If you made a list of your favorite things, we are willing to bet that oral surgery probably isn’t on your list. We get it. No one wants to have surgery on their mouth.
Yet, there are multiple times when it is necessary to give you the best chance for long-term oral health. The right surgery can set the stage for a healthy mouth for many years to come. Putting off a needed procedure could lead to more severe problems that affect more than just your oral health.
We are proud that we can offer a variety of dental surgeries for our patients at our Huntsville, AL office.
Below, we discuss four situations when a surgical procedure could work for you. Call 256-801-0002 to schedule a consultation with Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
1. Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique
Gum recession can have many causes. One of the most common is periodontal disease, which affects most people at some point in their lives.
To be clear, receding gums is often an indication that you have developed advanced gum disease. Ideally, you would schedule routine dental exams, so we could identify an infection early. This would allow you to get treatment before gum recession is a concern.
Nevertheless, we are ready to repair your gumline when needed. Dr. Perkins has been trained in a minimally invasive technique for realigning your gumline.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique can be incredibly effective for many people. By making a small incision, Dr. Perkins can reposition your healthy gum tissue, so it covers the lower portion of your teeth and provide the protection that it should. This also helps to restore the healthy appearance of your smile.
2. Gum Graft
As effective as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique can be, some people are not good candidates for this procedure.
You can still repair your gumline, however, with a more traditional gum graft. This is done by adding gum tissue where it is needed. This helps your gum reconnect with your teeth. Again, the goal is to restore your natural gum line.
3. Tooth Removal
A vast majority of the time, we want you to keep your teeth in your mouth. This is why we offer so many different restorative services.
Yet, we also know that there are good reasons when you may need to have a tooth or teeth removed.
One example is if you have a severely decayed, infection, broken, or cracked tooth. If the damage is too great for a root canal or a crown to repair the tooth, taking it out and replacing it is your best option.
Another reason to remove teeth is to prepare for orthodontic care. For patients who have an issue with crowded teeth, removing some of those teeth can make it much easier to create a straight smile. This also can reduce the time needed to complete orthodontic treatment.
If you are preparing to get dental implants, you also may have a reason to remove teeth. A few teeth could actually make it more difficult to get a secure set of replacement teeth. This last scenario also could lead to our next procedure.
4. Socket Preservation
Bone loss is common when someone is missing teeth. That loss can make it difficult to place dental implants. Socket preservation is a way to add bone where a tooth has been removed. This makes it more likely that your jaw will be strong enough to hold your implant when you have recovered enough to receive them.
How Can We Help You?
Whether you need oral surgery or want to take preventive steps to avoid it, we have services that can work for you and your needs. At the office of Jennifer Perkins DDS in Huntsville, AL, we welcome you to call 256-801-0002. Check our website regularly for updated information on the treatments we can provide or contact us online.