Periodontist - Cedar Rapids
1909 51st St NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319-294-4800

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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Treating Gum Abscesses and the Underlying Gum Disease
... As with other abscesses in the body, a gum abscess is treated by relieving the pressure (after numbing the area with local anesthesia) and allowing it to drain...

Advancing Gum Disease Requires Thorough Treatment to Control it
... These procedures are often carried out with local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and allow us to be as meticulous as possible with plaque and calculus removal...

Crown Lengthening Opens up New Teeth Restoration Possibilities
... Crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure performed with local anesthesia to numb the tooth, surrounding gum tissues and supporting bone...

Your Next Dental Visit Might Save Your Life - Here's How
... Abnormal blood pressure and some of the medications used to treat it are often a factor in some dental procedures, particularly if anesthesia is involved...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress...

Life Is Sometimes a Grind for Brooke Shields
...But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office...

Julianne Hough Shares a Video - and a Song - After Wisdom Teeth Come Out
... Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation...

Crown Lengthening Helps us Treat Hard to Reach Cavities
...It’s typically performed in a dental office with local anesthesia by a general dentist or a periodontist, a specialist in the gums...

Crown Lengthening Might be Necessary for Seniors with Tooth Decay
... After applying a local anesthesia, the dentist (or periodontist, a specialist in the gums) creates a tiny flap of gum tissue with a series of incisions...

Crazy Little Thing Called... Hyperdontia?
...Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot)...

Crown Lengthening Could Help with Treating Hard to Reach Cavities
...After numbing the area with local anesthesia, tiny incisions will be made in the gums to create a tissue flap...

Root Planing Cleans Plaque from Tooth Roots Without Surgery
...It’s best to perform the procedure with local anesthesia to numb the gum tissues, which may be quite sensitive depending on the degree of infection...

Periodontal Surgery Allows us to Access Deep Surfaces for Plaque Removal
... This relatively minor procedure can be performed with local anesthesia and requires only a few days of recuperation...

How AFV's Alfonso Ribeiro Saved His Tooth
...In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface...

Glossary
... Anesthesia - Medications used to relieve pain...

Veneers
...Little or no anesthesia is needed...

Implants
... Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure...