Periodontal Therapy & Dental Implants
In Long Island
Dr. David R. Scharf is a periodontist in Long Island specializing in a number of periodontal therapies and procedures. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating, identifying, and preventing gum diseases. Gum diseases are those that are related to the bones and gums. These supporting structures are essential to healthy teeth and keeping teeth in place.
Dr. Scharf is board-certified and is both practiced in and is an instructor of LANAP, an advanced procedure in gum disease treatment. He is a caring doctor who takes time to talk to patients and listen to what they have to say.
Our office provides many different periodontal therapies. Here is an overview of the main procedures we offer and a brief overview of what they are.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that will fuse with the jawbone in ways similar to how your natural teeth do. The process of dental implants varies based on the patient. But, in general, dental implants begin with titanium posts being placed in the jaw bone. Then, the bone bonds with the titanium post to create a solid foundation. Lastly, the prosthetic teeth are put in. The material of these implants creates the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth.
We recognize that some patients have anxiety over going to the dentist. We offer three different methods of sedation dentistry to help put high-stress patients at ease. The three methods of sedation dentistry we have at Dr. Scharf’s office are IV sedation, oral sedation, and the NuCalm method. Each method has advantages, and it depends on the patient and procedure as to which method is used.
Dr. Scharf also offers cosmetic dentistry services. We know there are patients who don’t feel confident in their smiles. We want to help these patients feel free to smile! So, we have gum recontouring serv often use laser gum surgery to help reduce the appearance of a gummy smile and get you the smile you want.
A crown lengthening procedure is when a periodontist exposes more of a tooth’s structure. This procedure is done so that a dentist will be able to fit a crown properly on a tooth that does not originally have enough structure available above the gumline.
Ridge enhancement is a way to restore functionality and cosmetic appearance. The gum ridge is part of the gum tissue that is visible after tooth removal. This exposed ridge often will shrink and create a ridge defect. This makes it hard to create natural replacement teeth or insert dental implants. A ridge enhancement can restore the ridge and make it easier to replace teeth.
With Dr. Scharf and our professional team, we are committed to giving you high-quality care. Each patient is different, and we will work on an individualized level to give every patient the services they need.