Surgical Services

Sometimes oral surgery is the best option to help you achieve a flawless smile. Dr. Alan Sulikowski is a local dentist who has mastered a variety of the most comprehensive surgery techniques, including:

Implant Placement

img_ImplantPlacement1Dental implants provide a more natural looking replacement for missing teeth. Conventional implant placement involved the peeling back of the gum from the bone, the placement of the implant and then suturing. The minimally invasive dental implant procedure however, involves the removal of a tiny circle of gum, using a cookie-cutter type instrument and then the placement of the implant.

Bone Graft

Dental implants require sufficient bone volume in order to secure success. Infections, trauma, periodontal disease and tooth extraction can reduce bone volume and necessitate a bone graft. Bone is oftentimes specially secured from bone banks or synthetic materials are used to stimulate bone formation.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

img_PeriodontalPlasticSurgery1Periodontal plastic surgery seeks to address several possible issues to enhance the individual’s smile. Periodontal Plastic Surgery Patients with a gummy smile or uneven gum line can elect to have a crown lengthening procedure that involves the removal of excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth. Long teeth or exposed roots can be caused by periodontal disease. Soft tissue grafts and other procedures serve to cover the roots and protect them from tooth decay as well as prevent further receding of the gum. Indentations in the gums and jawbone are another issue addressed by surgery. This occurs when the jawbone recedes and the tooth is not being held in place. Ridge augmentation restores the natural contour of the jaw and gum line fixing this issue.

img_SoftTissueGrafts1Soft Tissue Graft

Periodontal disease and even excessive brushing can result in the gum line receding and exposing the roots of the teeth. A soft tissue graft serves to cover the roots and protect them from tooth decay as well as prevent further receding of the gum.

Sinus Enhancement Graft for Implant Placement

In some individuals there is a need for a sinus elevation procedure in order to place the implant. This is due to inadequate bone in the upper molar region.

Tooth Extraction ad Emergency Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth from its socket in the bone. Teeth that have been damaged by decay or broken are candidates for tooth extraction. Also extractions are performed in order to make room for braces, in preparation for radiation therapy or for organ transplants in high-risk of infection cases.

Our dental surgery patients come to us from Somerville, Harvard Square, Cambridge and Boston, MA.