- Biopsy/Oral Cancer
- Extractions/Tooth Removal
- Socket Preservation
- Soft Tissue/Bony Tissue Removal
- Wisdom Teeth
Throughout the medical field, a biopsy is simply the removal of a tissue sample to determine the diagnosis of a lesion. We use both brush biopsies and scalpel biopsies to identify oral lesions that warrant further attention.
Dental implants are an excellent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth and stabilizing loose and/or floppy dentures. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns made so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration. Your smile will look just like it used to, and, after a short period of getting used to, the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own. However, if other teeth are removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing. This can create problems when replacing the missing tooth. For example, if you want to fill the space with a dental implant, sufficient jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. Socket preservation is a technique for reinforcing the new extraction socket to minimize collapse of the bony structures. The decision to do socket preservation should be made before the extraction.
Soft Tissue/Bony Tissue Removal
There are situations where excess soft tissue forms, especially under or around dentures. In addition, bony projections also need to be removed occasionally. Some of these bony projections are called “tori.” If need be, we can help you with their removal.
Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause infection, pain, and other problems. When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially, a flap of skin, called an operculum, may form over the tooth. This can make the tooth hard to clean, and pieces of food may be caught under the skin. This makes it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop and causes swelling and pain in the area.
Lower infected wisdom teeth have the potential to develop a “dry socket” after removal. This is caused by the loss of the blood clot from the extraction site. You will be given instructions on how to best prevent it from happening.