Dr. Thompson has additional certifications in all areas of general dentistry (specifically – oral surgery). He completed a year-long residency at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Oral surgery is the part of dentistry that requires surgical treatment to repair conditions in the mouth. It is always a comforting feeling to know that your dentist not only can take care of common problems, but if oral surgery is required, Dr. Thompson can treat most of these problems. Treatments that generally require a skilled oral surgeon are:
Wisdom teeth extraction
Wisdom teeth are often called the third molar and are the last teeth to develop. When these teeth begin to come in there has to be adequate room for them. In most cases one or more of your wisdom teeth becomes impacted due to the failure of the tooth to properly get through the gum line or the alignment of your wisdom tooth is off. Impacted wisdom teeth can also affect teeth that are close to it, damaging the gums and bone. If this condition exists your dentist will recommend surgically removing them.
Other teeth in the mouth can also become impacted or so destroyed by decay that the only solution is removing them. Dr. Thompson has many years of experience in extracting teeth and his procedures always take into consideration the comfort of the patient and to avoid any pain.
If a tooth needs to be extracted or you have been missing teeth in areas of the mouth, one of the best solutions is a dental implant. An implant is a permanent way to achieve long lasting tooth replacement. A titanium post is surgically placed in the jaw bone below the gum line. Once the post is surgically placed by Dr. Thompson, it can take two to four months for the implant to become securely attached to your bone. This post acts like a new root. After the post is securely in position, a crown is placed on it. The crown matches your surrounding teeth. Since implants don’t become loose, you have a beautiful and permanent new tooth or teeth. For implants to work properly there has to be enough bone available in the jaw. This bone has to be strong so it can give solid support for the implant. If the bone is not adequate for an implant, a bone graft may be needed.
This may sound like an agonizing procedure, but the fact is a bone graft today in a skilled surgeon’s hands is routine, painless and will only help the implant procedure. Bone grafting has become a minimal evasive surgical procedure. Bone grafting requires your oral surgeon to graft either new bone or use one of the many bone substitutes available into the area of your bone that has defects.
A consultation of any oral surgery will be discussed thoroughly and all treatment explained completely at Kierland Dental Center. Our goal is to make our patients feel at ease about any procedure knowing that the doctor and staff are very qualified in any treatment they recommend.