Oral cancer is a serious and potentially deadly health issue. The best way to protect against this type of cancer is early treatment. Dr. Shanahan and Tuinstra perform oral cancer screenings as part of every regular cleaning and exam. If they notice something suspicious, they can take a biopsy that can help to diagnose or rule out the condition. During a biopsy, your doctor will remove a small piece of tissue and send it to a lab to check for the presence of cancer.
For patients missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be an excellent method of tooth replacement. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are embedded into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Dr. Shanahan and Tuinstra provide dental implant placement surgery at our office.
During the procedure, your doctor will create a small opening in your gums and jaw to place the implants. It typically takes three to six months to fully heal after implant placement, at which point we can attach your crown, bridge, or denture for a fully restored smile.
If you are suffering from severe gum disease, periodontal treatment can restore the health of your gums. We offer several types of gum surgery using advanced dental lasers. These devices reduce discomfort both during and after treatment, and result in faster healing.