5 Common Types of Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is needed when other, non-surgical means are not enough to address dental problems. Here are the types of oral surgery procedures that are most commonly done:

Teeth extractions

A tooth extraction is done when no other dental treatments can be done to save a damaged tooth.

Wisdom tooth removal

The removal of an impacted wisdom tooth is a type of oral surgery. The impacted tooth will need to be removed to address extreme discomfort, tooth decay, and other dental problems.

Gum/periodontal surgery

Periodontal surgery is for those cases when gum problems cannot be solved with non-surgical gum treatments. These surgical procedures include gum tissue grafts, reduction of gum pockets, and gum tissue regeneration.

Apicectomy

An apicectomy is done to remove the tip of a tooth root, and is usually done when the infection is not removed even after a root canal procedure.

Frenectomy

This procedure involves the removal of the frenulum – a thin band of tissue found under the tongue, and below the middle of the lower lip. A frenectomy improves the normal function of the upper lip, or the tongue.