Dr. Furniss is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. While in dental school he was a member of the dental fraternity Delta Sigma Delta, an active participant in many Missions of Mercy providing much-needed dental care throughout rural Virginia, and a recipient of the National Health Services Corps scholarship. This scholarship paid for some tuition in return for practicing in an underserved area for 3 years, and prior to moving to Gilmer Dr. Furniss enjoyed serving his patients in rural Mountain Home, Idaho.
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For a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
From consultation to recovery, you get an entire team of dedicated dental implant specialists, under one roof.
We’ll work together to restore your comfort and confidence.
We want you to look and feel your best, in our office and out.
Crown lengthening is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line, to expose a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing smile.
We utilize the latest technology related to dental implant surgery. With our in-office Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT) scanner, we are able to get cross-sectional images immediately. CBCT delivers high clarity imagery with significantly less radiation than conventional scanners. A position statement from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology states, “The AAOMR recommends that cross-sectional imaging be used for the assessment of all dental implant sites and that CBCT is the imaging method of choice for gaining this information.”
While your surgeon is preparing for your implant surgery through the use of high-tech computer models and software, you will need to take steps to be ready for your procedure as well. Following these instructions will help ensure that your oral surgery and recovery proceed as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Do not smoke for at least one month prior to surgery
Avoid alcoholic beverages for a week before the procedure
Do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours prior to surgery
Be sure to arrange a ride home after surgery
Have someone stay with you for the first hours of recovery
Once your surgeon has completely mapped out the guided dental implant surgery on a virtual basis, the dental implant treatment plan can ensue. Because all the assessments have been made prior to surgery, the implant procedure can be performed in a relatively short time period.
Depending on the number of implants you are receiving, either local anesthesia or IV sedation will be used to make you comfortable during the in-office surgery.
Because the exact placement location is predetermined, no incision needs to be made in the gum tissue, making the process more comfortable and less invasive. Post-operative swelling and pain are minimized, and recovery time is shortened. In most cases, guided implant surgery can be completed in less than an hour, even with multiple implants involved.
Once the implants are placed, the abutments, as well as the crowns, can be integrated into the mouth immediately thanks to the digital pre-planning. Because so many aspects of the guided dental implant surgery can be done in advance, the entire process can now be completed in hours rather than months.