What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery covers the diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, diseases, and injuries of the soft and hard tissues of the mouth, face, jaws, and teeth.
While we always prefer the least invasive treatment method possible for any dental issue, in some cases less invasive treatment options are not sufficient and oral surgery is required.
A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that's placed just beneath the gum line to function like a natural tooth rate. Our dentists place dental implants as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and restore your smile. Together with a tooth replacement such as a crown or bridge, a dental implant looks and feels much like a natural tooth.
During a gum graft, gum tissue is transplanted from the roof of the mouth to another area of the gums. This quick and relatively simple procedure can help to repair receding gums, cover exposed tooth roots, and reduce any associated symptoms such as eventual tooth loss or severe tooth sensitivity, to protect your oral health.
While saving a natural tooth is preferable, there are some cases where it isn't possible. A tooth that's too severely damaged as a result of gum disease, injury, or decay will need to be removed by your dentist. Once the tooth has been removed, your dentist will discuss options for replacement.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The final set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth are wisdom teeth. If wisdom teeth are causing problems for your oral hygiene or there's not enough room for them to grow in properly, your dentist may recommend removing them to help preserve your oral health.
This procedure eliminates a frenum, a small piece of tissue connecting your tongue, lips, or cheeks to your gum area. Our dentists perform frenectomies for babies, children, and adults when the frenum is restricting function. This is commonly referred to as tongue-tied, lip-tied or cheek-tied. Frenectomies are fast-healing, and require no anesthesia.
Bone Grafts & Sinus Lifts
During a bone graft, your dentist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it so it can support a dental implant. A sinus lift is a type of bone graft in which your dentist adds bone material to the upper back jaw to raise and increase the amount of bone in the sinus area so a dental implant can be placed.