A primary tooth that is preventing the eruption of a permanent tooth may require removal. Utilizing simple anesthetic methods, an extraction can be performed. During this procedure, the gum tissue is opened to expose the root of the primary tooth and the surrounding bone. The gum is then cut away to access the primary tooth's roots. Once exposed, the tooth is loosened with an instrument called an elevator. Next, forceps are used to grasp the tooth by the crown and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the socket. If necessary, our dentist at Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth entirely from the mouth. After the procedure, the area will be cleaned to prevent infection and promote proper healing. A gauze will be used to stop the bleeding and stabilize the area. Medication may also be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort experienced following treatment.
Osseous surgery, like mucogingival surgery, is a type of advanced periodontal disease treatment focusing on controlling periodontal gum disease deterioration. It involves treating bone tissue, namely reshaping or restoring its ideal form, as the term implies. This is based on the concept that periodontal gum disease will resolve if the bone and gums have the same contour.
A gingivectomy removes overgrown gum tissue to prevent future periodontal problems and improve oral health. Gum disease causes the gums to recede from the teeth, and as a result, the roots become exposed and can be sensitive to heat, cold, or touch. Regaining the gum line helps protect a tooth's root so that a person’s smile isn’t affected. A gingivectomy is often performed after a gum disease treatment to help maintain healthy gums and prevent further issues.
A frenum is a piece of tissue that connects the inside of your upper lip to the gum line. It is normal to have two, but sometimes people have four. In some patients, the extra piece of tissue can cause a gap between the front teeth, known as a diastema. If left untreated, the gap can become worse as the individual ages. For this reason, many dentists recommend removing extra pieces of tissue to prevent the need for orthodontic treatment later on. During a frenectomy, the dentist removes excess tissue from the gums without harming nearby oral tissues or teeth. This will improve the smile's appearance by closing the space between the teeth and preventing other complications in the future.
For the best dental care customized to your specific needs, visit Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937.