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A periodontist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems that affect the gums and other supporting tissues of the teeth. If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Learn more about Periodontal Disease & Therapy.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Treating gum disease starts with the removal of any plaque and hardened deposits (tartar or calculus) on the tooth root surfaces. This may be followed by other non-surgical treatments and/or periodontal surgery to remove diseased tissue and restore your mouth to the best possible health.

Implant Dentistry

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If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that deteriorates when even one tooth is lost.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

The gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth plays a big role in how appealing your smile will look. Excess gum tissue, gum recession, and an uneven gum line are all problems that can often be successfully treated surgically at the dental office. Learn more about Cosmetic Gum Surgery.

Gum Grafting

If gum recession is affecting your health or your appearance, a routine surgical procedure called gum grafting may help. It involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area where little or no gum tissue currently exists — typically recommended to prevent further gum recession or to help cover tooth root surfaces that have become exposed. Learn more about Gum Grafting.

Tooth Extractions

There are times when it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons, including: damage or trauma to the tooth; extensive gum disease; extensive tooth decay; or overcrowding. Learn more about Tooth Extractions.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting, a minor in-office surgical procedure, is commonly used in dentistry to correct deficiencies in bone quantity and to build support for teeth or dental implants. Learn more about Bone Grafting.

Sedation Options

We offer a wide array of sedation options for our patients.  We want you to be comfortable for every procedure and are fully Licensed to offer you Nitrous Oxide sedation ( laughing gas), Oral sedation, IV sedation and General Anesthesia. Learn more about  Anesthesia

 

Natural tooth vs dental implants.Decades of research have established that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth; that's why we recommend using them whenever possible. There is simply no other option that offers the same advantages (View Top Reasons to Choose Implants). However, we need to make sure the requisite conditions exist in a person's mouth to ensure the high success rates normally associated with this life-changing treatment. Are you a candidate for dental implants? Let's examine the criteria for success.

Implants are placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure done at the dental office. To create a lasting connection that will anchor your new teeth for a lifetime, there needs to be sufficient bone volume and density in the jaw to support the implants. Adequate bone is not always present because bone loss always follows the loss of a tooth. That's because bone is a living tissue that rebuilds itself constantly. To do so, however, it needs a particular type of stimulation, which comes from the teeth. When even one tooth is lost, the bone beneath it begins to melt away, or resorb. The longer the tooth is missing, the greater the bone loss.

In the past, individuals who waited too long could not have implants because they lacked sufficient bone. Today, it has become quite common to regenerate the jawbone with routine bone-grafting techniques. To accomplish this, dentists most often use laboratory-processed material that stimulates the body's own ability to regenerate bone, rather than moving bone from one part of a patient's body to the site of the missing tooth. In fact, bone grafting material is often added to an extraction site when a tooth is removed, just to make sure implants remain a viable option.

There are some situations where the use of implants might have to be delayed: For example, in a child, it would be ideal to wait until growth and development of the jaw has been completed. Or, in the case of individuals with diabetes, the underlying medical condition should be controlled before proceeding. Once that is accomplished, these individuals can achieve success with implant replacement teeth that is comparable to what people without chronic medical conditions experience.

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is to make an appointment to come in and see us. We would be happy to examine you and discuss all of your tooth-replacement options.

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