Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery
Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery procedures may include a combination of the following:
- Partial or Full Tooth Extraction
- Removal of Infected Teeth or Bone
- Reshaping of Bone
- Soft Tissue Repair or Removal
- Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics
Some Examples of Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery
An apicoectomy is a root tip surgery. This procedure is performed to remove a tooth’s root tip to prevent further infection of the root. First, a small incision is made in the gum and bone over the tooth’s root. After the root tip is accessed, it is cleaned and sealed with a small filling. The gum is then stitched back into place.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. First, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is then loosened with a special dental instrument known as an elevator. After the tooth is loosened from the socket, it is removed. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
Tooth Exposure for Orthodontics
An impacted tooth is a tooth that fails to fully pass through the gums. In addition to wisdom teeth, both permanent and primary (baby) teeth can be impacted and require surgical treatment. Our surgeons can work with your orthodontist to surgically expose the tooth to allow placement of an orthodontic bracket to help move the tooth into place.
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure performed in our office to release the connection of a “frenum,” a soft connective muscle between two oral tissues like the gum and the cheek. These connective tissues can be found under the tongue, inside the lower and upper lips, and connecting the cheeks to the gums.