Dental implants are essentially titanium metal roots placed in ones jawbone. After these implants fuse with a persons bone we can add a single tooth here, bridgework or even removable appliances. They are very successful and long lasting with minimal discomfort.
Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign® creates a series of clear, customized aligners, or repositioners, that gradually straighten your teeth over time. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks, before advancing to the next set, until the goals you established with your dentist are reached.
Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP)
The PerioLase® from Millennium Dental Technologies is the only laser designed especially for LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™. A powerful 6 watt FR (Free Running) Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser with the unique features necessary to perform LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ and all other soft tissue procedures.
The LPT Procedure
In most cases, Dr. Markoff will schedule a complimentary consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, Dr. Markoff will take X-rays to make a definitive diagnoses and determine the extent of the infection. When you return for your first LPT™ treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anesthetic isn’t necessary, because LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ is much less traumatic. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Dr. Markoff will treat one half of your mouth at each session…and you’ll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterwards.
Why is LPT Better?
- LPT™ is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting and no suturing.
- There’s much less discomfort with LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure.
- It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.
- LPT™ gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LPT™ treated patients remain stable after five years, while only 5% reportedly remain stable after surgery.
- Dr. Markoff will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two, and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure.
- Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.
- There’s less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won’t lose time from work.
- LASER PERIODONTAL THERAPY™ is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Coumadin or Cyclosporine.
Lumineers and Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to repair or enhance the appearance of front teeth. They can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces and create a great smile. Using veneers, we can even perform virtually “instant orthodontics” to straighten crooked teeth and give you the bright smile you always wanted.
- Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
- Repair broken or chipped teeth
- Whiten dark, yellow, permanently stained or discolored teeth
- Correct misshapen or crooked teeth
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that involves breathing problems during sleep, as the throat muscles relax and block the airway. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea often experience loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, insomnia and waking up with a sore throat. This condition can affect anyone, but is most common in older adults.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night, sometimes for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea affects about 18 million people of all ages in the U.S. and takes three forms: obstructive, central and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form, occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes, blocking (obstructing) the person’s airway. The airway remains open in central sleep apnea, but the brain does not send signals to the muscles involved in breathing. Mixed sleep apnea combines aspects of the obstructive and central types. A common warning sign of sleep apnea is snoring (especially snoring interspersed with gasps or lack of breathing) although the two are not always related.
Because sufferers are roused from sleep briefly to resume proper breathing, disrupting and lowering the quality of a person’s rest, sleep apnea can cause a number of problems. If left untreated, it can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, headaches, and daytime fatigue leading to job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
There are a variety of treatments available for sleep apnea, including oral appliance therapy, mandibular repositioning and tongue-retaining devices, nasal sprays, traditional surgery, laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (not usually recommended) and nasal surgery. If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, talk with Dr. Markoff. He will discuss which treatment is right for you.
Preventive care is an essential part of ensuring oral health. With that in mind, we make sure to include an array of routine preventive services in our comprehensive patient exams. These include:
- Physical inspection of the teeth and gums
- Oral cancer screening
- Cleaning and flossing
- Fluoride treatment
We also take in-depth medical histories from each of our patients when they come to our office. This helps us better understand our patients’ current health, predict what problems might develop in the future, and keep track of any medications they are taking that may impact their dental health.