Dental Surgery in Lake Oswego
Our periodontist, Dr. Andrew Peterson, can perform a number of oral surgery procedures to help get your smile back in shape. Because he worked as a general dentist for four years, he has a deep understanding of how to work with your dentist to get you the care you need. Our team can perform a wide range of surgeries, including a basic tooth extraction, placement of dental implants, gum grafts, frenectomies, and even extensive bone grafting.Make Appointment
We always want to help you keep your natural teeth if possible, and that’s the goal of your general dentist, too. But if damage or infection is too bad, the best option may be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. Dr. Peterson is trained in both extractions and tooth replacement options, so we can help you get back to a healthy smile. We know that a tooth extraction seems like it would be a painful thing, but we can provide anesthetic and even sedation to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
The third set of molars, known as wisdom teeth, typically erupt in a person’s late teens or early 20s. For most people, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for the four teeth – two on top and two on bottom – to properly erupt. Complications from this lack of space include crooked wisdom teeth; impaction, where teeth don’t fully erupt; abscesses, or infected sores on the gums; and shifting of other permanent teeth. Dentists often recommend having wisdom teeth removed before the eruption begins to avoid potential problems. Dr. Peterson and our team will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure and send you home with detailed care instructions to ensure that your mouth heals quickly and properly.
If you’re visiting us to have teeth replaced with dental implants, we’ll first take X-rays of your teeth and jawbone. If we determine that your jawbone isn’t strong enough in its current state to place an implant, we can perform a bone graft to build up the bone. With a bone grafting procedure, we add bone-like material to your jawbone and give it time to stimulate the growth of new bone in the area. This makes your jawbone strong and secure, giving us a good foundation for your new dental implant. Dr. Peterson will discuss the procedure with you if he determines it is needed for your recommended treatment plan.
Taking care of your gums is an important part of your dental wellness. If you are dealing with receding gums (or maybe it seems like your teeth look longer than normal), we can provide gum graft surgery to improve the appearance of your smile, prevent further recession and bone loss, and reduce sensitivity. During this procedure, we use tissue from your palate or from a donor source to cover your exposed roots. Before beginning your treatment, we’ll discuss with you about the best option for your unique dental needs.
A frenectomy is a dental procedure where we remove the problematic excess tissue of the lingual frenulum (the small piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth) or the labial frenulum (the small piece of tissue that connects the gums to the lips). When the frenulum isn’t formed properly, it can cause lip or tongue ties, spacing issues between teeth, gum recession, speech impediments, and other dental problems. With a frenectomy, we can help you or your child achieve full mouth movement and prevent them from having to face other oral health issues in the future.Contact Us
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We feel so honored to be your trusted dentists in Lake Oswego. We love to give back to our community to show our appreciation. When you come in for a treatment, we donate a portion of the cost of your care to a local charity, like Girls on the Run. You can even receive a discount on your treatment by volunteering. Visit our Financial page to learn more!Contact Us