When problems are small, you can easily be tempted to ignore them. Have a tooth that only hurts every so often? You might assume it’ll go away on its own, so why bother going to the dentist? Small problems usually turn into big problems without you realizing it. That small cavity could lead to damage so pervasive that the tooth cannot be repaired anymore. At our Roseville, CA dentist office, Dr. Miller can recommend oral surgery to correct many of the bigger problems and restore your oral health. If your case needs a specialist, Dr. Miller works with the finest oral surgeons in the area.
It’s almost always best to try to keep your original teeth. If a tooth is damaged, Roseville, CA dentist Dr. Miller will try to repair the damage so you can safely keep the tooth. But if a tooth is severely damaged or infected, keeping it in your mouth could prolong the pain needlessly or cause problems with your other teeth. Dr. Miller knows such problems can lead to other health issues. If that’s the case, you are better served by having a tooth extraction than to leave it in.
The reason your third molars are called wisdom teeth is that they don’t come in until you’re older (and supposedly wiser). Coming in late can often causes problems. Wisdom teeth may never fully break through the gums, remaining impacted and therefore becoming more at risk for disease and decay. They can also try to come in partially underneath your other molars, pushing your whole smile out of alignment. Plus, it’s hard to properly clean wisdom teeth because they are so far back in your mouth. Not every single wisdom tooth has to be removed, but they often do.
When you are missing a tooth, you need a replacement to look good and remain healthy. Dental implants are a great choice because they mimic your natural tooth’s stability and appearance. Placing the implant starts with oral surgery. Dr. Miller carefully places an artificial root made from titanium in the jawbone where the old tooth’s root used to be. Your jawbone will slowly fuse with the titanium root, providing you with the same strength and durability as a natural tooth. Then Dr. Miller connects the replacement tooth to the implanted root.
Not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant. Because the implant fuses with your jawbone, there needs to be enough healthy bone tissue at that spot. Otherwise, the implant could fail. If you have this problem, you can get a bone graft. In this surgical procedure, Dr. Miller will graft bone material to your jawbone. Once healed, the site should be strong enough for a dental implant.