Minor Oral Surgery

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Minor oral surgery refers to surgical procedures performed in the oral cavity or the area surrounding the mouth that are relatively simple and minimally invasive. These procedures are typically performed by oral surgeons, periodontists, or general dentists with surgical training. Some common examples of minor oral surgery include:

Tooth Extractions: The most common form of minor oral surgery is the extraction of teeth, such as wisdom teeth, damaged or decayed teeth, or teeth that need to be removed for orthodontic treatment.

Dental Implant Placement: Minor oral surgery is often used to place dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Biopsies: If a dentist or oral surgeon suspects a patient may have an oral lesion or tumor, a biopsy may be performed to examine a sample of tissue for signs of disease or cancer.

Frenectomy: A frenectomy is a procedure that involves the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that connects the lips or tongue to the gum or floor of the mouth. This procedure can be done to address conditions like tongue tie or lip tie, which can affect speech and oral function.

Preprosthetic Surgery: Some patients may require minor oral surgery to prepare the mouth for the placement of dentures or other prosthetic appliances.

Apicoectomy: This is a surgical procedure that involves removing the tip of a tooth's root if a previous root canal treatment has not been successful or if there are issues with the root.

Alveoloplasty: Alveoloplasty is a procedure in which the bone ridge in the jaw is reshaped or contoured to prepare the mouth for dental implant placement or other dental restorations.

Cyst Removal: In some cases, cysts or benign growths may develop in the jawbone or soft tissues of the mouth and require surgical removal.

These procedures are generally performed in a dental office or outpatient surgical center and are often done under local anesthesia, which means the patient is awake but does not feel pain in the area being treated. The recovery time for minor oral surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and the individual patient but is usually shorter and less complicated than major oral surgery. It's important to follow post-operative care instructions provided by your oral surgeon or dentist to ensure proper healing and minimize complications.