Gum Grafts for “Long in the Tooth” Patients

A relatively simply gum graft procedure can help make “long in the tooth” patients look younger. Dr. Alan Farber and his team of periodontists at Farber Center help patients every day choose the right procedure for them.  

What is Happening to my Teeth?

As periodontal disease progresses over time, the supporting bone begins to shrink due to the disease process, and then the gum tissue follows the bone.  This process of gums shrinking or pulling away is called gingival or gum recession.  I use an analogy of carpet lying on the subfloor.  If the subfloor caves in, the carpet follows.  That is what happens when you have periodontal disease.  You start to see more of the tooth because the bone resorbs and the gum tissue follows.

What Does “Long in the Tooth” Mean?

Years ago, as patients got older,  they used the term “long in the tooth.”  The teeth are not getting longer, but they appear to be longer because the gums and supporting bone are receding.  Sometimes this condition also appears in patients who clench or grind their teeth.

What is the Right Treatment?

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Depending on the diagnosis, I will create an appropriate treatment plan.  If it is just a question of gum recession–showing a little more root—then there are procedures called soft tissue or gum grafts that can be used to cover up the long looking teeth and make patients look younger.

There are different types of gum grafts, and fortunately today with the advancement of science, we sometimes do not have to use the patient’s own tissue.  We can use donated tissue, and by using the patient’s own blood growth factors, we can have an almost exact match of the tissue.  After treatment, patients come to me and they say, “I don’t even know where the graft is, because it looks so natural.  It perfectly matches my gum tissue.”   

When you have recession, many times there is something we can do to correct the problem.  When you have teeth and gums that look natural, your face has a younger look.

Farber Center prevents and fixes missing teeth

LANAP Boot Camp Trains Dental Professionals

Farber Center hosted Millennium Dental’s Long Island LANAP Boot Camp on November 10, 2018.

Farber Center hosted Millenium Dental Technologies' LANAP boot camp

A Culture of Education

We maintain a strong belief in continuing education. We believe every Long Island dental professional benefits from obtaining as much training as possible. 

With this in mind, many of our patients reap the benefits of the LANAP procedure and we are excited to see more doctors training for certification.

What is LANAP?

Utilizing the body’s natural ability to heal itself, Dr. Farber, Dr. Chondrogiannis, and Dr. Batalias utilize the PerioLase™ for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP™). Performed without a scalpel and requiring no sutures, LANAP™ creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth lost due to gum disease. Only a select group of dental professionals around the United States perform this procedure.

Additionally, patients benefit by experiencing little to no pain during treatment and enjoying the results of the procedure. 

Millenium’s LANAP Boot Camp

According to Millenium, all dentists using lasers should – at a minimum – complete a Standard Proficiency Course (formerly Category II Certificate) based on the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education.

Additionally, there are many higher levels courses available through their training system.

Farber Center prevents and fixes missing teeth

Sugar: An Enemy to Your Oral Health

Sugar causes tooth decay and gum diseaseWhile the sweet taste of ice cream can tickle your tastebuds and cool you down it can also cause tooth decay. Why? It contains on average 28 grams of sugar.

 

What’s Wrong with Sugar?

Consuming high amounts of sugar leads to an increase of plaque in the mouth and puts you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 

According to Colgate, it’s not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that bowl of ice cream. Certain harmful oral bacteria feed on the sugars you eat to create acids that destroy the tooth enamel. This gives way to cavities, which can result in pain and ultimately tooth loss.

How Can I Repair the Damage?

This plaque buildup caused by sugar consumption needs to be removed by your hygienist. Regular cleanings are essential to oral health as well as total body health. Farber Center offers top-notch periodontal maintenance cleanings that go far beyond your average general dentist cleaning. 

On an instant level, be sure to brush your teeth immediately after eating a sweet treat.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid adding excess toppings. More toppings=More sugars
  • Try grabbing a sugar-free snack
  • Try an alternatives to ice cream and sweets like fresh frozen fruit!

Farber Center prevents and fixes missing teeth

Fighting Hunger and Oral Cancer Together

For our fourth annual Food Drive we partnered with Long Island Cares. Their motto: “together we can help fight hunger on Long Island.”

Long Island Cares

Long Island Cares dedicates itself to helping the Long Island community through its food bank and other services.

Those services include:

What Can You Do to Fight Hunger?

This holiday season, we encourage you to donate to our food drive to help our community fight hunger.

Fight Oral Cancer in the Process

Additionally, when you donate to our Food Drive at Farber Center, you receive half off our Velscope oral cancer screening.

For helping our community fight hunger, we want to help fight cancer in return. The VELscope detects oral cancer that the naked eye is unable to see.

The device emits a harmless, blue light that exposes abnormal tissue in the mouth. The VELscope detects abnormalities early. Early detection is key for oral cancer to be treated to save you life.