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Oral Surgery

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A lot of dental problems can be handled without much fuss or complication. Have a cavity? Get a filling, inlay, or onlay. Teeth stained? Try teeth whitening. However, you sometimes need something more extensive, especially if other methods cannot solve your problem. That’s when oral surgery can help.

Although oral surgery is more complicated than some other treatments, it’s still routine at our office. Dr. Cavendish has the training and experience necessary to deliver consistent results. In some cases, we can even bill your medical insurance for the oral surgery.

When a Tooth Needs to be Removed

If at all possible, the team here at our Phoenix, AZ dental office will try to save your natural teeth. That’s why we have restorative dentistry like root canals and dental crowns. Yet there are times when a tooth is too damaged to save. For example, an infection in your dental pulp could have been ignored for too long, and now there’s not enough healthy pulp to save. That’s when the best thing to do is remove the tooth and replace it.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Your wisdom teeth come in much later than the rest. That means you can easily have a problem when they finally appear. Wisdom teeth can remain impacted or even come in underneath your other molars. If you need a wisdom tooth removed, we can do so if it is an emergency. Otherwise, we will refer you to a trusted specialist.

Dental Implants Restore Health, Beauty

When you had a tooth removed, or if you lost one for any reason, you really need to get it replaced. Food particles can collect in that space, increasing your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Plus, it can make chewing harder. Dental implants fix those problems by placing a durable replacement tooth in the space. But an implant does more than that. Without a tooth’s root in the jawbone, the gum tissue there starts to deteriorate. The artificial root of a dental implant as well as the replacement tooth stimulate the bone, helping keep it healthy.

Build up Gums, Bone for Dental Implants

If you need a dental implant, you also need healthy bone tissue in your jaw. The titanium root needs to fuse with healthy bone or the implant will fail. Sometimes, the jaw is too thin, weak, or narrow. To correct these problems, you can get a bone graft. Dr. Cavendish will place healthy bone tissue where you need it. He can also perform a ridge augmentation. This is a bone graft specifically for the jawbone ridge where your teeth are rooted. We offer a special laser treatment that can help encourage bone tissue growth.

Your gums are important. They hold onto your teeth. Plus, you expect to see some gums when you smile. If you do not have enough healthy gum tissue, your teeth can look too long, affecting your entire smile’s appearance. Without enough gums, your teeth could also be at risk of falling out. With a gum graft, we’ll add healthy gum tissue so your gumline extends more over your teeth. This surgical procedure is also great for correcting gum recession caused by periodontal disease. As with bone grafts, we can use a dental laser to protect healthy gum tissue and encourage its growth.

To learn more about how oral surgery can help your teeth and gums, or to schedule your next appointment, call us today at 602-842-6504 or fill out our online form.

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