Wisdom Teeth & Extractions


There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth due to injury, decay, or gum disease. Dr. Howard and quicky and painlessly remove a tooth when needed.  He will discuss with you the possible consequences of the lost tooth and the options to replace it.  Often, a same-day replacement of the tooth with an implant or a temporary bridge is an option.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to develop. Sometimes they emerge from the gum line, and the jaw is large enough to allow room for them, but more often than not, they fail to emerge and become impacted. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed.

Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons strongly recommends that wisdom teeth be removed by the time the patient is a young adult in order to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing.

Wisdom tooth extractions are usually performed under some type of sedation.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are long-term replacements for missing teeth that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, dental implants do not decay and are capable of lasting a lifetime. They offer the most natural and long-lasting tooth replacement option.

Bone and Gum grafting

Grafting is performed when there is insufficient bone or gum for a tooth replacement or just to preserve proper health.  Using donor grafts or transplants of your own bone, this process restores the ideal size and shape of your jawbone to allow for proper tooth replacement or cosmetics.  The procedure is safe and very effective.

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