New Albany, IN Dentist
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.
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.
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.
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.