The soft tissues (gums) and jawbones are the foundation for your teeth. They hold your teeth in place and healthy gums enhance the appearance of your smile, like a frame around a beautiful painting.
When your gums become unhealthy, they can recede or become swollen and red. If periodontal disease is left untreated, the supporting bone may be destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. These changes not only ruin your smile; they also affect your ability to chew and speak.
Our board-certified periodontist in Huntington offers these services to restore your smile:
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The first stage is gingivitis. READ MORE
Dental Implant Placement
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the right solution for you. A dental implant mimics the roots of a tooth, preserving the jawbone and keeping the surrounding teeth from sliding out of position. It can be topped by a natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture. READ MORE
All-on-4® Implant-Supported Denture or Bridge
The All-on-4® implant procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their quality of life. The technique uses four dental implants to securely attach a full set of teeth to the top or bottom of the mouth. This eliminates the slipping and shifting that can happen with traditional dentures that are not secured in place by dental implants. READ MORE
Bone grafting, which is also called ridge augmentation, rebuilds the alveolar ridge of the jaw, which is the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. You need that ridge to be a certain density to support dental implants or a denture. Bone grafting is most frequently required when a tooth has been extracted; it keeps the jawbone from shrinking and your gum line from changing shape.
Crown Lengthening / Gummy Smile Surgery
Do you feel like your teeth look short? The cause may be a gummy smile. That’s when the gums cover up too much of one or more teeth. The result can be an uneven gumline, or an unflattering smile. An excessive amount of gum tissue around a tooth can also make it difficult to correctly fit a crown over a tooth.
Crown lengthening is the periodontal procedure used to expose more of the tooth. Then the periodontist will sculpt the gum line to create an even, attractive smile.
Oral Pathology and Oral Cancer Diagnosis
Oral cancer is on the rise. Our periodontists can take biopsies of suspicious lesions and areas and diagnose the cause. Early detection can save lives.
Soft Tissue Grafting / Gum Grafting
Soft tissue grafting, which is also called gum grafting, is used when the gums have receded and the tooth root is exposed. This can make your teeth look long, and can also make you look older than you are. The periodontist performs a soft tissue graft to cover the exposed tooth root, reduce further gum recession, and reduce the opportunity for bone loss and decay.
Would you prefer to be asleep during your dental procedure? We can arrange to have an anesthesiologist come to the office to administer I.V. sedation or general anesthesia. In many cases, you can have your treatment completed in one visit while in a completely safe and comfortable environment. Some patients prefer to be under general anesthesia if they desire extractions and dental implants in one day.
Most of our patients do not require sleep dentistry. We can also provide a local anesthetic such as novacaine and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to ensure your comfort during your visit. You remain awake and conscious during the procedure, and will feel relaxed and comfortable.
It sounds like science fiction, but modern technology now makes it possible for some people to leave our office with a replacement tooth or a full set of teeth in just one day. Our periodontist will determine whether you are a candidate for this procedure that involves extracting teeth, placing dental implants, and securing a complete denture or bridge to the implants all in one visit. Typically, the dental implant procedure used is the All-on-4 treatment plan.