Dr. Scott H. Froum is a Board certified periodontist who received his BA from Amherst in Amherst, MA. He received his DDS from the State of Stony Brook of Dental Medicine where he graduated with honors. He continued his dental training in the post graduate department at the State of Stony Brook of Dental Medicine and received his certificate. He currently is a clinical associate at SUNY Stony Brook of Dental Medicine in the Department of Periodontics. He is chief of the Perio-Implant Advisory. He has lectured on the national and international level on implant therapy, bone and gum regeneration, and complications.
Dr. Scott H. Froum’s private practice is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan in the area. Our specializes in saving , placing implants, and correcting implant problems. Dr. Froum also performs a wide variety of cosmetic procedures to correct gummy smiles and reverse periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Dr. Froum is a clinical at SUNY Stony Brook Dental in the post graduate department of periodontics and implant dentistry. He incorporates the latest technology and research into his private practice in to provide his patients with the most current methods of dental treatment.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement and can aid in the prevention of bone loss in the jaw.
Implant Supported Bridges
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural .
Implant Supported Dentures
For patients who are missing many or all of their , implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In to replace a full arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jaw bone density being one of the most significant determining factors.
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the , held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs)
There are times when a full size implant is not a viable option, and in many cases an MDI may be a great solution. Small spaces or inadequate bone mass in the jaw may prevent the use of traditional implants. Mini Dental Implants are similar to regular implants but, as the name suggests, are significantly smaller in diameter. Dental implants typically take 2 visits and require a waiting period of a few months from the time of implant placement to the time the permanent replacement tooth can be placed. The placement of MDIs is minimally invasive, often requiring only local anesthetic and no sutures. For this reason, MDIs can often be placed with the final replacement tooth in one day.
There are times when there are cosmetic reasons to perform a gum graft. In these cases, a soft tissue graft can improve the appearance of a even if the patient does not have a medical reason to perform the procedure. If gum tissue is uneven or not providing sufficient coverage of the tooth root, a patient may elect to have a gum graft to improve the appearance of their and make the appear more proportionate or even.
The most common reason to perform a gum grafting procedure is to correct the effects of gum recession. Gum recession can be mild and is often a natural part of aging, but the receding can expose part of the tooth root and cause sensitivity to heat and cold. Patients may choose to have a gum graft to reduce the sensitivity they are experiencing as a result of gum recession.
More often, however, gum recession is the result of disease and there are important oral and medical reasons to perform a gum graft procedure. The recession not only affects the aesthetics of the and tooth sensitivity, but overall oral and wellness. Receding leave tooth roots exposed and vulnerable to decay, instability and tooth loss, which can then lead to loss of the bone structure supporting the . Gum grafts are an effective way to cover and protect tooth roots, helping extend the of the tooth and supporting bone structures.
Bone grafting is a form of reconstructive surgery that helps to generate and rebuild bone and increase bone density to allow for proper support of dental implants or prostheses. In addition to dental implants, bone grafting may be required to address defects in a patient’s jaw.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone often is often affected over time. Patients without enough jaw bone mass are not candidates for dental implants. Bone grafting is often performed to reverse bone loss or enhance existing bone, allowing for the placement of dental implants after the bone graft has healed and created the necessary foundation for the implants.
Dr. Froum is proud to offer the latest technology available for therapy: SOLEA® laser treatment. There are numerous advantages to using laser therapy as opposed to the traditional methods requiring a scalpel and sutures.
Dental lasers are a medical technology that emits a beam of concentrated light. When used for surgical and procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.
Lasers in dentistry allow for many procedures to be performed with no noise, minimal pain, less bleeding, faster recovery times, and fewer appointments.