Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Attention to Detail Crucial to a Beautiful Smile Supported by Dental Implants
...It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume...

Tom Hanks' Abscessed Tooth Gets Cast Away
...This may require antibiotics and any of several in-office dental procedures, including gum surgery, a root canal, or a tooth extraction...

A Toothless Tiger?
...You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery Can Help Restore Lost Tissues Around Teeth
... Plastic periodontal surgery can help restore these lost tissues...

Researchers Looking for Links between TMJD and Other Health Conditions
...Although jaw surgery is an option, we should consider it a last resort after other therapies have proven altogether ineffective in relieving pain and restoring function...

Quitting Smoking Decreases Your Risk of Implant Failure
...Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond...

Lasers are Making an Impact in Treating Gum Disease
...If we detect plaque deposits well below the gum line and around the tooth roots, we may need to use other techniques like root planing or surgery to access these deeper areas...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
...“I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery...

Success with Dental Implants Depends on Attention to Detail
...Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth...

Adjust Your Diet to Accommodate TMD to Maximize Nutrition
... There are a number of effective treatments for TMD, including thermal therapy (hot or cold packs), joint exercise, medication or surgery (as a last resort)...

A Mouthguard for NBA Star Isaiah Thomas
... Over the next few days, Thomas had a total of ten hours of oral surgery to treat problems with multiple teeth...

Think You Have Sleep Apnea? Find Out for Sure to Get the Right Treatment
...Advanced cases may also require surgery to alter or remove soft tissue obstructions...

New Front Teeth for a Teenaged David Duchovny
...However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require...

You may Need Orthodontic Work Before Getting a Dental Implant
...But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery...

Get Ahead of Bite Problems with Interceptive Orthodontics
...The hinge mechanism coaxes the lower jaw to develop further forward, which may help avoid more extensive and expensive jaw surgery later...

Getting Dental Implants Requires Minor Surgery
...While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction...

3 Situations for Seeing a Periodontist
...But if the infection has advanced deep within the gum tissues especially around the roots and bone, you may need more advanced measures, including surgery, performed by a periodontist...

We'll Help You Maintain Your Oral Health After Gum Disease
...This could include gum surgery to alter the tissues around certain teeth for easier access for examination and cleaning...

FAQs for National Gum Care Month
...Periodontitis may require a variety of treatments, ranging from special cleaning procedures of the tooth root surfaces to gum surgery...

Treating Gum Disease around Tooth Roots is Hard - but Not Impossible
...We may need to perform a surgical procedure called flap surgery where we create a hinged flap in the gum tissue to move it aside and access the root area beneath...

Stop Root Cavities with Prevention and Prompt Treatment
...We may also need to support tissue regeneration with grafting surgery...

Early Orthodontic Treatment
...If one waits too long, a more complicated treatment — or even oral surgery — might be required to correct the problem...

Gummy Smiles
...This problem can be solved with a periodontal plastic surgery technique called “crown lengthening,” which involves removing and reshaping the excess tissue to expose the full length of teeth...

Snoring & Sleep Apnea
...This treatment is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence; it's a good remedy to try before moving on to more complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat...

TMD
...In fact, it's important to exhaust all such reversible remedies before moving on to anything irreversible, such as bridgework or surgery...

Cosmetic Gum Surgery
... What to Expect All cosmetic gum surgery can be performed at the dental office — and it usually requires only a local anesthetic (numbing shot)...

Gum Grafting
...You should experience very little discomfort after the surgery, even if tissue has been removed from your palate, because that donor area is usually covered by a soothing, liquid band-aid-like material...

Oral Systemic Connection
...For more serious conditions, conventional or laser gum surgery is an option...

Periodontal (Gum) Disease
...Locally applied antimicrobial products or antibiotics might also be recommended during various parts of periodontal treatment to assist in healing and pocket-depth reduction, hopefully eliminating the need for periodontal surgery...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
When advanced gum disease (periodontitis) develops, your teeth are in danger: At this stage, the ligaments and bone tissue that surround them are being destroyed, and you could even begin losing teeth! If the disease can't be controlled by non-surgical treatments like cleaning and scaling, then periodontal flap surgery may be your best treatment option...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
... Related Articles Oral Surgery & Blood Thinners If you are taking blood thinners — including aspirin — it's important to let your dentist know...

Bone Grafting
...Since a small incision is made in your gum tissue to gain access to the bone that will receive the graft, you may experience some soreness in the area after the surgery...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...These procedures may include plastic surgery, orthodontics, orthognathic (jaw) surgery and speech therapy...

Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
...That's when corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended...

Extractions
...How straightforward this minor surgery is will depend on where the tooth to be extracted is located in the mouth, and what its roots are like...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
...After that, as much of the reconstructive surgery as possible is accomplished in one operation...

Sinus Surgery
... The Procedure Prior to scheduling surgery, your dentist will assess the shape, location, and health of the sinus using x-ray imaging...

Bad Breath
...If you have gum disease, you may need periodontal (gum) therapy, which can include a deep cleaning of the roots of your teeth, antibiotics, and, in advanced cases, periodontal surgery...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...If you are a candidate for oral surgery, tooth extraction or implant placement, it's important to consider the possible effect of bisphosphonate use before you have this type of procedure...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
In the early 20th Century, not long after X-rays were discovered, medical professionals recognized their value as diagnostic tools: They could clearly reveal structures hidden inside the body without the need for risky surgery...

Laser Dentistry
...Used in gum surgery, for example, lasers can treat gum disease by killing harmful bacteria deep in pockets below the gum line, and removing the diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue...

Bone Grafting
...Because a small incision in your gum tissue needs to be made to access the underlying bone that will receive the graft, you may experience some soreness in the area after the surgery; this can usually be managed by over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and/or pain relievers as well as ice therapy after the procedure...

Dental Implants FAQs
... Is dental implant surgery painful...

Fixed Dentures
... What to Expect The surgery to place dental implants that support a fixed denture is a simple, routine procedure carried out in an office setting, under local anesthesia in most cases...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
...Read Article Dental Implant Surgery Many people are surprised at how relatively easy dental implant surgery is because they let their imaginations get the better of them before they go through the actual procedure...

Root Canal Retreatment
...Besides retreatment, the alternatives may include endodontic surgery or extraction (removal) of the tooth...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
...Because this procedure is often performed with the aid of a microscope and other small specialized tools, it's considered a type of endodontic microsurgery...

Endodontics
...This field also deals with cases of dental trauma, performs microsurgery on the tips of the tooth's roots, and even helps figure out what's going on when tooth pain seems to come and go intermittently, or when the pain isn't localized at one tooth...

Oral Surgery
The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period...

Periodontal Therapy
... Periodontal Plastic Surgery...

Technology
...It can be used to find disease, plan procedures, and visualize internal structures that formerly wouldn't have been visible without surgery...

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