Oral Surgery

ORAL SURGERY

Laser Technology Provides a Comfortable Alternative to Traditional Surgery
Using the latest in laser technology, we are able to repair emergency dental problems and treat deterioration of the gums and bony supporting structures of the teeth. Laser technology provides a very comfortable alternative to traditional surgery and allows patients to leave these fears behind and seek the care they need. During extractions, we perform what has been termed, the Huggins Protocol. This involves gentle tooth removal followed by removal of the periodontal membrane, irrigation, and then we use the pulsed NdYAG laser at a long pulse width to sterilize and initiate healing. This protocol greatly reduces the chance of ischemic bone disease (cavitation’s) forming as well as post-op discomfort.
What is a Cavitation?

A cavitation is a hole in the jaw bone that forms typically as a result of a tooth extraction that did not heal well, like wisdom tooth removal, or a root canal. The hole can appear as either empty or a spongy area filled with dead bone and bone marrow as a result of poor blood supply. Cavitations can cause serious health issues if left untreated because they provide an environment for toxic bacteria and germs to breed and thrive. 

To treat a cavitation the hole needs to be surgically exposed, irrigated and cleansed of harmful bacteria, and closed. Before the surgical site is closed, it is packed with Platelet Rich Fibrin, PRF, which is a made from your own blood before surgery and is used to help with the healing process and bone regeneration.

Root Canal Filled Teeth

Root canals have traditionally been performed to save injured, dead or dying teeth but these teeth contain high levels of bacteria which could affect other organs and tissues in the body. Using the Meridian Tooth Chart, you can see the relationships between your teeth and body organs, tissues and glands. No matter how well a root canal procedure is performed, the organisms present in dead teeth may be impossible to get rid of since they do not reside in the canal portion of the tooth. These organisms reside within tiny microscopic tubules that make up the porous dentin of the tooth and therefore are left alive after a root canal procedure.

Root canal filled teeth are breeding grounds for producing endotoxins, and these toxins leach into the surrounding bone and blood stream effecting other organs and tissues throughout the body. These toxins leaching into the surrounding bone are also a factor considered in causing jaw bone cavitations. Because of this, we recommend that infected or root canal filled teeth should be extracted.

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