ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery encompasses all surgical procedures pertaining to the facial skull and oral cavity. This is a subspecialty of dentistry that deals with trauma to the facial skeleton, and infection and damage to the gums and teeth.
Some common procedures done at our clinic include:
Biopsy for Oral Cancer
Oral cancer can occur in the lips, tongue, gums, and practically any area of the mouth. It is an uncommon condition that needs a biopsy for diagnosis.
At Wellness Dental Studio, we extract a small tissue specimen from the area of the suspected tumour and run it through our histopathology labs. A confirmatory diagnosis of cancer can be made with this invasive technique.
If cancer is diagnosed, our patients are fully supported with the appropriate including medical, surgical, chemo and radiotherapy.
The frenulum is a thin fold of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In some individuals, this tissue can be extensive which can lead to a condition called the ‘tongue-tie’. Patients with a tongue-tie have feeding problems along with discomfort and reduced mobility of the tongue.
Frenectomy is a safe surgical procedure done with a local numbing agent that removes the frenulum and restores normal tongue function.
Surgery for Impacted Canines
Canines are the sharp front teeth that are required to bite appropriately. Sometimes these teeth can fail to erupt properly, and this can cause them to become impacted in the gum line.
Surgery for impacted canines is a common procedure with high success rates.
Removal of Embedded Tooth
When a tooth forms but fails to erupt fully, it is known as an embedded tooth.
At Wellness Dental Studio, our orthodontists perform a minor surgical procedure to correct this problem. It is a safe and comfortable procedure done under local anesthesia.
Removal of Root Stump
The root of a tooth can become impacted and infected after a poorly done extraction surgery. The treatment for such an infected root stump is a prompt treatment to remove the remaining root.
In some cases, dentists will purposely leave a portion of the root behind if it contains nerves. A root stump surgery is not recommended in those patients.