In addition to gum disease treatment, and gum recontouring surgery, we also offer oral surgery services at our Midtown Manhattan practice, including the placement of dental implants. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, which is surgically placed into the jawbone where it takes the place of the original tooth’s root. An artificial tooth is placed on the implant post for a result that looks and feels natural.
The oral surgery procedure to place the implant is performed under local anesthetic. Dr. Melnick begins by making a small incision in the gum to expose the jawbone where the implant will be placed, and uses a special drill to prepare the site for the post. He then places the post into the bone and closes the incision with stitches.
Some patients who don’t have enough healthy jawbone to support an implant may need an additional oral surgery procedure performed before placement of the posts. This procedure, called bone grafting, builds up the bone at the implant site. Bone grafting is performed by Dr. Melnick at his office. This involves use of replacement bone material in the future implant site. In addition to bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration or GTR is very often performed. A collagen membrane is placed over the bone-grafted site to help contain the bone material from leaving the defect and to act as a barrier to the soft tissue. When a site is prepared for implant placement, it is necessary to build new bone so the implant can be anchored. If soft tissue forms, then implant placement is not possible. The GTR procedure helps in maximizing the amount of bone fill that we can acheive with bone grafting.
Occlusal Equilibration – Bite Adjustment
When your bite is unbalanced, the excessive force it creates can lead to the breakdown of the teeth and supporting structures, as well as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disease. We offer occlusal equilibration, or bite adjustment, to help reduce or eliminate the damage caused by an unbalanced bite.
Schedule an Appointment at Our Periodontics and Implant Dentistry Practice
At our practice, conveniently located across from Central Park, we offer gum disease treatment, gum recontouring, oral surgery, and more for patients throughout Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding Metropolitan area. Contact Fifth Avenue Periodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Melnick today.
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