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.
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.
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
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.
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
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".
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
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:
of Endosseous (Root Form) Dental Implants
- Sinus lift
Enhanced Treatment Planning
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.
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.
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.
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