Surgery

New Albany, IN Dentist

New Albany, IN Dentist


Extractions

When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, our doctors will remove the tooth. Used only as a last resort, extractions range from simple to highly involved. Sutures (stitches) may or may not be required.

It is not safe to remove a tooth if there is infection in the area. Many times, the doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics to a patient and then schedule the patient to return later for the actual extraction. Occasionally, we will refer a patient to an extraction specialist, an oral surgeon, for complex extractions.

Frenectomy

A “frenum” is a muscle in the mouth that attaches two tissues. There is a frenum under our tongues that helps our tongue function properly. There are also frena under our top and bottom lips that help our lips function properly. A frenectomy (also called a frenulectomy) is the reduction or removal of this tissue.

During a frenectomy, the area is numbed by the doctor or hygienist. Then, the doctor will use a laser to cut away the unwanted tissue. Using a laser is significantly more efficient than using a scalpel, which many dentists use. The laser simultaneously removes tissue and cauterizes the area, which prevents bleeding. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes.

Gingivectomy

Your “gingiva” is your gum tissue. A gingivectomy is the removal of the gingiva. The doctor or hygienist will numb the area, and the doctor will use a laser to trim away unwanted gum tissue. Using a laser is significantly more efficient than using a scalpel, which many dentists use. The laser simultaneously removes tissue and cauterizes the area, which prevents bleeding.

Biopsy

Our dentists inspect all of the soft tissue in a patient’s mouth during each examination. If a suspicious spot is found, a portion of that spot may be removed and sent to a third-party laboratory for further analysis. A biopsy is the removal of this suspicious tissue. The area is usually numbed before the biopsy is done.