Fifth Ave Perio

Improving Smiles

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.


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ICAT Dental Technology

Dental Technology at Fifth Avenue Perio

Dental technology allows for Dr. Clifford Melnick to provide unparalleled treatments and services for each patient.  One piece of technology that we offer at our Manhattan dental office is iCAT Cone Beam CT Scans.  This technology allows for Dr. Clifford Melnick to obtain 3D images of:

  • Teeth
  • Jaws
  • Sinuses
  • Facial bones
  • Facial structures

As a result of this technology, Dr. Clifford Melnick can achieve more accurate diagnoses for patients.   There are also multiple benefits for patients, including:

  • Decreased exposure when compared to digital dental images, standard x-rays, and a typical medical CT scan.
  • Enhanced diagnostic readings
  • More information can be accessed easily for more comprehensive and individualized treatment plans.

With iCAT technology, Dr. Clifford Melnick is able to provide patients with better diagnoses and subsequently, better overall treatment.  To learn more about what iCAT technology can do for you, please contact our Manhattan office today.

Learn More about Dr. Clifford Melnick and Dental Technology 

At Fifth Avenue Perio, we are committed to offering our patients the latest procedures and techniques that decrease recovery time and pain.  With ICAT dental technology, Dr. Clifford Melnick is able use 3D imaging for the most comprehensive views of teeth and oral structures.

To learn more about our technology, procedures, and services available at our Manhattan office, please contact Dr. Clifford Melnick today at 212-355-1266.  With ICAT technology, we have access to extensive imaging that can better serve your oral health—find out more today.


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Dental Pain Management

At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, Dr. Clifford Melnick and his team are committed to patient comfort and a pain-free experience.  We understand that many of our patients may be fearful of certain procedures and treatments because of previous experiences, however, we take every effort to minimize pain while at our Manhattan office.

We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure that pain is managed during dental procedures.  Some of this technology includes:

  • Oraqix- Oraqix is a topic anesthetic agent that Dr. Clifford Melnick uses for pain control in a variety of periodontal treatments.  Oraqix combines lidocaine and prilocaine with a thermosetting system for pain relief in needed locations.  No needle is required with the Oraqix process, and allows for a patient to feel completely comfortable and pain-free during an entire dental treatment.
  • Dentalvibe- with many dental procedures, a numbing injection may be necessary.  However, the injection can be extremely painful for a patient.  With Dentalvibe, a vibrating comfort tip is placed at the injection site.  After a few seconds of a “pleasant tickling sensation,” Dr. Clifford Melnick will be able to administer the injection with no pain.  It is reported that most patients do not feel the injection at all, and can be comfortably numb during treatment.

The addition of Oraqix and Dentalvibe to regular dental and periodontal care allows for patients to remain comfortable throughout a visit to the dentist. Dr. Clifford Melnick always stays up-to-date with the latest technology and dental techniques to decrease patient recovery time and pain levels. To experience the Fifth Avenue Perio difference for yourself, please contact our Manhattan dental office today.

Learn More about Dental Pain Management

To learn more about ways that you can decrease your dental pain while at the dentist’s office, please contact Dr. Clifford Melnick at Fifth Avenue Periodontics.  We will answer all of your questions related to dental pain and how the pain can be managed through our treatments and services.  We will then schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Clifford Melnick so that your dental history can be reviewed and all of your pain management options can be discussed in full detail.

You do not have to worry about pain while at the dentist any longer.  Find out more about how Dr. Clifford Melnick can decrease your dental pain today by contacting our Manhattan dental office at 212-355-1266.


Receding Gums

Gum Recession and Your Oral Health

Gum recession is the process where the margin of the gum tissue that embeds a tooth starts to wear away.  When this occurs, more of a tooth or a tooth root can be exposed.  Gum recession is one of the first signs of gum disease.  The gaps that form between the teeth and gum line allow for disease-causing bacteria to begin building. If gum recession is left untreated, supporting tissues and bone structures of the teeth can become damaged.  In-turn, tooth loss may occur as a result of the damaged structures.

Many individuals do not know that they are experiencing gum recession, as it is a gradual process.  Regular visits with Dr. Clifford Melnick can ensure that gum recession is monitored and addressed. In addition, preventative care can be initiated to help maintain gum health.

At our Manhattan office, we offer a wide array of services aimed to keep your gums healthy, and to address any gum issues that may have developed.  These services include:

  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning under the gum line to remove embedded calculus or tartar and toxins on the root surface).  This is generally done with local anesthesia to numb the area.
  • Non-surgical chemotherapeutic treatment.  ( Use of antibiotics under the gum line to treat localized gum pockets)
  • Surgical gum disease treatment
  • Comprehensive gum care maintenance
  • Surgical and non-surgical CO2 laser treatments

During a visit with Dr. Clifford Melnick, all of your gum treatment options will be discussed with you in depth.  If left untreated, gum recession can lead to major oral health issues, including periodontal diseases.  Dr. Clifford Melnick works with you to create a periodontal plan that keeps your gums healthy, and away from future problems that can impact your oral and overall health.

Dr. Clifford Melnick and Periodontal Care

To find out more information about Dr. Clifford Melnick and periodontal care, please contact our Manhattan office.  We will answer all of your questions about our procedures and services, and schedule you for an appointment for Dr. Clifford Melnick.

During your first exam, Dr. Clifford Melnick will perform a complete assessment of your oral health, and discuss any treatments or services that might benefit you.  At our Manhattan dental office, your health is of the utmost importance to us.  To learn more about how you can keep oral health at its best, please contact us today at 212-355-1266.  Your oral health is important—take the steps to protect it today with periodontal care and Dr. Clifford Melnick.



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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.


Gum Recontouring and You

Gum Recontouring and Your Smile

For many individuals, their gum line has never enhanced their smiles.  Some many have overly gummy smiles, while others may find that black lines are visible from dental crowns.  Whatever your reason for not liking your gum line, Dr. Melnick is here at Fifth Avenue Periodontics to help.

Dr. Clifford Melnick’s expertise in gum recontouring allows for him to reshape the gum line with dental lasers.  The procedure can yield dramatic results for many of our patients, and can help to transform a wide variety of gum line issues.  To learn more about gum recontouring, keep reading Dr. Clifford Melnick’s blog.

Dr. Clifford Melnick and Gum Recontouring

At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, gum recontouring is used for a variety of procedures to help patients achieve their desired results.  Dr. Clifford Melnick uses the latest state-of-the-art dental technology and lasers to transform the gum line.  Gum recontouring is most commonly used to:

  • Cover any black lines due to exposed crown margins.
  • Retreat the gums found with gummy smiles.
  • Add gum with connective tissue grafting.  In this procedure, the gum is moved from a palate donor site to an area that is lacking gum tissue.
  • Aid with lateral pedicle grafts.  Through this gum recontouring procedure, the gum is moved from an adjacent tooth to add gum tissue over an exposed tooth root.

All of these procedures can provide our patients with the smile lines that are highly desirable.  During a consultation, Dr. Clifford Melnick will learn more about your individual concerns with your smile, and perform a detail evaluation.  Through this analysis, Dr. Melnick will be able to determine if you could benefit from gum recontouring, and what results you can expect from the procedure.

Learn More about Gum Recontouring

If you would like to learn more information about gum recontouring and other smile line aesthetic features, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifford Melnick.  Dr. Melnick and his dental team will answer all of your questions about our gum recontouring services and help you understand if alterations to your smile line could make a difference for you.

We are passionate about offering unparalleled care and services to all of our dental patients.  To learn more about the Fifth Avenue Periodontics difference, please contact our New York dental office today.


Dental Technology

Cone Beam Scanner Technology

We have all had those dental experiences that we wish could be forgotten.  Just thinking about those dental office experiences where nothing seems up to date, the tools are archaic, and you keep thinking to yourself, “There has to be an easier way to have this dental procedure done.”

Dr. Clifford Melnick understands the need and the importance of dental technology.  This is why he is committed to offering his patients unparalleled dental services with state-of-the-art procedures and techniques.  Through this blog, you will learn about one of the newest additions used with Dr. Melnick’s practice, the Conebeam Scanner.  Find out more about what this technology can do for you and your needs!

What Is the Conebeam Scanner?

The Conebeam Scanner is used as an imaging device before dental implant treatments.  It allows for Dr. Clifford Melnick to:

  • View structures and any features of abnormal anatomy
  • Minimize risk by delivering more predictable outcomes
  • Allow for Dr. Melnick to plan accurately and effectively to reduce invasiveness of surgery and recovery time
  • Gives Dr. Clifford Melnick a 3-D view of a patient’s jawbone and other structures to ensure proper implant placement

Dr. Clifford Melnick considers the Conebeam Scanner to be an invaluable tool in implant planning.  The 3-D cone beam images yield complete images that provide more details than X-rays, and use less radiation that ordinary CT scan machines.   The Conebeam uses spatial resolution to capture hard bones in the images, with quicker scan times than traditional scans.

This dental technology allows Dr. Clifford Melnick to evaluate the jaw before dental implants, and make personalized modifications to a patient’s individual needs.  With more detailed and accurate planning before surgery, Dr. Clifford Melnick can take additional details into account to minimize recovery time post-surgery.  To learn more about this wave of dental technology, please contact Fifth Avenue Periodontics in New York today.

Learn More about Dr. Clifford Melnick’s Dental Technology

To find out more information about Dr. Melnick’s dental technology, do not hesitate to contact our team.  We are here to answer all of your questions about our procedures and services and can schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Clifford Melnick.

Dr. Clifford Melnick is passionate about offering outstanding services and patient care to ensure that you are always receiving quality treatments.  Our dental technology allows for Dr. Melnick to provide even better dental care with less recovery time and less pain.  Learn more about our dental technology and practice today.



A Healthier Smile Starts Today


Gum Disease and You

You know the importance of brushing your teeth and flossing on a daily basis.  But did you know that your gum and oral health have been found to link to heart conditions, strokes, and diabetes?

Dr. Clifford Melnick knows the importance of good oral health, and provides patients with a wide variety of services to ensure that oral health is maintained or treated.  Through this blog, patients will learn about our services at Fifth Avenue Periodontics and find out why it may be necessary to consider periodontic treatments for better overall health.

Dr. Clifford Melnick’s Periodontal Services

At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, Dr. Clifford Melnick and his team are dedicated to exceptional oral care.    We offer gum disease treatments for individuals who are suffering from gum disease, and those who wish for their gums to remain healthy.  Some of our most popular treatment options include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing- this procedure involves the removal of tartar from the necks of teeth and below the gum line to aid in the treatment of gum disease.
  • Chemotherapeutic Treatment- this method is non-surgical and involves the placement of an antibiotic, Arestin, below the gum line.  The Arestin microspheres remain in the gum pocket for up to 21 days and kills the bacteria associated with gum disease.
  • Periodontal Maintenance- once the gums are healthy, we offer professional and home care to keep your gums healthy.
  • Surgery- if surgery is the best option for you, then Dr. Clifford Melnick will consult with you to discuss bone grafting and guided tissue regeneration.  Surgical methods can restore bone that is lost with periodontal disease.

Dr. Clifford Melnick and his team are constantly reviewing the latest treatment methods and techniques to ensure that patients always receive the best care.  Our periodontal services provide our patients with the comprehensive care.

Learn More about Gum Disease Treatment

If you would like to learn more information about our gum disease treatments at Fifth Avenue Periodontics, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifford Melnick and his dental team.  We make certain that your oral health is a priority and that you have a beautiful and healthy smile for a lifetime.

With Fifth Avenue Periodontics’ gum disease treatments, you can restore your smile to a healthy state, or maintain your oral health for a lifetime.  Your mouth is the window to the rest of your health—learn how Dr. Clifford Melnick can help keep it healthy.  Contact Fifth Avenue Periodontics today.



Crown Lengthening

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a procedure that lengthens the clinical crown of the tooth so that a tooth can be sealed and bacteria cannot enter when the general dentist makes the crown(cap).  Patients who suffer from a tooth that has broken or decayed below the gum line can have their teeth saved from extraction and additional damage.   In addition, when a tooth is broken down from a fracture, crown lengthening can create more length to make space for reconstruction.

Through this blog, Dr. Clifford Melnick will address what a crown lengthening procedure requires.  Patients will be able to understand the purpose of crown lengthening procedures, and learn more about the crown lengthening procedure process.

All about Crown Lengthening

Patients can require a crown lengthening procedure to remove gum tissue and bone surround the teeth to expose a healthier tooth below.  Excess gum tissue is removed and small incisions are made so that the surrounding bone can also be reduced.  Patients who undergo a crown lengthening procedure that is assisted with soft-tissue lasers can expect to experience less healing time and little pain during the recovery process.

Procedures for crown lengthening that utilize CO2 dental lasers are safe and effective for all patients, including those with health restrictions including: pregnancy, pacemakers, and organ transplants.  The Deka Ultraspeed CO2 Dental Laser yields reduced recovery times and a decrease in the need for sutures and extensive aesthetics.  Some local anesthetics may be used during the time of the procedure to ensure that a patient is comfortable throughout the entire dental surgery.

Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure, and can be completed require little recovery time with an expert such as Dr. Clifford Melnick.  Within weeks, the gum line can heal properly to allow for other restorative dentistry procedures to take place.  After the procedure is completed, a more decay-free tooth surface is accessible, which allows for a dental crown or filling to be placed without the risk of irritation or infection.

With Dr. Melnick, patients can relax knowing that they are with a dentist who cares about comfort, quality care, and satisfaction. Learn more about why you should consider Dr. Melnick for all of your periodontal  procedure needs by contacting our New York office today.

Learn More about Our Oral Procedures

If you would like to learn more about crown lengthening and our other dental procedures, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Clifford Melnick and his dental team.  We are here to answer all of your questions about the crown lengthening procedure so that you can feel comfortable with the process from the beginning to the end.

To find out more information about Dr. Clifford Melnick, dentistry, or periodontics, please contact our New York office.  We believe that our patients should feel comfortable and confident with their smiles—learn how we can make these goals a reality for you.



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.