Some problems with the mouth, teeth, and jaw can be improved or eliminated with the help of a dentist, such as the ones at Anderson Dental. These “problems” might sound invasive, but they’re common in dental practice. Fixing them usually only require only mild sedation and offers minimal recovery time compared to other types of surgeries.
Dr. Anderson, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Zentz are all highly trained in dental surgical procedures. The facilities and tools at Kennewick Smiles make it easy to undergo dental surgery procedures much like any other dental appointment.
The Anderson Dental office is a quiet place where all your concerns are heard prior to surgery taking place. They go over the actual procedure, the downtime and recovery, any potential follow-up, and answer all your questions.
Dental surgery is just another part of our family dental services, and our effort to make the dental experience as comfortable as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extractions are the most common form of dental surgery. Patients may need this type of surgery because of:
- Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Potential overcrowding for other teeth
- Risk for gum disease from wisdom tooth position
Wisdom tooth extractions are usually a simple process. The dentist will numb the extraction area with local anesthetic before performing the procedure. They remove the tooth and will give the patient’s care team after care instructions and precautions to watch out for.
Bone grafting is another common type of dental surgery available from the doctors at Anderson Dental. Bone grafts are typically needed when there has been tooth loss. Tooth loss often causes bone loss as well, leaving many patients with not enough bone to support dental implants, which is where modern bone grafting techniques come into play. Lost bone can be built up again with this minor surgical procedure.
Patients require bone grafting for a variety of reasons:
- Gum disease
- Dental caries and infection
- Injury or trauma
- Developmental deficits
These problems can be rectified with bone grafting. Bone grafting is a procedure that uses an incision into your gum to gain access to the bone beneath it. Then, grafting material is added. This material then acts as a bridge to help your body build its own new bone since bones are pretty awesome and are constantly regenerating!
Once the procedure is complete, it can take several months for your body to repair and replace this bone. Once healed, additional procedures, such as implants, crowns and bridges, can be placed to improve your smile!
Most bone graft procedures are minor, requiring only local anesthesia and/or mild sedation at the dental office.
Gum recession is a common periodontal problem. Most people don’t notice when the gum tissue that surrounds the tooth slowly pulls away to expose the root, but if left untreated, it can lead to further dental problems or damage to supporting bone.
Gingival grafting is a procedure to put the gums back where they belong. This surgery involves lifting up the gums, cleaning the tartar and bacteria that have formed on the exposed tooth, and then suturing the gums back into proper position around the tooth.
Crown lengthening is a procedure done to reshape the gums at the base of the desired toot in order to expose additional tooth surface. Sometimes it’s also necessary to adjust the bone level in order to extend the height or size of the portion of the tooth that is visible.
Surgery fixes the problem by pulling the gums away from the teeth surgically so enough tooth is exposed to place a crown, veneer or other restorative work.
This is common with broken teeth, if there’s underlying decay from an old filling, or even if someone has a “gummy” smile. Crown Lengthening might be a procedure the dentists will use to assist in the creation of the patients “perfect smile”.
Severe gingival recession may require root coverage surgery, a two-step procedure to put the gums back where they belong.
The first step involves one of many types of techniques to attach new gingiva to the problem area. Next, a standard flap procedure to graft the tissue onto the exposed tooth is performed. Most procedures require only mild sedation and can be performed right in the office.
Additional Procedures Offered at Anderson Dental:
- Teeth Whitening – This is the most common procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Anderson Dental offers best-in-class whitening procedures, which are far more effective than over-the-counter products.
- Veneers – These custom-made laminates can be used to cover broken teeth or close a gap between teeth. And since little tooth preparation is required, veneers are also a painless option.
- Crowns – When the damage to a tooth is too much for a veneer, consider a crown. These dental “prosthetics,” created in our Kennewick office using CEREC technology, strengthen the remaining structure of a tooth and can be instrumental in creating the appearance you want. And it can be done in a single visit!
- Implants – Replace missing teeth and return your smile to how it used to be. This procedure uses a titanium rod and crown to create a dental prosthetic that looks and feels like an actual tooth.
And best of all, at Anderson Dental you are treated like a member of the family, not just somebody with a file number. Dr. Anderson and his expert team offer the most comfortable setting for dental surgery in the Tri-Cities, WA area.
Take the next step: Make your smile brilliant! Contact the staff at Anderson Dental today at (509) 585-2500 to speak with one of our doctors about dental surgery and how it can improve your smile!