A dental implant is a titanium screw-like fixture that Dr. Baldan places in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Unlike bridgework or partial dentures, dental implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. They are natural looking and feeling. Dental implants are recommended for patients in good general oral health that have lost a tooth or teeth due to infection, tooth fracture or accident.
Soft tissue grafts are recommended to stop further gum recession, and/or to improve the aesthetics of your gum line. Your gums can recede for a number of reasons such as aggressive tooth brushing and periodontal disease. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession, which makes your teeth appear too long. The exposed roots can be sensitive to cold or hot foods and liquids.
A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality and the close proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the ideal placement of dental implants.
A pocket reduction procedure is recommended when the pockets surrounding the teeth are at a depth that daily homecare and professional hygiene cannot sufficiently maintain the health of the periodontium (gums). This procedure is performed by Dr. Baldan.
Modern day surgical techniques ensure patients the minimal amount of discomfort and inconvenience. While most surgery recovery periods are un-eventful because of these advances, there can be times when some complications arise. The following are instructions on how best to cope with these should they occur.
Procedures that can rebuild lost bone and tissue around teeth to attempt to repair some of the damage caused by periodontal disease. These regenerative procedures may be recommended to rebuild lost tissue if the situation is favorable for likely success.