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    An Overview of Gum Grafting

    Last updated 4 days 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 11 days 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.

    How to Care for Your Dental Implants [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Many adults are missing at least one tooth due to injury, accident, decay, or gum disease. Dental implants are a permanent alternative to removable dentures that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Implants are strong and durable, and can last a long time if they are taken care of properly. You’ll still need to visit your New York City periodontist after the procedure to make sure your new teeth fit and function as they should, and to maintain the health of the surrounding bone and tissue. Regular brushing and flossing are essential for your remaining natural teeth as well as the gums around the implants. Check out this infographic to learn more about caring for your dental implants immediately after the procedure and in the long term. Please share with your friends and family.

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    Love the Gums You're With!

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Thank you to for this informative and wonderful infographic! If you want to learn more about periodontal disease and your treatment choices, contact Dr. Charles Kaner, a periodontist in NYC at (646) 461-6582 or visit us online.

    The Truth Behind Common Myths About Gum Disease

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Periodontal disease is a serious condition that could cause major problems to your oral health. If left untreated, periodontal disease might eventually cause the need for a dental extraction. Use this guide to learn the truth behind some common myths about gum disease so you can keep your mouth healthy:

    Myth: Bleeding Gums Are Not Serious
    Unfortunately, bleeding gums are often the first sign of gingivitis, which is the mildest form of periodontal disease. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, red, or swollen, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to start getting treatment that could reverse the gingivitis before it gets any worse.

    Myth: Flossing Does Not Do Much for Your Gums
    In actuality, flossing is one of the most important aspects of your oral hygiene routine, especially when it comes to maintaining healthy gums. The floss can fit between your teeth and gums, which helps you dislodge food and bacteria that might eventually cause an infection. Visit the dentist every six months to get deeper cleanings that can make your daily cleanings even more effective.

    Myth: Periodontal Disease Is Only a Result of Bad Oral Hygiene
    While a poor oral hygiene routine is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease, there are other factors that could also cause it. Smoking and using other tobacco products can significantly increase a person’s risk for developing periodontal disease. Stress and unhealthy eating habits can also negatively affect the health of the gums. Even pregnancy might increase a woman’s risk for developing gum disease.

    Dr. Charles Kaner is one of the leading periodontists in Manhattan and is here to help you maintain healthy gums. With deep cleanings and scalings, Dr. Kaner can help you keep your gums in top condition. He also specializes in dental implants and lip repositioning. To learn more about the office or to schedule an appointment, visit us online or call (646) 461-6582.

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