Periodontal Surgical Services

Surgical Periodontics – elimination of periodontal disease requires good home care and surgical intervention in the later stages. Patients do not usually know they have this problem until told by their dentist. Disease signs range from bleeding gums to loose teeth and abscesses. The surgical procedure is done in house and is minimally uncomfortable and affordable.

Grafts – Grafts are the placement of skin from one area to another. In people with gum recession or thin gum tissue, these procedures can help prevent tooth loss.

To replace a single missing tooth

When you’re missing a single tooth, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant. An implant is placed in your jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. After healing a dental crown is placed over it. Traditionally, a single missing tooth has been replaced by a dental bridge. A bridge requires that the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth are ground down and crowns placed on them. A dental implant, however, not only acts and feels like your own tooth, but it does not require crowns on the adjacent teeth.

Here’s an explanation for a single dental implant procedure:

1: Before the procedure

First, you will need a Consultation with our doctors. We will take x-rays and examine them closely. There are a lot of factors to be considered in planning a dental implant. We will check your occlusion, periodontal health, bone anatomy and general health. It will be comforting to you to know that you are in the hands of an experienced team.

2: Installing the dental implant

A titanium implant will be chosen and sized to fit you and the space allowed, will be carefully and precisely placed in the space of the missing tooth. Getting this titanium post placed just right is critical to the success of this procedure, as well as using quality materials.

3: Allow healing to take place

With today’s technology, healing time is less than it used to be. Some patients heal in a matter of 8-12 weeks depending on their general health. Keep in mind all patients are different and healing can vary from one patient to the next.

4: Final result

With a dental implant from Dr. Gilson and Gentle Family Dentistry, you should expect the new tooth to look just like a natural tooth. The fit will be excellent, it will function just like a natural tooth, and it will be completely comfortable. Take care of it the same way you would a natural tooth, with brushing, flossing, and regular checkups, to keep the tooth and the gum tissue around it healthy.

Implant vs Bridge Advantages and Disadvantages

  • A bridge requires placing crowns on the two adjacent teeth. Thus, three teeth are involved instead of one. Later, if there is a problem with any one of those teeth, usually the entire bridge needs to be replaced. A single dental implant is completely separate from any adjacent teeth and is treated separately.
  • A dental implant helps preserve the bone. Otherwise, the bone where you have the missing tooth will shrink over the years. (Important in Dentures)
  • A dental implant can easily be made to look like it is growing out of the gum, so that it looks completely natural. Often, this illusion can also be created with bridges, but not always.
  • If the teeth on either side of the missing tooth need crowns anyway, a bridge may be the most sensible choice.