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Aesthetic/Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
A large percentage of our practice is devoted to cosmetic periodontal surgery. This type of surgery consists of cosmetically enhancing the gums(gingiva) and/or jaw bone to create a more pleasing smile. Much of this work is done in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry to create the "perfect" smile.

Scaling and Root Planning
The removal of hard and soft deposits from the teeth and roots of teeth. This includes bacterial plaque (germs) and the toxins they produce and the mineralized form of plaque called calculus (tartar). It is these deposits that cause irritation and infection of the gums and bone loss around the teeth. Scaling and Root Planing is a very technique sensitive procedure that uses a specific instrument for all the different surfaces of the teeth.

Direct Delivery of Antibiotics
This is the direct delivery of an antibiotics or antimicrobial solution into an infected area. This procedure is often done in conjunction with scaling and root planing. By placing the fibers, chips, or gels into a periodontal pocket the bacteria can be locally eliminated.

Bone Grafting/Tissue Regeneration
This surgical procedure replaces bone that has been lost around the teeth as a result of advancing gum disease. Various types of bone grafting materials are used and often a patient's own bone is utalized. A "membrane" or covering is placed to contain the graft within the prepared bone site. The objective is to reverse the bone destoryed as a result of periodontal disease.

Gum Grafting/ Root Coverage
A surgical procedure designed to add protective gum around the root of a tooth. Protective gum is often lost as a result of recession of the gum or trauma. Most often, the protective gum used for the graft is taken from another area of the patients own mouth where the protective-type gum is abundant. The graft heals, the area will continually maintain the new protective gum. Gum grafts are very predictable and usually need to be done only once. This procedure will improve the esthetics and functional aspects of the tooth.

Crown Lengthening
This surgical procedure is designed to assist your restorative dentist in getting a restoration (cap or filling) to properly fit your tooth. When decay or tooth fracture goes beneath the gum line your dentist may require that more tooth structure be exposed surgically so that he or she may properly restore the tooth. The procedure may also be utalized in an esthetic situation where the gums are uneven or to correct a "gummy smile".

Supportive Periodontal Maintenance
Once your gums have been brought back to health it is imperative that a maintenance schedule be designed to fit your needs. This ongoing phase of treatment will allow us to asses your periodntal health and make sure your infection stays under control. During STP, your mouth is examimed, new calculus and plaque is removed, and your teeth are polished. Typically, three month intervals help keep the plaque levels around the gums minimal and thus significantly reduces your risk of re-infection. Maintenance is the key to sucessful treatment.

Dental Implant Surgery
Dr. Weinstein has extensive advanced training in surgical placement of dental implants and the intricate bone grafting procedures that are sometimes required to successfully place implants. We have advanced computer assisted treatment planning capabilities in our office which enables us to format and evaluate our patients for precise implant placement. We offer the following dental implant services:

  • Placement of Endosseous (Root Form) Dental Implants
  • Sinus lift Augmentation
  • Implant Site Development
  • Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning
  • Implant Maintenance

Sinus Lift Augmentation
Often the sinuses will enlarge in size following loss of the upper back teeth. This often will preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth since the sinus is an air filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift agmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that replaces the sinus cavity into its original position and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes 9-12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.

Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection it is not uncommon to have lost bone from around the infected tooth. In these cases various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.

Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have a special software called "simplant" on our computer which allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location for the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.

Implant Maintenance
Once your dental implant restoration is completed it is important to keep the area clean and infection free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.

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