Oral Surgery

The specialty of dentistry which includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region and teeth.

Crown Lengthening:

A surgical procedure which exposes more tooth for restorative purposes by raising the gum tissue and removing supporting bone.

Simple Extraction:

The process of removing a tooth and/or tooth part without having to use a hand piece or drill.

Surgical Extraction:

The process of removing a tooth with the need to cut gingiva (gum tissue) and bone, minor smoothing of the socket bone, and closure. This procedure may include the use of a hand piece or drill to assist the removal of the tooth and is more invasive than a simple extraction.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions:

Extractions of wisdom teeth, or 3 rd molars, can happen in different ways depending on the location of the tooth during the procedure. A wisdom tooth may undergo a simple extraction, surgical extraction, impacted soft tissue removal, impacted partially bony, or impacted completely bony extraction.

Impacted Soft Tissue Removal:

The biting surface of the tooth is covered by soft tissue and requires the cutting of the gingiva (gum tissue) to access and extract the tooth.

Impacted Partially Bony:

Part of the crown (tooth) is covered by bone and requires cutting of the gingiva (gum tissue) and bone removal to access and extract the tooth.

Impacted Completely Bony:

Most or all the crown (tooth) is covered by bone and requires cutting of the gingiva (gum tissue) and bone removal to access and extract the tooth.

Alveolar Bone Recontouring:

The process of smoothing the bone where a tooth once was present so there are no rough or sharp edges. This is typically done in preparation for future treatment to be done in the area such as a bridge, implant, or denture/partial.

Bone Grafting:

Bone augmentation, or bone grafting, is a term that describes a variety of procedures used to build bone so that dental implants can be placed and/or other dental procedures to be performed. These procedures typically involve adding bone or bone-like materials to the jaw. The graft can be your own bone or be processed bone (off the shelf) obtained from sources such as cadavers, animals, or made synthetically in a lab.

Biopsy:

Process of removing tissue for histologic evaluation. After the tissue is removed, it is sent into a lab for them to run a series of tests on the tissue to gather results.