At Westlake Dental in Lloydminster, our dentists perform a variety of oral surgery procedures to treat dental issues and improve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery encompasses the diagnosis and surgical treatment of injuries, diseases and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, face, teeth and jaws.
While we always use the least invasive treatment method possible for any given dental issue, in some cases these less invasive treatment options are simply not enough and oral surgery is needed.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that function like natural tooth roots. As part of the process to replace missing teeth and restore your smile, your dentist can place a dental implant. Together with a natural tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown, a dental implant looks and feels much like a natural tooth.
Exposed tooth roots and receding gums need to be covered and repaired. To accomplish this, your dentist performs a gum graft to transplant gum tissue from the roof of your mouth to another area of the gums. Associated symptoms such as severe tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss can also be reduced.
While we always prefer to save a natural tooth, in some cases this is simply impossible. If a tooth is too badly damaged as a result of injury, gum disease or decay, your dentist may need to remove it.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The final set of molars to erupt in the back corner of a normal adult mouth are wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are causing oral hygiene issues, your dentist may recommend extracting them.
A frenum is a small piece of tissue joining your cheeks, tongue, or lips to your gum area. Your dentist can perform a frenectomy to eliminate this tissue if it is restricting function. Though this procedure is typically completed for babies, children and adults can also have this treatment if required.
Bone Grafts & Sinus Lifts
During a bone graft, your dentist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it so it can support a dental implant. A sinus lift is a type of bone graft where your dentist adds bone material to your upper back jaw to raise and increase the amount of bone in your sinus area, so a dental implant can be placed.