At our dental office in Maple Ridge, our dentists perform numerous oral surgery procedures to treat dental issues and preserve your oral health.
What is Oral Surgery?
Defects, injuries and diseases of the hard and soft tissues of the face, teeth, jaws and mouth must be effectively diagnosed and surgically treated with oral surgery.
While we always choose the least invasive treatment possible for any given dental issue, in some cases less invasive treatment options are simply not sufficient and oral surgery is needed.
Dental implants can be placed as part of the natural process to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. The small titanium screw functions similar to a natural tooth root. Together with a tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown, it looks and feels much like a natural tooth.
A gum graft can help to repair receding gums, cover exposed tooth roots and reduce any related symptoms such as eventual tooth loss or sensitivity. During the procedure, your dentist or prosthodontist takes tissue from the roof of your mouth to transplant to another area of the gums.
While we always prefer to save a natural tooth, in some cases this may be impossible. If a tooth is too severely damaged as a result of injury, gum disease or decay, it may need to be removed.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The final set of molars are referred to as wisdom teeth, which erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth. If they cause issues for your oral hygiene, your dentist may recommend removing them.
A frenectomy procedure eliminates a frenum, a small piece of tissue connecting your tongue, lips or cheeks to your gum area. Our team can perform frenectomies for babies, children and adults when the frenum restricts function. This is often referred to as tongue-tied, lip-tied or cheek-tied.
During a bone graft procedure, your dentist or prosthodontist adds bone tissue to your jaw bone, strengthening it so it can support a dental implant. This operation may be recommended if your dental team believes that your jaw bone is too soft or thin to support an implant. Once the bone graft heals, the dental implant is placed.