Periodontal procedures sound scary and unappealing to patients, but our team of dental professionals makes any periodontal treatment you may need a breeze! Some of our more common periodontal services are listed below. If you have questions about one of these procedures, or would like to know if an unlisted procedure is something we can help you with, please call our office at (540) 338-7325 to talk to one of our team members!
Bone grafting put simply is the procedure of placing bone material in the jaw , most commonly where a tooth has been extracted or a void is present. It's a very common procedure in modern dentistry, and is often an essential part of the dental implant and periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft the area is taken from the patient in another area (called an autograft), or from a donor source ( xenograft or allograft). Harvested donor sources are always from a very safe and
reliable source, and don't transmit any cells. In fact, the bone graft itself is simply bone structure that allows your existing bone cells to populate the voided area. Think of it as a new house built on a vacant lot, ready to move into!
Canine exposure doesn't have anything to do with man's best friend (although we are all animal lovers here at Norbo Dental!)
This procedure exposes impacted teeth, which is a tooth that has yet to erupt in the mouth. When this happens, the tooth becomes stuck in the adjacent bone and/or tissue, and causes issues for surrounding teeth. The most commonly impacted teeth are wisdom teeth and canine teeth. During the procedure, the dentist cuts a small hole in the gum, which allows the tooth to come out or "erupt". Often times a dental brace is then used to guide the tooth into the right position in the mouth.
Believe it or not, the best dentists are committed to saving teeth instead of removing them. That's why we often recommend restorative procedures, which are all about restoring your teeth to their natural and healthy state. Dental implants are fantastic solutions for missing teeth, however, we want to keep your natural ones around for as long as possible before exploring that option!
At times, tooth decay can progress to the point where restoring the tooth is impossible without changing the gum line to fully access the area. The procedure during which this is done is called crown lengthening, and it involves remodeling the contour of a patient's gum line to access those hard to reach spots. The procedure name is misleading because the dental crown is not lengthened, but rather the patient's gum line is lowered. Crown lengthening can also be necessary when a tooth is broken below the gum line.
Each of us have a type of structure inside of our mouths called a frenulum. A frenulum is defined as a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving, and in your mouth, it is responsible for attaching your upper and lower lip's (separately) to the gums. If the frenulum is too thick or too short, it will result in speech troubles, tooth misalignment and even areas of recession. In infants, a shortened frenulum will even inhibit breastfeeding!
When an oral frenulum causes these types of issues, a minor surgical procedure can be done in the dental chair that can yield immediate results. Your dentist can use either a scalpel or a laser, and the appointment normally takes 15 minutes or less to complete. After the appointment, most patients experience little to no discomfort and can go back to their normal routines.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Your smile is the first thing many people notice about another individual. It can make or break a first impression, and if your dental worries are preventing you from smiling, there can even be social repercussions. The good news is, in today's day and age you don't have to be born with perfect teeth or extremely wealthy to be confident with your smile. There are a wide range of "cosmetic" procedures that can improve your smile, all without having to drastically change your life.
If you find yourself wishing your smile was something that you feel it is not, or if you find yourself not smiling, please give us a call. Dr. Kirk Norbo, Dr. Justin Norbo and Dr. Peter Havelos look forward to sitting down with you to talk about your concerns, and come up with an option that truly works for you!