Oral Surgery Specialist

Harbor Kids' Teeth

Lisa A Block, DMD, MS

Pediatric Dentist located in Gig Harbor, WA

If your child needs oral surgery, turn to the expert, board-certified Lisa Block, DMD, MS. Her experience in pediatric dentistry at Harbor Kids’ Teeth in Gig Harbor, Washington, offers your child a positive experience with successful results. To book a consultation with Dr. Block, call the friendly office today or use the online booking tool.

Oral Surgery Q & A

How do I know if my child needs oral surgery?

When your child comes in for their routine exam, the team at Harbor Kids’ Teeth provides X-rays to look for any unforeseen dental issues.

An X-ray takes images of your child’s teeth and helps Dr. Block evaluate their overall oral health. She can see the enamel, the dentin layer beneath, and the pulp chambers inside the teeth.

She can also find out if your child has:

  • Ample space for new teeth coming in
  • Decaying teeth
  • Emerging wisdom teeth
  • Impacted teeth (teeth trapped beneath the gums)

X-rays can help determine if oral surgery for your child is needed. For example, if your child has an impacted tooth, one that won’t emerge, they could suffer more serious dental issues down the line.

What are the common reasons a child needs oral surgery?

Children mostly need oral surgery for three common reasons:

Pediatric extractions

A child’s tooth often can’t be saved. This can be caused by severe decay, injury, or baby teeth that don’t fall out before their adult teeth emerge. In these cases, Dr. Block will usually do surgical extraction.

Impacted teeth

A tooth that fails to fully emerge is said to be impacted. This most commonly happens with wisdom and canine teeth. An impacted tooth can rarely be corrected. Instead, it usually requires surgical extraction.

Labial or lingual frenectomies

A labial frenectomy is a surgery that releases the tissue connecting your child’s lips to their gums. This helps with orthodontic treatments and the proper fitting of a dental appliance.

A lingual frenectomy releases the connective tissue under your child’s tongue. This helps correct speech problems.

What kinds of sedation are offered for my child’s oral surgery?

At Harbor Kids’ Teeth, Dr. Block and the pediatric dental team keep your child comfortable throughout oral surgery with sedation. The choices are:

Nitrous oxide

This is often called laughing gas. A mask fits over your child’s nose. They breathe in nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen to help them relax.

IV sedation

This is an intravenous treatment that relaxes your child to the point of having no memory of the procedure.

To learn more about oral surgery for your child, call Harbor Kids’ Teeth today to book a consultation or schedule an appointment online.