Unlike traditional surgery, oral surgery does not require a hospital stay. In fact, many procedures performed in our dental offices including tooth removal, wisdom teeth extraction and frenectomy are considered oral surgery, and they require little more than a local anesthetic (numbing shot) and some over-the-counter pain medication.
While permanent teeth were meant to be just that, most of us will need one or more teeth pulled during our lifetime. There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed including trauma, severe decay or infection, and crowding (a lack of space in your mouth for all of your teeth). Regardless of why you need to have a tooth pulled, there’s nothing to fear from this common and routine dental procedure. And once your tooth has been removed, our clinic has a variety of tooth replacement options.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common reasons for tooth removal for teens and young adults. Because they’re the last permanent teeth to come in, wisdom teeth often lack the room they need and tend to push into other teeth, which can cause tooth damage and pain.
At Dr.Nina Dental Clinic, we can use X-rays to determine if you or your teen needs to have wisdom teeth removed before they cause any pain or damage.
What a frenectomy is and why your child might need one
What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two frena in the mouth that can sometimes obstruct normal function and are candidates for frenectomies. These frena are called the lingual frenum, which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the maxillary labial frenum, which connects the inside of your upper lip to your gums just above your upper two front teeth.
Maxillary Labial Frenum and Frenectomy
The maxillary labial frenum attaches the upper lip to the gums just above the upper two front teeth. If you move your tongue up between your upper lip and your teeth, you will feel this thin band of muscle.
A Prominent Maxillary Labial Frenum
A prominent maxillary labial frenum can cause a large gap to occur between the upper two front teeth. This can be a concern for parents. However, unless the frenum is causing a lot of pain on the upper lips and gums, immediate treatment is not necessary. Treatment should be delayed until the upper permanent teeth have come in. Many times, the replacement of the baby teeth with permanent teeth will naturally close the gap between the two front teeth. If the gap doesn’t close, then it can be treated using braces.
If the teeth begin to drift apart again after braces have moved them together, then a maxillary labial frenectomy can be considered if it is determined to be the cause of the gap.