Dental Implants are titanium posts, which are inserted into the bone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the bone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. »Learn more about Dental Implants.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is either obtained from a tissue bank or your own bone is taken from the jaw. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. »Learn more about Bone Grafting.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. »Learn more about Wisdom Teeth Surgery.
The older the patient, the more likely an impacted eye tooth will not erupt by nature’s forces alone even if the space is available for the tooth to fit in the dental arch. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a panorex screening x-ray along with a dental examination be performed on all dental patients at around the age of 7 years to count the teeth and determine if there are problems with eruption of the adult teeth. »Learn more about Impacted Canines.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly such as those with excessive over bite. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. »Learn more about Orthognathic Jaw Surgery.
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. »Learn more about Oral Pathology.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to the complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a "clicking" sound, you'll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. These symptoms occur when the joints of the jaw and the chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) do not work together correctly. »Learn more about TMJ Disorders.