Dental & Soft Tissue Surgery
Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery is performed to treat infections, injuries and defects that affect the teeth, bone and soft tissue of the mouth. Procedures usually involve extractions and repairs to infected or injured areas like the teeth and bone.
Tooth Extractions are performed in extreme cases where there is limited space for remaining teeth to grow or if the tooth is decayed and has undergone an excessive amount of damage that cannot be repaired. Soft Tissue Surgery helps restore injured, mispositioned or deformed facial and oral soft tissue. Soft tissue grafts are performed in circumstances where tissue in areas of the gum have receded, the gum tissue is too thin, roots of the tooth are exposed, or there is evidence of periodontal disease. Soft Tissue Surgery involving grafts is done to thicken and bolster existing tissue and may prevent further gum recession, improve sensitivity in the affected area and cover an exposed root.
When is surgery required?
Dental Surgery is required when defects or infections present in the mouth cannot be resolved with conservative dental treatment or Tooth Extractions under local anaesthetic. Infections may progress to cause irreversible destruction teeth, jaw bones and soft tissue.
As a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, Dr Naidoo performs Dental and Soft Tissue Surgery to treat infections and disorders in the mouth. Test and x-rays are done ahead of surgery to determine the damage present in the mouth before surgical treatment methods are confirmed.
How is surgery performed?
Surgical treatment for infections or defects in the mouth depends on their underlying cause. As a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, Dr Naidoo may perform a Tooth Extraction, Surgical dental removal, Wisdom teeth removal, Frenectomy/ Tongue ties or lip ties, Gingivectomy, Apicoectomy or a number of other soft tissue dental procedures to improve the health of the mouth.
Tooth/ Dental Extraction:
Tooth extractions are performed when there are problem teeth that are unrestorable and are at risk of resulting in severe infection.
Frenectomy/ Tongue ties or lip ties:
These procedures are performed to remove the tissue banding beneath the upper lip and tongue. Release of this tissue results in considerable improvement in latching and suckling in infants, and speech improvements in older children. In many instances, an Orthodontist may request this procedure to facilitate improvement in dental repositioning.
A gingivectomy is performed to remove tissue in the mouth that has been overgrown. This procedure may be considered for improved aesthetics and ease of dental hygiene.
There are cases where Root Canals do not effectively resolve infections of the tooth, and further damage is caused to surrounding bone. An apicoectomy involves the surgical removal of the tooth root tip together with the abnormal tissue, lessening the chance of severe infection.
These oral procedures are usually performed under local or general anaesthetic, in the consultation rooms or in theatre respectively. Bone and tissue grafts may be used in some cases where severe tissue resorption has occurred. Dr Naidoo will advise patients on how to care for their wounds and promote healing post-surgery.