Holistic Dentistry in Medford & Hauppauge, NY

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Ceramic Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to support natural-looking prosthetic teeth. These tooth roots are often made of titanium. If you have a sensitivity to metal or wish for other reasons to have a more holistic approach, another option is non-metallic dental implants.

Non-metallic, ceramic or also known as holistic dental implants are made from zirconia, a type of ceramic. Zirconia dental implants have several advantages:

  • A holistic approach that uses no metal.
  • Enhanced cosmetics.
  • Zirconia is a very strong, naturally occurring substance.
  • It is a one-piece ceramic implant with no connections where bacteria can grow.

The doctors at the Farber Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation regarding the use of titanium or zirconia implants depending on your needs and preferences.

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Holistic Surgery

Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of the laser to regenerate bone. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to heal itself, Dr. Farber utilizes the PerioLase for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).

Performed without a scalpel and requiring no sutures, laser gum surgery with LANAP creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.

This is an FDA-cleared laser treatment for periodontal disease and is backed by many scientific studies. The procedure is performed by a select group of dental professionals around the United States.

In addition, we also use a holistic method called Perioscopy which is a non-surgical periodontal treatment that avoids oral surgery for periodontitis.

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Body Health Connection

Research has recently proven what dentists have long suspected: that there is a strong connection between periodontal disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Body Health Connection Dental professionals have long suspected: Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body.

For a long time, it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other infections in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may link periodontal disease to other chronic conditions.

Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

When an inflammatory condition is suspected or diagnosed, it is important to consult with both a general physician and a dental health professional, such as a Periodontist. Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal diseases is through a periodontal evaluation.

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Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)

When upper back teeth are lost, bone in that area naturally shrinks or resorbs over time. Consequently, your sinuses expand to occupy the empty space where the bone used to be. This lack of bone below the sinus precludes the placement of dental implants in the posterior (back) area of the upper jaw.

There are two types of sinus lift procedures provided in our office. Your procedure will depend on the amount of bone you have left. A sinus augmentation is a simple procedure that allows the sinus floor to be raised, thereby allowing the placement of dental implants.

Implants are placed in the regenerated bone, usually 6 months following the sinus augmentation procedure (or at the time of the procedure when possible).

Various bone grafting materials are used to encourage your bone to grow quickly. These materials help stabilize your dental implants. The graft materials are replaced naturally by your own bone as it grows into the area.

Implants can now be placed in a predictable and successful manner in the areas of the upper jaw where there is minimal bone.

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