Dr. Yoshikane performs many types of oral surgery to assist his patients and can do these procedures in his office without referring out to a specialist. A number of conditions may require oral surgery, including tissue biopsy, surgical extraction of wisdom teeth, bone grafting, and gum tissue grafting.
Wisdom teeth, otherwise known as third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes these teeth emerge from the gum line and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but most of the time, this is not the case. More often, one or more of these third molars fails to emerge in proper alignment or fails to fully emerge through the gum line and becomes entrapped or “impacted” between the jawbone and the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can cause permanent damage to nearby teeth, gums, and bone and can sometimes lead to the formation of cysts or tumors that can destroy sections of the jaw. Therefore, Dr. Yoshikane recommends that people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.
It’s not just wisdom teeth that sometimes become impacted and need to be removed. Other teeth, such as the cuspids and the bicuspids can become impacted and can cause the same types of problems described with impacted wisdom teeth.
Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma. Bone grafting may also be used to maintain bone structure after tooth extraction.
Restoring and maintaining facial bone structure is important for several reasons. Many dental procedures, such as dental implant placement, require that the bone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results.
Connective tissue grafts are the most common method used to treat root exposure. During the procedure, a flap of skin is cut at the roof of your mouth (palate) and tissue from under the flap is removed and then stitched to the gum tissue surrounding the exposed root.
A gum graft may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession, or you may choose to have one to improve the appearance of your smile. Gum recession is the process in which the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from a tooth, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root. This can cause damage to supporting bone. Gum recession is a common dental problem; it affects 4% to 12% of adults and often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe. Dr. Yoshikane will evaluate your condition and recommend gum grafting to improve your gum health.
Do you feel that too much of your gums show when you smile? If so, Dr. Yoshikane can help you have the smile you have always wanted. He can perform a crown lengthening procedure to correct the appearance of a gummy smile. During this procedure, Dr. Yoshikane will remove the excess gum tissue – and possibly bone – in order to expose more of the tooth’s surface. This surgical sculpting procedure can be performed on one or more teeth to create an even gum line or a more natural looking smile. As a result, gummy smile sufferers see more of their teeth when they smile and less of their gums.
The benefits of crown lengthening procedures include increased comfort and confidence when smiling, eating and speaking, as well as improved periodontal (gum tissue) health. If you feel that you’d like to address your gummy smile, please call Dr. Yoshikane for an appointment to discuss your treatment options.