Oral & Periodontal Surgery

Oral Surgery

Some problems with the mouth, teeth, and jaw can be improved or eliminated with the help of an oral surgeon in Kennewick. These procedures might sound invasive, but they’re common in dental practice, requiring only general anesthesia and minimal recovery time compared to other types of surgeries.

Dr. Anderson, Dr. Lee and Dr. Zentz are all highly trained in oral surgical procedures. The facilities and tools at Kennewick Smiles make it easy to undergo oral surgery procedures much like any other dental appointment.

Oral 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 oral surgery. Patients may need this type of oral 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. Your dentist will numb the extraction area with local anesthetic before performing the procedure. If you’re having extractions, they may use intravenous sedation, so you sleep through the procedure.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting is another common type of oral surgery available at Kennewick Smiles.

Tooth loss often causes bone loss as well, leaving many patients with not enough bone to support dental implants.

Patients require bone grafting for a variety of reasons:

  • Gum disease
  • Dental caries and infection
  • Injury or trauma
  • Developmental deficits

This problem can be rectified with bone grafting, a procedure to move some of your bone (usually from your chin or ramus) and grafting them onto the upper and lower jaws. In some cases, synthetic material is used instead.

Most bone graft procedures are minor, requiring only local anesthesia or intravenous sedation at the dental office.

Contact us at (509) 585-2500 today to speak with one of our doctors about oral surgery and how it can improve your smile.

Periodontal Surgery
Periodontal surgery involves procedures to reshape the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and bone to encourage normal functioning of these structures to support the teeth.

All of Kennewick Smiles dentists are highly trained in periodontal surgery, while our specialized tools make it easy for patients to undergo periodontal surgery procedures much like any other dental appointment.

We perform periodontal surgery for a variety of oral problems.

Gingival Grafting

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 Kennewick periodontal 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

Some patients need a dental crown but don’t have enough tooth above the gum to support it. This is common with broken teeth, or if there’s underlying decay from an old filling.

Crown lengthening fixes the problem by pulling the gums away from the teeth surgically so enough tooth is exposed to place a crown.

Root Coverage Surgery

Severe gingival recession may require root coverage surgery, a two-step procedure to put the gums back where they belong.

The first step involves a “free gingival graft” to attach new gingiva to the problem area. Next, a standard flap procedure to graft the tissue onto the exposed tooth is performed.

Most periodontal procedures require only general anesthesia and/or mild sedation and can be performed right in the dental office.

Contact us at (509) 585-2500 today to speak with one of our doctors about periodontal surgery and how it can improve your smile.

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