What is Oral Surgery?
The diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, defects and diseases of the soft and hard tissues of the teeth, mouth, jaws and face falls under the umbrella of oral surgery.
While we always opt for the least invasive treatment possible for any given dental issue, there are some circumstances in which less invasive treatment options are simply insufficient and oral surgery is needed.
A dental implant is placed as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and help to restore your smile. This small titanium screw works similar to a natural tooth root. Combined with a tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown, an implant looks and feels much like a natural tooth.
During a gum graft procedure, gum tissue is transplanted from the roof of the mouth to another area of the gums. A gum graft can help repair receding gums, cover exposed tooth roots, and decrease associated symptoms including eventual tooth loss or severe tooth sensitivity to preserve oral health.
While it's always preferable to save a natural tooth, there are some cases where it's not possible. If a tooth is too badly damaged as a result of decay, gum disease or injury, it may need to be removed by your oral surgeon.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth. If these teeth are causing problems with your oral hygiene, your oral surgeon may suggest removing them to help preserve your oral health.
A frenectomy procedure to eliminate a frenum, a small piece of tissue that connects your cheeks, tongue or lips to your gum area. Our oral surgeons perform frenectomies for babies, children and adults when the frenum is restricting function, commonly referred to as tongue-tied, lip-tied or cheek-tied.
Bone Grafts & Sinus Lifts
A bone graft is a procedure where your oral surgeon adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it to support a dental implant. A sinus lift is a type of bone graft where bone material is added to the upper back jaw to increase the amount of bone in the sinus area to place a dental implant.