What is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery includes the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws.
While we always use the least invasive treatment possible for any given dental problem, in some cases, less invasive treatment options simply do not suffice, and oral surgery is required.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that functions like a natural tooth root. Our Rockland dentists place dental implants as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and assist in restoring your smile. A dental implant, together with a tooth replacement such as a crown or bridge, looks and feels much like a natural tooth.
While it's always preferable to save a natural tooth, there are some cases where it's just not possible. If a tooth is too badly damaged as a result of decay, gum disease or injury, it may need to be extracted by your dentist.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth. If the wisdom teeth are causing problems for your oral hygiene, your dentist may recommend removing them 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 associated symptoms such as severe tooth sensitivity or eventual tooth loss, to protect your oral health.
A frenectomy procedure is used to eliminate a frenum, a small piece of tissue that connects your cheeks, tongue or lips to your gum area. Our dentists perform frenectomies for babies, children, and adults when the frenum is restricting function, commonly referred to as tongue-tied, lip-tied or cheek-tied.
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.