Periodontics in NYC
Smiles on the Upper Westside provides periodontic services in NYC. Call 212-222-5225 to schedule your first appointment.
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the structures that support the teeth. If the gums, jawbone, or soft tissue become infected or damaged, periodontal procedures can help. In addition, periodontics can fix certain cosmetic problems with your smile, and can prepare your mouth to receive dental implants.
Laser Periodontal Surgery
While brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease, regular professional cleanings are also required. When these cleanings are skipped, it is common for gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, to occur. This is the first stage of gum disease. Scaling and root planing, a form of deeper professional cleaning, can clean out the pockets that develop between the teeth and gums, allowing gingivitis to heal.
As gum disease progresses to periodontitis, however, deeper pockets develop. At this point, surgical intervention is required. Laser periodontal surgery allows us to avoid traditional surgery and sutures, removing the bacteria and diseased tissue and sealing the pockets with minimal trauma. It is far less uncomfortable than traditional gum surgery, and healing time is significantly reduced.
If gum disease causes the gums to recede enough that the tooth roots are exposed, gum grafting can help. We will remove tissue from the roof of the mouth or the nearby gums and attach it to the area that needs repair.
When a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone begins to resorb into the body. This natural process can eventually create a sunken, hollow look. It can also make it difficult to place dental implants. Bone grafting can reverse bone loss, allowing proper support for dental implants and filling out the face to promote a younger appearance. Bone can be harvested from elsewhere in the body, or a synthetic material may be used.
Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure used to minimize a gummy smile. We will remove gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of the tooth, balancing the appearance of your smile.
If a tooth extraction leaves behind a weakened spot, we can place regenerative bone grafting material in the socket. This encourages your body to regenerate the bone that was previously supporting the tooth.
Ridge preservation is designed to encourage your body to maintain a strong dental ridge after extractions or when bone is lost from around the existing teeth. We will fold back the gum tissue and remove all bacteria, and then use a bone graft, a special membrane, or a tissue-stimulating protein to enhance the ridge.
Call 212-222-5225 to schedule your first appointment.