Oral Surgery

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth or one of your teeth develops deep decay, you might benefit from oral surgery. Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, proudly offer several different types of oral surgery, including extractions, frenectomies, and biopsies for oral cancer. To request your oral surgery consultation today, call the office.

Oral Surgery Q & A

What is oral surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a type of surgery focused on treating issues that affect the teeth, mouth, and jaws. 

Whenever possible, the team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs uses noninvasive treatments to address common oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. However, if your problem persists or gets worse, surgical intervention may be necessary. 

Though the idea of oral surgery might seem scary, there’s nothing to fear. The team performs laser surgery using the Biolase WaterLase MD™. The Biolase WaterLase MD is less invasive than a scalpel or traditional drill. It’s also silent and doesn’t require anesthesia, ensuring your comfort during treatment. 

Are there different types of oral surgery?

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs offers several types of in-office oral surgery, including:

Standard extractions

If you develop a cavity or a tooth becomes infected and doesn’t respond to root canal treatment, your dentist might recommend extraction. During a standard extraction, your dentist lifts your affected tooth with a tool called an elevator and carefully removes it with forceps.

Wisdom teeth extractions

Your wisdom teeth or third molars are the last of your permanent teeth to come in. They usually break through your gum line between the ages of 17-25. 

Because your wisdom teeth come in last, they’re also at risk of impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth may cause damage to your gums or surrounding teeth. During a wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist carefully removes each wisdom tooth.

Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a type of oral surgery used to release the frenulum––a small fold of tissue––at the bottom of your tongue. During a frenectomy, your dentist carefully loosens this band of tissue using laser dentistry. This process provides your tongue with a full range of motion, making eating and speaking much easier.

Biopsies

If your dentist suspects you have oral cancer, they might recommend a biopsy. During biopsy surgery, your dentist uses a special laser tool to carefully remove a small piece of oral tissue. After removing the tissue, your dentist sends your sample to a laboratory for further testing.

How do I prepare for oral surgery?

Prior to oral surgery, you participate in a thorough consultation. During this appointment, your dentist does an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms and/or goals for treatment. Your dentist might also take a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your tooth roots and jawbones.

Make sure to let your dentist know about any prescription medications or nutritional supplements you’re taking. You should also bring up any chronic health conditions you’re living with, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. 

Your dentist uses this information to develop a safe and effective oral surgery plan that aligns with your individual needs.

To request your oral surgery appointment at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs today, call the office.