LANAP vs. Traditional Periodontal Surgery


Long Island periodontist Dr. Vasiliki BataliasLANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) produces less discomfort and faster recovery compared to a traditional periodontal treatment. As a certified LANAP clinician, Long Island periodontist Dr. Vasiliki Batalias sees those results firsthand.


Advantages of LANAP for a Patient

  1. It only targets the diseased tissue.
  2. The procedure kills bacteria that we are not able to kill by mechanical therapy.
  3. It is minimally invasive, making the recovery for the patient is generally much easier.

    “When patients have had their periodontal disease treated previously with traditional surgery, almost 100% of the time they comment on how much they prefer laser treatment because it is more comfortable and their recovery is faster. If this is their first time having gum treatment, they usually tell us that they took ibuprofen for the first day and were generally fine after that.”

Advantages of LANAP for Providers

There are many patients who may have recurrent disease, but absolutely refuse treatment.

LANAP gives us an opportunity to help patients who otherwise would have avoided necessary treatment.

Without dental treatment, patients face significant dental health risks, such as tooth and jawbone loss.

When it comes to treating periodontal disease, the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure has great advantages of reduced recovery time and it is a more comfortable procedure for the patient.


Dr. Vasiliki Batalias


Laser Pocket Disinfection Treatment – A Gum Solution

Long Island patients with gingivitis benefit from the Laser Pocket Disinfection treatment – a service provided right here at Farber Center. 

What is Laser Pocket Disinfection Treatment?

We know the irritation of their gums can alter their everyday lives. Laser Pocket Disinfection Treatment improves the health of your gums with lasting results. 

We utilize the Periolase MVP-7 because it is the only FDA approved laser specifically designed to better periodontal health.

How Does it Work?

The Laser Pocket Disinfection treatment is painless. It uses a laser to pass through healthy tissues while targeting and destroying bacteria and toxins. These toxins cause inflammation and gum disease.

The treatment only takes 10-15 minutes and patients leave our office with healthier gums.

Why This Treatment?

This treatment is crucial for patients with periodontal disease so they can prevent the progression of the disease. Also, preventing the progression of gum disease helps patients to avoid serious health concerns linked to the heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-term birth, certain cancers, and more.

Additionally, LPD allows patients to heal naturally and promotes an environment for healing.

Ultimately, countless patients choose this treatment and are thankful for it.

Farber Center offers Laser Pocket Disinfection Treatment


Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing Removes Bacteria

periodontal disease is treated in Long Island at the Farber Center

Long Island periodontist Dr. Alan H. Farber explains that some patients need periodontal scaling to remove bacteria and promote long-term dental health.

Preventative Care Program

Most of our patients come to see us and their dentist four times a year.  However the more prevention, the more bacteria you keep out of your mouth.  The bacteria that cause gum disease are different from the bacteria that cause tooth decay, and both types are removed when you have a professional cleaning.  The positive result is less gum disease and less decay, which means less need for treatment and lower dental care costs.

Patients at Risk for Disease

However, when patients start to have early breakdown, periodontal pockets start to get a little deeper–beyond the 3mm range.  There can be bleeding on examination and probing, and that is when we need to start with early periodontal disease treatment.  One of the procedures that we utilize is called scaling and root planing. 

Periodontal Scaling

Scaling is the removal of the bacterial toxins on the roots and planing means to smooth off the area, to smooth the root.  This procedure is minimally invasive.  We use a local anesthetic to numb the area for this procedure, so you remain comfortable.  After the procedure there is a little bit of soreness or tenderness that goes away in about 24 hours.  Your mouth feels healthier, your breath is better, and the gums start to heal.

How Often Must Periodontal Scalings Be Done or Redone?

That question is difficult to answer because it really depends on what you do at home.  If you are brushing and flossing every night, then there is less chance that you will need scaling again. 

The bottom line is that the you might never need scaling again, or it could be in a year, or it could be in five years.  So much depends on your daily dental hygiene routine, your immune system, your health condition, and personal habits such as smoking.  The more you do at home to take care of your teeth and gums, the less you have to do in my office.

Farber Center mouth facts


Dental Implants: Allowing You to Bite Into Any Apple

dental implants bite

A strong bite is essential to everyday life. With apple season in out midst, you want to make sure your bite is strong enough to enjoy your favorite one.

What is My Bite Like?

You may wonder, how does one know if they have a healthy set of teeth or not? The best way to measure this at home is if you are able to bite into food, like apples, that requires a considerable amount of chewing forces. An apple requires a significant amount of chewing force to bite and chew the apple.

Your Bite with Age

When natural teeth are not present and people often have a removable denture. With this equipment, their biting force goes down about 80%. This problem is present even with denture adhesives.

Where Dental Implants Come In

Dental implants are a great alternative to conventional removable dentures. Dental implants are used to replace an entire arch of teeth by supporting a non-removable, permanent bridge. When dental implants are used in this way, the biting force is dramatically increased—almost to the level healthy natural teeth.

Sometimes temporary solutions can help you aesthetically, but in the long term functionality of your teeth, you want a permanent solution.

To enjoy everyday life activities like biting into an apple, a permanent solution can significantly help you.

Don’t let your oral health hold you back, give us a call or visit our website today.

Farber Center dental implants

Periodontal Treatment Success is a Team Effort

periodontal treatment at Farber Center

Periodontal treatment requires the cooperation of the patient, the general dentist, and the periodontist. This collaboration leads to a successful treatment. Dr. Alan Farber explains the process for evaluating a patient to determine their periodontal treatment. 

Evaluation for Periodontal Treatment

We Need to Answer the Following Questions:

  • Is the gum tissue tighter around the teeth and do the teeth get tighter? 
  • Have we stopped or slowed down the disease process? 

To note, our success rates for accomplishing these objectives are extremely high. 

Questions for Patients:

  • Following proper home care?
  • Brushing and flossing regularly?
  • Coming in every three months routinely for dental hygiene visits?

Importance of Maintenance

In my 28 years of experience with patients I have found that patients who come in like clockwork every three months and are doing their home-care regularly do very well.  Additionally, re-treatment is minimal and the re-treatment can sometimes be a small area, not their entire mouth.

Preventative Care Program

We strongly recommend a preventative care program.  The bacteria that cause gum disease repopulate in about 90 days. That is the reason we recommend the three-month intervals for patients who have a history of periodontal disease and those who are most susceptible.  I always ask patients,  “Would you rather come in every three months and have no other dental treatment, or come in less often but run the risk of needing other treatment?” 

To expand, this preventative maintenance is performed in our office as well as in the general dentist’s office, and most of our patients alternate.  They have four hygiene visits a year: two at our office and two at their general dentist’s office. This allows the best of both worlds. We focus on different parts of the mouth: as a periodontist, I am looking at the gum and bone structure, and the restorative doctor looking at their fillings and their crowns and that part of the tooth. 

Ultimately, with the cooperation of the patient, the general dentist, and the periodontist, periodontal disease can be treated successfully.

Farber Center periodontal treatment