Tooth Extraction, Dental Implants, Crown Lengthening, Soft Tissue Laser and Bone Grafting
Surgical dentistry involves the removal or replacement of infected and non-restorable teeth as well as the modification of gum tissue and bone levels. These procedures help restore your chewing functionality and maintain optimum oral health.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its alveolus (socket). Extractions are typically indicated when a tooth is not restorable because of severe tooth decay, periodontal disease (bone loss), or fracture. Extractions may also be indicated when teeth are impacted (common with wisdom teeth) or to make space for teeth that are overcrowded during orthodontic treatment.
A dental implant is an artificial root used to anchor a replacement tooth which is made up of an abutment and crown. In addition to replacing missing teeth, a dental implant helps to maintain your bone and does not require the removal of healthy tooth structure on neighboring teeth.
Crown lengthening involves removing a small amount of bone to create enough room for gingival (gum) attachment to a tooth. It is indicated when there is a lack of tooth structure for gingival (gum) attachment between the edge of a restoration (ie. crown) and the bone. It is also effective in allowing access to subgingival caries (cavities) and to treat a “gummy” smile.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser dentistry involves using a laser light to remove or shape gingival (gum) tissue with virtually no bleeding, pain, post-operative swelling or discomfort. We utilize lasers to perform many different procedures including lingual frenectomies (tongue tie release), gingivectomies (removal of excess gingiva to improve esthetics), removal of painful aphthous ulcers (Canker sores).
Socket Preservation ("Bone Grafting")
Socket preservation (bone grafting) is performed to maintain adequate bone for placement of a future implant. It is done by transferring bone from a different area of the mouth or placing sterile or synthetic bone into the socket immediately after a tooth is extracted.