Oral Surgery Specialist

Brody Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry located in Aventura, FL & Miami Beach, FL

Whether your child needs a tooth extraction or frenectomy, the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry has specialized training to perform oral surgery in children and teens. At their offices in Aventura and Miami Beach, Florida, Michael Brody, DDS, and Dana Storch, DDS, offer a variety of surgical services. Book an oral surgery appointment for your family today by calling Brody Pediatric Dentistry or schedule a visit online.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral surgery refers to dental or orthodontic procedures performed in your child’s mouth or jaw. 

While oral surgery sounds intimidating, the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry has specific training to perform procedures in children and teens, including those with special needs. Although some procedures require a hospital setting, the team can perform many at their state-of-the-art offices.

What are some common oral surgery procedures?

Some of the most common oral surgery procedures in pediatric dentistry include:

Tooth extractions

Brody Pediatric Dentistry performs two types of extractions: simple and surgical. During a simple extraction, the team uses a dental elevator to gently loosen the affected tooth before removing it by the crown.

A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. After administering anesthesia, the team makes a small incision in the gums and removes any bone and tissue that’s blocking the tooth. Next, they use special dental instruments to remove the tooth. If necessary, they may remove it in fragments. Finally, the team sutures the incision.

Impacted or unerupted teeth

If your child has an impacted or unerupted permanent tooth, the team may expose it through surgery. During this procedure, the team makes a small incision in the gums and carefully lifts the tissue to expose the tooth underneath. If a baby tooth is still present, the team can remove it during the same procedure.

Frenectomy

The labial frenum is a small band of tissue that connects the upper lip to the gums and teeth in the upper jaw. Meanwhile, the lingual frenum is a portion of tissue that attaches the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. When the frenum is too short, it can restrict movement in your child’s mouth, particularly if they are still breastfeeding.

A frenectomy is a procedure to remove this small band of tissue. The team typically performs frenectomies with a laser for minimal pain and maximum accuracy.

How can I prepare my child for oral surgery?

Before any oral procedure, the team advises coming to Brody Pediatric Dentistry for a comprehensive checkup. During this pre-surgery visit, they provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare your child for oral surgery. 

That appointment is the perfect time to ask questions about your child’s procedure and recovery. It’s important to provide an up-to-date medical history for your child. They may need to fast for up to eight hours before the procedure, particularly if your child’s surgery requires anesthesia.

To learn more about oral surgery, call Brody Pediatric Surgery or schedule an appointment online today.