Removal of teeth
Removal of teeth can be categorized into simple extraction or surgical removal, depending on the tooth’s position in the mouth, the extent of tooth damage or amount of tooth structure left, etc. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. The removal of teeth is commonly done due to:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Severe gum disease
- Fractured teeth
- Need for space to straighten teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
The bone supporting teeth immediately resorbs or loses its volume once teeth are removed. This results in the being inadequate bone for placement of implants. At Alpha Dental, since the late 1990s, bone grafting to increase bone volume has been carried out with great success. The graft can be your own bone (for example, jaw bone or hip bone) or processed bone substitutes, such as those from Bio-Oss®.
This is a routine procedure at Alpha Dental, performed to increase bone volume in the maxilla-upper jaw to allow placement of implants.
Cone Beam Computerized Scanning
Alpha Dental was the first private practice in Singapore to install and use the KaVo 3D eXam for detailed 3-Dimensional analysis of bone. This dental imaging system (picture above) provides high-definition, in-office, three-dimensional, digital imaging at a reduced cost and lower radiation exposure compared to traditional CT scans. Intuitive software allows for quicker and easier image acquisition. This machine, the best known and used of its kind in the United States, is crucial for ensuring the patient’s safety in many complicated surgeries and especially so for the success of dental implants.