A dental implant restoration can replace a missing tooth. It comes in three parts. First, we cut a channel and place a titanium artificial root in the jawbone. After healing we place an abutment into the implant. Finally a crown is placed over the abutment. (click for more about dental implants)
Guided Implant Surgery:
When indicated we order a three dimensional radiograph called a cone beam CT. This allows us to see how the implant will best fit in the available bone. We can even order a surgical guide that will guide the implant placement precisely when space is limited.
We do all types of extractions under local anesthesia. We will refer patients who want to go to sleep to have teeth removed.
Root Canal Surgery:
This is needed approximately 5% of cases where standard root canal therapy has not solved the original problem with the tooth. After surgical access to the root end we remove the root end and place a filling into the remaining root structure.
Root Coverage and Gingival Graft Surgery:
When the gum has receded such that the root of the tooth is exposed a gingival graft may be able to restore all or most of the tissue.
Crown Lengthening Surgery:
In some cases it is possible to restore a tooth with inadequate tooth structure by surgically uncovering a few more millimeters of the tooth.
When indicated we can use surgical access to clean the root surface more thoroughly and even improve bony defects around roots with various graft materials.