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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.

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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: http://www.smokefree.gov/
  • 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 (http://www.fifthaveperio.com/dental-services/gum-disease/ ).  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.

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Considering Gummy Smile Surgery

Transforming a Gummy Smile

You have never felt overly confident about your smile.  Every time you look into a mirror, one thing always strikes you—too much of a gummy smile.  Your teeth appear like they are much smaller than the average size and your gums seem to engulf them.

Dr. Clifford Melnick of Fifth Avenue Periodontics can help transform your smile with gum recontouring.  Gum recontouring is a minor procedure that can lead to significant changes in the amount of gingiva or gums that appears.  If a patient has a gummy smile or a gum line that appears uneven, then gum recontouring might be a procedure to consider.  Through this blog, gum recontouring will be discussed in detail so you can start to consider whether you are good candidate for this cosmetic dental procedure.
 
What Is Gum Recontouring?

Gum recontouring is a minor surgical process that can make a major difference in smile aesthetics.  This procedure is typically recommended for patients who experience the following:

  • Patients with uneven gum contours, which make the teeth, look misshapen or even misaligned when they are in excellent condition.
  • Individuals who have an overly gummy smile, which may make the teeth appear to be shorter or smaller than they really are in reality.  Excessive gingiva can cover the teeth and negatively impact the smile’s profile.

Gum-Recontouring

The gum recontouring procedure usually only takes about one hour, and is performed in-office.  An anesthetic is administered to numb the area before any contouring takes place.  Dr. Melnick reshapes the gum line by removing excess gum tissue with laser technology.  The advancement in dental technology makes procedures like gum recontouring practical and relatively painless. Diode lasers are unique in that they cauterize while they cut, resulting in less bleeding, chance of infection and reduced healing time.

The surgery is with minimal risk, and most patients only experience minor gum soreness after the procedure is complete.  For the first week its is recommended to stay away from foods that may irritate the gums including spicy foods and foods containing high levels of citric acid such as orange juice. If pain persists Dr. Melnick recommends an over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to help reduce the pain. A patient will be able to see results as soon as the procedure is finished, and a gummy smile or a misshapen gum line will no longer frame the smile.

For patients who are discontented with their smiles, gum recontouring might be the right procedure to consider.  During a consultation, Dr. Melnick will explain what to expect from the procedure.
 
Learn More about Dr. Clifford Melnick
If you would like to learn more information about Dr. Clifford Melnick and gum recontouring surgery, do not hesitate to contact our New York dental office.  We are here to answer all of your questions about periodontal care and laser dentistry, as well as our other dental procedures.

For many patients, smile recontouring surgery can help transform a smile in less than an hour.  To learn more about how you can reveal your most beautiful smile, contact Dr. Clifford Melnick today.

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Guided Tissue Regeneration Treatment for Gum Disease

It is important to practice good oral hygiene and use preventative dentistry to keep your smile healthy. Unfortunately, even if you floss and brush regularly and have routine cleanings at the dentist, tooth decay can occur. In fact, research shows that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. It is important to treat gum disease as it can lead to further problems in your mouth and throughout your body. Dr. Clifford S. Melnick, a leader in New York cosmetic dentistry, offers guided tissue regeneration treatment as one option to treat gum disease.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused primarily by plaque build-up, although other factors such as illness, smoking and genetics can also contribute to gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque build-up causes the gums to be inflamed and tender. This condition is known as gingivitis and if this is left untreated, it can lead to gum disease, or periodontal disease. In patients suffering from gum disease, the inner layer of gum and bone pull away from the teeth and small pockets are formed. These pockets can collect food particles and become infected. Although symptoms may not always be present, the following may be signs that you are suffering from gum disease:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed during or after brushing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If you think you may be suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, it is important to see a dentist. Gum disease can lead to other health problems throughout the body. Poor oral health has been linked to other health problems such as stroke and heart disease.

Guided Tissue Regeneration Treatment

Guided tissue regeneration treatment is a surgical option for treating gum disease. Guided tissue regeneration treatment is usually performed alongside flap surgery. During flap surgery, the gums are lifted away from the tooth and plaque is removed from the area. Once the tarter has been removed, guided tissue regeneration treatment can be used to stimulate the regeneration of bone and tissue that may have been damaged due to gum disease. During this procedure a mesh-like fabric is placed between the bone and gum tissue. This piece of fabric keeps gum tissue from growing into the bone area and allows the bone and connective tissue to regenerate.

Laser Dentistry

Dr. Melnick can also offer his patients in New York laser dentistry to treat gum disease precisely and more comfortably. Laser dentistry applies the energy of a laser to either remove damaged tissue or clean out bacteria trapped in deep pockets. The laser is so precise that it can remove diseased parts of the gums without causing any damage to surrounding areas of the mouth.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Melnick and his talented team at Fifth Avenue Periodontics are ready to help you treat your oral health problems. Dr. Melnick knows that gum disease does not just affect the aesthetics of your smile, but can also lead to health problems throughout the body. Dr. Melnick can discuss your options for treating gum disease or other oral health problems and start you on the road to a healthy and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment today.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Candidates

A smile that’s healthy often looks great as well–it’s free from tooth decay, stains, and misalignment. Of course, not everyone is born with a perfect smile, which is why it’s so important to visit our New York City cosmetic dentistry practice. Using the latest dental care technology and techniques, we can enhance your dental health and help you have the smile that you’ve always dreamed of. To do this, we’ll perform a full mouth reconstruction. We’d like to take a moment right now to explain what a full mouth reconstruction is and what it involves.

About Full Mouth Reconstruction Treatment

Full mouth reconstructions are combinations of dental treatments designed to fix dental problems and enhance the beauty of the smile. Each treatment is tailored to the needs of the patient, though we always address the most pressing dental health matters first before addressing issues of aesthetics. When you come to our dental care center in Manhattan, we can go over all matters related to treatment in greater detail.

Ideal Candidates for This Kind of Dental Treatment

Since full mouth reconstructions are essentially dental rehabilitations, all people are potentially good candidates for a full mouth reconstruction. If a patient is experiencing multiple dental problems, this treatment will be especially helpful. Let’s look at some dental problems that full mouth reconstructions can address.

Tooth Decay and Tooth Damage

Whether it’s minor cavities or substantial tooth decay, we will be able to rebuild tooth structure and enhance the integrity of a patient’s bite. We will use laser dentistry to prepare teeth for dental restorations. Dental fillings are ideal for minor tooth decay, inlays and onlays are good for more substantial issues with tooth decay, and dental crowns are best for major tooth damage.

Missing Teeth and Tooth Loss

Missing teeth can make it hard to chew, speak, or even smile without feeling self-conscious. Getting dental bridges or dentures placed will go a long way to restoring full function and appearance of your mouth. The best hold of these dental appliances is provided by New York City dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the gums and jawbone.

Gum Disease and Gum Recession

Gum disease is no laughing matter, especially as it can lead to tooth loss and more serious health issues if not treated. We offer various treatments for gum disease, first addressing the infection of the gums and then to rebuilding and restoring the overall appearance of your smile.

Crooked and Misaligned Teeth

Crooked teeth are not just unsightly. They can also cause major dental health issues, such as teeth grinding. It’s important that we assess a patient’s eligibility for orthodontic care, which improves tooth alignment and helps patients look their absolute best in the process.

Issues With the Jaw Joint

Tooth grinding, injuries, and other factors can result in pain of the jaw joint. Similarly, popping, locking, and crunching can occur, which is better known as a TMJ disorder. There are numerous treatment options to consider for TMJ disorders and other issues related to the jaw joint, and we will work hard to identify the root cause of the problem and address that issue.

Schedule a Consultation for a Mouth Reconstruction

If you would like to learn more about full mouth reconstruction, restorative dentistry, and enhancing your dental health, be sure to contact our New York City periodontics and implant dentistry center today. The entire team at our practice is eager to meet you in person and go over all of your options for achieving a healthy, attractive smile.

Advantages of Laser Dentistry

It wasn’t that long ago that laser technology seemed to be primarily the province of science fiction films and futuristic devices beyond the reach of the average person. Nowadays, however, lasers are virtually everywhere, influencing nearly every aspect of our lives. From grocery store checkout counters to airport security checkpoints, lasers cannot be avoided.

Thankfully, advanced laser technology has also revolutionized dentistry, making a wide range of procedures more efficient and effective than ever before. At Fifth Avenue Periodontics, the practice of Clifford S. Melnick, DMD, in New York, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and implant dentistry can all be performed to the highest standard possible thanks in part to safe, advanced dental lasers.

The CO2 Laser

At our Manhattan laser dentistry practice, we use a highly precise carbon dioxide laser in a variety of soft tissue procedures. This laser uses carbon dioxide gas to safely and accurately target soft tissues without penetrating too deeply, thereby ensuring that surrounding healthy tissues are not affected by treatment. The DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 laser vaporizes diseased tissue and bacteria, sterilizing the area as treatment progresses.

Advantages of Laser Treatment

The dental laser can perform soft tissue procedures with far greater precision than analog dental tools, such as drills and chisels. In particular, periodontal (gum) treatments can be performed with much less bleeding and swelling, sometimes without the need for anesthetics or sutures. There is less risk of post-procedural infection with laser dentistry at our New York practice, and healing times are often dramatically shorter. Our New York laser dentistry professionals have a greater measure of control during procedures, while our patients experience far greater comfort.

Our dental laser can be used on most patients, including those who are pregnant and those who suffer from diabetes. Only patients on oxygen are generally precluded as candidates for laser dentistry.

Laser Dentistry Procedures

Lasers are used in both cosmetic and restorative dental procedures at Fifth Avenue Periodontics. Dr. Melnick uses lasers to perform cosmetic gum surgery, in which he masterfully reshapes periodontal tissues to improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles. Using only a laser, he can lend proportion and aesthetic balance to smiles in which the surfaces of teeth are obscured by excess gum tissue.

Dr. Melnick also uses lasers as part of dental implant procedures, uncovering the dental implant posts after they have healed into place so that custom-crafted crowns, bridges, or dentures can be attached. The CO2 laser is also used in flap surgery, treatment of canker sores and herpes, and even the removal of benign periodontal tumors.

These are just a few of the procedures in which the CO2 laser can be employed. Truly, our dental laser is one of the most versatile and advanced tools ever to be integrated into our state-of-the-art office.

Learn More about Laser Dentistry

We invite you to find out how you, too, could benefit from laser dentistry at our New York practice, serving Manhattan and surrounding communities. Please contact Fifth Avenue Periodontics today to schedule your consultation with experienced laser dentist Clifford S. Melnick, DMD.

Single Dental Implant vs 3-Unit Bridge…Pros and Cons

Before the advent and the long-term success rate of implantology, standard dental treatment planning for a missing tooth would be a 3-unit bridge.  A unit describes a tooth, so a 3-unit bridge denotes a 3 tooth bridge.  The process involves the drilling of the external circumference of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth space and then the cementation of a porcelain fused to metal or PFM bridge.  The underside of this bridge is hollow where the teeth insert and the middle missing tooth site is solid . This is called a pontic and the hollowed sites where the teeth insert are called abutments.The bridge is then cemented into place.  For the success of a 3 unit bridge, the abutment or supporting teeth need to be healthy with good bone surrounding them. Remember, only 2 teeth are supporting a 3 tooth restoration.  If the supporting teeth are periodontally involved (loss of bone due to gum disease), they will not readily support the bridge.  Many times, the decisions we make in terms of implants vs bridge are due to the quality of the surrounding bone at the site.  An implant is a stand-alone restoration that does not require outside support.  It is self supporting.

Many patients do not want a good tooth cut down and feel that a more conservative approach is to place an implant in the missing site.  There are many benefits to this line of thinking:  When a tooth is cut down with dental drills,it can create trauma to the nerve of the tooth.  This may result in the need for root canal treatment either immediately or many years later.  This is not always the case, but even in the best of hands and with every effort to reduce trauma to the tooth utilizing cool water sprays to reduce heat transmission to the nerve of the tooth, tooth preparation may lead to tooth sensitivity or root canal therapy.  In addition, there may be recurrent caries (tooth decay under or around the abutment teeth) following crown fabrication.  In other words, bacteria may seep in around the margins of the crown and undermine or weaken the tooth structure.

A dental implant is composed of pure surgical grade Titanium.  It is a similar material utilized in hip and knee replacements.  The titanium forms both a physical and biologic bond to the surrounding bone.  This bond is extremely powerful and much stronger than the connection between natural teeth and bone; because the implant is made of metal, it will never decay and it will never need a root canal!

The time constraints may influence a patient in making the decision of implant vs bridge.  A bridge is done in a relatively short period of time.  First the teeth are prepared and then a temporary acrylic (plastic) restoration is placed. An impression is taken and the bridge is returned from the laboratory approximately 2-3 weeks later.  It is then cemented in place.  An implant takes much longer:  After surgical placement in the bone, it takes 3-6 months for osseointegration (bone to implant fusion), then an abutment is screwed into the implant and the general dentist takes impressions for the crown or cap cementation to the implant.  In certain instances, immediate implants can be placed which shortens the treatment time, but in general, implant dentistry requires a longer treatment time.

I hope this helps clarify some decision making points in the implant vs 3 unit bridge  treatment plan.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact Dr. Melnick at 212 355-1266.  We are conveniently located in midtown NYC at 800A Fifth Avenue (at 61st Street)

Crown Lengthening Treatment

When you’re suffering from a tooth that has broken or decayed below the gum line, a crown lengthening treatment can allow your dentist to repair the damage and save the tooth from extraction. Crown lengthening surgically eliminates excess gum tissue from around one or more teeth, and can also perfect the appearance of your smile by reducing and sculpting the gums. At our New York cosmetic dentistry center, Dr. Clifford S. Melnick combines specialized experience in periodontics and oral surgery with attention to aesthetic detail to achieve superior results.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure that removes the gum tissue and bone surrounding a tooth to expose more of the healthy tooth beneath, providing aesthetic benefits and allowing the tooth to be repaired. After a crown lengthening, more decay-free tooth surface will be accessible, and a dental crown or filling can successfully be placed without the risk of infection or irritation. Crown lengthening is ideal when patients have extra gum visible in their smiles, and can quickly contour the gum tissue. Patients may require crown lengthening if a tooth has broken near or below the gum line, or if a dental crown or filling requires repair and decay has formed below the gum line. Crown lengthening treatment also helps patients to retain teeth that might have otherwise required extraction, and is often used after a root canal so that enough healthy tooth surface is available above the gum line for a dental restoration.

About the Crown Lengthening Treatment Process

When you visit Dr. Melnick at Fifth Avenue Periodontics for crown lengthening, you’ll be pleased by the technologically advanced treatment options we offer. Whether patients want to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile or restore a damaged tooth, our state-of-the-art laser dentistry treatments are an advanced way to enhance the appearance and function of your mouth. We have successfully enhanced the smiles and oral health of our New York laser dentistry patients using the DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 Dental Laser. Laser dentistry offers many advantages, including minimized post-operative discomfort and a reduced need for anesthetics and sutures. Treatments utilizing the CO2 dental laser are incredibly safe, and can be used for patients with common health restrictions such as pregnancy, organ transplants, and pacemakers.

During your crown lengthening procedure, local anesthetics will be used to ensure your comfort. Dr. Melnick carefully removes any excess gum tissue and small incisions are made so that surrounding bone may also be reduced. If necessary, sutures may be placed to assist in the healing process. Patients who undergo crown lengthening procedures assisted with our soft-tissue lasers will have a shorter healing process and experience little to no pain during recovery. Traditional crown lengthening treatments require a few weeks to fully heal, and pain medication will be prescribed for your comfort.

Contact Fifth Ave. Periodontics Today

If you’d like to beautify your smile or eliminate tooth pain, our crown lengthening treatments are just one of the many procedures offered by Dr. Melnick.For more information on the cosmetic and restorative dental treatments we offer, please contact our New York dental surgery center.

Guided Tissue Regeneration – What does it mean?

Periodontal Bone Loss- What causes it?

Guided tissue regeneration or GTR is a surgical procedure which is routinely performed in our office.  Periodontal disease is associated with chronic inflammation and bacterial infiltration under the gum line.  When left untreated, the bacteria destroy the surrounding tissues and cause inflammation and bleeding.  This is gingivitis.  When left untreated, the gingivitis may progress to periodontitis which means that the bone is also involved and lost.  This is due to the destruction by the bacteria themselves and the body in trying to fight the invading bacteria will destroy its own tissues.  The net effect of this war zone going on below the gumline is bone loss around the teeth.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

In areas of the mouth where the bone loss is more vertical in nature (imagine a “V”) whereby bone granules can be contained, we routinely pack the area with bone grafting…in our office we utilize bovine (cow) bone.  It is extremely safe and has been successfully used on thousands of patients. 

In a surgical site, there is always a race between the gum cells and the bone cells to fill a void.  The gum cells always win the race because they migrate much faster than the bone cells ( 1mm/day).  Guided tissue regeneration is a way to exclude the gum cells thereby allowing the bone cells to have a chance to migrate into the site and take root…no pun intended!   So, what we do during surgery is pack the bone graft into the bone defect after thoroughly cleaning it out and then we drape the site with a specialized collagen membrane which prevents the downgrowth of the gum cells (epithelium).  Then we suture the gum closed and the body does the rest.   The collagen GTR membrane bio-resorbs or disintegrates in approximately 6 weeks after the procedure so there is no need to go back in to remove it as was needed in first generation membranes years ago.

Approximately 6 months after guided tissue regeneration is performed, x-ray evidence of new bone is often seen on radiographs and the gum pockets shrink dramatically to levels that are maintainable by the patient. 

At Fifth Avenue Periodontics located in midtown manhattan,  we routinely perform the GTR procedure for our patients.  Please call us for an appointment at (212) 355-1266.

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.