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Dental implant Placement Procedure

Periodontal Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing & Osseous Surgery

Ridge Preservation

Guided Tissue Regeneration

Periodontal Maintenance

Root Canal Treatment

Oral Surgery

What to Expect with Dental Implants

We will perform a thorough oral exam and review your medical and dental history to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants in Key West, Fl, or denture implants. 3-D x-rays may need to be ordered to determine the amount of bone available. Most procedures can be performed under local anesthesia. You will need to take care of your dental implants just like your regular teeth.

Interesting facts about missing teeth:

  • Almost 180 million people in the United States are missing one or more teeth. (Source: GotoaPro.com)
  • More than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. (Source: GotoaPro.com)
  • Tobacco use can increase your risk of tooth loss.
  • Approximately 10% of adults between 50 and 64 years of age are edentulous. (Source: NIH)

Benefits of Dental Implants

Some of the key benefits of dental implants in Key West, FL, include:

  • Natural-looking results
  • Preserves jaw bone tissue
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Restores ability to speak clearly
  • Restores ability to eat all the foods you enjoy

Implant Supported Dentures

If you are missing several teeth in the upper or lower jaw, you may be a good candidate for denture implants, or implant supported dentures. With this procedure, a set of removable dentures can be attached to implant fixtures with a ball-in-socket attachment to provide a more secure fit than traditional dentures.

Treating Gum Disease with Scaling and Root Planing

Patients diagnosed with gum disease can restore the health of their gums with scaling and root planing therapy. Dr. Winnie Lee is trained to perform this nonsurgical periodontal procedure. The treatment involves removing plaque and bacteria around the gums and smoothing out the surface of the teeth using ultrasonic tools. The deep cleaning process allows the gums to reattach to the surface of the teeth, eliminating periodontal pockets by up to three millimeters after a single treatment.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

  • No gum surgery necessary
  • Minimal bleeding and discomfort
  • Convenient in-office procedure
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia
  • Reduces periodontal pocket depth by two to three millimeters
  • Can be combined with laser therapy

Gum Disease Prevention Tips

Preventing gum disease is always a priority for optimal oral health. We encourage patients to visit their general dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups as part of a preventive care plan.

Here are some important gum disease prevention tips for patients of all ages:

  • Make the time to brush and floss regularly
  • Call us if you ever have bleeding gums or swollen gums
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco

Learn more about gum disease prevention plans and the benefits of scaling and root planing by scheduling your appointment at Lee Dental Group today!


Do You Need to Undergo Osseous Surgery?

If other periodontal treatments, such as scaling and root planing therapy have failed to produce the results you need, osseous surgery (flap surgery) may be a viable alternative. This procedure is designed to reduce pocket depth and can be especially effective for patients who have not responded well to other types of treatment.

Osseous surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by our periodontists and is typically performed under local anesthesia. We correct any bone irregularities so the gums can reattach to the bone and remove all traces of infected gum tissue. The treated area is covered with a protective dressing so that the gums can heal.

Benefits of Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery offers numerous benefits to the patient, including:

  • Improves overall health by eliminating effects of gum disease
  • Prevents further bone loss caused by gum disease
  • Improves ability to brush and floss properly
  • Reduces risk of future periodontal infections
  • Reduces pocket depth around the teeth
  • Helps you maintain fresh breath

Maintaining Optimal Gum Health after Osseous Surgery

If you are undergoing gum surgery in Key West, Fl, we will provide you with post-operative instructions to ensure you get the best results from your procedure. After osseous surgery, we recommend:

  • Maintaining a meticulous oral hygiene regimen
  • Coming in for routine maintenance visits
  • Using post-care and oral hygiene products we recommend regularly
  • Brushing and flossing regularly to prevent plaque buildup.

Learn more about osseous surgery and gum surgery in Key West, Fl, by scheduling your appointment at Lee Dental Group today.

Ridge Preservation

Any deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with an inadequate amount of bone for optimal dental implant placement. If you have had periodontal disease, wear dentures, or endured any type of injury or trauma to the mouth, we may need to fill the missing areas with a bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge augmentation and preservation procedures improve the appearance of the mouth and jaw, and can also increase dental implant success rates.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

If too much bone is lost after gum disease or the teeth are extracted, you may benefit from guided tissue regeneration (GTR) procedures that stimulate healing and bone growth. We may use dental bone graft materials and membranes to restore any defective areas and re-contour uneven bone tissue.

Periodontal Maintenance:

Whether you have undergone scaling and root planing therapy, osseous surgery or dental implant treatment, we will put together a periodontal maintenance plan to further reduce the risk of infection after gum disease. This may include a series of in-office cleanings coordinated with your restorative dentist, regular checkups and using at-home care products that reduce the risk of infection.

 


ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. You will then go back to your restoring dentist to get a crown to seal and protect the tooth from further breakage.

Nightguards (Occlusal Guards)

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.  Do you feel pain to your jaw joint in the morning?  That is usually a sign that you may be clenching or grinding on your teeth at night, unconsciously.  Clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxing) causes damage to your teeth, gums, jaw joint, fillings and crowns.  A dentist or hygienist can look at your teeth and determine if you have these nocturnal habits.   A nightguard is a non-invasive solution that  can help this protect damage to your teeth and restored teeth and jaw joint.  It is a piece of plastic that your wear at night.  When you wear it for a while, you can see marks on the plastic, indicating that some unconscious nocturnal jaw activity has taken place.

 Problems in this area can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

 

3706 N Roosevelt Blvd.

Unit 201, Suite A

Key West, Fl 33040

(305) 332-4168