Surgical Procedures

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on dental surgery, where we delve into various procedures aimed at improving oral health and aesthetics. From advanced techniques like laser gingivectomy for precise gum contouring to surgical exposures facilitating orthodontic interventions, we explore the intricacies of modern dental surgical practices. Additionally, we shed light on the significance of biopsies in diagnosing oral conditions, offering insights into their role in maintaining optimal dental well-being.

Laser Gingivectomy

Simply put, a gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue. For children, the most common reason for a gingivectomy is for aesthetic reasons after braces are removed. If oral hygiene is an issue while a child has braces, the gum tissue can become overgrown. A gingivectomy may also be done to remove excess tissue from around teeth that may be trapping food. Traditional procedures for gingivectomy can be difficult for children, but laser treatment has proven to be a very effective alternative, resulting in minimal bleeding, discomfort, and recovery time.

Contact us to learn more about laser dentistry! The team at Poplin Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer this service at no extra charge for all of our patients — like your child! Please give us a call to set up and appointment.

Surgical Exposures

There are times that teeth won’t come in on their own and need help getting the gum tissue out of the way. Sometimes this is for orthodontic needs and other times it is a front tooth not coming in after months. These procedures can almost always be done with no shots and only topical anesthetic.


A biopsy is the removal of a piece of tissue so it can be tested in a laboratory. The most common thing that we remove is called a mucocele. This is a benign lesion is basically a blocked salivary gland on the lower lip.