Oral Surgery/Wisdom Teeth – I like to remove wisdom teeth because I have been blessed with the results. I try to finesse the surgery to remove these teeth without many post-op problems; very seldom do I have swelling or dry sockets afterwards. Thank the Lord. We do other oral surgery procedures like bone cyst removal and bone grafting along with placing implants for crown and bridge work. This includes blade and root form implants.
I love to do cosmetic gum surgery to show more teeth. This procedure is to lengthen the tooth crown and eliminate short teeth and a gummy smile. The cosmetic results are amazing, like a Hollywood smile. No post-operative recovery.
We do apioectomies to save failing root canals. Frenectomies to reduce the spaces between the front teeth and to eliminate tongue tied problems and gum recession from a pulling frenum. These are simple operations using laser surgery or microwave surgery.
Of course, I do extractions of teeth and removal of root tips under the gum. If a tooth must be extracted, I believe in doing it that day to get the patient out of pain and not to make them wait and suffer for 2 or 3 days on antibiotics. The pain is instantly gone, swelling goes away fast and antibiotics can do the rest.
Dentures – Dentures can be a blessing for many people who have suffered with bad teeth and gums for multiple years. If a person has widespread pyorrhea (pus producing advanced periodontal disease) and is causing pus through your whole body and to every organ causing overload physiological stress on your whole body and immune system, then dentures may be the cure. If you eliminate these untreatable teeth your body will recover rapidly and you will feel better. Dentures are the quick answer to restoring your dentition. Dentures are very challenging to dentistry. 50% of all denture patients can wear them with few problems. The next 40% have some problems, and 10% have great difficulty.
If you have teeth that have to be extracted we generally replace them with immediate dentures so you do not have to go without teeth. This is a procedure whereby we take impressions of the remaining teeth, pour up the models of this situation, remove and re-contour the gums and teeth and then construct dentures. The patient comes in, the teeth are extracted and the gums modified and then the dentures are inserted. Post-operative recovery is usually not remarkable but variable. I try to be as accommodating and technique sensitive as is possible with replacement of full dentures, immediate dentures and partial dentures.
Our partial dentures replace missing teeth with a new nylon plastic flexible material that fits the gum ridges more comfortably and no metal clasps, you just see teeth. Former partial denture patients are delighted with this current protocol. They look great, and are comfortable and functional.