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Dental Implants are one of the best services dentistry has to offer today. They can replace a single tooth, several teeth and even support a denture. Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are placed directly into the jaw bone, sometimes right after a tooth is extracted, or in an area where a tooth has been missing for several years. After the procedure is completed, the area is allowed to heal for several weeks or months, depending on the nature of the situation. Dental implant surgery is very similar to aspects of other dental surgical procedures such as extractions and periodontal surgery. Learn more about the Procedures for Implant Appointments.
Scaling and Root Planing is a nonsurgical treatment in which the goal is to create an environment that allows the gum tissues to heal. This treatment can be performed by the dentist or hygienist utilizing local anesthesia. The plaque and tartar are removed, and the tooth and root surfaces smoothed using instruments and ultrasonic devices. Sometimes the infection will be treated with an antibiotic placed directly into the infected pocket, or medication may be prescribed.

If nonsurgical treatment cannot completely heal the tissues, surgery may be indicated. This entails opening up the gum to gain access to the infected tissue and tartar on the surface of the root. Other medicaments may be applied to the root surface to help the tissue to heal. Occasionally a suture will be used to place the gum in a better location around the tooth.
Several other procedures are available including Soft tissue grafts (gum grafts) to cover areas where the gum has receded; exposing teeth for crown placement (crown lengthening) and osseous (bone) replacement procedures to help retain infected teeth. Please feel free to ask Dr. Miles or her staff any questions you may have regarding the above procedures.

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