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Effect of Tooth Loss

Dental Implants

Extraction Site Preservation

Soft Tissue “Gum” Grafts

Soft Tissue “Gum” Grafts

A procedure designed to correct exposed root surface caused by receeding gums, or to add gum tissue to an area that is lacking “good” gum tissue.  The procedure is done in office and the donor tissue is transferred from the roof of the mouth, or taken from a donor source.   Benefits of soft tissue grafts include, reducing the size of long teeth, reducing sensitivity to cold & hot, protecting the root surface from decay, restoring the natural appearance of the length of your teeth, and increasing the longevity of your teeth.  Children about to start orthodontics to senior citizens are candidates for this procedure.  

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Esthetic Crown Lengthening is reshaping of the gum and bone to expose more of your own natural tooth structure.  This creates proper tooth lengths that serve as the foundation to an esthetic smile.  While this procedure is most often done in conjunction veneers or crowns with a restorative/cosmetic dentist, some patients that have a “gummy smile” and only need to have the teeth lengthened to improve their appearance. 

Functional Crown Lengthening

Exposing more of your own tooth structure to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible, if your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Functional Crown lengthening reshapes the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Periodontal Disease

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Sinus and Ridge Augmentation

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices are fixed, immovable anchor for space closure, molar uprighting, correction of anterior open bites and many other tooth movements.  In this way your orthodontist is able to get results that may not have been accomplished with braces alone.  The advantages to the patient include, greater comfort, i.e. no headgear, lip bumpers and other auxiliaries; speeds treatment and drastically reduces compliance required. Placing the temporary anchorage device is done in the office and is pain-free.

Frenectomy

Oral Pathology

As part of your comprehensive care, Dr. West carefully evaluates disorders and conditions of the oral cavity.  Shown are some lesions found during the examination.

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