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LPD: Disinfect, Prevent, & Protect

Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD) is a pain-free procedure using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.LPD-steps-image

The LPD procedure is founded on improving your oral and whole body health using the PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser. This is the only dental Laser specifically designed for better periodontal health.  The wavelength of the MVP-7™ targets the bacteria that causes gum disease for minimally invasive, highly effective treatment, without damaging any healthy tissue.  By removing the bacteria, you are removing the inflammation it causes, giving your body the energy to heal holistically and naturally.  The laser light creates a clean environment for healing. Speak to your dentist about holistic approaches to managing gum disease.

You may be a candidate for Laser Pocket Disinfection.  LPD may used as a preventative measure to reduce chances of Periodontal Disease developing.  If you have gingivitis, LPD can help reverse the symptoms it causes.  LPD can also be used to treat patients on a perio-maintenance program – ask your dentist if this is something you should consider.  LPD is pain-free and studies have shown absolutely no negative side effects results from the procedure in over 25 years of therapy.  The treatment is safe for use around crowns, bridges, sealants and implants, or any other pre-existing dental work. LPD is beneficial to patients who have recently had surgery, or are scheduled to have surgery, as it reduces the bacteria that may enter the bloodstream.

Gum disease, left untreated, can lead to serious health risks and issues.  When Periodontal Disease progresses to Periodontitis, it starts to attack the bone in your jaw, leading to tooth loss, bone loss, and premature aging.  The inflammation it causes has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term birth, certain cancers, and more.  These negative effects are brought on by a disease that we can actually pass on to others, by simply kissing or sharing cups and utensils.  The benefits of LPD are life-changing for your health, and the health of those you love.  It is our responsibility to disinfect, prevent, and protect.  Why wait?

 

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: the Danger of Postponing Dental Work

Are you ready for Labor Day Weekend?  It is our last real break before September kicks off, filling up schedules with school, sports, the change of seasons, and eventually holidays and everything else!  Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s stop and evaluate our situation.  Do you have a dental issue – a minor toothache you are hoping will go away, a postponed maintenance visit – which you have been delaying?

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Patients who stay on schedule are definitely VIP!

This may sound stressful, but it does not have to be.  If you are a proactive patient, you will avoid a great deal of stress, as well as pain, which may come from ignoring a dental issue and allowing it to develop into an actual emergency.  If you have a toothache that you have been tolerating, it could erupt into a real problem for you, and at the worst possible time – on vacation, Open House at your child’s school, a family outing, your grandson’s little league game, etc.  Even putting off coming in for your periodontal (or general dentist) maintenance with a hygienist is hazardous to your overall health.  Bacteria will continue to grow and spread and may lead to Periodontal Disease, which can lead to tooth and eventually bone loss.  Our hygienists also routinely check you for oral cancer with the use of a device called the VELscope.  Catching signs of this condition early is a key factor in recovery and survival.

You are never too young to take your oral health seriously.

You are never too young to take your oral health seriously.

Do not wait for a minor problem to become a major problem.  Make room in your schedule now to take care of these seemingly tolerable issues before you need to put your life on hold to take care of a dental emergency.  It is never too early to improve your smile, your oral health, and your whole-body health!  Call your general dentist or our office today!

 

The Team at Farber Center wishes you a wonderful and safe holiday weekend, along with a great start to Fall!

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Are You Infecting Your Family with Gum Disease?

You can take action now to prevent, disinfect, and protect with Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD) and improve your own whole-body health, along with the whole-body health of your family and loved ones.

Gum disease not only affects over 85% of American adults, but it is also contagious.  IMG_3331It is scary to think about, but we could be unknowingly hosting gum disease in our mouths and spreading it to our loved ones.  Many people do not realize they have gum disease until the symptoms are severe and noticeable.  What starts out as Gingivitis may develop into Periodontitis, which has been linked to other health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, pre-term birth, and stillborn deaths.

Everyday family activities and habits put us at risk for spreading gum disease.  Kissing, sharing silverware, drinking from the same cup – all of these things promote the spread of gum disease.  We should be aware and form good habits now to prevent risk and gum disease in the future.

What can we do now?

  1. Establish good habits: make your oral and overall health a priority in your life, thereby setting the example for your family, especially your children. Keep up your dental hygiene appointments with your general dentist and your periodontist.  Make those trips fun and important for your children in order to encourage a positive outlook and understanding that their mouths are the gateway to the rest of their bodies’ health.
  2. Know the warning signs: gum disease may often go unnoticed because we unknowingly ignore the warning signs. If you are experiencing puffy or red, bleeding gums, bad breath, painful chewing, loose/sensitive teeth, and/or receding gums, talk to your dentist right away and he/she may assess your condition.
  3. Ask about LPD: Using a special FDA-approved laser called the PerioLase MVP-7, Laser Pocket Disinfection is one way you can quickly and painlessly target gum disease, regenerate tissue growth, and protect your oral and overall health. This non-invasive procedure will reach and destroy bacteria far beyond what the eye can see, up to 6 mm beyond the surface, to prevent bacteria from spreading back into the pocket.

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Seven Reasons Dental Implants are Preferable to a Bridge

Hauppauge periodontist Dr. Alan H. Farber lists 7 reasons that dental implants are preferable to a bridge—including no need for root canals!

Dental implants are often preferable to a conventional bridge for a number of reasons:

  1. A dental implant increases the strength and support of the area of the jaw where the tooth is missing.
  2. With a three-unit bridge, we have to prepare the adjacent teeth, which means that in order to put a bridge on these teeth, we have to remove the outside tooth structure of healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Sometimes that tooth structure will be near the nerve and the patient will then need root canal treatment on a tooth in addition to the bridge.
  3. The area of the mouth around the bridge is much more difficult to clean, so teeth in that area may be more prone to decay. Lack of proper cleaning also increases the chance for gum disease.
  4. An implant will never decay and will never need root canal.3-unit-implant-bridge_ti-abutments_tcm261-41493
  5. Bridges often have to be replaced over a period of 10 to 15 years. Patients should not only consider the initial cost of a dental implant versus a bridge, but the need to eventually replace that bridge.
  6. With proper maintenance, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Dental implants should be maintained just like we maintain our natural teeth. Typically we recommend three to six month hygiene visits both with the periodontist and the hygienist. The reason is that we get a lot of bacteria in the mouth, and an implant is really a sophisticated medical device. Like any other medical device, it needs proper care and maintenance
  7. Patients prefer implants. I have several patients with a bridge on one side and a single tooth implant on the other side, and they prefer the single tooth implant. The implant is stronger, it feels better, and it looks more natural than a bridge.

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

 

Dr. Farber gratefully acknowledges the help of David Schwab, Ph.D. in developing blogs.  www.davidschwab.com

Getting to Know Your Dental Hygienist

“This is going to sound weird, but I have always loved teeth!”  This is the response you will hear if you ask one of our newer team members, Kristen, about how she got into the dental hygiene field.  “I loved my childhood dental hygienist and always begged my mom to take me to the dentist.”  From an early age, Kristen recognized her passion for overall health through dentistry and pursued it immediately.

Kristen graduated Farmingdale as Kristen&AF (1)Valedictorian, an amazing achievement all on its own, but she was also able to maintain playing 4 years of lacrosse as well!  “Balancing games and clinical hours was challenging,” Kristen will tell you, but she is being modest.  She is the first student athlete Farmingdale ever had to go through the RDH program.  She had to get special permission and she worked extra clinical hours in advance to make up for potential lost time due to lacrosse games.  Her time was always spent studying while her teammates were sleeping on their 10 hour bus trips across the country to compete.  This added studying time surely reaped its rewards.  She paved the way for others like her and now mentors new student athletes who also want to enter the RDH program at Farmingdale.

The best part about Kristen’s job is “seeing results, especially when the results are better due to patients maintaining excellent home care.”  She will enthusiastically tell you that her favorite thing about working in a Perio practice is twofold.  From her side of the chair, she loves how in depth she can get with the cleanings and how extensive the maintenance program can get.  She also really appreciates how much Perio patients really do care about their mouth and health – “it makes my job that much more rewarding.”

At Farber Center, we like to educate our patients on the importance of overall health, so they fully understand their decisions to accept periodontal treatment, for LANAP, dental implants, or any other procedures we offer.  These procedures can be holistic, non-invasive, and cutting edge in technology.  Recognizing this zeal in Kristen is what drew us to her, and likewise what attracted her to us!  Farber Center is proud to have Kristen as part of our team.  We value our patients and ensure they have the best care and results.  When patients invest in their oral health care, they invest in their overall health.  Rewarding for everyone indeed!

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Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Dental Implant Success Rate Very High

Dental implants have a very high success rate, and even failures can be redone by an experienced periodontist to achieve a stable and successful result.

Dr. Farber's diligence & experience allow for his 98% success rate.

Dr. Farber’s diligence & experience allow for his 98% success rate.

There are a number of reasons why a dental implant may fail.  Some of these reasons include:

  1. Poor diagnosis and treatment planning. Patients should ask the surgeon who is placing the implant about relevant experience.  I am a specialist in periodontics and I have been placing dental implants for over 28 years.  It is very important to diagnose a case properly and use modern technology such as 3D imaging to plan the surgery in advance.
  2. Inadequate volume and density of bone. We are able to determine the amount and quality of bone in advance.  If there is insufficient bone, an implant should not be placed.  However, we have the ability in many cases to augment bone and place implants successfully.
  3. Infection. There are cases where infections occur for a variety of reasons.  In my office, we take every precaution to minimize this risk.

 

Although patients understandably ask about the risk of implant failure, dental implants are extremely successful. On a national level, somewhere between 90-95% of all dental implants are successful.  However, in our practice, our success rate is 98%, even with implants that have been in place for many years.

Our greatest joy is our happy patients!

Our greatest joy is when our patients are happy & healthy!

Due to our high rate of success, if an implant fails that was placed in another office, we often receive referrals to help these patients. I am able to remove the failed implant, reconstruct the bone, and then after adequate healing time replace the implant.

In many of these cases, we are able to grow the bone back, and the secondary bone, the bone that regrows, is actually healthier and stronger than the initial bone. As a result we are able to replace a failed implant with a new implant. The success rate with the new implant is very high.

 

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

 

Discount Dental Implants: No Bargain When They Fail

Long Island periodontist explains that dental implants are replacement body parts.  Low priced implants are often not a good long-term value when they fail.

Replacing a body part means more than cost and aesthetics.

Replacing a body part means more than cost and aesthetics.

Patients come in my office and who have seen advertising for low-cost dental implants.  These advertisements often make dental implants sound like a product or a commodity. However dental implant treatment is not like a product, such as television that you can purchase online or at Best Buy or Costco.

Dental implant treatment is an art and a science.  With dental implants you are paying for the skills and the experience of the periodontist who places the implant and the restorative doctor who places the final crown.  The doctors who provide this treatment should have years of experience to make an accurate diagnosis and complete the treatment successfully.

Dental implants should last a very long time, and if someone has a problem due to improper or discount dentistry, then it is never cheaper to do it twice.  In my practice, I see many of these implants that were placed in another office at a very low cost.  Unfortunately, patients are paying more for treatment the second time around.  There is more treatment required when an implant has issues and we have to either try to repair it or we have to replace it.

In term of materials, there are over 200 manufacturers of dental implants available on the market in the United States.  Some of these systems were developed very recently and do not have a track record.  New discount implant systems may not be around for very long, so there is no way of knowing whether replacement parts will be available in the future.

I say to patients, “Would you want to buy the least expensive heart valve, or would you want to go with the one that has been out the longest and is scientifically tested”?

In our practice we use three dental implant systems that have been on the market for many years.  The systems we use are research based.  I have personally visited the facilities of two of the manufacturers we use.  I have seen their quality control and their testing and I know that parts will be available if needed.

Dental implants are replacement body parts, and the lowest price is frequently not the best value.

With over 28 years of experience, we do this every day. We work for your health and your quality of life.

With over 28 years of experience, we do this every day. We work for your health and your quality of life.

 

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber

Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

 

The Importance of Eye Protection at Your Dental Appointment

Our patients are safe (& stylish) at each & every procedure we perform in Hauppauge & Medford.

Our patients are safe (& stylish) at each & every procedure we perform in Hauppauge & Medford.

When it comes time for your dental appointment, your thoughts typically revolve around one thing: your teeth!  Naturally, what else would you be thinking about?  At Farber Center For Periodontics & Dental Implants, we want to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease.  With this in mind, we realize every detail matters to ensure precaution and safety.

We use these glasses for your safety in both our Hauppauge & Medford offices.

We use these glasses for your safety in both our Hauppauge & Medford offices.

Eyes are an important part to consider at your dental appointment.  There have been cited incidences of bacteria falling into a patient’s eye.  Farber Center has been ahead of the curve for years by having our patients wear safety glasses during their appointments.  Our safety glasses are ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved ones.  Your overall health is important to us.

Take a look at this unfortunate case of Jenn Morrone from 2013.  Jenn went to her dentist appointment for a standard root canal procedure, but ended up with becoming permanently blind in her right eye.  A fumbled instrument hit her eye during her procedure.  She was not wearing protective eyewear and bacteria was transferred from her mouth to her eye.  She wasn’t immediately led to an eyewash station and was handed a tissue.  The next morning she woke up with pain and a severe infection.

Jenn Morrone after one of her many surgeries.

Jenn Morrone after one of her many surgeries.

Following this incident, and the months of recovery, Jenn has launched a campaign called #jennsvision to promote the very necessary importance of protective eyewear.  She has received a great deal support in her efforts.  “I want the wonderful people in the industry to know that the patient needs to wear eye protection, and it needs to be ANSI-certified to protect your patients” Jenn says.

It’s due to stories like these – as unfortunately Jenn’s case is not a singular one – that we not only strive to care for you, our patients, but educate you so that you can be protected for the future.  It is not just about your teeth, it is about total body health, inside and out.

Look cool & stay safe! #LoveYourGums

Look cool & stay safe! #LoveYourGums

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber

Periodontist

Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY

New Patients Welcome

www.longislandperio.com

 

Ask Your Periodontist: Dental Implants

Q: What are some myths about dental implants?

A: There are a lot of myths about dental implants.  Some people say, “Well, is it still experimental.”  And they’ve been around for over 50 years now.  The other is discomfort, pain.  We really don’t see that very often.  There’s some soreness involved.  The other myth that I hear about: “It’s going to take forever, Doc.  My friend had this placed.  It took two years – a year.”  With today’s technology, the systems that we’re using, a patient can get an implant restored in six to eight weeks.

Q: Can dental implants replace just one tooth or many teeth?Q7_thumb

A: Dental implants could be used to replace just a single tooth, but often times patients come in and need replacement of a whole mouth of teeth, and we are using many different techniques to replace a whole jaw at one time.  There are many options for replacing multiple teeth.  For a denture replacement, I can place two, three, or four implants, and that is what we call an implant-supported denture and that snaps on.  So the denture snaps onto the implants; they can still remove it, but the support is increased about 75 percent from where they were at zero percent.  With a permanent situation, that is where we place four to six implants – the denture – or they can get a bridge that looks just like a natural set of teeth, and that’s placed permanently.  Patients have a choice today of which system they want to use.  Some patients prefer permanent; some patients want to have removable teeth.

Q: What is your success rate with dental implants?

A: The national success rates for dental implants are over 90 percent today.  In our office, we are much higher.  Currently, we run between 98 and 99 percent success rates.  Having practiced periodontics for over 25 years, I’ve never seen happier patients then when they come in after they’ve had their implants restored.  They come in and they hug and kiss me, and it makes me feel great that I can provide this service for them.

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com

Dental Implants Now Possible by Adding Bone

Dental implants using bone augmentation now possible for some who thought they would never be candidates for modern tooth replacement.140117_STMN_Inserat19_klein_doppel-800x559

When someone comes in and wants to replace missing teeth with dental implants, we perform a proper diagnosis and evaluate if that individual is or is not a dental implant candidate from the beginning. If we find that someone is not a candidate, then the question is, can we make that person a candidate by growing bone?

We have various tests in our office to give us that answer. For example, we use what we call a cone-beam CT scanner. I have been using CT scanners for over 25 years now; we have had them in my practice for about 15 years. This technology gives us a 3D image of the jawbone and other structures so we can determine if there is sufficient bone.

The issue of adequate bone is very important. On many occasions patients have come to visit my office and have told me that they saw a dentist years ago and they were told they could not have a dental implant.Bone Regeneration at Farber Center Hauppauge NY & Medford NY

As a specialist in periodontics, part of my training is dealing with growing bone, what we call “bone augmentation.” Using different materials—we sometimes even use growth factors from your own blood—we can to grow bone to replace bone that has been lost.

With this new technology that we have today and the ability to grow bone back or expand bone, I have been able to place implants in these patients who years ago were not candidates.  This process may sound complicated, but it is actually a fairly simple, predictable, and every day procedure in my office.

I would estimate that we can now certainly make the majority of patients candidates for dental implants, probably in the range of 70-90%.

My advice to patients who are wearing old-fashioned complete or partial removable dentures is to seek the advice of a periodontist. There is a strong likelihood that these patients can be helped with dental implants that look and function like natural teeth, and bone augmentation may be part of that process.

 

Dr. Alan H. Farber
Periodontist
Offices in Hauppauge and Medford, NY
New Patients Welcome
www.longislandperio.com