Implant Dentistry 101: Do You Need Oral Soft Tissue Surgery?

February 17, 2015

156482063If you’ve been told that you may need oral soft tissue surgery, don’t panic.  The goal of oral soft tissue surgery is to restore and maintain attractive and healthy mouth tissues. Your gum or soft tissue surgery doesn’t have to be a traumatic or uncomfortable experience. You can trust Dr. Banda to perform your oral surgery. Dr. Banda is a gentle and highly qualified soft tissue oral surgeon, specializing in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles, and nerves of the mouth. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda, the Implant Dentist, at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restores smiles daily throughout Bloomfield Hills, MI, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, Birmingham, and the surrounding communities.

What Is Oral Soft Tissue Surgery?

Sometimes, mouth surgery is required to restore gum tissues around teeth or prepare gum tissues for dental implants. Oral soft tissue surgery may be for the augmentation, reduction, or reshaping of your gums. Common soft tissue surgeries include:

  • Frenectomy: Frena are small folds of tissue under the tongue, inside the upper lip, inside the lower lip, or connecting the cheeks and gums. A Frenectomy may be performed to loosen the frenum’s connection and extend the range of motion in the area.
  • Soft tissue grafts: Soft tissue gum grafts are used to increase gum tissue in certain areas. Gum tissue grafting can be used to:

o   Prevent further gum recession

o   Cover exposed tooth roots

o   Stop gum sensitivity

o   Improve gum appearance

o   Treat advanced periodontitis

  • Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty: A gingivectomy surgically removes diseased or excess gum tissue caused by advanced gum disease (periodontitis). Gingivoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the gum tissue, and is often performed in combination with a gingivectomy.
  • Crown Lengthening: If a tooth has been severely weakened by decay, is cracked, broken, or worn down, Dr. Banda may perform a crown lengthening procedure to ensure that enough of the tooth’s structure is available to securely hold a dental crown in place.

Is Oral Soft Tissue Surgery Painful?

Dr. Banda is trained and experienced in all aspects of anesthesia and sedation administration. Every consideration will be made to ensure that your oral soft tissue surgery is as comfortable, relaxed, and pain free as possible. Usually, patients describe their oral surgery experience as surprisingly pleasant. After surgery, you may be prescribed pain medication to make you as comfortable as possible at home.

Bloomfield Hills Oral Soft Tissue Surgery

Oral soft tissue surgery improves the form and functioning of your teeth and gums to maintain optimum oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda, the Implant Dentist, for your oral soft tissue surgery needs. Dr. Banda offers patient centered dental care. Cranbrook Dental Care is trusted by families throughout Bloomfield Hills, MI, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, Birmingham, and the neighboring communities.

Dental Care 101: Do You Have Wisdom Tooth Problems?

January 17, 2015

What’s The Deal with Wisdom Teeth? Your wisdom teeth, so named because they are the third and final set of molars (adult teeth) that erupt in the late teens or early twenties, can sometimes malfunction, causing extreme pain and discomfort. When they grown in healthy and properly aligned they can be a valuable asset to your mouth, however, if they grown incorrectly or misaligned, they may require extraction. Wisdom tooth misalignment can affect the positioning of your other teeth and lead to more complicated dental problems. Not everyone will have problems with their wisdom teeth, but if you do, you can make an appointment with Dr. Banda, the Implant Dentist, at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Dr. Banda can safely, effectively, and comfortably remove your wisdom teeth. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves families daily throughout metro Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

Why You May Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery

Your wisdom teeth may grow in horizontally, angled toward or away from the second molars, or angled inward or outward. These misalignments can potentially damage your surrounding healthy teeth, your jawbone, and your nerves. Wisdom teeth can also grow in impacted. With impaction, wisdom teeth are stuck, wholly or partially, within the gum tissue or jawbone. Partial eruption may encourage bacterial infection, resulting in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and other illness. Partially erupted wisdom teeth also promote tooth decay and gum disease.

Does Wisdom Tooth Extraction Hurt?

Dr. Banda is an expert dental surgeon. As such, he is able to ensure that you will be completely comfortable and sedated during your wisdom tooth extraction. The relative ease of your particular extraction procedure will depend on the position and development of your wisdom teeth.  Wisdom teeth that have fully erupted through the gum-line can be extracted as easily as any other tooth. However, wisdom teeth that are still underneath the gum-line or embedded in the jawbone will require an incision before removal. This may also require the tooth to be extracted in small sections rather than one piece.

Bloomfield Hills Wisdom Tooth Extraction Appointments

Sometimes Dr. Banda may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted before these problems develop. This should be done to avoid more painful or invasive extractions down the road. Removal is easier in teens and young adults, than older adults. Make your wisdom tooth extraction appointment with an experienced and trusted oral surgeon. Dr. Banda, the Implant Dentist, will ensure that your treatment is relaxed and pain free. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restores smiles daily throughout Bloomfield Hills, MI, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, Birmingham, and nearby Detroit communities.

Do You Need Tooth Removal Surgery?

December 17, 2014

512961243If you ask someone why they fear the dentist, a common answer may be that they have a fear of tooth removal. “What if the dentist says that I need a tooth removed?” Though tooth removal is one of the more invasive dental procedures, it can be necessary in some cases to save your surrounding healthy teeth and prevent the spread of infection in your mouth. Tooth removal today, is a quick and efficient procedure.  A clear sign that you need a tooth removed is chronic pain or discomfort somewhere in your mouth, especially from a tooth that was previously treated with root canal surgery. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda, the Implant Dentist, at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Dr. Banda will perform the tooth removal procedure you need with your care and comfort in mind. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly restores smiles throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

Why You Made Need Tooth Removal Surgery

  • Decay: Sometimes cavities can reduce and corrupt the surface of your tooth to such a degree, that the pain, discomfort, and sensitivity experienced, requires the tooth to be removed.
  • Crowding: Your tooth may need to be pulled to make room for orthodontic treatment, or to make room for a tooth that doesn’t have enough room to erupt (break through the gum line).
  • Infection: Sometimes tooth decay can extend to the pulp at the center of your tooth. The nerves and blood vessels that make up the pulp can become infected with harmful bacteria. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy, however if the infection is severe enough, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection to your healthy teeth.
  • Gum Disease: If an infection is located in the bone and gum tissue that supports your teeth, your teeth may loosen and need to be extracted before they fall out.
  • Wisdom Teeth: About 12% of Americans have wisdom teeth that will eventually become infected if they are not removed.

Tooth Removal in Bloomfield Hills, MI

The longer you postpone your routine dental care, the more likely you will need tooth removal to treat infection and decay in your mouth. If you believe that your condition may require tooth removal, make an appointment with Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Dr. Banda is a highly qualified oral surgeon. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

Get the Dental Care you Need with Sedation Dentistry

November 17, 2014

477563171Research has shown that over 15% of Americans actually suffer from dental anxiety. Many more simply avoid the dental care they need because of expected pain and discomfort. But if you need tooth replacement or restoration you should know that there are Sedation Dentistry techniques that can virtually eliminate the pain and discomforted associated with these dental procedures. Dr. Banda is an experienced sedation dentist and has completed an intensive IV sedation course at the Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

 

Sedation Dentistry Techniques

  • Intravenous (IV) SedationMedication is delivered through a tiny needle placed through either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow. Eliminates anxiety and pain and you will remember little-to-nothing of the appointment by the next day. Medications most commonly used are Fentanyl (opiate), Versed (benzodiazepine), Ketamine, and Diprivan.

 

  • Oral Conscious SedationOral sedation works as a sedative to make you feel sleepy and as an anti-anxiety medication to relieve anxiety. These benzodiazepines are depressants that affect the central nervous system to reduce your sense of pain.  Although you are aware of your surroundings you are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials. The dentist may subscribe Valium, Xanax or Halcion.

Sedation Dentistry in Bloomfield Hills, MI

You don’t have to choose between tooth pain and pain from dental care. You can get the dental work you need with a comfortable pain free procedure. Dr. Banda makes every effort to ensure that patients are properly sedated for any major dental procedure. Make an appointment with Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care today to experience the sedation dentistry difference for yourself. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

Do You Need a Sinus Lift?

October 17, 2014

483261555A sinus lift, sometimes called a sinus augmentation, is an oral surgery during which bone is added to the upper jaw between the molars and pre-molars. This type of surgery has become common practice before dental implant procedures. If there is insufficient bone height in the upper jaw, or if there is not enough room between the sinuses and the jaw for the implants to be properly placed, sinus lift surgery may be needed. You made need a sinus lift if you have reabsorbed bone due to tooth loss, bone loss due to gum disease, or a maxillary sinus that’s too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed. The shape and the size of the sinuses vary from person to person and can get larger as you age. For your dental implant consultation, make an appointment with Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care today. Cranbrook Dental Care proudly serves patients throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI.

Sinus Lift Procedure

For the sinus lift, the oral surgeon first cuts into the gum tissue above the back teeth. This tissue is then raised, exposing the jaw bone. A small, oval window is cut into the bone. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window that separates your sinus from your jaw is gently pushed up and away from your jawbone. Bone-graft material is then packed into this empty space. Usually several millimeters of bone from your own body, from a cadaver or from a cow bone is added. Once the bone is in place, the tissue is stitched back together. The dental implants will be placed four to nine months later, allowing time for the grafted bone material to mesh with your jaw bone. The healing time depends on the amount of bone used.

Sinus Lift for Dental Implants in Bloomfield Hills, MI

As part of your consultation to get dental implants, the dentist will take oral x-rays to determine if a sinus lift procedure is needed. If you’re thinking about dental implants, get the process started today by making an appointment with Dr. Banda at Cranbrook Dental Care. Dr. Banda is an experienced and caring oral surgeon, proudly serving patients throughout Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Troy, and Birmingham, MI and surrounding areas.

The Benefits to Dental Implants

September 17, 2014

177232118The wonderful thing about dental implants is that they are able to give you the smile you have always wanted. Dr. Banda prides himself in being able to transform the smiles and lives of his patients with dental implants. Though there are very obvious benefits to dental implants, there are more benefits than meets the eye!

One of the great benefits about dental implants is that they are able to offer you better oral health. When you have a smile that is not full, it puts you more at risk for gum disease, a misaligned bite, bone loss, tooth loss, TMJ, and other complications. Also, when you have teeth missing from your smile, it could cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift in order to make up for the extra space. This shift is due to the missing tooth root, as the roots are used to anchor our teeth in place. When that is missing, it puts other teeth in your smile at risk for deterioration.

Also, unlike dentures and partials, dental implants are a permanent option to replacing your teeth. There is no fear of slippage or dealing with adhesives or clasps, allowing you to fully enjoy your new smile with confidence. Dental implants are able to improve your facial aesthetic, being able to support your cheeks and lips, making you look more youthful.  There are many benefits to dental implants, and if you have teeth missing from your smile, we invite you to discover the benefits for yourself. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Banda to find out how dental implants are able to help restore your self-confidence and overall wellbeing.

Schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants with Dr. Banda by calling our Bloomfield Hills practice. Our office serves patients throughout this area, including Troy, Birmingham, Clarkston, and the surrounding communities. For more about dental implants, visit our patient resource library.

Complete Implant Care from Our Bloomfield Hills Office

August 4, 2014

There are two major stages in the dental implant process. The first involves the surgical placement of one or more implant posts. The second involves the attachment of a custom-made restorative piece, like a crown, bridge, partial, or full denture.

Dr. Banda’s years of training and experience have equipped him with the skills to both place and restore dental implants. He earned his DDS from the University of Michigan in 1986, and then completed the Implant Surgical and Prosthetic Program at the prestigious Misch Implant Institute, where many other dentists have learned how to surgically place dental implants. Beyond this, Dr. Banda is a sought-after authority on surgical techniques, implantology, and more.

You can expect excellent care when you come to our Bloomfield Hills office, whether you need help with dental implants or another service. Call us today to schedule an appointment. During your visit, we’ll talk to you about your needs and answer any questions you might have about treatment. We serve patients from Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Birmingham, Clarkston, Royal Oak, and other nearby areas in Detroit.

What Is Soft Tissue Contouring?

July 3, 2014

Some patients are nervous about smiling because of excess gum tissue that makes their teeth look stubby. Thankfully, there is a way for patients in this situation to change how their smile looks. The solution is a soft tissue contouring procedure.

With soft tissue contouring, Dr. Banda will help you improve your smile’s appearance by reshaping the contours of your gum line. By removing some of your mouth’s excess tissue, we can unveil more of what’s there, resulting in teeth that look fuller and more attractive.

Dr. Banda will complete your procedure in a single visit to his Bloomfield Hills dental office. And to make your visit more comfortable, we may offer one of our sedation options, which include oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.

If you have any questions before your appointment or on the day of your appointment, don’t hesitate to let us know. We are passionate about explaining care in a language our patients understand.

Do you want to learn more about soft tissue contouring? Schedule a consultation with us today. With this brief service, we can help you create a bold, beautiful smile you’ll love. Dr. Banda serves patients from Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Birmingham, Clarkston, Royal Oak, and other nearby areas in Detroit.

Extractions for Bloomfield Hills and Beyond

June 3, 2014

When a patient replaces remaining teeth with an implant-supported bridge, partial, or denture, one of the first steps in the process is an extraction procedure. During an extraction procedure, Dr. Banda will remove predetermined teeth in his office to make way for your future restoration.

Of course, this isn’t the only reason a patient might need an extraction procedure. Dentists also use them to remove wisdom teeth, prepare young patients for orthodontic care, and to treat impaction. But many of the patients Dr. Banda sees are having teeth extracted as part of the implant process.

We make sure your extraction procedure is comfortable and stress-free by thoroughly explaining what will happen in advance and offering a sedation option. Knowing exactly what to expect from your procedure will help you feel confident about Dr. Banda’s treatment plan for you, while sedation dentistry will remove any anxiety you might feel on the day of your appointment.

Dr. Banda offers two forms of sedation dentistry: oral conscious and IV sedation. We’ll base our recommendation on your medical history and the procedure you’ll be having that day. Both are excellent options.

Do you want to talk to someone about extractions? Call Cranbrook Dental Care today for an appointment. We are happy to offer care to patients from Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Birmingham, Clarkston, Royal Oak, and other nearby areas in Detroit.

Surgical Care from Dr. Banda

May 3, 2014

Dr. Banda is an experience oral surgeon in Bloomfield Hills. He offers exceptional implant care, plus surgical care for other issues related to implant dentistry. Examples of this include:

  • Extractions
  • Hard and Soft Tissue Contouring
  • Bone Grafts
  • Sinus Lifts
  • Sub-Antral Augmentation

In the next few posts, we’re going to look at each one and explain what relationship they have with dental implants. For the rest of this post, we want to talk more about dental implants and how unique it is that Dr. Banda places and restores them.

Few restorative services are as effective as dental implants. What makes them so effective? It has to do with how they’re structured. Our natural teeth have a crown on top, which is the part that’s visible above your gums, and a root underneath that anchors the tooth to the jaw. When you lose a tooth, you lose both parts.

Dental implants restore what you’ve lost with a new, custom-made crown, bridge, partial, or full denture anchored by one or more titanium implant posts, which act like prosthetic roots. But besides anchoring your new teeth to your smile, your implants will also nourish your jaw by stimulating the growth of new bone tissue—the second important job of tooth roots.

Do you want to learn more about dental implants? Dr. Banda would be happy to answer your questions and consult with you. Call Cranbrook Dental Care today for an appointment. We serve patients from Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Birmingham, Clarkston, Royal Oak, and other nearby areas in Detroit.

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