Hampton Dentistry provides comprehensive periodontal dental care. Now you can see your trusted peridontist in the comfort of our full-service dental office. You won’t have to make an appointment with a separate office and travel across Long Island! At Hampton Dentistry you’ll feel confident and cared for by the dental team you know while receiving the specialized periodontal care that you need. Our staff peridontist has extensive training and experience in contemporary periodontal procedures, such as cosmetic gum reshaping, dental implants, and gum disease therapy.
Periodontitis is an inflammation that affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Left untreated, it can eventually cause loss of bone around the teeth, causing them to loosen and die. The first step in treating is to clean below the gum line with a procedure called scaling and debridement. If this is not sufficient, there are several other treatments that can be used and a treatment plan developed for you at Hampton Dentistry.
People with periodontitis must realize that is a chronic inflammatory disease, and a lifelong of good oral hygiene and professional care from a dentist, hygienist, or periodontist is required to keep the problem in check over the long term.
When it comes to oral health, nothing is more fundamental than bones. Your jawbone anchors your teeth and gums. If one or more of your teeth have suffered trauma or excessive decay and must be extract, it leaves a gap between your teeth, but more importantly, it begins the process of bone atrophy at the site of the extracted tooth. If left alone, this reduction in bone mass can lead to a variety of other issues. For example, you could suffer from malocclusion – a situation that develops when the natural tensions between teeth go awry, causing teeth to shift significantly and revealing new spaces and places for bacteria to accumulate.
To counteract bone atrophy at the site of a missing tooth and prevent an adverse result, our periodontal specialist uses techniques called bone preservation and bone regeneration to maintain proper bone density in preparation for a dental implant.
Bone preservation is a minimally invasive approach conducted immediately after an extraction to maintain the bone structure under a removed tooth. It is very predictable, simple and easy, and a preferable form of bone regeneration.
Bone regeneration is the grafting of bone tissue into an implant site after significant time has passed since the removal of a tooth. Over time, the grafted bone triggers your own bone material to regenerate in the graft location. The grafted bone acts like scaffolding, holding everything in place while your own bone responds and regenerates at the site of graft.
Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure performed to expose a greater amount of tooth structure for the purpose of subsequently restoring the tooth prosthetically. Sometimes not enough of a tooth sticks out above the gum to support a crown or filling, or a tooth has been broken at the gum line, and the dentist needs to expose more of the tooth. The Periodontist will make cuts that will pull the gums away from the tooth to expose the roots of the tooth and the surrounding bone. In some cases, simply removing a little gum tissue will expose enough tooth for your dentist to place a crown or filling. However, in most cases, the Periodontist will need to remove some bone from around the roots of the teeth. Once the Periodontist has exposed enough tooth, the surgical area will be washed with sterile salt water and the gums stitched.
You will return to the Periodontist in 7 to 10 days to have the stitches taken out, and return again 4 to 6 weeks later for a follow-up visit. Once the gums have adequately healed, you will return to the dentist for preparation of the final crown placement or filling.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the replacement tooth is attached onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, they don’t have to be removed.
We also offer Mini Dental Implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. A narrower implant may best serve patients who require stabilization of lower jaw dentures, pre-molar teeth, or a missing tooth that was located in a narrow area. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be used immediately. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants.
If you are considering implants, we will provide a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
A smile is considered a “gummy smile” if a significant amount of gingival tissue (gums) can be seen as a person smiles. Although a gummy smile is considered a normal variation of human anatomy, may people with gummy smiles are self-conscious when smiling. Fortunately, these smiles can be corrected by one of two possible simple periodontal surgery procedures.
The first procedure is called a Gingivectomy. Gingivectomies are performed when the amount of gum reduction is minimal. Performing a gingivectomy is quick and relatively painless. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the area of the gums. A small incision is made and excess gum tissue is removed using a dental tool.
More advanced gummy smiles require more extensive tissue reduction. This is performed by a procedure known as Crown Lengthening. During this procedure, the gum tissues are contoured around each individual tooth. The tissue is lifted off the bone and placed in a new desired position. The tissues are sutured into place and allowed to heal for 7 to 10 days. After initial healing, the sutures are removed. The newly repositioned gums are allowed to heal for another 5 to 7 weeks before any desired final restorations, such as veneers or crowns, can be placed.
It’s nice to have everything your mouth needs in one place – dentistry, periodontal, and orthodontics. I’ve not only gained a healthy mouth, but a great bunch of friends.
The staff at Hampton Dentistry are truly attentive and friendly. Dr. Baker, with her kind and honest demeanor, puts one’s mind completely at ease.
Just about every facet of oral problem solvers can be found on the premises by leading experts in their field. But topping the list is Dr. Danielle Baker herself!