South Shore Long Island
Periodontics & Implantology P.C.
Dr. Leslie G. Batnick, D.D.S.
Dr. Lois B. Levine, D.D.S.
Dr. Joo H. Kim, D.D.S.
Diplomates, American Board of Periodontology

Technology

At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we have invested in state-of-the-art technology so we can provide our patients the up-to-date, modern care they deserve. To learn more about the technology we have integrated into our practice, please read on.

 

Laser

State-of-the-art technology has allowed for laser therapy to be an integral part of our periodontal and implant practice. Laser surgery is so precise that healthy surrounding tissue is scarcely affected.

Our CO2 laser gives us an exceptional level of control in performing certain periodontal procedures.

Some of the indications for using a laser include:

  • The precision and focus of the laser allows us to avoid compromising surrounding tissue.
  • The laser allows for less anesthetic use and also promotes coagulation. This means less discomfort, swelling, and bleeding.
  • The laser is able to efficiently reduce bacterial load, reducing the need for antibiotic therapy and associated side effects.

Some of the ways we use the laser in our practice include:

  • Biopsies
  • Frenectomy (upper and lower)
  • Ginigivectomy
  • Papillectomy
  • Vestibuloplasty
  • Treatment of excess soft tissue – gingival hyperplasia
  • Sulcus sterilization
  • Uncovering of implants
  • Crown lengthening
  • Treatment of apthous ulcers, lichen planus, leukoplakia
  • Laser reattachment procedures
  • Treatment and detoxification of implant disease (peri-implantitis)

ICAT® Cone-Beam CT Scan

Why do we use the I-CAT® Cone Beam Dental Scan System? This system allows for digital imaging right here in our office that is both high definition and three dimensional.

The main advantage of this scanning system is that it exposes the patient to significantly less radiation than traditional medical CT scans and allows for quicker and easier image acquisition.  

A typical I-CAT® scan takes only twenty seconds.

After the images are retrieved, the state-of-the-art software allows your doctor to perform the most thorough diagnosis possible in a variety of treatment areas. Because a 3-D image is produced, we can offer the most accurate and interactive treatment planning between you and your doctor.

 

VELscope®

The VELscope®, combined with a visual and tactile examination, allows your doctor to identify areas of soft tissue where pathological changes may be developing. The VELscope® highlights areas where problematic cells are detected. We may perform a biopsy or refer you to a specialist to render the correct diagnosis and treatment. 

One of the keys to successful treatment of oral cancer is early detection. The VELscope® helps us catch oral cancer as early as possible, often before it can be detected with the naked eye.

Periodontal Endoscopy

Periodontal endoscopy is a technology developed specifically to treat periodontal disease. It uses a device called a perioscope, which is a an endoscopy that can explore and project images of the space between the gum and the teeth that develops in periodontitis.

Using the images, which are sent to a computer monitor, we can see the root surface of the diseased tooth along with the contents of the pocket (infection, plaque, and other debris).

The perioscope allows your doctor to clean plaque and tartar from the root’s surface – the primary treatment for periodontal disease. Additionally, your doctor will be able to identify other problems that may be contributing to disease, such as cracks, located under the gum. Prior to the development of this technology, surgery was required to identify these concerns.

 

SIMPLANT® Implant Treatment Planning & Guided Surgery

When we perform surgery, such as placing dental implants, precision and accuracy are crucial. Using a guided surgery system, we can place implants and perform other types of surgery more efficiently and effectively than ever before. 

SIMPLANT®'s software system allows us to accurately plan treatment and place implants with incredible precision. This allows for high success rates and predictable results. 

Osstell®

Osstell® is a new technology that ensures that the implants we place are integrated and ready to be restored. This device objectively measures the stability of a dental implant at the time of placement and at 2nd stage.

Based on resonance frequency analysis (RFA), the Osstell® unit measures the implant stability quotient (ISQ). This number suggests the ability of an implant to resist lateral forces, which are the forces that typically cause osseointegration (the process of an implant integrating into the bone structure) to break down and the implant to loosen.

Why is it important to measure implant stability?

Some reasons include:

  1. It supports making good decisions about WHEN to load.
  2. It determines whether immediate loading is possible at implant placement. 
  3. It can indicate situations in which it is best to UNLOAD.
  4. It supports good communication between the surgeon, the restorative doctor, and the patient.

Please call or email us if you would like any additional information about this new technology. We strive to continue to provide the best care your patients!