Oral surgery and periodontal surgery
When surgical procedures are necessary, Thompson Dental provides excellent care to patients in our community. From routine tooth extractions to procedures that increase oral function and overall health, our team will provide attentive, gentle and customized care that suits your unique needs. The following is some helpful information on some of our most common surgical services.
While we take all measures to preserve teeth and prevent the need for extractions, sometimes removing teeth is a necessity for protecting a patient’s dental health and quality of life. In addition to the removal of a tooth because it is damaged or diseased beyond saving, our practice extracts wisdom teeth. Third molars (wisdom teeth) are very problematic when retained because they rarely erupt properly. Instead, they become lodged in the gums and bone. Partially exposed, wisdom teeth can make a straight smile crooked, contribute to oral infections and create quality of life issues such as orofacial pain and TMJ disorder.
When removing teeth, we utilize local anesthetics and sedating medications (when necessary) to ensure that our guests receive comfortable treatment. After a tooth’s removal, patients will temporarily need to eat a diet of liquid and soft foods and take certain medications so that they can enjoy a speedy recovery.
Dental implants are the best prosthetics available for treating tooth loss. These durable and biocompatible replacement teeth renew oral function and support the entire oral health system. An implant is a prosthetic that replaces a missing tooth’s root. After the implant is placed in the jawbone, patients will undergo a recovery phase of treatment that will allow the bone to generate new tissue that fuses around the dental implant. Once the implant becomes stable, a custom prosthetic like a dental crown or bridge will be attached to an abutment to finish the tooth replacement process. Crowns and bridges are made from natural looking materials so that the visible structure of the prosthetic improves the appearance of one’s smile.
Gum Grafts (Periodontal Surgery)
Like teeth, our gums can become damaged by disease. Gum grafts are a surgical treatment option for restoring the gingiva after damage from periodontal disease. A gum graft involves taking oral tissue from one part of the mouth and suturing it over the area in need of treatment.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that exposes more of a tooth’s structure. This procedure is beneficial for patients in need of extensive restorations like crowns or if there is an overgrowth of gingival tissue. Having a tooth’s crown lengthened involves surgically removing gum tissue and/or bone and then reattaching the gingiva to the newly lowered gum line.
Thompson Dental is committed to providing excellent oral healthcare to residents of McKinney and the surrounding areas. Call us today to reserve an appointment!