Fix Missing Teeth And More With Oral Surgery
Sometimes, all you need is a little help to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Maybe you have a small cavity, so a little composite filling will repair the damage. Or thanks to all the brushing and flossing you’ve been doing, all you really need is a professional dental cleaning and comprehensive dental exam. But there are times when problems get big — really big. As in, you’re missing a whole tooth, or you soon will because a tooth needs to come out. When big problems threaten your dental health, we have the oral surgery treatment needed to fix them. If you need oral surgery treatment today, visit Dr. James LoCascio for oral surgery Highland Township, MI area dental office of Highland Advanced Dental Care.
When you are missing teeth, you’re putting yourself at risk for more than just gum disease and tooth decay. No one likes to see a huge gap in your smile, so people who notice the missing tooth might judge you a bit harshly. To make your smile healthy and attractive again, we can use a dental implant. In this surgical procedure, Dr. LoCascio will implant a titanium root in your jawbone, then attach a replacement tooth.
If you need a full arch of teeth replaced, chances are you are having lots of problems. Teeth are necessary to speak properly, never mind eating right and looking normal. When you need that many teeth replaced, a single dental implant is not going to cut it. Instead, Dr. James LoCascio can use an All-on-4 dental implant procedure. This is a full arch of replacement teeth similar to dentures, but they are held in place by four titanium roots. These hold onto the replacement teeth securely, ensuring they will not slide around or fall out. But by using only four implants instead of one for each tooth being replaced, there’s less time spent in surgery and less invasive work done.
Maybe the problem isn’t a lack of teeth but teeth that should come out. It’s rare, but there are times when your dental health is better served by extracting a tooth. For example, we can normally do a root canal and save a tooth if it’s gotten infected on the inside, but there are times when the infection has spread too much. Crowns can help severely damaged teeth stay in one piece, but there’s only so much they can do. We do not approach tooth removals lightly, but we can extract a tooth when it becomes a big problem.
As the years go by, your gums might start to recede or even form empty pockets next to the teeth that can harbor bacteria. What causes this gum recession? Gum disease is a leading culprit, as the bacteria on or below the gumline irritates the gums, causing them to recede and pull away from your teeth. Changes such as menopause can also move the gumline. Regardless of why, the effects are the same. Your smile will look strange because the gums have moved, and by exposing parts of your teeth designed to stay covered by your gums, your teeth are at risk.
Dr. LoCascio was the first general dentist in Michigan to learn a new surgical procedure to treat gum recession: the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. With this procedure, Dr. James LoCascio will make a very small pinhole in the part of the gums that have receded. Then he will gently expand the gum tissue there to cover more of the teeth. This avoids the invasive gum grafting normally done but still improves your health and looks. Dr. James LoCascio is a member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry and continuing his education in advanced Restorative Dentistry at Pankey Institute for Continuing Dental Education.
With our oral surgery treatment, we can fix the big problems with your teeth and get you back to having a great, healthy smile. Call our Highland, MI office at 248-329-3552 to schedule your oral surgery Highland Township, MI area appointment, or use our convenient online form.