Our Services

At Northwest Periodontics, we offer a range of advanced periodontal dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. Halpern has the training, skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the highest quality of care. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their treatment.

Services we offer include, but are not limited to:

Periodontics

You may be asking yourself, “What is periodontics?” Periodontics is the dental specialty concerning prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases around the supporting tissue of the teeth and dental implants. Your doctor will provide necessary treatment to help maintain the health and function of your teeth, gums, implants, and bone.

Who exactly is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of any periodontal disease. They are also trained in the placement of dental implants that can replace lost teeth to help maintain the structure and function of a patient's mouth. Periodontists, such as Dr. Halpern, have had three years of extra training beyond dental school to better prepare them to identify and treat gum disease and other related issues. Dr. Halpern continues to further his education in the world of periodontics and is proud to use the latest technology to help provide his patients with the highest quality of treatment.

Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

In place of traditional tissue grafting, Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique offers a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. The procedure is usually completed in 1-2 hours and provides a quicker recovery compared to the traditional method.

During your appointment, Dr. Halpern uses a small needle to make a small hole in the gum tissue. The tissue is then loosened and moved over the receded part of the tooth. Patients experience minimal post-operative symptoms including pain, swelling, and bleeding. Typically they will recover in a few days. Contact our office or click here to learn more about the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

LASER Periodontal Therapy™

LASER Periodontal Therapy™ (LANAP) is a modality indicated for treatment of gum disease where the doctor uses the Nd:YAG (Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) pulsed laser that helps to eliminate periodontal infection around a patient's teeth. The use of a LASER means that there is minimal tissue removal, bleeding, discomfort, and decreased recovery time. Dr. Halpern is one of the first periodontists in Cherokee County to use LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy™. He uses this therapy to help remove diseased tissue, maintain the height of a patient's tissue around their teeth, assist in closing pocket wounds, and halt the spread of periodontal disease in the patient's mouth. The Periolase LASER protocol is the first and only LASER treatment for periodontal disease that is FDA approved.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed where a root is normally found. If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the perfect solution for you. Crowns or caps on dental implants are natural-looking and the implants are anchored into the patient's jawbone. For dental implants to work properly, the patient must have proper bone structure and density. Dr. Halpern is an trained in determining if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants.

It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental problems. When the dental implant is surgically placed, the jawbone will need time to integrate or fuse to the implant. To see if you are a candidate for dental implants, call us today to make an appointment!

Crown Lengthening

If you have ever noticed that your smile seems to be more gum than teeth, and that your teeth appear to be very short, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic crown lengthening. Your teeth are most likely the right length, but are being covered by an excessive amount of gum tissue. Crown lengthening involves removing some of the gum tissue to expose more of your natural teeth. Dr. Halpern has the skill to do this to one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch to give you a smile you'll be happy to show off.

With functional crown lengthening, Dr. Halpern can ensure that a patient is ready for other restorative or cosmetic procedures by their restorative dentist. If a patient has a tooth that is broken at or near the gum line, crown lengthening can facilitate restoration by the restorative dentist access the area that needs treatment.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is swelling and or bleeding of the gum tissue. It is caused by a bacterial infection around the teeth at and below the gum line. Gingivitis is commonly found in the mouths of patients all over the world. It is important to catch gingivitis early and take preventive steps to treat it and keep it from progressing to a more advanced stage. Dr. Halpern will use a small mirror and probe to check your mouth for bleeding gums which are signs of gingivitis. Treatment of gingivitis includes removing plaque and tartar above as well as below the gum line, which is called scaling and root plaining.

Scaling and Root Planing is done under local anesthetic to numb the gums and teeth to minimize any discomfort a patient may feel during the procedure. Next, the doctor or hygienist will use ultrasonic instruments and scalers that allow them to clean beneath the gum line and remove plaque and tartar. Root surfaces are then planed and smoothed to allow the gum tissue to heal.

Gum Grafts

Dr. Halpern may suggest a gum graft in order to help treat gum recession or in a case where a patient has insufficient amount of pink bound down gum tissue (gingiva). A soft tissue gum graft is used to fix the problem area and prevent continued recession and bone loss. In a gum graft, Dr. Halpern will take gum tissue from the patient's palate or from another source to replace the lost tissue. To discuss if you're a candidate for a gum graft, call us today!

Osseous Flap Surgery

This therapy is used when deep pockets (indicating bone loss) persist after other non-surgical treatments have been completed. If pockets remain, this is an indication that the patient has suffered from a sufficient amount of bone loss and the persistent infection remains.

During osseous flap surgery, Dr. Halpern will use a local anesthetic and then gently reflect the gum to expose the patient's bone and roots of the teeth. Any infected gum tissue is removed and the patient's roots are thoroughly cleaned using ultrasonic instruments. In some cases, regenerative materials are placed to regenerate the lost bone. The gums are then sutured back into place.