Haber Periodontics 

 & Dental Implants

        DEREK D. HABER, DMD, MS

 

CONTACT

(305) 667-4369 Office
(305) 667-3775 Fax
haberperio@gmail.com E-mail
 

LOCATION

6085 Bird Road STE 200
Miami, FL 33155

Hablamos Español

 
 

Gum Disease and Treatment

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease.  It is the body’s reaction to bacteria that accumulates around teeth. Gingivitis can be prevented through regular oral hygiene that includes daily brushing and flossing.  Therapy is aimed at the reduction of oral bacteria, and may take the form of regular periodic visits to a dental professional together with adequate oral hygiene home care.   If left unchecked, gingivitis may lead to periodontal disease

Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis

Periodontal disease involves progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth.

Some of the symptoms of periodontitis are redness or bleeding of the gums while brushing teeth, using dental floss or biting into hard food, gum swelling that recurs, spitting out blood after brushing teeth, bad breath, destruction of bone, and recession of gum tissue.

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Treatment

Treatment will begin with an initial comprehensive oral exam.  During this exam, the doctor will do a thorough evaluation of your gum tissue, your teeth, the musculature surrounding your jaw, as well as an oral cancer screening.  At the end of the exam, a unique treatment plan will be formulated and an explanation of treatment options will be presented.

Scaling and Root Planing 

Often called a "deep cleaning", this non-surgical procedure utilizes special instruments to remove the dental plaque, bacteria and mineralized build up known as tartar.

Pocket Reduction 

In more advanced cases of bone destruction, treatment involves the removal of the infected gum tissue and careful sculpting of the underlying bone to decrease the pockets and to make the teeth healthier and easier to clean.  In some cases bone grafts and growth factors may be placed into the pockets to regenerate the bone that has been lost.

Crown Lengthening

If a tooth fractures or decays below the gum line, your general dentist may not be able to access this area.  The crown lengthening procedure allows access to a small healthy portion of the tooth that was originally below the gums.  By exposing more of the existing tooth your restoring dentist will have more structure to attach your new crown.

Gum Recession

Sometimes the gum around teeth can be lost over time.  This is known as gum recession.  Teeth with gum recession can be sensitive to hot and cold, prone to further recession, cavities, as well as an unsightly appearance.  A graft can be placed to correct the missing gums with either your own healthy gum tissue or with gum tissue from an external source.

Cosmetic Gum Recontouring

Sometimes, too much gum is present giving a “gummy” appearance.  Teeth may appear too short or your gumline may be uneven.  Gum recontouring or cosmetic crown lengthening may be done to sculpt the gum tissue to provide ideal proportions to the teeth and gum for an aesthetically pleasing cosmetic result.

Bone Regeneration

Bone loss can occur around teeth or when teeth are lost.  Sometimes this bone loss can be reversed with bone grafts and growth factors.  Bone regeneration can be done to repair damaged bone around existing teeth as well to prepare the site for future dental implant placement.  

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support artificial teeth.  They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several teeth or a full mouth of missing teeth.  Dental implants can replace teeth lost from a variety of reasons.  They are long lasting, never develop cavities or need root canals and most importantly they look and feel like your own natural teeth.

 

 

 

 
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Contact Us

(305) 667-4369 Office 
(305) 667-3775 Fax
haberperio@gmail.com E-mail

 

Location

6085 Bird Road, STE 200
Miami, FL 33155

 

Schedule Your Appointment

Our office is currently accepting new patients.  Whether you are being referred by a dentist, a friend, coming in on your own, or simply seeking a second opinion, we will be happy to meet with you and discuss your needs.  Hablamos Español.