Surgical Procedures

Surgical Procedures
  • What surgical procedures do you offer?
    We offer services for all surgeries related to dental implants (implant placement, bone grafts), and dental extractions.
  • How invasive is the implant surgery?
    The surgery to place a dental implant is actually easier on the mouth than tooth extraction. After the implant surgery is finished, you may benefit from taking the rest of the day to recuperate. However, it is not expected that you should need any additional time beyond that.
    Pain management for a surgery like this is easily accomplished with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil.
  • What is a simple extraction?
    A simple extraction is the removal of the tooth using only hand instruments. This is typically the case when the entire tooth is still intact.
  • What is a surgical extraction?
    A surgical extraction is the removal of a tooth when the gums must be reflected back, while also using a high-speed handpiece drill. In this instance, the drill must be used to remove surrounding bone or to split the tooth into smaller pieces.
  • What determines whether an extraction is simple or surgical?
    The status of the tooth to be extracted determines whether an extraction is simple or surgical. It is a simple extraction if the tooth is intact above the gumline and can be removed easily (regardless of whether it has decay or not).
    A surgical extraction comes to pass when the tooth is broken beneath the gumline, or must be separated into smaller pieces in order to be removed.
  • What is bone grafting?
    Bone grafting is a surgical procedure to add bone in areas that do not have enough bone for implants.
    Grafting can take different forms: bone graft (ridge preservation), sinus lift (elevation), and ridge augmentation (expansion).
  • Where does the bone grafting material come from?
    The main sources for bone grafting material comes from the patient themselves (autogenous), cadaver (allograft), bovine (xenograft), or synthetic.
  • When is bone grafting needed?
    The most common use for bone grafting is in order to improve the site for a future dental implant.
    This often occurs because bone is lost in a vertical or horizontal direction. The bone loss can be the result of surgery, periodontal disease, bone atrophy from a long-standing missing tooth, or trauma.
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