How can we help you?
At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.
Under normal circumstances, the root of your tooth stimulates growth of surrounding bone tissue in your jaw. If you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the missing root has nothing to support it, and it will begin to erode. At the same time, your gum will begin to shrink as the bone deteriorates, resulting in a sunken appearance of the gums.
How Bone Grafting is Done
Bone grafting is a procedure that allows us to rebuild the portion of your jaw where the root is missing. This corrects the appearance of collapsed gums because the grafted bone helps stimulate your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone tissue.
The Need for Bone Grafting
If you’re having a dental bridge placed, and the gum around the missing tooth has started to collapse, bone grafting can effectively build up that area of the gum and eliminate the shrunken appearance.
In order to have a dental implant placed, there must be sufficient bone density in your jaw to hold the implant. We may recommend bone grafting to accommodate the implant. Bone grafting may also be recommended to correct problems associated with severe periodontal infection.
Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are highly-trained in oral surgery, and bone grafting in particular. Please contact our office for more information, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about bone grafting.
At our Summit Dental office, we believe that you should never put off dental treatment because of anxiety. First, you need to know that it is quite common to be nervous about dental visits. But it is simply not necessary to avoid important procedures, because we offer sedation options that will help keep you calm and relaxed during treatment.
Nitrous Oxide and the Benefits
For many patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is sufficient to help them relax during treatment. All you have to do is sit back and breathe normally. A member of our team will be by your side to make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation it does not “knock you out.” You will be conscious, but your senses will be dulled so that you are not aware of what is happening around you. Once we stop administering the gas, you will not feel any after-effects, and you will be able to return to your normal routine as soon as treatment is finished.
Oral Sedation Dentistry in Dillon
Oral conscious sedation is another option that we can choose if you have a more intense level of anxiety. Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin will prescribe a mild sedative that you take before you get to our office so that you arrive feeling calm and relaxed. We can combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide for a completely stress-free experience.
If you’re worried about upcoming treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and decide which sedation option is best for you.
Oral surgery may be necessary for any one of a number of reasons. If your dentist has told you that you need oral surgery, you are most likely experiencing some type of serious oral health problem that needs to be dealt with quickly.
Some reasons why oral surgery may be necessary are:
- Extraction of a severely decayed toot that cannot be treated effectively with a root canal
- Eliminate serious periodontal disease to prevent further infection or tooth loss
- Dental bone grafting to support your jaw when a tooth is missing or as needed for dental implant surgery
Our Experience with Oral Surgery
At Summit Dental Group, we certainly understand that the prospect of oral surgery and tooth extraction can be unpleasant and scary. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin have extensive experience in the area of oral surgery, and our team members are all highly trained to deal with this type of complex procedure with care and compassion.
We will be happy to make an appointment to assess your situation and decide if oral surgery is the best course of action in your case. Please contact our office, and a member of our team will be happy to make arrangements for a consultation with one of our doctors.