There’s a lot of overlap between oral surgery and other dental treatments. Here are some common oral surgical procedures.
Extraction of teeth (Including wisdom teeth). There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Another reason to pull teeth is to prepare the mouth for orthodontia.
Laser Gum Surgery. LANAP® laser gum surgery does not require the use of a blade, or sutures. It is a minimally invasive surgery that results in very little recession and pain for the patient. The laser operates at a wavelength that can tell the difference between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue. This means that the laser is extremely safe and selective when being used in surgery. For the first time we can remove the diseased tissue and bacteria from your gums without harming, cutting, or removing healthy tissue!
Placement of Implant. When a tooth and its root cannot be saved due to trauma or decay, a dental implant can be utilized to act as a stabilizer for a variety of cosmetic restorations.
Bone Grafting. When tooth-supporting bone is lost due to periodontal (gum) disease or implant placemet is needed, modern bone grafting procedure greatly helps. The bone that has been lost can be built up again. During the procedure the periodontist places bone graft material, which works with the body to help build new bone.
Biopsy. It is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is removed from an area so that it can be sent to a laboratory for testing.