Improve your "gummy" smile with a crown lengthening procedure. While some teeth may appear short, they may actually be the proper lengths, but are covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, injury, infection, and for orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices. The difficulty of the procedure can vary depending on the reason for removal, resulting in either a simple or surgical extraction. An example of reasoning for a surgical extraction over simple may include fracture of a tooth at the gum line.
Osseous surgery, also known as flap surgery, is usually performed when periodontal pockets around a tooth (or teeth) haven't responded to other treatments. Also known as pocket depth reduction, the goal of this procedures is to create a clean environment around the tooth. The purpose of osseous surgery is to reduce or eliminate periodontal pocketing depth.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus from deep periodontal pockets, and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. The goal of scaling and root planing is to reduce pocket depth and inflammation caused by bacteria, and can also be used in conjunction with alternate therapies.
Oral Cancer Screening
Changes in the mouth, bone, gums, tongue, or throat are not uncommon, and may or may not be caused by disease. Identifying and diagnosing these changes as early as possible is very important. The earlier a disease is identified and diagnosed, the faster treatment and healing can begin.
Maxillary Sinus Augmentation
The key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is placed. The upper back jaw can be a particularly difficult area to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone and the close proximity to the sinus. If you've lost bone in that area due to reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to place implants. Sinus lift surgery (or augmentation) can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
Ridge Preservation and Augmentation
After the loss of a tooth, the jaw can begin losing bone. Ridge Preservation and Augmentation is the prevention or recreation of the natural contour of the gums due to bone loss. This can be either for aesthetic reasons or to prevent food and/or bacteria from becoming trapped in areas of deep depression.
Many people might not realize that bone loss can begin immediately in the jaw after the loss of a tooth. This is because there is no longer a tooth in place to stimulate the jaw bone, so it can start to deteriorate. A simple bone grafting procedure can remedy this situation and help build bone back up.