Ridge augmentation prior to dental implants

At times, when teeth are lost due to periodontal disease, fractured, or root infections, a large defect may occur in the bone, thus compromising the placement of dental implants. In advanced defects such as this, it may be necessary to expand the ridge or move the maxillary sinus to gain enough bone to support a dental implant.

In these cases, Dr. Leaderman will use your bone or a combine of bioactive glass material with your bone.

What is bioactive glass?

Bioactive glasses are glass-ceramic biomaterials that have many applications but these are primarily in the areas of bone repair and bone regeneration via tissue engineering.

  • Synthetic bone graft materials for general orthopedic, craniofacial (bones of the skull and face), maxillofacial and periodontal (the bone structure that supports teeth) repair. These are available to surgeons in a particulate form
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bone tissue engineering scaffolds. These are being investigated in many forms, in particular as porous (contains pores into which cells can grow and fluids can travel) 3-dimensional scaffolds

Cosmetic Case Planning & Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Periodontal surgery is designed not only to restore the functional and structural integrity of the teeth and gums but also to restore a more natural appearance and enhance the beauty of a smile. Unlike purely corrective periodontal therapies, cosmetic procedures focus as much on esthetics as on function. Part of the desired result is improving the self-confidence and image of the patient while correcting any dental defects.

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Acute and Chronic TMJ Jaw Pain

TMJ jaw pain can be in the jaw muscles, the jaw joints, or both. Most of it comes from the muscles that move the lower jaw. One of the muscles, the temporalis, spreads out like a fan on the side of the head and reaches downward to grab the lower jaw. Many physicians are not familiar with the temporalis muscle and mistake the pain from this muscle for migraine. Some patients with actually have pain inside the jaw joint itself. If there is discomfort in the jaw joint itself, the joints will hurt when you press directly on them.

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Laser Periodontal Surgery

Dr. Leaderman is one of the few periodontitis in the country trained to use a laser for gentle, precise and conservative periodontal treatment.

What is a Laser?

A laser is a high tech devise that generates a tiny beam of very concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth through a tiny fiber, to help remove areas of infection and remove gum disease around the teeth with great precision and accuracy.
The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Patients are also much more comfortable during and after treatment with laser therapy. The need for local anesthetic is reduced but it is usually used to make sure that you feel absolutely nothing during the treatment

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn't come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.