Dental Implants – Palm Desert, CA Family Dentists
Dental implants provide a more natural looking replacement for missing teeth. Conventional implant placement involved the peeling back of the gums from the bone, the placement of the implant and suturing. The minimally invasive dental implant procedure however, involves the removal of a tiny circle of gum, using a cookie-cutter type instrument and then the placement of the implant.
Dental implants require sufficient bone volume in order to secure success. Infections, trauma, periodontal disease and tooth extraction can reduce bone volume and necessitate a bone graft. Bone is oftentimes specially secured from bone banks or synthetic materials are used to stimulate bone formation.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Periodontal plastic surgery seeks to address several possible issues to enhance the individual’s smile. Periodontal Plastic Surgery Patients with a gummy smile or uneven gum line can elect to have a crown lengthening procedure that involves the removal of excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth. Long teeth or exposed roots can be caused by periodontal disease. Soft tissue grafts and other procedures serve to cover the roots and protect them from tooth decay as well as prevent further receding of the gum. Indentations in the gums and jawbone are another issue addressed by surgery. This occurs when the jawbone recedes and the tooth is not being held in place. Ridge augmentation restores the natural contour of the jaw and gum line fixing this issue.
Soft Tissue Graft
Periodontal disease and even excessive brushing can result in the gum line receding and exposing the roots of the teeth. A soft tissue graft serves to cover the roots and protect them from tooth decay as well as prevent further receding of the gum.
Sinus Enhancement Graft for Implant Placement
In some individuals, there is a need for a sinus elevation procedure in order to place the implant. This is due to inadequate bone in the upper molar region.
Tooth Extraction and Emergency Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth from its socket in the bone. Teeth that have been damaged by decay or broken are candidates for tooth extraction. Also extractions are performed in order to make room for braces, in preparation for radiation therapy or for organ transplants in high-risk of infection cases.