Dentoalveolar surgery describes a set of oral surgery procedures that deal primarily with the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. Here are some of the most common types of dentoalveolar surgery we perform.
Our experienced team will take take the necessary radiographs, discuss your options, and if needed, refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. For more information about these or other dentoalveolar surgery procedures, contact our office.
Our Erdenheim team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases that affect the oral and maxillofacial area. Some of these include infections of the oral cavity or salivary glands, benign or malignant tumors, cysts, and other soft tissue diseases.
If your dentist suspects that you could have oral or pharyngeal cancer, you may be referred to our doctor for a biopsy to confirm or for surgical removal of the tumor.
Our doctor is compassionate, experienced, and an expert in procedures that treat diseases of the head, mouth, and neck.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants provide a safe, durable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants function like natural teeth and have a very natural appearance within your mouth. Our doctor is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. To that end, we make use of the latest techniques and technologies that allow efficient, stress-free treatment. Many of our patients find dental implants to be an appealing tooth loss solution and are pleased by how relaxed and comfortable their experience can be.
Crown lengthening treatment removes excess gum tissue from around one or more of your teeth, exposing additional tooth structure above your gumline. This may be recommended if you have a “gummy” smile or to provide better access to correct issues with decayed or broken teeth or infected gums.
During treatment, your gums are moved away from your tooth and jawbone. The bone will be smoothed, if needed, prior to reattaching the gums lower on the teeth. With more tooth structure showing above the gumline, your teeth now appear longer and your gums less prominent.
Pocket reduction surgery treats the deep gum pockets that form at the edge of the gumline. These pockets can be difficult or impossible to effectively clean at home. With pocket reduction, these pockets are opened, thoroughly cleaned, then put back in place in a position that greatly reduces their depth. By minimizing the depth of the gum pockets, we can ensure that you will be able to avoid excessive bacterial growth in your gums by maintaining proper oral hygiene habits at home.
There are two types of gum grafting: free gingival graft and connective tissue graft. Each serves a specific purpose in treating gum recession. Our periodontist will recommend the treatment that is right for your individual needs.
Free Gingival Graft
This graft is designed to thicken thinning gums in cases where there is no tooth root exposure. By thickening the gum tissue, your gums are more resistant to infection. Additionally, the free gingival graft helps to prevent further gum recession.
Connective Tissue Graft
This graft is designed to treat cases where tooth root surfaces have been exposed. The graft is used to cover the exposed tissue and help to reestablish the proper gum contours within the mouth. The success of this method often depends on the amount of bone loss in the area where the exposure has occurred.
Our doctor will discuss your benefits and likely outcomes prior to beginning treatment.
In the rear portion of the upper jaw, the maxillary sinus cavity lies just beyond the jawbone. In many cases, that cavity is so large that there is insufficient bone to allow the secure placement of dental implants. When this occurs, our doctor may recommend a sinus graft.
Like bone grafting, a sinus graft involves the surgical application of donor tissue to augment the existing bone structure. Depending on your individual needs, this may be done at the time of implant placement or done in advance and allowed to fully heal before your implants are placed. In either case, your sinus grafting will ensure you have enough strong bone in your upper jaw to anchor your dental implants.
Dental implants are an aesthetic and effective solution for tooth loss. However, to place a dental implant, you must have sufficient healthy bone structure in the area where the implant will be placed. This bone serves to anchor the implant in place and ensure your tooth replacement solution is strong and long-lasting.
When teeth are lost or removed without replacement, resorption (bone loss) can occur. If we find that you have experienced bone loss in the area where you need implants, we may recommend a bone graft. A bone graft augments the healthy bone in your jaw and stimulates regeneration that further restores your jawbone structure.
Once fully healed, you will be ready to receive dental implants that will provide a solution for tooth loss and prevent further resorption of jaw bone structure.