Biological Oral Surgery at The Center for Holistic Dentistry in Yorktown Heights, NY
Getting the Care You Need Comfortably & Smoothly
As dentists, we know that oral surgery is a source of anxiety that patients would love to avoid. However, it’s not something we’d recommend if it weren’t necessary, and we do our best to make it as comfortable and smooth a process as possible. We will walk you through everything you need to know before and after your oral surgery in Yorktown Heights, NY, and there is no such thing as too many questions or silly concerns. As your oral health providers, every question is important to us and we will address each one for you.
The Removal of Diseased Teeth
It has always been our primary goal to help our patients save their teeth. As a result, in the past, most teeth that became infected were treated by means of root canal therapy. As time has passed we began to see that a significant number of these teeth persisted with a low-grade infection that did not show on conventional x-rays.
When 3D Cone Beam x-rays became available to us we were able to see a lot more. On the left is a conventional x-ray. The image on the right is from a 3D Cone Beam image taken the same day. The infection which is quite clear on the 3D image is circled in red.
Extractions are a last resort, as our main goal is to keep all of your natural teeth in your mouth. This is why we stress prevention. However, when it can’t be negated, we’re here to treat you compassionately and ensure as speedy a recovery as possible. We’ll provide you with directions for home care, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns or questions following your extraction.
We have begun to learn more about the influence that infections in the mouth have on the body overall; placing strain on our immune system and directly weakening the organs that were related to the tooth by the associated acupuncture meridian.
Today in our office we regularly remove diseased and infected teeth following strict protocols to ensure the best outcome for you. We will use Applied Kinesiology testing to verify the affected meridian, to ensure that the meridian and affected organ are strengthened by the complete and thorough removal of all infected material. After thoroughly cleaning out the infected site it will be treated with an infusion of ozone to assist in its disinfection.
In many situations, a graft will be placed to assist your body in the healing of the bone and minimize the potential for cavitation to develop. Cavitation is a void in the bone. Often we will use a material called PRF in our grafting.
Healing with Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Platelet Rich Fibrin is a healing biomaterial that is extracted from your blood when spun in a centrifuge. It promotes bone and soft tissue regeneration. In combination with a bone graft, this minimally invasive technique utilizing a byproduct of your own blood prevents many of the potential complications that could compromise healing.
The process of placing dental implants has varying degrees of complexity that are based on each individual case. For example, if bone grafting is necessary before placement, there will be more time involved in the process.
We need your jawbone to be thick and sturdy not just to support the implant, but to ensure that once it’s placed, you’ll have no trouble with chewing or speaking. After all, one of the reasons dental implants are the #1 recommended tooth replacement solution by doctors and patients is because of how natural they feel and look.
Once we’ve determined your mouth is in optimal condition for placement, your customized treatment plan can proceed. First, a small hole will be created in your gum to expose the bone, which will also have a hole opened – this will become the home of a titanium post. After the post is placed, your gum tissue will be sutured and covered so that the implant can fuse with the bone and the site can heal.
Once your jawbone and gums have healed, an abutment will be attached to the implant, which will then hold the crown. As you can see, this is an extensive procedure. Rest assured knowing the following about dental implants:
- They will protect your speech patterns (or improve them if you previously had trouble speaking because of missing teeth).
- They will improve not just your smile, but your facial structure. A healthy jawbone prevents the sunken-in facial appearance that occurs when teeth are missing.
- They will be more comfortable than traditional dentures because they fuse with your jawbone instead of sitting atop your gums.
- You can eat confidently knowing nothing will slip or fall out.
- Oral hygiene is a cinch since you can brush and floss the same way you would with your natural teeth.
- Implants are durable and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
A common question that comes up in the dental implants conversation is: “Will I have to go without teeth?” The answer is; “That depends.” When multiple implants are placed at the same time they can lend support to one another allowing us to place temporary crowns to be in place while the tissues around the implant heal.
When a singular implant is placed it will need to be protected until the tissues around it are healed enough to support the force of you biting on it.
More about Biological Dental Implants can be found here.
Learn More About Oral Surgery in Yorktown Heights, NY
To learn more about oral surgery from our experienced team, schedule your New Patient Exam by calling 914-245-4041 or by clicking here. Your appointment includes a comprehensive review of your health history and concerns; an evaluation of your teeth, bite, gums, and airway passage; low-radiation digital x-rays; and a discussion of your options with a personalized treatment plan. We look forward to meeting you!
As the premier holistic dental practice in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and the Hudson Valley Region., our dentist and team at The Center For Holistic Dentistry also provide 5-star dental care to patients from White Plains, Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, Mount Kisco, Briarcliff Manor & Westchester County, N.Y., and the surrounding areas.