An implant is a titanium post (root) that is surgically placed into the jaw bone below the gum surface. It forms a secure foundation for a single tooth, multiple teeth or dentures. In many cases teeth can be added to the implant the day of the surgery. Also an implant placed at time of tooth extraction is very common. Virtual implants and crowns are constructed using 3D digital technology Teeth-in-a-Day® and All-on-4® are both common.
(All-on-4® = 4 implants in either the upper or lower jaw and permanent teeth).
More advanced surgical procedures including (orthognathic) jaw surgery for upper or lower jaws. Facial reconstruction for jaws that are too far “out” or too far “back” or tilted.
An orthodontic bracket is sometimes placed upon the tooth and it is moved into place in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.
“Plastic” surgery or a “gum facelift” can be completed using minimally invasive (pin-hole) surgery. Very effective and minimal if any discomfort.
Treatment is available for single or multiple teeth, including impacted wisdom teeth. Removal of teeth and immediate implant placement is also included. Extractions can also be used for the removal of abscessed, infected, fractured or endodontically treated (root canal) teeth and wisdom teeth.
“TMJ” describes symptoms of popping, spontaneous dislocation, pain, and/or grinding of the “jaw joint”/temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Symptoms may be caused by early life or recent trauma, malocclusion (“bite off”), arthritis, or upper and lower jaw being misaligned (chin too far out or too far back). Surgery is rarely recommended.
A biopsy is a removal of tissue from the lips, cheeks, palate, jaw, or gum tissue around teeth or tongue for further evaluation and review by an oral pathology exam. Laser surgery is also performed in this procedure.
Sometimes a “boost” is needed for patients who have very little bone from a traumatic incident or tooth loss. We use multiple types of growth factors to provoke bone enlargement and soft tissue healing.
Sometimes causes “tongue tie” if beneath tongue; sometimes causes gum recession if beneath upper or lower lip. Removal is simplified if utilizing laser treatment. Minimal discomfort.