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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

 

Replacing One Tooth With a Dental Implant.Replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant offers many advantages over your other choices: a removable partial denture or fixed bridgework. A dental implant stays securely anchored in your jaw, giving you a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions exactly like a natural tooth. A partial denture, on the other hand, needs to hook onto existing teeth. This added stress may cause the anchor teeth to become loose over time. Fixed bridgework, likewise, presents problems for the natural teeth that are used as supports: In order to hold a bridge in place, we need to prepare or file down and crown (cap) at least two natural teeth, one on either side of the space left by a missing tooth. This may cause those support teeth to become more susceptible to decay. Implants can never decay because they are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible metal.

How It Works

Dental Implants 101.The titanium dental implant becomes the root-part of your missing tooth. During a minor surgical procedure, it is placed beneath the gum, into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, it will actually become part of your jawbone by fusing to it in a process known as osseointegration. That's what makes implant teeth the most natural replacement teeth that exist today.

The implant will be capped by a dental crown that has been created to match your existing teeth. Often there is a connecting piece that goes between them called an abutment. Like the implant itself, this part won't be visible in your mouth. Only the lifelike crown can be seen.

Sometimes a temporary crown is attached at the same time as the implant is placed so that you can go home that day with a replacement tooth. More commonly, the implant is left undisturbed for several months to complete the osseointegration process before the crown is attached. We will let you know which method would work best in your case. Implants are forever, so we want to make sure it's done right!

What to Expect

The surgery to place a dental implant is a simple, routine procedure carried out under local anesthesia in the dental office. First the area will be numbed so you won't feel a thing. Then the implant will be inserted into your jaw at a precisely planned angle and position to maximize support for your new tooth and avoid anatomical structures such as nerves and sinus cavities. The surgery should take an hour or less, and post-operative discomfort should be minimal. Many patients find over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen is all that is needed; others find they don't need to take anything at all. It will be important to avoid chewing on the surgery site for several weeks; we will advise you as to any diet modifications you need to make during this time.

Once your permanent crown is attached, your new implant tooth will feel just like all your other teeth, and that's exactly how you should care for it — as if it grew there naturally. While it cannot decay, the implant's connection to your bone can be threatened by gum disease. In order to avoid this, keep up your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and coming in for regular professional cleanings. If you keep your mouth healthy, your implant should last a lifetime.

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