SURGICAL

Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple extractions are performed when the tooth is above the gumline and can be removed with an elevator and forceps. This may be used for a decayed tooth or a tooth that is broken but is still above the gumline. It is also used to remove teeth when the root has died or if your teeth are crowded and removal is necessary to facilitate orthodontic treatment. Dr. King is very experienced in tooth extractions. She will make sure you are comfortable, making the procedure as easy as possible.

Surgical Tooth Extractions

Surgical extractions, on the other hand, are more complicated. A surgical extraction requires an incision into the gum and/or removal of bone to get to the tooth. This type of extraction is necessary if your tooth has broken below the gumline or if it is multiple pieces and some are stuck beneath the gums. A surgical extraction is also necessary for impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or completely covered by gum tissue. Dr. King is very experienced in tooth extractions. She will make sure you are comfortable, making the procedure as easy as possible.

Frenectomies

Frenectomy is a simple oral surgical procedure that eliminates the presence of a frenum in the mouth. A labial frenum is a muscular tissue that connects the inside of the upper lip to the center of the gums between the two upper front teeth. A lingual frenum is  the same type of tissue but connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This procedure is necessary when the frenectomy impedes speech or tooth placement.

Gingivectomy (Gum Surgery)

Gingivectomy is a dental procedure in which a dentist or oral surgeon cuts away part of the gums in the mouth (the gingiva). It is the oldest surgical approach in periodontal therapy and is usually done for improvement of aesthetics or prognosis of teeth.

Apthous Ulcer Treatment

Aphthous mouth ulcers (aphthae) are a common variety of ulcer that form on the mucous membranes, typically in the oral cavity (mouth). Other names for aphthous ulcers include aphthous stomatitis and canker sores.  Most of these ulcers will heal on their own in 7-10 days, but for people who are susceptible to these and must endure the pain and discomfort of them too often, there are different treatment options.  Common treatment includes local anesthetics, antiseptic mouth rinses and topical steroid creams.  When the ulcers are unresponsive to these treatment methods; silver nitrate, other local anesthetics/numbing agents; and nutritional supplements (containing folate, zinc or vitamin B-12, for example), even laser treatments have been proven effective.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

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