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Oral Surgery

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS 

Wisdom Teeth, also referred to as third molars, typically begin breaking through the gums during the late teens or twenties. Failing to remove wisdom teeth early on can lead to future complications. Patients are advised to remove wisdom teeth in order to avoid pain, infections, gum disease, decay, crowding, and complications that can arise from surgically removing wisdom teeth in older age.

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BONE GRAFTING

There may be many reasons for why a bone graft is needed. Whether you’ve lost a tooth or have gum disease, a bone graft allows replacement of bone that is lost from your alveolar ridge bone (jaw). The alveolar ridge bone anchors your teeth in place and surrounds tooth roots so that you can do normal functions such as chewing. Without the alveolar ridge bone, your jaw cannot support natural teeth or even dental implants.

Ridge Preservation – In a ridge preservation, a bone graft is placed directly into an empty socket where a tooth has been extracted. This helps maintain the natural shape of the gums and jaw. This type of bone graft is best for patients who have lost one or more teeth and need to maintain bone in order to prepare for a future dental implant or restoration.

Sinus Lift – In a sinus augmentation, a bone graft will be placed in or under the sinus cavity (above the area that anchors your teeth) in the upper jaw. This type of bone grafting is ideal for patients who have an inadequate amount of existing bone in the upper jaw and need repair or augmentation in order to support dental implants or other restorations.

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DENTAL IMPLANTS 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the position of the missing tooth, which holds a replacement tooth in place. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually a more conservative, tooth-saving method for replacing missing teeth than traditional bridgework. This is because implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support; with dental implants, we don't need to put crowns on adjacent teeth that may not otherwise need dental work. Because dental implants integrate into the structure of your jaw, they prevent the boneloss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. Dental implants can also be used to anchor old, loose dentures to prevent them from moving during speech or chewing.