Minor Oral Surgery


Giving you the care you need

At Glebe Dental we provide a range of minor oral surgery procedures within our practice. These include bone grafting for dental implants, crown lengthening for patients with a gummy smile or requiring restorations, sinus grafts and tongue tie surgery.

Before commencing any surgical procedure we ensure you are in perfect oral and general health. The Glebe Dental team will take the time to explain the procedure in detail, what to expect and pre- and post-operative care.

We encourage you to ask questions so you are fully informed and comfortable with proceeding.

Bone grafting : Restoring strength

A tooth root helps to keep your jawbone strong. If you have been missing teeth for some time, it’s possible you may have lost some bone density and volume. Bone grafting is a procedure that restores your jawbone to its former strength and density.

The bone graft will bond to your jaw over the course of a couple of months and create a solid foundation for a dental implant.

Crown lengthening : Enhancing your smile by showing your teeth

Crown lengthening is a common procedure to remove gum and bone, or both. It is a treatment for people who have what is called a ‘gummy smile’ or when not enough tooth is exposed above the gum line for a crown or filling to be placed.

The procedure is done under local anaesthetic and a small incision will allow your Glebe Dental dentist to remove the gum from the tooth. This will expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. In some cases, removing only a small amount of gum tissue will expose enough tooth for your dentist to place a crown or filling.

However, in most cases, your dentist will need to remove some bone from around the roots of the teeth. Once enough tooth is exposed the area is sterilised and the gums stitched together.

Depending on your personal circumstance and procedure, your gums may take up to three months to heal fully.

Sinus graft / lift : Preparing for upper implants

A sinus graft (or lift) is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your back molars and pre-molars.

The bone is added between your jaw and sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane is moved upward, or ‘lifted’.

A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw – which has less bone than the lower jaw – or the sinuses are too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed.

An incision is made in the gum tissue and raised, exposing the bone. A small, oval window is opened in the bone. The membrane lining the sinus on the other side of the window separates your sinus from your jaw. This membrane is gently pushed up and away from your jaw.

Bone-graft material is then placed into the space where the sinus was located. The amount of bone used will vary, but usually several millimetres of bone is added above the jaw.

Once the bone is in place, the area is stitched together. Your implants will be placed four to nine months later. This allows time for the graft to integrate with your bone

Laser frenectomy / laser tongue tie release : Speak freely

Your frenum is a stringy piece of tissue that attaches the bottom of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. You can see it in the mirror when you lift your tongue.

For some people this attachment is too close to the tip of the tongue, restricting movement, affecting speech and eating. This is referred to as tongue tie.

Using a dental laser one of the Glebe Dental team can quickly, precisely and almost painlessly remove the tissue making it more comfortable for you. A laser minimises bleeding, and eliminates the need for stitches.

Children who have the procedure can go back to school the following day and adults can go back to work the same day.