Dr. Jerry Hancock will always try to preserve the health of a damaged or infected tooth, but in some cases, extraction may be the best way to protect a patient's oral health. To minimize discomfort during extraction procedures, Dr. Hancock uses anesthesia and a gentle touch.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Third molars (or wisdom teeth) are the last teeth to emerge. If we determine that your wisdom teeth are likely to become impacted with other teeth, we can perform extraction to protect your smile and oral health.
Dental Implant Surgery
Unlike many other dentists, Dr. Hancock personally performs dental implant placement. After creating a 3-D image of your oral structures using cone beam scans, Dr. Hancock will insert small titanium posts directly into your jaw, which will eventually fuse directly with the bone to serve as artificial tooth roots.
After tooth loss, the surrounding area of the jawbone will begin to recede. Over time, this recession can become so severe that the jaw can no longer support dental implants. Dr. Hancock can often use bone grafting to restore necessary strength and help patients qualify for dental implants.
Patients with more advanced cases of gum disease can experience gum recession. This concern can not only detract from the beauty of a smile, it can also cause discomfort and lead to other oral health concerns. To address recession and restore a gum line, Dr. Hancock can transfer healthy tissue during soft-tissue grafting.
Oral Cancer Surgery
Dentists are often the first medical professionals to spot the early signs of oral cancer. To help protect the health of his patients, Dr. Hancock can diagnose oral cancer by performing a biopsy. In some cases, he may also perform oral cancer surgery.