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.