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Oral Surgery Procedures

At Endicott Dental, we offer a wide range of services related to oral surgery including surgical tooth removal, bone and gum grafting, as well as crown lengthening.

Tooth Removal (Extraction)

Dr. Endicott may determine that you need a tooth removed because they are severely decayed, have advanced gum disease, or are broken.

The loss of a tooth can inhibit your ability to chew and smile with confidence. Adjacent teeth can even begin to shift and position themselves incorrectly over time.

Dr. Endicott will discuss tooth replacement options, including dental implants, at the time of your visit.

Bone Grafting

The quality and volume of bone is a vital base for the health of teeth and implants. In certain situations bone grafting may be warranted to restore the natural architecture of tissues surrounding teeth and implants to ensure stability and long term success. If a tooth has to be removed the best and most predicable outcome to preserve bone in that area is to have the socket grafted at the time of tooth removal. If grafting isn’t done at the time of extraction, 40% of bone volume, height, and width can be lost making bone grafting in that area less predictable in the future and compromising the possibility of future implant placement. There are many different ways to bone graft and the doctors will plan what the best course of treatment is for each individual patient according to their needs.

Gum Grafting

This is a procedure that can help restore your gums. It is indicated when there is gum recession and exposed root surfaces. Root surfaces are more susceptible to decay since they do not have enamel covering them like the crowns of your teeth. Also, an exposed root surface can be very sensitive when exposed directly to the oral environment.

This procedure entails adding connective tissue (which underlies all of your skin and gums) to the area needing root coverage and allowing 2-4 months of healing.

Crown Lengthening

This is a procedure where a very small amount of soft tissue and/or bone is removed around a tooth. This is done in order to obtain restorative success for a crown (cap) to be placed.   If decay goes far below your gumline you may need this procedure.