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Posts from October 2014

What is an Apicoectomy?

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Each tooth you have is held in place by a root that extends to your jawbone. The front teeth usually have one root, while other teeth such as your premolars and molars have two or more roots. The end of each root is called the apex. Blood vessels and nerves enter the tooth through the apex. Then, they travel through a canal inside the root and up and into the pulp chamber. This chamber is inside the crown, which is the part of the tooth that you can see in your mouth.

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What is a Frenectomy?

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A frenum is a fold of tissue on the inside of the mouth. Frena (the plural of frenum) are found under the tongue, between the upper two front teeth and on the sides of the gums. In a frenectomy procedure one of these folds of tissue is removed. A frenum actually does not have a purpose, so removing one of them will not result in the loss of function. When a frenum is in the wrong place or is too tight it can cause complications. A maxillofacial surgeon can perform a frenectomy in order to fix this problem.

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