Other Services
Dorion & Associates |2310 Myron DrRaleighNC27607 | (919) 781-6217

Other Services

Sedation Dentistry

Your comfort matters to us. With sedation dentistry services, we can make your visit a calm and relaxing one. Our sedation dentistry in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill comes in a range of different levels. We always strive to keep you feeling safe and relaxed with us.

Our Sedation Levels

  • Minimal Sedation: This sedation service helps curb your anxiety while still keeping you awake and cognizant. You will remember your procedure and will be able to respond to any directives from your doctor.
  • Moderate Sedation: Upping the sedation level helps you stay even more relaxed. However, this will prevent you from following your doctor’s instructions. You will likely not remember the procedure afterward.
 

Methods of Administration

  • IV Sedation
  • Oral Sedation
  • Nitrous Oxide (NO2) AKA Laughing Gas
  • Local Anesthetic
 

Crown Lengthening

Do you hide your gummy smile in pictures or with friends? Our team can help reduce a gummy smile or restore a tooth with crown lengthening. This restorative and cosmetic procedure involves removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the tooth structure.

Your teeth could be the right length but simply covered by too much gum tissue. By removing the excess tissue, you’ll enjoy a broader smile and a healthy look. Does your tooth need to be restored? In these cases, your tooth may have broken underneath the gum line or have extensive decay. In that case, we’ll perform a reinforced restoration. Then a crown lengthening procedure can give you that smile back.


Bone Grafting

Bone loss in the jaw bone is a common problem many patients face when they have lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or trauma. After you’ve lost a tooth, the bone around it will begin deteriorating.

Without proper maintenance and care, your jaw bone may deteriorate to such an extent that there will not be enough bone left for implants. In that drastic case, we would recommend a bone grafting procedure. This replaces missing bone around your teeth.

The Three Types of Bone Grafting Procedures:

  • Autogenous Grafts
  • Allografts
  • Xenografts
 

Extraction Site Preservation

After tooth extraction, your soft tissue and bone can start deteriorating. Without a tooth root, your jaw bone will start to collapse and shrink immediately. To preserve and stabilize your bone, we provide ridge or socket restoration. This helps prevent your jaw bone from collapsing completely and helps prevent a more expensive or invasive procedure down the line.

The procedure includes placing a new bone graft in your tooth socket. The grafting material will be stabilized so that it may begin growing and rebuilding the structural integrity of your jaw bone.

The Benefits:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Minimizes bone loss
  • Helps prepare the site for dental implants
  • Cost-effective and less painful
  • Preserves a natural smile
 

Gum Grafting

Receding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease, but they also cause other ailments such as tooth sensitivity, gum inflation, and decay. This is because your healthy gums act as a barrier to bacteria. Without healthy gums, bacteria has free rein over your exposed tooth. Therefore, you are more vulnerable to infections and may need a gum graft.

In this procedure, we take healthy gum tissue and graft it onto your exposed tooth roots. You’ll be able to enjoy a wider, brighter smile and no more receding gums.

The Types of Gum Grafts:

  • Connective Tissue Graft
  • Free Gingival Graft
  • Pedicle Graft
 

Oral DNA® Testing

Oral DNA® helps our doctors take a deeper look into the bacteria present in your mouth. With this information, we can better predict your risk factor for periodontal disease and tooth decay. With luck, we can even treat your mouth before serious, permanent damage can set in.

Our testing services help pinpoint all the different kinds of dangerous bacteria present. And best of all, your test will be easy. Simply rinse your mouth with a sterile solution, then we’ll send your sample to our labs.


Scaling & Root Planing

Without proper brushing, plaque and tartar can take up residence on your teeth. This provides the right conditions for bacteria to multiply, which then irritates your gums and causes them to bleed more easily. If you see blood when you’re brushing your teeth or eating, then you are experiencing the early stages of gingivitis.

To combat gingivitis, your doctor will scale and polish your teeth. They might also recommend other measures, such as using mouthwash and brushing and flossing more effectively. We find that most adults have some form of gum disease.


TMJ Disorders

Hearing clicking or popping when you open your mouth? What about tenderness in and around your jaw? You may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), which occurs due to problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles. The temporomandibular joint is the source of your pain.

This joint functions as the hinge between your lower jaw and the skull and is located immediately in front of each ear. The muscles around the joint help us reach a wide range of movement—side to side, up and down, and more. But when the joint or the surrounding muscles begin to fail, TMJ comes into play. We offer a wide range of TMJ treatment options, ranging from anti-inflammatory medicine to splints or bite plates.


Cone Beam, CT, and 3D Imaging

Our office only uses the top-rated, most cutting-edge technology possible in all treatments and imaging. We use the latest in cone beam, CT, and 3D imaging software for better, more effective treatments. Our systems generate high-definition X-rays of your teeth, facial nerves, and bone structure in just seconds and with remarkable quality. Because our imaging equipment is so cutting-edge, we’ll be able to quickly assess all your dental needs and help you get back to enjoying life.


Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer often presents itself through cysts, tumors, and lesions in the mouth. Our doctors are trained in the detection of oral cancer and its symptoms. If you are concerned about your oral health and notice unusual changes in your mouth, tongue, teeth, gums, or throat, reach out to us. Diagnosing oral cancer as early as possible is vital.

We may perform several tests on you to determine if you have oral cancer. These tests may include biopsies and tissue removal. Afterward, our doctors will handle your case with the utmost care and concern. Your happiness and comfort are always our top priority.

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