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Cosmetic & Reconstructive Gum Surgery Dental Implants & Maintenance IV & Oral Sedation Arboretum
Dental ImplantsDr. Matthew D. Ficca is a periodontist, IV Sedation and dental implants specialist in Charlotte, NC, with a satellite office in Albemarle, NC. Dr. Ficca’s practice specializes in conservative treatment of gum and periodontal diseases including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile and dental implants that can replace single or multiple missing teeth. We also diagnose and treat oral pathology and oral medicine patients. An important aspect of our practice is the maintenance of dental implant patients and treatment of the infections they may encounter.
BridgesBone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more esthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.
CrownsAlthough your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening.
DenturesFor the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
Cosmetic DentistryThese procedures are a predictable way to cover unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Ficca and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.
Oral Cancer Screening
Dental ExaminationAdults past the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from dental cavities. Four out of five adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal diseases is by good tooth brushing with a toothpaste that kills bacteria and contains fluoride and effective dental flossing techniques, performed daily, and regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some forms of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress and restore the lost tissues.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral SurgeryDr. Ficca, a native of Maryland, graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1996. He immediately entered Temple University Dental School where he was a member of both the Oral Surgery and Stomatognathic honor societies. Upon completion of dental school, Dr. Ficca continued his education as a General Practice Resident at East Carolina University – Brody School of Medicine. He then practiced general dentistry for three years in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2004 he chose to further his education at Virginia Commonwealth University – Medical College of Virginia where he completed a three year fellowship in the field of Periodontics and Dental Implants. Dr. Ficca is trained and certified to provide oral and intravenous conscious sedation. He is an active member in many local, state, and national dental organizations.
Flap SurgeryWhen periodontal disease has destroyed supportive tissues, surgery is needed to reshape or restore lost bone and tissues. This increases the chance of saving teeth that may have been lost. Flap surgery provides access so that diseased tissue may be removed and damaged bone may be smoothed and reshaped reducing spaces where bacteria can grow and harbor infection. The gum is then closed over the reshaped bone at or near the original gumline.
Osseous SurgeryDuring osseous surgery, a resorbable membrane may be placed to keep unwanted gum tissue away from the tooth and bone and allow soft tissue and bone to regenerate and grow. The placement or addition of a bioactive gel along with root preparation will enhance bone growth.
Tooth ExtractionsCareful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and provides a better cosmetic outcome for tooth replacement. Bone grafting and guided bone regeneration are a part of extraction site and ridge preservation.
Bone GraftingOver a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants. Questions about bone grafting in Charlotte, NC? Call our office for a consultation.
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