Oral Surgery

Non-Restorable Tooth Removal

Every tooth in your mouth is a vital organ and there isn’t anything better than your natural tooth.  Not even dental implants!   Your teeth communicate with your brain so efficiently that you probably don’t really think about them.  So it makes sense that every reasonable effort ought to be made to try and save a potentially viable tooth.  However, sometimes restoring a tooth may not be the best option for a number of reasons.   Dr. Lin will explain to you any alternative treatment if available, possible risks associated with oral surgery in relevant site, review post-operative care/instructions and answer any questions and concerns you have before she begins.  She will contact you 24-48 hours after the procedure to ensure you are recovering within the normal range and to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Having wisdom teeth isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted (in the mouth) and in function (have opposing teeth that bite down together) and your mouth can accommodate them without compromising hygiene (you can access them without too much trouble), then you can probably keep them for the rest of your life with proper home care and diet.  There may also be situations when keeping them could potentially cause problems down the road or are already starting to cause problems.  Let your dentist know if your concerned about your wisdom teeth.

Abscess Drainage

Sometimes an area can swell in a short amount of time with little warning.   There are spaces in the head and neck region that infection can enter that can lead to serious complications.  Don’t postpone if you discover a swelling around your gums or your face and neck.  Call our office right of way.

Bone Grafting

It may be necessary to have bone grafted at the time of dental extraction to preserve the ridge for the placement of dental implants down the road.  In some cases, grafting may need to be delayed to allow the body to heal for a period of time.  Recommendation for your specific situation will be explained to you at the time of your examination and any changes in the recommendation will be communicated as new information arises.

Frenulectomy

A frenum is a connecting soft tissue that attaches part of an anatomy that is fixed to a part that is movable.  The frena can be found in different parts of the oral cavity and they serve to restrain the motion of structure they attach.  You can find them under the tongue attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and  different sections of the lip to attach it to the gums.  There are some variation to how they present in each individual.  For some people, a condition known as “frenum pull” may be found.  This is where this connecting mucous membrane is developed in a way that restricts normal motion of the attached structure or causes deformation around the area that it pulls.   Some common signs include inability to stick the tongue out or trouble enunciating certain speech sounds.  Other signs include recession of gums where this mucous membrane attaches, excessive plaque/calculus accumulation, bone loss in that area and gap between the teeth where this tissue is attached.  Frenulectomy is a surgical procedure that helps to alleviate this tension.

Alveoplasty

Sharp bony projections called bone spur can sometimes develop or irregularity along the ridge of a site where you had your teeth removed can result even after normal healing.  This can sometimes cause pain when objects, say, dentures make direct contact with the soft tissue.  Call our office to schedule a consultation.