If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.
As a dental professional, Dr. Deborah Ruprecht is a first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. The goal of screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative.
Cosmetic Gum Surgery
There are various cosmetic issues involving gum (gingival) tissue. For example, your smile may look “gummy” with too much gum tissue when you smile, or your teeth may appear to be too short. Sometimes it’s the opposite problem and your teeth appear too long because your gum tissue has receded (pulled back), exposing tooth-root surfaces that were covered at one time. Or, you may have an uneven gum line with gum tissue covering some of your teeth more than others. Each of these cosmetic gum problems can be successfully treated with cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Ruprecht.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening (Gummy smile)
You may have asked your periodontist about procedures to improve a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
An implant is a tiny titanium post that is placed into the jawbone where a tooth is missing. The bone bonds (osseo-integrates) with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Implants never decay and never need a root canal. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. After placement, most patients report minor discomfort and need only Ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol.
L-PRF™ | Better healing from within
Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) promotes soft tissue healing and bone growth from within your own body. Unlike other treatments that use artificial components, platelet therapy with L-PRF uses only your blood and concentrates your leukocytes and growth factors in an FDA approved centrifuge. We then take the concentrates and add them to the surgical site. With a simple blood draw and an advanced technology protocol, L-PRF is individually made for you and from you. The end results are improved healing response and significantly less recovery time.
Current therapies and treatment options for loose teeth include locally administered antibiotic therapy, deep cleanings, laser gum surgery, gingival grafts, bone grafts, tooth extractions, and tooth replacement with dental implants. There is no tooth replacement that is as good as your natural teeth. If you are looking for treatment options to save your loose teeth or want more information about treating gingivitis before it develops into periodontitis, Dr. Deborah Ruprecht is available to help you.
Your experience starts with an initial consultation that gives you the opportunity to get to know Dr. Ruprecht, discuss your symptoms and take part in a thorough examination. Her periodontal surgery procedures include general periodontal surgery, bone and tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, gum recession surgery, and aesthetic tissue sculpting. Patients in Orange County choose Dr. Ruprecht for her expertise, commitment to quality, and chairside manner — but also because she makes periodontal surgery as comfortable as possible.
Piezosurgery is a relatively new technique used in dental-surgical situations that require the removal of bone tissue, (i.e. the removal of a tooth, periodontal surgery, sinus lifts, or implant surgery). Using an ultrasonic vibrating tip and water rather than a powerful rotating drill, the Piezosurgery unit is much safer, less traumatic, causes little to no bleeding, and greatly accelerates healing times. The main goal of using a piezotome is to remove bone without damaging the neighboring soft tissues, gums, and delicate sinus membranes that lie in close proximity to the underlying bone.
Preventive dental care is worthwhile throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with our office, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities: brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least once a day, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular checkups with us every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
Dr. Deborah Ruprecht is certified in oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. She also works routinely with Board certified dental anesthesiologists who perform IV sedation for a relaxed and painless experience. If your fear of visiting the dentist is keeping you from getting the treatment you need, then a dentist like Dr. Deborah
If you have lost bone in the upper back jaw area due to conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth loss, you may be left without enough bone to support implants. Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone so that dental implants may be secured. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. Dr. Deborah Ruprecht will explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to six months so that implants can be placed.