Early detection and treatment of dental issues is essential to maintaining good oral health. At Chapman Mills Dental, our Ottawa dentists perform numerous oral surgery procedures.
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery encompasses the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, defects and injuries of the hard and soft tissues of the teeth, face, mouth and jaws.
While we always opt to use the least invasive treatment possible for any given dental problem, in some cases less invasive treatment options will simply be insufficient and oral surgery is required.
Your dentist can place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and help restore your smile. This small titanium screw works similarly to a natural tooth root. Together with a tooth replacement such as a crown or bridge, a dental implant will look and feel much like your natural tooth.
To eliminate a frenum (a small piece of tissue connecting your lips, cheeks or tongue to your gum area), your dentist can perform a frenectomy procedure. This can be done for babies, children or adults when the frenum is restricting function, commonly referred to as lip-tied, cheek-tied or tongue-tied.
While we always prefer to save a natural tooth, in some circumstances this will prove impossible. If a tooth is too severely damaged as a result of injury, gum disease or decay, your dentist may recommend having it removed to prevent it from threatening the health of your other teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth. Sometimes, we see patients with wisdom teeth that are causing problems with their oral hygiene. If this is true for you, the dentist may recommend having them removed to help preserve your oral health.
A gum graft is a procedure where gum tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and transplanted onto another area of the gums. A gum graft can help to cover exposed tooth roots, repair receding gums, and reduce any associated symptoms such as severe tooth sensitivity or eventual tooth loss, to protect your oral health.
A bone graft is a procedure where your dentist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, making it strong enough to support a dental implant. During the procedure, your dentist will graft bone from another part of your body or special bone grafting material onto your jaw bone. Once the graft has healed, an implant can be placed.