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James A. DiPerna, DMD
Amber M.S. Foronda, DMD
David C. Hay, DMD, MPH
RIDC/Fox Chapel Office

(412) 963-1911 | View Map

Warrendale Office

(724) 262-2333 | View Map

Our Procedures

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring Sometimes the teeth are quite small in relation to the gum tissue. This can create an unattractive “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting. The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This…

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Gum Recession Treatment With the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PSTTM) A rejuvenated smile and no sensitive roots Gum recession not only makes your teeth appear longer, aging your smile, it can also cause painful tooth sensitivity to temperatures and sweets. Pittsburgh periodontists, Dr. DiPerna and Dr. Hay use minimally invasive microsurgical techniques to perform cutting edge gum…

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Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures A beautiful smile starts with healthy gums. Our goal as periodontists is to maintain the health of your gums and the integrity of the supporting structures. We use the latest research and technology to achieve this. Treatment for a Gummy Smile A smile is said to be ‘gummy’ if a significant amount…

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Soft Tissue Grafting Functional Soft Tissue Grafting Normally gum tissue surrounds and protects the delicate roots of your teeth. Exposed tooth roots are prone to tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss. All of this can lead to tooth loss in advanced cases. Functional Soft Tissue Grafting replaces the missing gum tissue and…

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Crown Lengthening The “crown” is the part of a tooth visible above the gumline.  Sometimes more of the tooth below the gums must be exposed to fill a cavity near the gumline or place a new crown on a broken tooth.  “Crown lengthening” provides more tooth structure for this to be done.  This helps to…

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Piezosurgery The Piezosurgery Unit utilizes a patented, controlled three-dimensional ultrasonic vibration, which precisely cuts bone, but does not penetrate soft tissue (i.e. sinus membranes, gingival or soft nerve tissue). As such, it is ideal for sensitive areas (i.e. sinus lifts and alveolar ridge augmentation). The following are some of its advantages: Hard tissue incisions are…

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Bone Grafting Your jawbone is what supports your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, severe periodontal infection dissolves parts of your jawbone. This bone loss can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth. The first step of treatment is to remove the periodontal disease, which halts the bone loss. Then we repair the damage that has…

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Ridge Augmentation Sometimes after an extraction, a sunken spot or concave appearance will develop in your gum line. This looks unsightly and can also jeopardize the appearance of a bridge that goes over the area. Grafting material can be inserted under the gum to fill out this depression. Ridge augmentation can also be used to…

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Our Procedures Patient ComfortDental ImplantsAdvanced Dental ImagingPinhole Surgical TechniqueBone GraftingRidge AugmentationCrown LengtheningSoft Tissue GraftingAesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival ContouringPiezosurgeryCommon Questions

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Common Questions Questions Relating to Dental Implants What Are Dental Implants? Implants are natural looking replacements for missing teeth. The implant itself is a post that attaches to your jawbone. This post provides an anchor for your general dentist to place crowns, bridges or other restorations. Evaluation with our doctors will allow for a determination…

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