Implants & Oral Surgery

Surgical Placement of Implants

The healthiest thing to do when you lose a tooth is to have it replaced. Otherwise, you will risk having problems with biting, chewing, speaking, headaches, muscle pain and an unattractive facial appearance. Fortunately, there are many comfortable, secure, and natural-looking dental implants available for tooth replacement.

Dental implants serve as the base for various tooth-replacement options. Implants are surgically placed into the jaw to provide a comfortable, secure fit and a natural look.

During the first few appointments, the post or anchor is implanted into the jaw. The replacement tooth, bridge or denture is then fitted and installed after the bone and gums have healed.

Restorative Implant Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to replace damaged or missing teeth to restore the appearance of the smile and help protect against further damage and conditions such as gum disease. They can be made from many different materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal or all ceramic. Your dentist will help you decide which type of crown is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.

Dental crowns are placed during a series of two office visits. This first involves preparing the tooth and creating an impression from which the crown is made. The tooth is also thoroughly cleaned and shaped during this appointment, and a temporary crown is placed. The permanent crown is then placed with cement after a few weeks.

For most patients, dental crowns last for at least seven years, but many can last for decades and provide a strong, reliable tooth replacement with no special care needed. However, it is important for patients to clean their crown like their regular teeth, and to see their dentist on a regular basis for professional care.

Dental Extractions

There are many reasons to consider extractions. If a tooth is broken or extensively decayed beyond repair, it may be necessary to remove it in order to maintain long-term health. Likewise, a tooth that is associated with advanced stages of periodontal disease should also be removed since it lacks proper support.

In certain circumstances, wisdom teeth have the potential to cause complications when left untreated. When impacted, wisdom teeth make it difficult to keep the surrounding area clean, causing possible infection and tooth decay that can result in discomfort and inflammation. In instances where the wisdom teeth do come through the gums, it may be at an awkward angle, causing damage to nearby teeth and the surrounding bone. Because this combination of factors makes wisdom teeth common candidates for extraction, we routinely take appropriate panoramic X-rays to evaluate and evaluate their growth and position when necessary.

If it is determined that an extraction would be required to address an irreparably damaged tooth or a wisdom tooth, rest assured that you’ll receive appropriate care from a knowledgeable, sensitive team. The process will be explained to you and all questions answered. A thorough exam and diagnostic X-rays will be completed before your extraction to determine the optimal course of treatment. If we feel that your extraction needs would be better served by a specialist, we’ll refer you to a trusted oral surgeon.

Contact our office to learn more about our Implant and Oral Surgery services, or to make an appointment.

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