Piezocsurgery® is an advanced, minimally invasive, technique used in oral surgery that requires specialized equipment and training. What makes this technique so special is that it uses ultrasound waves to create micro-incisions in bone without damaging the surrounding soft tissue, thus minimizing any damage risk. Other benefits of this type of surgery include, reduced patient discomfort and accelerated treatment time. Dr. Uzel uses this technique to help expedite orthodontic treatment. The procedure is done based on an orthodontists’ recommendation and referral. By preforming this simple and conservative procedure orthodontic treatment may be completed twice as fast.
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping the gums when there is excessive formation of gum tissue, that may occur following orthodontic treatment or due to long term use of some commonly used hypertension medications. The procedure reduces and seals pockets in gums. Gingivectomies can really help in preventing gum disease from occurring and progressing.
Temporary anchorage devices, more commonly called TAD’s, are miniature implants used to move or straighten teeth. Sometimes TAD’s are used alongside braces. The procedure is very quick, requires no cutting and is virtually pain free. Patients typically return back to work or school the same day a TAD is inserted. Typically, patients only need their TAD’s for a few months. Removal is just as easy, and painless as insertion and takes only about a minute to complete.
Think back to when you were a child and you lost a baby tooth. You probably remember seeing your first adult tooth poke through your gums where the baby tooth once was. This process of a tooth coming to gum level is called “tooth eruption”. An impacted tooth occurs when a tooth that should be above gum level can’t erupt. There are a number of reasons why a tooth may be unable to erupt. A tooth may get stuck in the jawbone or other teeth could be blocking the path. This often happens with wisdom teeth and the maxillary cuspids (commonly called the upper canine teeth). Unfortunately, these unerrupted teeth can cause infections and other problems if left untreated. Impacted tooth exposure is a surgical procedure that will help the impacted tooth erupt into the right place. Once the impacted tooth is erupted, a bracket may be used to move and keep the tooth in the right position. This entire procedure is very safe and happens right here in our office.
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