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Reversing Gum Recession in Portsmouth, NH
April 6

Reversing Gum Recession in Portsmouth, NH

 There are few surgical procedures where the result is BETTER that what Mother Nature provided. With microsurgical tunneling grafting, we are able to not only reverse gum recession due to years of wear and tear, but also to increase the amount of gum tissue beyond the original dimensions. The molar below has been restored to …

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Frenectomy and Connective Tissue Grafting in Portsmouth, NH
March 30

Frenectomy and Connective Tissue Grafting in Portsmouth, NH

 We often see a developmental flaw that results in the lower lip muscle (frenum) attaching too high on the gumline of a lower incisor tooth. This pulls the gums away from the tooth more severely over time. Using a microsurgical tunneling grafting technique, we can reposition the muscle attachment and restore the lost gum tissue, …

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Covering an Exposed Root Via Gum Grafting in Portsmouth, NH
March 23

Covering an Exposed Root Via Gum Grafting in Portsmouth, NH

 Our patient had severe recession on her lower left canine due to both overbrushing and absence of the bicuspid tooth that is normally next to it. This allowed food and her toothbrush to scrape against the tooth excessively. Using a microsurgical grafting technique, we were able to completely cover the exposed root and thicken the …

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Extracting a Broken Tooth and Immediate Implant Placement in Portsmouth, NH
March 16

Extracting a Broken Tooth and Immediate Implant Placement in Portsmouth, NH

 Our patient fractured his left central incisor and was understandably anxious to have it replaced. We were able to remove the broken root, place an implant, and have a temporary crown placed in one visit due to improved implant technology. He was thrilled to have a front tooth again, and without waiting several months or …

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Restoring a Symmetric Smile Using A Gingival Graft and Enamel Reshaping in Portsmouth, NH
March 9

Restoring a Symmetric Smile Using A Gingival Graft and Enamel Reshaping in Portsmouth, NH

Our patient was unhappy because her left incisor looked too long at both ends. We restored the lost gum tissue with a microsurgical tunneling graft and reshaped the incisal (biting) edge to shorten it. She loves the symmetry of her two central incisors at both the gumline and the incisal edges.

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Removal of a Cheek-Bite Scar in Portsmouth, NH
March 8

Removal of a Cheek-Bite Scar in Portsmouth, NH

 We often see patients with benign growths on their cheeks or lips, as you can see on the photo on the left. These are usually scars due to accidental biting. Each repeated injury makes them larger and even more likely to be bitten. Removal is simple and quick, and as you can see on the …

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Covering Exposed, Notched Roots in Portsmouth, NH
February 24

Covering Exposed, Notched Roots in Portsmouth, NH

 We recommend an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor and soft brush heads for all our patients. This can reduce the chances of aggravating gum recession due to overbrushing, which was the cause of our patient’s gum recession and also notching of his exposed roots. Using a microsurgical grafting technique we were able to restore …

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Gum Grafting of a Six-year Molar in Portsmouth, NH
February 9

Gum Grafting of a Six-year Molar in Portsmouth, NH

Upper first molars, also known as 6-year molars, are prone to gum recession because they bulge out of the dental arch slightly. They are very important teeth to maintain for chewing function since they are the largest teeth in our mouths. They have three roots, and recession can uncover the notch (furcation) between them, leading …

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Implant Planning and Sinus Lift Bone Grafting Guided by 3-D Cone Beam Technology in Portsmouth, NH
February 2

Implant Planning and Sinus Lift Bone Grafting Guided by 3-D Cone Beam Technology in Portsmouth, NH

 We plan all implant placement using 3-D (Cone Beam CT) imaging. This showed that our patient’s sinus was too close to the site of the planned upper molar implant (first image). This can be seen on the second image, where the green virtual implant enters the sinus for half of its length. After performing a …

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January 28

New Findings Relevant to Our Practices and Our Patients

  These are uncertain times. But today’s uncertainty is different from what humanity has historically faced. Our species is much less uncertain about premature death, enslavement, poverty, illiteracy, war, or violent crime than ever before (Pinker, S., The Better Angels of Our Nature, 2012). Instead, we are faced with epistemic uncertainty; that is, in the …

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Covering an Exposed Root with a Tunneling Connective Tissue Graft in Portsmouth, NH
January 19

Covering an Exposed Root with a Tunneling Connective Tissue Graft in Portsmouth, NH

 Covering exposed roots of teeth is very difficult when they are missing a neighboring tooth. We and our patient were very gratified with the result of her microsurgical tunneling graft. Her root sensitivity is now gone. Even still, we hope that she will come back to replace the missing tooth with an implant.

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Curing Sensitivity to Cold and Sweets With a Gum Graft in Portsmouth, NH
January 12

Curing Sensitivity to Cold and Sweets With a Gum Graft in Portsmouth, NH

 One-quarter to one-third of teeth have a gap between the protective surface of the root (cementum) and the enamel. This gap causes sensitivity to sweets and to cold temperatures with even mild recession. Using a microsurgical grafting technique, we were able to cover the gap in our patient’s canine tooth. She loves the way it …

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Correcting a Gummy Smile With Esthetic Crown Lengthening in Portsmouth, NH
January 5

Correcting a Gummy Smile With Esthetic Crown Lengthening in Portsmouth, NH

 Our young patient was self-conscious about her gummy smile. We performed esthetic crown lengthening and positioned her tissue at the correct level. She was amazed at how painless the procedure was during and afterward. Even better, she loves her beautiful new smile.

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Rapid Replacement of a Broken Incisor With a Dental Implant in Portsmouth, NH
December 29

Rapid Replacement of a Broken Incisor With a Dental Implant in Portsmouth, NH

 Our patient broke his upper left central incisor and was desperate to have a tooth for the holidays. We were able to extract the broken root, place his implant, and provide a crown very rapidly using 3-D imaging and planning. Gone are the days when patients must wait months to have teeth replaced and restored …

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Smile Makeover Using a Gingival Tunneling Graft in Portsmouth, NH
December 22

Smile Makeover Using a Gingival Tunneling Graft in Portsmouth, NH

Our patient had sensitive teeth and would not smile because of the recession involving his upper central incisors. Using a microsurgical tunneling grafting technique, we were able to restore his lost tissue, prevent future recession, and eliminate his sensitivity. And now he is smiling for the holidays.

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