Dores Dental is a full-service practice that provides restoration and oral surgery services. Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores is an experienced oral surgeon who provides various dental procedures like wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, crown lengthening, gum treatment & more.
Do You Need Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is an invasive procedure that aims to rebuild the teeth, gums, and oral structures performed in various methods like manual tools, cutting edge laser and special hand pieces. Your dentist may recommend oral surgery for:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severe gum disease or periodontitis
- Severely damaged or decayed teeth
- Dental implant placement
- Gummy smiles or teeth that look too long
- Receding gums
- Sleep apnea
Oral surgery is usually a last resort when the tooth structure can no longer be saved by non-invasive therapies. It is also performed for severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea or when large tonsils are blocking the airway.
Using X-rays and tests, Dr. Dores can identify if a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted. Extraction is done if the tooth is in a position that will cause future problems. The procedure is easier to perform in younger patients because the bones are still developing. An impacted tooth, on the other hand, needs to be removed immediately to prevent infection and further damage.
Dental implant placement requires making an incision in the gums, embedding the implant, and closing up the gums. The implant is uncovered when it has fused with bone completely, and the artificial tooth is placed on top.