Your Dental Health

If you would like to learn more information about your oral health, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifford Melnick.  Dr. Melnick and his dental team will answer all of your questions about our oral services, and offer guidance about the procedures that would best serve your individual needs.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, we believe that your health is of the utmost importance and we strive to offer unparalleled treatments to each one of our patients.

To find out more information about laser dentistry and Dr. Clifford Melnick, please call our New York office today.  Improve your oral health today with changes that can last for a lifetime.


All about Gum Tissue Grafting

Why Is Gum Grafting Necessary? 

Gum grafting can be a necessary procedure to help protect the teeth from gum recession, or to improve a smile’s appearance.  If gum recession is not addressed, tooth loss can result. Through this blog, you will learn the basics about gum grafts, and find out more information about Dr. Clifford Melnick’s commitment to excellence in periodontal care.

Gum Grafting and Your Oral Health

When there is a lack of gingiva, the tissue becomes more likely to recede. An exposed tooth root can be a result of gum recession, and gum graft surgery repairs the issue and prevents additional loss.  In-turn, there can be reduced tooth sensitivity and improved aesthetics with gum grafts.

If gum issues are not treated, then tooth loss can result yielding more extensive dental treatments.   A gum graft can cover an exposed tooth root protecting the tooth from further recession while also transforming the aesthetics of the smile.

At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, we use dental techniques and procedures that yield the most painless and effective procedures.  Connective tissue grafts are one of the most common gum grafting procedures that are performed in Dr. Melnick’s office.  With connective tissue grafts, there is virtually no pain that is associated from the donor site as the internal tissue blends with the recipient site.

In addition, Dr. Melnick performs pedicle grafting, a procedure where gum tissue is taken from an adjacent area and slid into the area that requires more gingiva.

Dr. Melnick is passionate about helping his patients combat gum and periodontal disease.  In addition to gum grafting, Dr. Melnick offers basic tips to ward off gum disease, including:

  • Brush teeth at least twice per day
  • Floss everyday
  • Visit the dentist form routine appointments
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Quit smoking—learn how,
  • Visit a periodontist as needed for periodontal cleanings and preventative dental care.

During a consultation, Dr. Clifford Melnick performs an oral examination to gain more insight into the necessary individualized treatments that may be required.  Dr. Melnick takes the time to explain every step of the processes so that patients feel comfortable during the entire time in the dentist’s chair.

Learn More about Gum Grafts

To learn more about your options with gum grafts, or to learn more about your own periodontal care, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Melnick.  Dr. Melnick and his dental team will answer all of your questions, and help you understand what is necessary for your individual needs in terms of gum grafting.

To find out more information about our periodontal treatments, contact our New York office today.  We will offer you expert guidance about your individual periodontal care.  Learn more about how you can keep your mouth healthy and beautiful for a lifetime—contact Dr. Melnick today.



Periodontal Care and Cleanings


Your Oral Health

How often do you take the time to think about your oral health?  How often do you think about the status of your gums and teeth?  How often do you consider the risks of periodontal disease?

While you might not always consider the implications of plaque and gingivitis on your overall health, Dr. Clifford Melnick, your New York periodontal expert, can give you the insight about your periodontal health.  Through this blog, the basics of periodontal health are addressed so that you have a clear understanding of the importance of regular periodontal maintenance.

Periodontics and Dr. Clifford Melnick

Dental cleanings are essential to maintaining periodontal health and can make a dramatic difference in the health of gums, tissue, and the overall health of the mouth. This treatment in-turn can decrease the patient’s risk of developing periodontitis, periodontal disease, and gum disease.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, periodontal cleanings are part of first step of treatment.

It takes approximately 3 months for bacterial colonies to reform and become destructive.  During a consultation, Dr. Clifford Melnick will evaluate if you should be on a 3, 4, or a 6-month interval for dental cleanings depending on your own periodontal health.  These periodontal cleanings reach below the gum line, resulting in a deep clean that can reduce the risk of pocket formation. For new patients, treatments are non-surgical to start, and then progress to surgical procedures if necessary.

Root planing removes calculus (tartar) on the tooth root where the germs gather the most.  Removing these spots can help remove the bacteria contributing to gum disease. Root scaling is the process of scraping tartar from above and below the gum line.  These processes remove tartar to keep gum disease at bay. In addition, antibiotics may be placed under the gum line for patients with early pocketing to reduce bacterial buildup underneath the gum line.

If the non-surgical procedures are not successful after a checkup a few weeks later, then Dr. Melnick will discuss possible surgical procedures that may be able to produce results.

There is virtually no pain with periodontal cleaning procedures, though Dr. Clifford Melnick might numb the area for enhanced comfort.  During a consultation, Dr. Melnick will review your periodontal health and advise you if periodontal treatments are necessary.  Our dental team’s main goal is to help you minimize your risk of tooth loss, and keep your smile as beautifully healthy as possible.

Learn More about Periodontal Care

If you are interested in learning more information about periodontal cleanings and dental care, please contact Dr. Clifford Melnick and his dental team today.  We will answer all of your questions about periodontal care and offer insight into which of our services might benefit you.

It is Dr. Melnick’s mission to help keep smiles beautiful and healthy for a lifetime.  To learn more about how you can improve the window to your overall health, contact the Melnick team today.  Periodontal care can make a dramatic difference in the health of your smile—learn more today.





Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum Disease and Periodontitis           

Oral health is not always considered the number one priority when it comes to overall well being.  However, the mouth, teeth, and gums all play an important role and require proper care to maintain both oral and general health.  In fact, it has been reported that poor oral health is connected to a host of other risk factors including cardiac, stroke, and diabetes risks.

Dr. Clifford Melnick helps patients take control of oral health to decrease the risk of illnesses that can affect overall health.  Through this blog, ways to prevent gum disease are discussed.  Keep reading to find out more about how you can improve your health and wellness with some periodontal tips from Dr. Clifford Melnick.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best ways to prevent gum disease are to start with the basics. By focusing on oral health, teeth and gums can stay at their healthiest in-turn decreasing the risk for other complications.  Some periodontal tips include:

  • Brush and floss your teeth everyday.  Floss once per day and brush at least twice per day. Take the time to learn how to floss properly for preventative treatment, so that pockets do not form.  Brushing your teeth reaches 80% of your mouth, however, the 20% of the areas that cannot be reached by brushing are the regions that face the most periodontal issues.  Flossing and regular periodontal care address the areas that face the most dental issues.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.  Avoid foods that are heavily processed and start cooking complete meals with a variety of seasonal produce.  Foods that are high in sugar content cause increased acid to be released in the mouth, which can lead to more decay.
  • Quit smoking.  Smoking increases the risk of developing periodontal disease, bone loss, and tooth loss.  Tobacco can negatively impact periodontal tissues and lead to gingival and/ or bone recession.  To learn ways to quit smoking, visit:
  • Visit Dr. Clifford Melnick regularly to ensure that your oral health is in check.  The dentist is the primary screening system for a host of oral diseases of which you might not be aware including tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.

While these basic oral tips are important, your individual periodontal care might need to be more extensive.  At Fifth Avenue Periodontics in Manhattan, we offer a wide variety of treatment options to help maintain or restore your oral health.  Some of our periodontal treatments include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Non-Surgical Chemotherapeutic Treatment
  • Surgical Treatment
  • Surgical and Non-Surgical Laser Treatment
  • Comprehensive Maintenance

More information about all of our treatments can be found at this link ( ).  During a consultation, Dr. Melnick will meet with you to help you understand all of your periodontal options.  You can prevent gum disease or restore your oral health with Dr. Clifford Melnick.

Learn More about Your Periodontal Health

To learn more about gum disease and your periodontal health, contact Dr. Clifford Melnick.  Dr. Melnick will help you to understand what you can do to keep your oral health at its best.

Your oral health is a window to your general health—shouldn’t you invest some time to take care of it?  To find out how you can ward off gum disease, or restore your oral and dental health, call our New York office today.