At Vista Dental in Vancouver, Washington, Dr. Saleh performs oral surgery to help you maintain and achieve good oral health. His advanced training in surgical procedures offers the convenience of getting the clinical care you need in one location—saving you time and money, and making oral surgery more affordable.
When Is Oral Surgery Necessary?
We may recommend oral surgery to improve or protect your oral health. Some examples are below.
- Replace missing teeth with dental implants
- Remove diseased oral tissue
- Prevent an issue from getting worse
- Eliminate the cause of an issue rather than treating symptoms only
- Remove broken or decayed teeth that are beyond saving or that risk the health of other teeth
- Prepare for a dental restoration
Types of Oral Surgery
Dr. Saleh performs various types of oral surgery, including:
- Bone grafting
- Dental implants
- Gum grafting
- Ridge augmentation
- Sinus lifts
- Tooth extraction
See our fee guide for Dr. Saleh’s affordable rates for oral surgery.
Bone grafting is a way to improve the quantity and quality of jawbone. Enough quality bone is needed to restore bone form or function. The graft can replace missing or weak bone or stimulate growth in your existing bone tissue. And grafting can add stability to some dental restorations, including dental implants.
Dr. Saleh will use healthy bone tissue for your grafting procedure. Bone for grafting can come from areas of your body, like your chin or hip. Or, donor or synthetic bone might be best for your procedure.
It can take four to six months for bone grafting to heal. But healing time varies with each procedure and patient. Dr. Saleh will explain what you can expect with your bone grafting procedure.
Ridge augmentation is a procedure that builds up the ridge of the jawbone that surrounds tooth roots. Sometimes, tooth extraction removes some of the bone ridge. The area usually heals on its own, but if it does not, ridge augmentation can help restore tooth socket width and height and your natural gum contour.
During the ridge augmentation procedure, Dr. Saleh will place bone grafting material in the tooth socket. Next, he will stitch gum tissue over the socket to keep it stable as it heals.
A sinus lift is a bone grafting procedure for patients who lack upper-bone volume. A sinus lift is necessary when the wall of bone next to your sinuses is so thin that it is not safe to place dental implants.
During the procedure, Dr. Saleh will make a small opening in your bone, raise the sinus floor, add grafting material, and close the area with stitches. The graft will promote new bone formation. And after several months of healing, you will have enough bone to support your dental implants.
Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that replace missing natural teeth and their roots. If you get dental implants, Dr. Saleh completes the procedure by making a small, precise incision through your gums and bone for each implant. He gently inserts the implant and stitches your gums. After your bone and gums heal, you can receive replacement teeth.
Dental implants need healthy bone for support, so you may need bone grafting first if you lack enough healthy jawbone. Read details about the dental implants process.
Gum surgery can reshape gums or remove excess or diseased tissue. Or, tissue grafts can fill in areas where gums are receding or missing from disease or trauma.
- Gum contouring – Uneven or poorly shaped gums can detract from your smile. Reshaping gum tissue can make your smile more appealing.
- Gum removal – Dr. Saleh can remove excess gum tissue that causes a gummy smile and makes your teeth look small. And he can remove damaged gum tissue that results from periodontal (gum) disease.
- Gum grafting surgery – Trauma, age, or gum disease can cause gum recession or damage. Gum grafting surgery repositions or replaces gum tissue around your teeth and covers any tooth-root exposure.
Dr. Saleh practices conservative dentistry and works hard to preserve your natural teeth. But sometimes, tooth extraction is necessary.
Some cases that might require extraction include:
- Severe trauma
- Severe decay or wear that other treatment cannot resolve
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Tooth position that threatens nearby healthy teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Dr. Saleh’s fees for routine extraction, surgical extraction, and wisdom teeth extraction are reasonable and more affordable than most dental practices. See our fee guide for details.
Want a Relaxing Dental Experience?
We offer sedation dentistry to help our nervous or anxious patients get the care they need. Dr. Saleh provides all levels of sedation, and he will find one that matches your anxiety level and dental procedure. Sedation can help you have positive, painless dental experiences. Read more about this option on our sedation dentistry page.