Periodontal Medicine

Meet Dr. Zuly

To save you time and enhance your dental care, our periodontal surgeon serves our locations twice per month.  Dr. Zuly is a valued part of our dental family and is here to serve you and your family.

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine – University of Puerto Rico
  • First Hispanic female student government president
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Apex Scholarship
  • Outstanding Leadership and Academic Excellence Award recipient from the American Association of Women Dentists
  • Post graduate degrees in Periodontology and Biomedical Sciences from New York University Langone Medial Center
  • American Academy of Periodontology Student Achievement Award
  • Founder of the nonprofit Dental Adventures

Periodontal Disease &Treatment

Gum Health Affects Your Overall Health. Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but also has been shown to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease. While gum disease typically begins with gingivitis, half of Americans aged 30 and above (64 million) have a more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontal Treatments

Scaling and Root Planing

As the most common non-surgical methods to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planning reach where flossing and brushing cannot. Our team uses a special dental tool during the procedure to get down to the roots to remove the bacteria and tartar that have gathered below the gum line.

Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria. This approach can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss, enhance the smile, and facilitate more effective home hygiene care.

Sinus Lift

Sinus lift raises the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation in the upper jaw. Bone is added between the jaw and maxillary sinuses to repair damage from periodontal disease often for the proper placement of implants.

Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

Sometimes the early stages of gum disease can be invisible and painless. However, here is a brief list of some common and noticeable symptoms:

  • Swollen/red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from brushing

Gum Contouring

Reshape Your Smile

Your gums frame your smile. If you have excess gum tissue, gum contouring may be the solution you need to get the smile you desire. Also known as gum reshaping, gum lifting or crown lengthening, we can reshape your gums to enhance your smile.

Benefits of Gum Contouring

  • Transform a "gummy" smile
  • Repair gums damaged by Periodontal disease
  • Make short teeth appear longer
  • Highlight your teeth rather than your gums
  • Enhance your confidence with a beautiful smile
  • Craft an even gum line for a more symmetrical smile.

Gum Grafting

Gum recession leaves your teeth susceptible to developing plaque and cavities in the tooth’s root, a problem that a simple filling is unlikely to correct effectively. Gum recession is also a sign that you are losing tooth-supporting bone beneath the surface.

AlloDerm® Gum Grafts

Dr. Zuly uses the AlloDerm® procedure where soft tissue grafting material from donated human tissue is used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Grafts not only improve the beauty of your smile and protect roots, they can also lead to reduced sensitivity while slowing recession and bone loss.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting

  • Regenerate Bone Growth
  • Healthy Gumline
  • Dependable Root Coverage
  • Reduce Tooth Loss