Oral surgery is something I enjoy doing. When I did my residency after dental school, I worked with an oral surgeon for a year and was exposed to a lot of things at that time with wisdom teeth or gum surgeries, and just I've always enjoyed surgery. Things like dental implants, as I got into dental implants, became just easy for me as I tackled a lot of the bone grafting that we do with dental implants. Very often, the implant part of it is very simple. It's making sure we have enough bone and bone in the right places that is the difficult part, so that’s where a lot of the surgeries come in. It's something I enjoy doing. It's something, it's very rewarding.
It's also something I found that as I learned to do more and more surgery, especially associated with dental implants, that it became easier for my patients to accept treatment. In the past, I would give them a referral and say, “Okay, go and see this specialist, so-and-so”, and I would see them back several times and it's like, “Did you ever get that surgery done?” “No, I just didn’t get around to it.” Then I'd say, “Well, you know, I'm offering that now. It's something I can handle in my office here,” and it's like, “Really, you can? Well, yeah, let's schedule it.”
I found that patients are just less trusting or less wanting to go somewhere else and get their care, and they feel more comfortable if it's a service that they know I do, because they know they can trust me, that if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. That's what I found. I would say that’s a big reason why I really got heavy in the implants is I was sending these cases out, and the surgeons or the specialists that were placing implants were doing it based upon their understanding and surgical needs and not necessarily where a tooth needs to be.
As I understood and got the training that I needed to offer that as a service for my patients, it's something that we learned that we work backwards, that patients want a tooth. They don’t want a implant. If we find that we say, “Okay, this is where the tooth needs to be. Now let's plan backwards and say where the implant needs to be,” as we do it with that approach, we have a lot higher, better results. We have better, longer-lasting strength, and we have better aesthetics.
Do you need to have a damaged tooth extracted? Maybe you have wisdom teeth that need to be removed. You may even need help with bone or gum grafts to make implant placement possible. Oral surgery from our highly trained dentist, Rod Gleave, DMD, can help.
Does Dr. Gleave perform tooth extractions?
Dr. Gleave does perform tooth extractions. There may be times where the health of your smile depends on the removal of your natural teeth. In those instances, Dr. Gleave can safely extract the tooth to keep your entire mouth safe from harm. Oftentimes, we will recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth that you receive. Typically, they consist of a set of top and bottom molars that come in sometime between 17 and 25 years old. By the time they come in, however, there may not be room for them. Other issues can occur as well, and you may need to have them removed by Dr. Gleave
What is a ridge augmentation?
Some people have a deformity in the upper or lower dental arch, which may be caused by a prior tooth extraction, tooth loss from periodontal disease, or facial injury. Whatever the case, Dr. Gleave will use real bone or bone-like material in the ridge to fix the deformity. The material placed there is meant to stimulate new bone growth.
What is a sinus lift?
If you have insufficient bone mass in your upper arch due to missing teeth, Dr. Gleave can take a small portion of your upper dental bone and lift it into your sinus cavity. The space that is left is then filled with bone or bone-like material to help cause new bone to grow. This will increase the bone mass and make dental implants a possibility.
How can gum grafts help me?
Gum grafts help to correct gum recession. Gum recession occurs when your gum tissue starts to move away from your tooth roots, potentially making your teeth unstable. Taking gum tissue from one area of your mouth and grafting it to the area of gum recession can correct this problem and restore the health and appearance of your smile.
How can bone grafts help my smile?
Ridge augmentations and sinus lifts are both specific bone grafting techniques used by Dr. Gleave. They are great for building up bone mass to a level that will allow for the placement of dental implants.
If you need a tooth removed or are interested in dental implants, call our Salt Lake City office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.