Patient Concerns

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Language

Several of our staff speak Spanish or Armenian and will be happy to assist you, however, possible.

Patient Education

We find that patients are more comfortable when they know what to expect on each step of a proposed treatment. As learning is primarily a visual process, we offer a three-dimensional animated presentation of all major periodontal and dental implant procedures. This computerized presentation (known as Consult Pro), has become a valuable aid in patient education.

Our goal is that you are completely informed concerning your condition and any treatment that will be performed

Patient Safety

We adhere to the highest professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff regularly attend safety seminars and are knowledgeable on the latest techniques.

Sterilization

We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as AIDS, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical. We use extensive sterilization procedures, going well beyond the guidelines recommended by the American Dental Association andCenters for Disease Control.

We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and replace them with every new patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is wiped-down with antibacterial solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use autoclave sterilization for all instruments prior to dental examination and treatment. You can be assured that our staff have been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.

Pre-medication

Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.

Post Treatment Instructions

After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.

Patient Comfort

We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures.

In addition, for your convenience, we offer:

  • A TV in the operatory

  • Headphones with a variety of music options

  • Refreshments

Special Equipment

We strive to stay on the leading edge of periodontal techniques and equipment. In order to do this, we take a great deal of continuing education. We also utilize advanced equipment in our office. This includes:

Simplant is computer 3-D imaging software that enhances the overall success of your dental implant. 3-D imaging gives us a more complete picture of the quality and quantity of your bone support making it possible for us to better determine the ideal location for your dental implant.

During microsurgical procedures, surgical microscopes are used to illuminate and magnify delicate structures. The periodontist can then operate with greater precision, using smaller instruments and sutures. Microsurgery is less invasive, causes less discomfort, and typically produces better results in less time.

You have probably seen a magnifier loop in a jewelry store when the jeweler was closely examining a diamond. Dental magnifier loops are made for periodontists to view your teeth and gums in minute detail during periodontal procedures. Dr. Avanessian uses periodontal loops in many procedures to ensure more precise treatment.

Digital x-Rays are taken with very low radiation and have more flexibility in terms of rendition. They are also more convenient when planning treatment with your general dentist.

Panoramic Radiography (Panarex) is an advanced full-mouth x-ray that allows a full “panoramic” view of your teeth. This type of x-ray is often necessary in the diagnosis of dental implant placement and comprehensive periodontal therapy.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, limited research suggests that the use of lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) may improve the effectiveness of this procedure. SRP is a non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases. In addition, when the lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient during surgery.

Recent advances in dental implant technology and bone regeneration allow trained periodontists to place dental implants anchoring dentures and partials immediately. Single tooth implants can also be restored immediately in a number of cases.

There are now many more periodontal procedures to enhance the appearance of your teeth and gums. Teeth that look short due to gum tissue can be lengthened and teeth that appear too long, giving a prematurely “old” look, can be corrected with gum grafts.