Boise Dentist Blog

The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

Extraction socket preservation and bone grafting

Extraction socket preservation and bone grafting

I just finished a day-long class on bone grafting and extraction socket preservation.  Many people don't know that bone is lost after a tooth has been extracted.  The most resorption occurs within the first year, but the bone slowly goes away in height and width with time after that.  For...

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Advantages of implants

Advantages of implants

I have talked to two people in our practice in the last week about dental implants.  These people questioned whether or not they really needed to replace a missing tooth anyway.  Here is my response: There are two types of bone in your jaw--cortical and alveolar bone.  Alveolar bone is what...

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Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Laser dentistry for soft tissue & periodontal therapy

Doctors Steve Bruce, Rob Ririe, and Dan Bruce have recently been certified in laser therapy.  Lasers are used to treat periodontal conditions and perform common soft tissue procedures such as removing excess soft tissue, correcting "gummy smiles," removing fibrous tissue, and frenectomies, often using only topical anesthetic.  Lasers can also...

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