ERIC SPELLMAN, DMDGeneral & Cosmetic Dentistry
Periodontics – Gum Disease
Dr. Eric Spellman offers a range of periodontic treatments designed to improve and/or restore the dental health of patients in Larchmont and the surrounding area. Call 914-834-2941 or use our Contact Page to book a consultation.
Arestin® is a powerful antibiotic that is used to treat gum disease. It is used in conjunction with scaling and root planing. Arestin® is delivered in the form of microspheres that are placed in the affected area following scaling and root planing to help the healing process. It dissolves on its own and does not need to be removed. It can also be used to treat a localized infection instead of taking an oral antibiotic.
Crown lengthening is a procedure performed by a dentist who specializes in disease and disorders of the bone tissue and gums that support the teeth. It can be performed on a single tooth, several, or even the entire gum line, and it’s done under local anesthesia. Using the Waterlase IPLUS laser, healing happens within days instead of weeks and the procedure causes less soreness than surgery.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection that causes the gums and surrounding tissue to be inflamed. It’s the most common reason for tooth loss, and affects almost everyone at some point. Regular oral hygiene can help to prevent gum disease, but regular, professional cleanings are still needed to remove plaque and tartar.
Scaling & Root Planing
Regular dental cleanings look after the visible parts of the teeth. Scaling and root planing removes tartar and plaque from below the gumline, and smooths the surfaces of the teeth, facilitating healing. Scaling is the only way to remove tartar from below the gum line.
Do you wake up with sore jaws? Do you feel as if you can’t quite “find” your bite? This often happens if you have missing or loose teeth, and you might need an occlusal adjustment. It corrects your bite’s alignment. It’s a minimally invasive process, and doesn’t cause a lot of discomfort.
Periodontal Splinting (Weak Teeth)
If your teeth are unstable or loose due to gum recession, bone loss, or trauma, they may need a bit of support. Intracoronal or extracoronal splinting can be used. Intracoronal splinting is semi-permanent, whereas extracoronal is more suited to conditions where long-term support is not warranted.
Osseous Surgery / Pocket Reduction
Osseous surgery is a means of treating gum disease. Patients with gum disease sometimes develop holes in the bone surrounding the teeth, and this type of surgery reshapes the bones to eliminate the defects. This is known as pocket reduction. It also repositions the tissue of the gums to facilitate easier cleaning. With the Waterlase IPLUS laser, Dr Spellman can reduce the pocket and regenerate bone without the need for osseous surgery in most cases. Instead of having pain for weeks, the majority of our patients are sore for just a few days.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal surgery works in two ways – it improves the appearance of your smile while at the same time restoring functionality by preventing gum recession. If your teeth appear short, you may be a candidate for cosmetic periodontal surgery. Bone and gum tissue can be reshaped to deliver a more natural appearance. This can also be done using the Waterlase IPLUS laser, which is more precise than using a scalpel and has the added advantage of reduced soreness and faster healing.
Laser Periodontal Surgery
Laser periodontal surgery is a revolutionary new treatment for periodontal disease. Perhaps you’ve been told that you need gum surgery, and you’re worried about having a dentist surgically cut into your gums. With laser periodontal surgery, there’s no scalpel, and very little bleeding. It’s often a great alternative to traditional gum surgery. The surgery is known by the acronym LANAP, for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. This procedure is FDA approved to reduce pocketing and regenerate bone instead of having osseous surgery. Healing is faster and pain is dramatically reduced. Only 2 percent of dentists in the country have this laser.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal treatment doesn’t always mean surgery. Usually, periodontal disease will respond well to non-invasive treatment. Dr. Spellman can assess your condition and recommend a course of action that may include treatments that are non-invasive. Dr. Spellman is very much of the belief that periodontal health can often be achieved using non-surgical methods.