In addition to many non-surgical treatments, Dr. Hsu and Dr. Hodges are also capable of providing several types of surgical services that can protect a patient from disease, fix previous damage, and even help replace their missing teeth. To ensure a comfortable experience, they happily offer sedation dentistry so that every appointment is calm and cool from beginning to end. To learn more about some of the procedures listed below and whether or not you could benefit from one, give us a call today.
One of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is gum recession, in which the gum line actually pulls away from the teeth as its being broken down by bacteria. This cannot only make the teeth appear unnaturally long, but it also exposes the thin enamel around the roots, making a person more vulnerable to tooth loss. Thankfully, with a gum graft, our dentists can fix both of these problems. With a small amount of tissue harvested from a patient’s own mouth, they can use it to replace the gums where they have receded and restore someone’s appearance at the same time. Typically, this can be completed in just one appointment.
For a patient hoping to replace their upper back teeth with dental implants, sometimes their jawbone needs to be thickened first in order to prevent the new teeth from accidentally entering into their sinus cavities (which is as uncomfortable as it sounds). With a minor procedure that can be completed in a single appointment, Dr. Hsu or Dr. Hodges can use a patient’s own bone or donated bone to build up this area of the jaw. After a patient has healed, they’ll be ready to receive their new implants.
In many cases, a weakened or decayed tooth is removed with the intent of immediately replacing it with a dental implant. To ensure that the surrounding alveolar bone that will support the implant remains strong and thick after the extraction, our dentists can do what is called surgery site preservation. Basically, right after a tooth is removed, a small portion of a lab-made bone grafting material is applied to the socket to help it maintain its integrity and density, meaning the implant can be placed as quickly as possible.
After a tooth goes missing, it’s very common for the nearby jawbone to shrink and weaken. Over time, the bone can atrophy so much that it’s not able to safely support dental implants to replace the missing teeth. Rather than having a patient get a different type of prosthetic, our team can use bone augmentation to build up and thicken the jaw exactly where the implants will be located. The procedure is performed in one appointment, and after a patient has had time to heal, they’ll return to have their implants placed into the newly strengthened bone.
One of our practice’s specialties is replacing missing teeth with dental implants, which if you ask any dentist, offer the next best thing to natural teeth. They have an extremely lifelike appearance, are tremendously stable and secure, and they can easily last for multiple decades on end. Whether you’re missing one tooth or are in need of a full denture, Dr. Hsu and Dr. Hodges can use implants to completely renew your smile, oral health, and confidence all at the same time.
Inside everyone’s mouth, attached to each lip and under the tongue, you’ll find a small band of tissue called a frenulum. These form during birth, and for some children, they can be so short or thick that they inhibit normal oral function. This leads to issues commonly known as tongue-ties or lip-ties, and these can prevent a child from eating, speaking, or even breathing normally. Fortunately, our dentists just need a few minutes and a dental laser to quickly and painlessly snip or loosen this troublesome tissue. This procedure is so gentle now that even the littlest patients can get it without shedding a tear.
A tooth extraction is often recommended by a dentist when a tooth has simply become too decayed or damaged to be repaired. And, in the case of the wisdom teeth, they often become stuck while erupting and can cause pain towards the back of the jaw. Thanks to our team’s expertise, we’re able to perform all types of extractions in-house and do them in such a way that our patients barely feel a thing while on the table, meaning it’s easy to remain comfortable. Then, if necessary, we can promptly replace the teeth with dental implants as well.
It’s fairly common for a tooth to develop decay or a crack that stretches underneath the gum line, meaning it is out of reach of typical treatments. With crown lengthening, after a tiny incision is placed in the gums, a small amount of the jawbone is removed from around a tooth to expose more of the crown. This enables our team to adequately treat whatever the problem might be. This type of procedure can also be used to improve someone’s appearance as well, helping the teeth look longer so a patient doesn’t have an overly “gummy” smile.