At Atlantic Dental Group, we aim to do everything in our ability to keep our patients as happy and healthy as possible. Sometimes in order to improve our oral health, we have to undergo dental surgery. We are proud to offer a wide variety of surgical services in order to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible. Depending on your oral health needs, we can do most of these procedures here at Atlantic Dental. If additional specialty services are needed however, we work hand and hand with specialists that we trust in order to provide you with the highest quality care possible. Take a look below at a just a few of the examples of surgical services we provide to our patients.
Types of Services
- Wisdom Teeth Extractions
- Socket Preservation
- Soft Tissue (Gum) Grafting
- Hard Tissue (Bone) Grafting
What causes gum recession?
While many things can cause gingival recession, the most common cause we typically find is OVERBRUSHING incorrectly with a HARD bristle, manual toothbrush.
How do I know if I have recession or thin tissue?
While your doctor will be your main resource for identifying gingival recession or the need for grafting, some symptoms can present and clue you to the possibility of this being a problem for you. Most common symptoms include tooth or root sensitivity, red inflamed gums, longer tooth appearance or un-aesthetic gum “notching”.
Gum grafting, or gingival augmentation, is a procedure that is done to treat gingival recession or to augment thin gingival tissue areas. Healthy and thick gum tissue is extremely important for teeth and for dental implants. Without healthy gum tissue, out teeth and implants are much more susceptible to bacteria, disease, infection, and loss of teeth or implants. If only a slight amount of recession is present, it may be adequate to simply change home hygiene habits to prevent the problem from worsening. However, the more severe the recession, the more difficult it is to graft gum tissue back to their proper location, so it is important to address this early. Remember, the issue is the tissue 🙂
What materials are used for bone grafting?
ALLOGRAFT: Most situations indicate the use of a bone substitute known as ALLOGRAFT. This is simply human cadaver bone processed at FDA qualified donor locations. The cells or antigenicity are removed to prevent any form of a host-donor reaction to take place. This allograft simply serves as a scaffold to hold the space and allow YOUR BONE cells to come in and replace it over time.
COMING SOON: PRF/PRG-F (platelet-rich fibrin / platelet rich growth factors): PRF or PRG-F is your own blood cells and growth factors that are drawn up and condensed in a centrifuge. The concentrated amount of your growth factors can be used in many ways to GREATLY enhance how quickly you heal after surgery, and has been shown to improve surgical outcomes in most situations.
Other materials that can be used for grafting but are less routine:
XENOGRAFT: processed cow bone. A benefit of xenograft is that it typically holds a space longer over time, especially if implants cannot be placed within a year of the extraction.
AUTOGRAFT: your own bone, harvested from another location within your mouth. A benefit of autograft is that it heals much faster, and autograft can be needed for more severe grafting needs or bone loss situations. One draw back of autograft for many patients is typically the need of an additional surgical site (donor site).