At Herongate Dental Clinic in Ottawa, our dentists perform a variety of oral surgery procedures to treat dental issues and improve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
Injuries, diseases and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws need to be effectively diagnosed and surgically treated. This is classified as oral surgery.
While we always prefer to use the least invasive treatment possible for any given dental issue, in some cases, less invasive treatment options will prove insufficient and oral surgery is needed.
While we always prefer to save a natural tooth, in some cases this will be impossible. If a tooth is too severely damaged as a result of decay, injury or gum disease, your dentist may need to remove it. Your dentist will discuss potential tooth replacement options with you, including bridges or crowns.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The final set of molars which emerge in the back corners of a normal adult mouth are known as wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are causing problems for your oral hygiene, crowding out your other teeth or have become impacted, your dentist may recommend removing them to help preserve your oral health.
During a frenectomy procedure, your dentist eliminates a frenum, a small piece of tissue joining your cheeks, tongue or lips to your gum area. Though frenectomies are usually performed for babies, patients of any age whose frenum is restricting function can have this procedure. The condition is typically referred to as tongue-tied, lip-tied or cheek-tied.
Gum Contouring Surgery
Do your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth? Gum contouring surgery may be right for you. Also referred to as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic procedure can help even out your gum line. Though gum contouring by itself is considered a cosmetic procedure, some patients undergo this surgery as part of other necessary periodontal procedures.