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    What to Expect from the VELscope Examination

    Last updated 12 days ago

    VELscope is an FDA-approved oral cancer screening procedure. Your dentist begins with a visual examination of your face and oral cavity to check for any obvious abnormalities. After that, you will be given a rinse solution to swish around in your mouth that will aid in your dentist’s ability to detect any potential problem areas.

    After the rinse, your dentist will dim the lights in the room and begin the examination with the VELscope light. This is a special blue light that utilizes Fluorescent Visualization technology to distinguish healthy tissue from questionable tissue. Normal, healthy tissue shows up green while abnormal tissues shows up dark. The entire procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes.

    Whether it’s time for your oral cancer screening, or you need other dental services such as implants, extraction, lip repositioning, or the care of a periodontist in NYC, contact us at the office of Dr. Charles Kaner. Call (646) 461-6582 for an appointment, or visit our website for resources and information. 

    The Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Gum disease is something of an epidemic in the United States, and one that unfortunately is not taken seriously enough. Periodontists from NYC to LA are trying to educate patients on the importance of addressing gum disease in its early stages and preventing it altogether whenever possible. There’s so much more at stake with gum disease than just the occasional bleeding when brushing. Read on to learn more.

    Oral Consequences of Gum Disease
    If your dentist or periodontist is concerned that you may be at risk for gum disease, there are good reasons why. Gum disease begins as simple gingivitis, but can quickly progress to advanced periodontitis, leading to tooth loss and tissue death.

    When treated at the gingivitis stage, gum disease is easy to overcome and prevent relapse. When left to progress, however, you could be facing months of intensive, uncomfortable treatments, and even tooth extraction in severe cases. This could lead to the need for dentures, bridgework, or dental implants.

    General Health Consequences of Gum Disease
    Recent research ties gum disease to a number of general health conditions. Untreated gum disease can cause, aggravate, or complicate heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, stroke, and even premature birth in pregnant patients. The more severe and chronic your gum disease, the greater the risk. See your periodontist immediately if you notice symptoms of gum disease.

    Common Signs of Gum Disease
    Red, swollen, tender gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing, along with bad breath, are indicators that gum disease has begun. This is gingivitis. More advanced gum disease includes all of these symptoms, plus the formation of pockets, infection, and even receding gums. Damage to the connective tissues supporting the teeth can be permanent, so it’s vital to see a periodontist right away at the first symptoms.

    If you suspect you need the services of a periodontist in NYC, or you have other dental concerns such as a gummy smile or possible dental extractions and implants, contact the office of Dr. Charles Kaner. We offer a wide range of dental services and are here to help. Call (646) 461-6582 to schedule your appointment today.

    How Tobacco Affects Your Oral Health

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Tobacco use affects everything from your skin to your life expectancy. Smoking can lead to some pretty harsh consequences as far as your oral health is concerned as well.

    As you’ll learn in this video, tobacco use can contribute to gum disease, which may ultimately lead to the need for dental extractions and/or dental implants. Smoking also increases your risk for developing oral cancer. At the very least, it stains and discolors the teeth. Watch the clip to learn more.\

    For more information about smoking and oral health, or to retain the services of one of NYC’s best dentists and periodontists, contact the office of Dr. Charles Kaner today. Just call (646) 461-6582 to set up your appointment. You may also visit us online to learn more about our range of dental services, including lip repositioning and gummy smile treatments.

     

    An Overview of Gum Grafting

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At the opposite end of having a gummy smile are patients who show too much tooth due to a receding gum line. This can be caused by periodontal disease, brushing too aggressively or with a toothbrush that is too firm, and trauma. Fortunately, your periodontist can correct this condition with a procedure called gum grafting.

    What is Gum Grafting?
    Gum grafting is a surgical procedure performed by a periodontist to increase the amount of gum covering the teeth. There are several types and methods for gum grafting that a periodontist might use depending on the specific problem and cause for the need. These include a free gingival graft, subepithelial connective tissue graft, and acellular dermal matrix allograft.

    What Happens During Gum Grafting?
    The exact procedure for gum grafting depends on the method used, but most start with harvesting gum tissue from a donor site. If the patient’s own gum cannot be harvested, tissue from a donor bank may be used. The periodontist will create an incision at the recipient area in order to attach the donor tissue. The tissue is sutured together and healing begins. Local anesthetic is used to numb the areas, so there is no pain during the procedure and only mild discomfort afterward.

    How Do I Prepare for a Gum Graft?
    Your periodontist will perform a few treatments prior to performing the gum graft to improve the chances of a successful graft. This may include intensive cleaning of the teeth and surrounding areas. He or she may also provide you with educational literature about the procedure and what to expect during healing. You may want to stock up on some soft foods for the first few days after your procedure to make the healing period more comfortable. Beyond that, simply follow your periodontist’s instructions.

    For more information about gum augmentation, lip repositioning, dental implants, and other dental procedures, contact us at the office of Dr. Charles Kaner. We provide a full range of dental services in our NYC office and would be happy to assess your unique dental needs. Visit our website or call (646) 461-6582 today for an appointment.

     

    Dr. Charles Kaner: Practicing High Standards of Care

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In order to be considered one of the top periodontists in New York City, you have to offer patients the highest level of care. Dr. Charles Kaner is proud to bring some of the best periodontal services to the patients of Manhattan to ensure that they get the exact treatments that they need.

    From the first visit, Dr. Kaner and the rest of our team creates comprehensive treatment plans to give each patient personalized treatments for their specific issues. We also use the best technology and resources to provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry services. Our staff works to educate patients to help them maintain their oral health even in between dental visits.

    Whether you have periodontal disease or want to learn if you are a good candidate for dental implants, Charles Kaner, DDS can help. Schedule an appointment with our office to get access to some of the best periodontics in the city. To learn more about our services, check out our website or call (646) 461-6582.

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