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Experts in Treating Periodontal Disease in New York City

Dr. Cliff Melnick is a top rated Periodontist in NYC. Dr. Melnick is an expert at treating periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease (also referred to as gum disease or periodontal infection) is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth, which can lead to severe health issues. If untreated, the bacterial infection can cause inflammation under the gums, which can destroy the bone around your teeth permanently. This will result in tooth loss. Approximately 75% of all adult tooth loss is due to periodontal infection. Famous actress Demi Moore just spoke about losing both her two front teeth due to stress and periodontal disease on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Medical Consequences of Periodontal Disease NYC

Equally importantly, medical research has associated periodontal disease with several serious medical conditions; including heart disease, diabetes and stroke. As ongoing research continues to define how periodontal disease is associated with these and other health problems, oral health maintenance is essential. Dr. Cliff Melnick is speaking with his patients in New York City about the importance of maintaining consistent periodontal health.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy – LANAP New York City

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™) is a new therapy provided by Dr. Cliff Melnick for his periodontal patients in New York City. LANAP allows for the effective treatment of periodontal disease with little removal of tissue. Dr. Melnick is the leading Periodontist in New York City both because of his expertise and periodontal technology.

Periodontist Dr. Cliff Melnick prefers LANAP™ vs. traditional gum surgery because LANAP is a gentle, non-invasive approach to treating gum disease in NYC without cutting, suturing or removing gum tissue. Using the LANAP periodontal laser, Dr. Cliff Melnick is able to kill up to 99% of the disease causing bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Unlike an antibiotic approach to treating gum disease, the bacteria have no defense against the LANAP laser and are destroyed upon application.

In addition to the aforementioned benefits of LANAP, the precision of the laser allows Periodontist Dr. Melnick to remove significantly less gum tissue. This allows for a faster recovery and minimal loss of gum structure after the LANAP procedure.

Arestin Antibiotic Treatment for Gum Disease NYC

Another very effective treatment for periodontal disease provided by Dr. Cliff Melnick in New York City is an antibiotic called Arestin. Arestin is applied directly to the periodontal pocket by Dr. Melnick and starts to kill the harmful bacteria immediately upon application. Arestin continues to work for days after your periodontal appointment at our New York City clinic. Arestin may be recommended by itself or in conjunction with other procedures such as scaling and root planing.