Dr. Mohamed Ali has describes a variety of dental procedures in these Dental Procedure videos.
Bridges are intended to replace missing teeth. The first step in this treatment is to reduce and grind adjacent teeth of the missing tooth or teeth area in size and create an abutment or abutments to support the bridge. Bridges are done to restore aesthetic function for patients that lose teeth. This procedure is done second to dental implants. Whereas damaging adjacent teeth, implants are a more conservative option for the patient. However, a bridge is still an option for any patient that would like to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
Bridges and Crowns
Dr. Ali offers information about various details of Removable Prothetics.
Root canals are done on teeth which are dead due to decay or an extensive restoration such as a crown or inlay/onlay. When the pulp inside the tooth dies or gets irreversibly inflamed root canal therapy is indicated as the treatment of choice. The first step in this treatment is to remove the pulp tissue using rotary instruments with very tiny files then dissolve any excessive soft tissue remains after filing. After cleaning and shaping the canals we then fill canals and roots. There has been a great advancement using surgical microscopes which Dr. Ali uses to do a more accurate job in performing this procedure.
Endodontic Root Canals
There are many elements to play in the success of periodontal treatment including proper and early diagnosis of the periodontal problems and taking swift and quick action toward the periodontal treatment. Another part of periodontal success is the patient's excellence in oral hygiene at home where the patient follows instruction, performs oral hygiene properly, and comes to the dentist also in regular visits. Sometimes it's also recommended to come more frequently. Each case is treated individually, for instance, instead of six months our hygienists may recommend your recall interval to be at three months or even two months. When periodontal problems are not so advance, periodontal treatment can be done with a simple prophylaxis where the hygienist does routine cleaning for the teeth and for the gums. The second degree of periodontal problems is where bone disease and deterioration starts to happen around the teeth. When this starts to happen, in a mild stage, it still can be treated by the dental hygienists with what we call Scaling and Root Planing, in lament terms, "a deep cleaning." In this procedure, the hygienist properly goes in and plane the roots around the teeth to remove all the debris and tartar build up in the area. From here, the patient is highly suggested to follow good oral hygiene protocols at home and come back for regular teeth cleaning visits. When the bone loss starts to become more advanced and more involve, the Periodontist will have to go in and flap the gum, clean the root surfaces very well, and sometimes replace bonegraft around the roots in certain areas where bony pockets exists. In some cases, the Periodontist may have to do Connective Tissue Grafting to create a thicker and more resistant tissue to gum disease and create more root coverage so there are many modalities for periodontal problems. If you think you have periodontal issues don't delay your dental visits. We have great hygienists that are very well equipped and we are very happy to help. If you call or email and we'll contact you right away to address your periodontal issue!
After teeth are extracted or to replace missing teeth, dental implants are typically suggested as an option for the patient. Dental implants are metal posts that are made of titanium alloy and are implanted into the patients jaw. After the course of a few months, the bone surrounding the implant and the implant itself will fuse together in a process called osseous integration. After the dental implant is integrated, it is then ready to have a crown placed on it or an abutment which will serve for a fixed or removal of prosthesis. At our office, the advancement in three dimensional radiography gives us the advantage of performing the implant surgery on the computer and then fabricating a surgical guide which will help in doing dental implants in a very minimally invasive surgery. Dental implants are not painful and dental implant surgery could be very simple. More than 90% of our patients don't experience any pain or discomfort the following day after treatment. Due to the high success rate and predictability of dental implant treatment, this procedure has become the standard for replacing missing teeth. A lot of people wonder whether or not they are good candidates for dental implants, Dr. Ali suggests everyone is a good candidate for the procedure as long as they have fair health.
Bone Grafting may become necessary after teeth get extracted and are not replaced immediately by dental implants. In time, bone shrinkage or bone atrophy is going to happen. This is when bone size is going to be reduced significantly results in not enough bone to place the dental implants. Increasing the volume of bone could be done in many ways. One method is to add bone grafting material. This could be as a bone graft transfer from the patient. For instance, the bone can be transferred from the patient's chin or the back of patient's lower jaw or from different areas in the patient's body. With the availability of bonegraft material and tissue banks, Dr. Ali doesn't think it's justified to harvest bone from other areas in the body. There's no reason to go through the morbidity, complication of the surgery, pain, etc. So we use synthetic bonegraft material called Allografts which is transferred from another human being after being screened for disease, so it's very safe to use. There is also a Xenograft where we get bone from animals, treat it for use in people, and then place as bonegraft material. Each one of them have different indications so the dentist who does the bonegraft should be very knowledgeable these materials and how to utilize them to get successful results. What's big in Bone Grafting, in Dr. Ali's opinion, is bone manipulation. Dr. Ali has developed his own technique with the teachings of pioneers in this area of surgery. The doctor also uses a new process called Distraction Osteogensis. With Dr. Ali's process, the bone is expanded, the implant is placed, time is saved, cost of treatment is lowered, and the trauma and pain following surgery is reduced. Further, 90% of our patients report no pain or swelling on the second day after surgery and are able to pursue normal daily function and activities. If you have Bone Grafting issues where you want to expand your bone and obtain an optimal site to place a dental implant, don't hesitate to call our office. Our staff will help you right away! Shoot us an email or give us a call, we'll respond to you quickly, and Dr. Ali will be very happy to sit with you and go over your case and explain your options to you and what to expect.
Dr. Ali discusses the options related to Soft Tissue Grafting.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Many patients avoid the dentist because of a great degree of anxiety and fear thus letting their mouth go bad to a degree where it is no longer restorable. Sedation dentistry helps patients become more comfortable and at ease to tolerate the stress of dental treatment. It is much safer for the patient to tolerate the stress of dentistry and beneficial for the dentist so they can focus on the dentistry more efficiently and in better quality than if the patient is moving around or not allowing the dentist to do treatment in the proper way. This procedure can be done through oral sedation or intravenous sedation which is more predictable precise and safe.