From bone grafting to addressing impacted teeth, our periodontist offers expert-level care in a comfortable and serene setting.
Since periodontal (gum) disease is a major threat to your oral health, seeing a specialist for treatment is one of the best investments a person can make in managing their condition.
Bone Grafting and Ridge Augmentation
Bone grafting is a procedure where bone tissue is surgically bonded to areas where bone mass is sparse. The bone used may be autogenous, meaning it comes from the patient’s own body. Common sources for autogenous bone tissue include the chin, knee, or hip. Bone may be harvested from a tissue bank as well. This source of bone tissue reduces the need for a preliminary procedure to extract bone from the patient’s body. Bone grafting is beneficial to a patient who will be receiving dental implants. In some instances, bone grafting may help correct developmental issues where one jaw is larger than the other or offset the effects of osteoporosis in the jaw.
Ridge augmentation is a specific type of bone grafting procedure that addresses bone loss due to resorption. After tooth loss, the body will absorb bone because the roots of teeth no longer stimulate the jawbone. When bone atrophy occurs, a ridge augmentation can help reshape the jawbone in areas where tissue is sparse such as at the site of empty tooth sockets. This procedure is beneficial to those receiving dental implants as it increases bone density at the site of implantation.
Some patients may receive decortication treatments following bone grafting procedures. This is a specialized treatment and its objective is to accelerate the process of bone regeneration.
Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to erupt through the gum line properly. Instead, they become lodged or “stuck” in the bone and gums. When teeth are impacted, patients tend to develop oral health complications such as abscesses and periodontal disease. Some folks with impacted teeth may have discomfort such as facial/jaw pain and frequent headaches.
The two most common types of teeth that become impacted are third molars (wisdom teeth) and the maxillary cuspid (the upper canine tooth). If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it will be extracted. This means that the entire tooth is surgically removed. The reason wisdom teeth are extracted is because they are not necessary for oral function and there is normally not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt in a healthy position that doesn’t compromise the health of other teeth.
When upper canines are impacted, the crown of the tooth will be exposed through a surgical procedure. These teeth become impacted during the period of tooth transition in childhood. Sometimes the deciduous (baby) teeth do not fall out fast enough and the permanent cuspid is starting to emerge. In this instance, the deciduous tooth is extracted and the maxillary cuspid is exposed. In some cases, following the surgical exposure of an impacted tooth, an orthodontic appliance will be anchored to guide the tooth through the gums and to an upright position.
Osseous surgery is a periodontal treatment used for patients who have advanced gum disease. This procedure is normally prescribed if a patient’s condition has not improved after receiving common periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing. Osseous surgery involves debriding the root of a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Since gum disease attacks bone tissue, the bone surrounding the tooth is smoothed and reshaped. The periodontal tissue above the bone is trimmed so that it meets the tooth above the reshaped bone. Stitches are then used to hold soft tissue in place so that it can heal and reattach to teeth. Osseous surgery can prevent the loss of teeth to periodontal disease along with improving a person’s overall oral health.
Our objective during any surgical procedure is to improve a patient’s oral health and quality of life. We follow strict protocols so that members of our community receive high quality and personalized care.
most popular questions
Your questions about oral surgery answered.
Meet The Doctor
Dr. Bezik is committed to providing advanced, state-of-the-art periodontal and implant related treatments in a relaxing environment to improve the general and dental health of our patients.