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Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect at your first visit
During your first visit, your we will review your complete medical and dental history with you. It's extremely important for us to know if you are taking any medications or are being treated for any condition that can affect your periodontal care. You will be given a complete oral and periodontal exam. The periodontal exam will measure your gums, check to see if there is any gum line recession, assess how your teeth fit together when you bite and check your teeth to see if any are loose. Radiographs (x-rays) may be taken to show the bone levels between your teeth to check for possible bone loss.

Your clinical evaluation will include:

  • Oral cancer examination
  • Examination of your teeth, gum tissues and bite
  • Periodontal probing (gum Measurements) and charting.
  • Radiographs as necessary

In addition, Dr. Weinstein will contact your dentist to discuss your situation. Once all the information is collected, will advise you as to your periodontal condition and recommend the best therapy for your individual condition.

Sterility
For your protection and ours, our office follows a stringent sterilization protocol. Our procedures meet and/or exceed federal regulations for health care providers. All instruments used in your mouth are either disposable or are scrubbed, ultrasonically cleaned and then autoclaved ensure sterility. Every piece of equipment is wiped-down with disinfectant in every operatory prior to each patient We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves, changing them between every patient.

Financial Policy
Our financial policy is payment of fees on the day of service. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express Cards. Payment options and plans are available for those patients with advanced treatment needs. For our patients with dental insurance, our staff will handle filling out forms for both payment and pre-determination of benefits to secure maximum benefits.

Academic Affiliations
Dr. Ephraim Weinstein and Dr. David Weinstein are members of the:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • North East Society of Periodontists
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Alpha Omega Dental Society

Dr. Ephraim Weinstein has lectured and written numerous articles on periodontal disease. He is a former clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery for more than 30 years.

Dr David Weinstein is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Implant Dentistry at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He supervises and instructs the graduate students on Bone Augmentation and Dental Implant Surgery.

Education
Dr. Ephraim Weinstein received his doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. After a one-year residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the New York Hospital, he received his specialty training and certification to practice the specialty of Periodontics from Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. David Weinstein received his doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a general practice residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Weinstein was awarded a certificate to specialize in the practice of Periodontics from Columbia University.

Dr. David Weinstein lectures both locally and nationally on topics related to both Periodontics and Dental Implants. His Quarterly Newsletter contains up-to-date news and information regarding Periodontics and Dental Implants.

To help you understand why the treatment might be needed, and how your teeth can be saved, our Patient Education Center will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about periodontal therapy.

Why are you being referred to a Periodontist?

Your dentist has determined that your gums require special care, and has referred you to a periodontist. Periodontists are dentists who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease. By suggesting that you see a periodontist, your dentist is showing a strong commitment to ideal dental care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease are bacterial gum infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that holds your teeth in your mouth. The main cause of this disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. In this plaque are toxins that can destroy the bone and lead to the formation of "pockets" or spaces between your teeth and gums. As the disease progresses, these pockets deepen, bone is destroyed and the teeth become loose.

What are the signs of Periodontal Disease?
The most comon signs of periodntal disease are:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulld away from the teeth
  • Persistant bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Most oftern you may have peridontal disease and not experience any pain. Most people with periodntal diease don't have any pain.

Other factors that contribute to periodnotal disease is:

  • Smoking and Tobacco use
  • Pregnancy and Puberty
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Nutrition
  • Systemic Diseases

Who is a Periodontist?

Periodontists have had three years of extensive advanced training in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, in addition to dental school. As specialists, they devote their time, energy and skill to helping people who need periodontal therapy. Periodontics is one of the eight specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

How Do We Treat Peiodontal Disease:

Once your periodontal health has been evaluated, we will work with you to determine the best options to control the disease process and bring you back to health.

Depending on how far the disease has progressed, treatment can vary widely. If caught in the early stages, simple procedure are done that will remove the plaque and calculus from below the gumline and eliminate the infection-causing bacteria. If these disease have advanced to the point where the periodontal pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, further treatment may be necessary.

Whatever the treatment, Dr. Weinstein offers a variety of current non-surgical and surgical methods of treating periodontal disease including antibiotic therapy and regneration..

Our Services Include:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Direct Delivery of Antibiotics
  • Bone Grafting/Tissue Regeneration
  • Gum Grafting
  • Root Coverage Procedures
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Supportive Periodontal Care (Periodontal Maintenance)
  • Dental Implants

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