Childrens Dental Surgery in Hampton Roads - Virginia Beach | Norfolk | Chesapeake
Coastal Pediatric Dental & Anesthesia provides many types of dental surgical care in-house. Surgical procedures can often be assisted with our anesthesia services to make the treatment even much easier. If we cannot take care of your surgical needs at Coastal Pediatric Dental & Anesthesia, we will refer you to a surgical specialist to ensure you get the care you deserve.
Sometimes a tooth is simply too diseased to restore with a filling or crown. This is also true when there is oral or facial swelling originating from a dental infection. In these cases, the best cure is to remove the offending tooth and drain out any abscess or infection that is present.
Teeth (usually primary or baby teeth, but on occasion permanent teeth) may also need to be extracted to make way for permanent teeth or to prevent crowding. Your dentist or orthodontist will recommend extractions when necessary.
Wisdom teeth are a set of permanent teeth that may need to be removed due to lack of space in the mouth. The decision to extract them is often made during the teenage years if it can be determined that the wisdom teeth will cause problems in the future. Performing this procedure while your child is a teenager often has fewer potential complications than if he or she underwent the procedure as an adult.
Frenectomy and soft-tissue surgery
Some children and teenagers may need soft-tissue surgery such as a frenectomy (also called a frenulectomy or frenotomy) for a tongue- or lip-tie, or gum surgery to remove excessive gum tissue.
A tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, is an excessive amount of tissue and/or muscle that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This could cause feeding and speech issues. A lingual frenectomy removes this excessive tissue to improve tongue mobility. This may also occur with the upper lip; however, many children will outgrow this issue without needing surgery.
Children have accidents, and it isn’t uncommon to injure or even knock out a tooth. Baby teeth should not be reimplanted if they are knocked out because of the risk of injury to the developing permanent tooth. However, your dentist will do everything he or she can to reimplant an avulsed (knocked out) permanent tooth as soon as possible. Other traumatic injuries such as cuts may need sutures, or broken or chipped teeth may need repair or extraction.