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Teeth sometimes decay and need to be removed or extracted. This can be for any number of reasons. When a tooth is removed, it leaves an exposed socket that will often heal on its own, but it is well documented that this results in the loss of both bone volume and height. To alleviate this,…

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The dental profession and study of periodontics have been evolving at a very rapid rate in the areas of esthetics and implant dentistry.  Our Manhattan patient’s expectations and the complexity of treatment require that our treatment planning and final results be consistently predictable. Periodontal plastic procedures have continually developed.  These procedures, which address esthetic and…

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Natural teeth always hold and maintain bone in the mouth. When teeth are missing, the bone that remains can weaken and erode. Dental implants can fix this issue, and immediate implants are an attractive option to patients, at my own practice in New York City and other across the country, because it requires fewer visits…

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Over the past several years I have been following the research on lasers in dentistry. Recent research findings have indicated that now is the right time to incorporate the Nd:YAG laser into my New York City practice. Formally known as the “neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet,” it is named for the crystal it uses. The properties…

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For New York patients needing a tooth extraction, immediate implants are a predictable means of tooth replacement. Immediate implants result in similar tooth survival rates compared to delayed implants and excels at preserving tissue and produces functional and aesthetically pleasing outcomes much faster. This patient was referred to the New York City office to remove…

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I have just returned to Manhattan from the annual American Academy of Periodontology meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting often includes programming on advancing technologies in periodontics and educational programs for all levels of experience. Everything at the meeting focuses on advancing the field and disseminating information to the diaspora of periodontics professionals. I wanted…

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Guided surgery has been a part of oral surgery for at least 15 years. I can remember being thrilled with the software used in Simplant 1; they are now up to at least version 17 or 18! My New York City practice now uses multiple software solutions to create my surgical guides because they each…

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Periodontal extractions, having a tooth pulled, is a common and very old technique. Sometimes, extraction in adults is a necessary procedure. It is true that teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but often they do not last as long, especially because of poor dental hygiene or massive dental trauma. Periodontists and dentists perform this…

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Research shows that with careful case selection and the proper skills, immediate implant placement has the same success rate as delayed placement.  Anterior esthetic implant restorations have several characteristics in common.  They include ideal planning of bone / soft tissue height and width, implant position, emergence profile, material selection, restorative form, and impression technique.  Since…

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Crown lengthening is a surgical technique to remove gum tissue, bone, or both to expose more of a tooth. Often a patient requires a specific tooth to be fixed, perhaps because a tooth doesn’t stick out enough or because it is broken. In addition, crown lengthening can treat a smile with too much gum tissue…

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