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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The frenum may be excised when the tongue has limited mobility; for large diastemas between teeth or when the frenum interferes with a prosthetic appliance; or when it is the etiology of periodontal tissue disease.
Often the upper and/or lower jaws have shrunken in size due to the loss of the natural teeth prematurely (i.e. disuse atrophy).
Crown lengthening is often necessary for the following reasons: Deep tooth decay underneath the gingival (gum) tissues thus being inaccessible for the proper restorative dentistry. A tooth is fractured beneath the gingival tissue creating a need for access.
Traditionally, gum disease is treated by reducing the pocket depths by trimming away the infected gum tissue and recontouring the uneven bone tissue.
Over a period of time, the jaw bone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
Careful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and a better cosmetic outcome of tooth replacement.
We can use modern techniques to help rebuild lost bone support. The emphasis in Dr. Weeks' practice is conservative periodontal therapy. Many times, early stages of periodontal disease is best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually destroys the bony support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches.
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process.
These procedures are a predictable way to cover unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of gum lift surgery by Dr. Weeks and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.
This surgical procedure"regenerates" the previously lost attachment and support structures. Most techniques utilize membranes which are inserted over the bone defects. Most of these membranes are bio-absorbable while some require removal.