Oral Surgery: On Site Extractions and Other Services
Worried you will need a tooth extraction? We always try to save your natural tooth but if we cannot, you don't have to suffer while you have a tooth extracted.
Dr. Lockney will also explain different tooth replacement options during your visit, and can often surgically place a dental implant to replace your missing tooth on the same day as your extraction.
Periodontal disease can cause the jawbone to become too weak to support a dental implant. In cases like this, Dr. Lockney will often recommend bone grafting (also known as natural bone regeneration) to promote healthy bone growth and thicken your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone will naturally regenerate and become strong enough to support a dental implant.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted, but some do. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, or in instances of gum disease, you may be a candidate for wisdom tooth surgery. In many situations, it’s best to pull the wisdom teeth before they jeopardize your smile as a whole.
We will take a panoramic radiograph of your entire jaw, so we can see the size, location, and developmental trajectory of the wisdom teeth in consideration. At the earliest, wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teen years, but 3rd molars do not finish developing until closer to about 30 years of age.
The operculum means a flap of gum tissue that is sitting over a partially erupted tooth, most commonly a wisdom tooth. This flap can be crushed between your teeth while you chew and can cause tenderness and inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue.
Dr. Lockney generally treats this condition by surgically removing the wisdom tooth, then suturing the operculum back over the tooth socket.
If you're getting dental implants in your upper jaw, you may need a sinus lift surgical procedure first. During this procedure, our dental team will add new bone between your jaw and maxillary sinuses. In order to make room for this bone, your sinus membrane is moved upward. A successful sinus lift will help create healthy bone mass to support dental implants.
If you’re not sure what type of oral surgery you need, just call Dennis R. Lockney, DDS, PA to schedule an appointment. Our Concord dental team will take the time to do a thorough exam and discuss your oral health concerns with you before beginning any dental treatment you need.