- Dental Implants
Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The replacement of a tooth consists of three pieces; the implant, which is a titanium post that the oral surgeon places in the jawbone. After a few months, the post will fuse with the jawbone and become a stable base for the abutment and eventually the crown. The abutment attaches to the implant and sits just above the gumline. The crown is then positioned on the abutment by either a prosthodontist or restorative dentist.
- Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is done in conjunction with orthodontics. The orthodontist repositions the teeth and the oral surgeon repositions the jaw(s). The objective of orthognathic surgery is the correction of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities such as an open bite, over bite, a receding lower jaw, and an protruding lower jaw. Dr. Henry is one of the Midwest's leading orthognathic surgeons. His expertise attracts patients from across the United States including, Colorado, Washington, Texas, New Mexico, Montana, and Illinois.
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- Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the "Age of Wisdom." Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free, disease-free and in a hygenic enviornment with healthy gum tissue. They do however, require regular, professional cleaning, and annual check-ups with periodic x-rays to monitor for any changes. When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's "impacted"–usually unable to break through the gums because there isn't enough room. 90% of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. An impacted wisdom tooth can damage neighboring teeth or become infected. Because it's an area that's hard to clean, it can also invite bacteria that lead to gum disease. Oral bacteria can also travel through your bloodstream an lead to infections and illnesses that affect your heart, kidneys, and other organs. In some cases, a cyst or tumor can form around the base of the impacted tooth, which can lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth, and or parts of your mouth and face.