Oral surgery may sound a bit scary, but you can be confident you are in good hands with Dr. LoCascio of Highland Advanced Dental Care.
Dr. LoCascio is experienced and skilled in a range of oral surgery procedures. He is passionate about building on his knowledge and offering the latest and best clinical care to his patients. He has advanced training from the Misch Implant Institute, is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and holds a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He was also the first general dentist in Michigan to be trained in the groundbreaking Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for gum recession.
If you live in or around Highland Township, MI and would like to schedule a consultation for oral surgery or any of our dental services, call Highland Advanced Dental Care at 248-329-3552.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best way to make your smile whole again. Of all the tooth replacements available, dental implants function, feel, and look most like real teeth. That’s because, unlike bridges or traditional dentures, which sit on top of the gums, dental implants are placed into your jawbone — right where your tooth root used to live.
A dental implant is a titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root. Dr. LoCascio will surgically insert it right into your jawbone. As it heals, the bone will grow around it, and the dental implant will actually become part of your body.
Once you’ve healed from the initial surgery, Dr. LoCascio will attach an abutment and a replacement tooth, typically a crown.
What’s so wonderful about dental implants is that they are hardly distinguishable from real teeth. Your bite will be strong enough to eat whatever you want to eat. You won’t have to worry about them falling out. Plus they prevent bone loss in the jaw, which is a real danger with other types of restorations.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
For patients missing a whole arch of teeth, we offer a special type of dental implant technique. If you have many teeth missing, getting lots of individual dental implants can be overly expensive and just not practical. But at Highland Advanced Dental Care, we perform a procedure called All-On-4®, which allows us to attach a full arch of teeth to just four dental implants.
All-On-4 implants can be used on either the top or bottom arch. Dr. LoCascio will determine the four best places in the jawbone for supporting the titanium posts, which he will surgically implant.
Unlike with single dental implants, Dr. LoCascio will be able to attach your replacement teeth the very same day as your initial surgery. That’s right — you don’t have to wait months for your jaw to heal.
All-On-4 implants will not slip, slide, or fall out. You don’t have to deal with messy adhesives. They help keep your jaw strong and robust, preventing the bone loss that typically accompanies traditional dentures. And your bite will be as strong as it ever was. You will be free to eat whatever you want.
It’s never fun to learn that you have to have one of your permanent teeth taken out. But if it is damaged beyond repair, loose due to gum disease, or severely infected, sometimes an extraction is the only option.
If you do need an extraction, Dr. LoCascio is a dentist you can trust to do a clean, comfortable job of it. You will be totally numb under local anesthesia (delivered through our DentalVibe painless anesthesia system), and can be sedated with nitrous oxide if you like.
Gum Recession Treatment
Left untreated, periodontal disease will cause your gums to recede from the teeth and, eventually, your teeth to fall out. Conventional gum recession surgery involves grafting gum tissue from other parts of the mouth to the areas of recession. While effective, this process is complex and invasive, requiring a scalpel, sutures, and a long recovery period.
Dr. LoCascio is the first general dentist in Michigan to be trained in the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, which treats recession by making a pinhole in the gum and shifting the tissue around. The procedure is faster, much less invasive, scalpel and suture free, and results in a much quicker, less painful recovery.