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Which Procedures Are Better With Piezosurgery®?
Whenever considering a dental procedure it is advisable for you to have the most informed conversation with your dentist as possible. Learn about some of the most common procedures performed with PIEZOSURGERY® and how our advanced technology can provide you with peace of mind!
Sometimes teeth must be removed because of the pain and long-term complications of cavities or trauma. The removal of a tooth is referred to as a dental extraction. The procedure involves separating the tooth roots from the surrounding bone and removing the tooth from its socket. For more severe cases, the tooth roots need to be sectioned and removed surgically. Piezosurgery® reduces complications, pain, and swelling in surgical extractions.
Ankylosed Tooth Extractions
Trauma and teeth grinding (Bruxism) can lead to complications and make the tooth “ankylosed”, that is, fused to surrounding bone. In cases such as these, the tooth must be surgically separated from bone first, and then it may be removed as described in extractions. Piezosurgery® helps the surgeon to separate the tooth from the bone with minimal pain and trauma.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth extraction is the most common oral surgery procedure, which aims at removing third molars to avoid crowding and other related issues. The procedure involves exposing the tooth by removing the bone that covers it and extracting the tooth from its socket. Because impacted third molars are very close to the nerve that runs through the jawbone, their removal must be performed safely to avoid permanent nerve damage. Being safe for use next to nerves, Piezosurgery® reduces complications, pain, and swelling in wisdom teeth extractions.
Cysts in the jawbone are usually caused by dental injury or complications from certain dental procedures. Cysts may grow to the point they create pressure on nerves and cause a numbing, prickling, or burning sensation in the face. When this happens, cysts need to be removed surgically to avoid permanent damage. Piezosurgery® allows surgeons to effectively remove cysts from the bone without damaging nerves.
Periodontal Resective Surgery
Poor oral health can lead to severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis. If untreated, this condition can spread from the soft tissue to the bone and result in bone and tooth loss. The treatment of severe periodontal disease requires the surgical removal of infected bone and the decontamination of bone and root surfaces. Piezosurgery® reduces bleeding, swelling, and complications commonly associated with this procedure.
Tooth fracture or decay can reduce the amount of tooth structure above the gumline, which makes it difficult for dentists to obtain best functional and esthetic results. In these cases, surgical crown lengthening allows the dentist to reshape the bone and to expose more of the natural tooth. Once exposed, the clinician may fit a dental crown on the tooth in order to have a greater aesthetic appeal. Piezosurgery® reduces bleeding and unintentional damage to gums and teeth.
Patients may wish to improve their smile and incorrect tooth positioning, however they may be discouraged by wearing braces for an extended period of time. When this is a concern, your oral surgeon or periodontist may recommend accelerated orthodontics, a procedure in which braces are applied in combination with minor oral surgery in order to lessen the time needed for correction. The procedure reduces the amount of time spent wearing braces from years to just a few months. Normally, this procedure is performed on adult patient because time and discomfort are greater when the jawbone is no longer growing. Piezosurgery® allows next-level surgical precision and reduced unwanted damage to roots and delicate anatomical structures.
Tooth loss typically leads to a reduction in the amount of bone in the jaw after a few years. This bone loss may make it impossible to replace the missing teeth with dental implants. In the upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure may be performed to increase the amount of bone by filling part of the maxillary sinus with a bone substitute. Piezosurgery® has been proven to be the best instrument for performing this procedure because it allows safe access to the sinus cavity, while preserving the integrity of its delicate membrane.
Tooth loss typically leads to a reduction in the amount of bone in the jaw after a few years. This bone loss may make it impossible to replace the missing teeth with dental implants. In the lower jaw or front of the mouth, a ridge expansion procedure may be performed to increase the amount of bone by cutting an incision in the bone to expand the area where a dental implant will be placed. The expansion of the ridge allows creating a larger area for the implant and helps to ensure its long-term success. Piezosurgery® has been proven to be the best instrument for performing this procedure because of its extreme precision and safety.
Implant Site Preparation
Patients who have lost their teeth and wish to restore their smile and function may consider dental implants. Dental implant site preparation is a multistep procedure where the doctor must properly prepare the bone to facilitate the insertion of dental implants to guarantee long-term success. Piezosurgery® makes this procedure precise and safe, and has been proven to provide faster healing and bone growth around the implant.
A patient’s own bone is an excellent material to fill surgical areas that require greater amounts of bone for implant-related procedures. The doctor may either collect bone chips, or small blocks of bone to place in deficient areas. For example, harvested bone may be used in a ridge expansion, where there is a newly created gap for a dental implant. This gap is filled with the collected bone in order to facilitate bone regeneration. Piezosurgery® makes bone harvesting quick, safe, and efficient.
Dental tori are bony growths in the upper and lower jaws that may cause complications for the patient such as infection or pain. Conventional procedures for removing tori are generally quite invasive and may lead to soft tissue damage. Thanks to Piezosurgery® tori can be removed safely with minimal pain, trauma, and complications.
Regular cleanings are important for oral health and even more so when patients have implants. To ensure long-term success of implants, implant cleaning is recommended, especially when there is a risk of infection (peri-implantitis). Implant cleaning is a procedure similar to tooth cleaning but instead involves a dental implant. During this procedure the hygienist or doctor focuses on cleaning the metal sections of the implant in order to prevent or treat infection near an implant. Piezosurgery® has unique inserts that have been designed to ensure efficient cleaning with no damage to the implant, which can be damaged by other instruments.
In rare cases, patients may experience infection around the implant (peri-implantitis) or other clinical complications that may require the doctor to remove the implant. In these instances, the clinician may need to cut around the implant to remove bone, which has grown on its surface. A common problem related to removing failed implants is the removal of excessive bone volume; Piezosurgery® minimizes bone removal while reducing trauma for the patient.
In rare cases, root canal treatments are not sufficient in resolving issues associated with dental root disease. These cases have the potential to result in recurring infection that, if left untreated, may result in complications. In these cases, a surgical treatment of the root canal (apicoectomy) may be necessary. Apicoectomies require the clinician to remove bone to expose and treat the root tip where the infection is located. Piezosurgery® is a very safe and effective way to perform these procedures.