Most oral health problems respond to conservative measures of care, like improved oral hygiene and dietary changes. However, if symptoms persist or get worse, oral surgery may be necessary. At McNutt Pediatric Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, Timothy McNutt Sr., DDS, and the team perform several types of oral surgery on-site, including frenectomies, treatment of impacted teeth, and mucocele removal. To schedule an appointment for your child, book online or call the office today.
Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that uses advanced tools and treatment techniques to address problems affecting your child’s mouth, gums, and tongue.
At McNutt Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. McNutt typically recommends a conservative, minimally invasive approach to oral health care. If your child regularly complains of tooth or gum pain, though, a surgical procedure may be necessary.
At McNutt Pediatric Dentistry, the team performs several types of oral surgery on-site, including:
A small piece of soft tissue called the lingual frenum connects your child’s tongue to their mouth. Some children are born with a lingual frenum that’s very short. This condition, known as “tongue-tie,” can negatively affect your child’s ability to eat and speak. A frenectomy allows for a greater range of motion.
Impacted teeth are teeth that are unable to break through your child’s gum line. Surgery for impacted teeth is a quick, pain-free procedure. During treatment, Dr. McNutt carefully removes the gum tissue and bone over a tooth, allowing it to break through the gums.
If your child develops a cavity or wisdom tooth removal is recommended, Dr. McNutt might suggest extractions. An extraction is a quick procedure where Dr. McNutt uses forceps to carefully pull one (or several) teeth.
A mucocele is a type of non-cancerous cyst that contains mucus. If your child develops a mucocele, Dr. McNutt can safely remove it during an outpatient procedure. During treatment, Dr. McNutt drains the cyst. He then removes it and the surrounding tissue. Afterward, he carefully applies stitches to limit bleeding, ensuring your child’s comfort.
Following oral surgery, it’s normal for your child to experience some mild swelling and tooth sensitivity. In the first few days following treatment, encourage them to eat only soft foods like yogurt, scrambled eggs, or soup, and to take all medication as prescribed.
Wait to brush or floss until Dr. McNutt gives your child the go-ahead and attend all follow-up appointments.
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. McNutt can determine if your child will benefit from oral surgery. Following a comprehensive oral exam, a review of your child’s oral health history, and a series of digital X-rays, Dr. McNutt can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your child’s needs.
To learn more about oral surgery, schedule an appointment at McNutt Pediatric Dentistry. Book online or call the office today.