Pediatric Oral Surgery
Performed At Southern Georgia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Pediatric Soft Tissue Oral Surgery Procedures( Hinesville, Waycross, Douglas)
1) Soft Tissue:
Ankyloglossia is commonly known as “tongue-tied”. This is a condition apparent when the soft tissue
mucosa on the ventral surface of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth. This condition can
affect speech, pronunciation and the position of lower anterior teeth. The removal of this tissue is
called a frenectomy. Dr. Myers performs the frenectomy under IV sedation and release the excessive muscular attachment to the
tongue. The tissue is released and then secured with a suture. Tongue mobility and speech improvement are the resulting benefits
of the procedure.
A mucocele is a soft tissue lesion that is bluish in coloration, elevated and soft to palpation. A mucocle
is most apparent on the inner tissue of the upper and lower lip. It typically originates form
from an unknown source, such as trauma form biting the lip and cheek regions. Minor salivary gland
ducts are obstructed and fluid collection occurs. Treament requires removal of
the affected glands through dissection of the affected mucosa. The lesion can recur if the are glands
left in the affected region.
A runula is a bulbous form of mucosa which forms in the floor of the mouth.
This cyst formation is from excessive of salivary fluid deriving from the major salivary gland,
which is known as the sublingual gland. A ranula comes in two forms: (1) Oral Ranula or (2) Plunging
ranula. An oral Ranula forms at the floor of the mouth and is positioned above the mylohyoid muscle.
A plunging ranula extends and spreads to the cervical fascial planes of the neck.
Pediatric Oral Surgery Hard Tissue Procedures
Pediatric Oral Surgery Hard Tissue Prcedures( Hinesville, Waycross, Douglas, Georgia)
1) Hard Tissue Procedures
A) Dentigerous Cyst
A dentigerous cyst usually occurs when associated with a partially erupted or impacted tooth. The development of the cyst originates for the epithelia cells of the dental organ. The follicle of the tooth has vessels whcih incur pressure resulting in extravasation of fluid between the tooth and follicle. This creates a cyst-like cavity and erodes surrounding bone. This form of cyst is usually Benign. Removal of the cyst is called enucleation.
An ameloblastoma is rare odontogenic benign tumor which derives from the odontogenic epithelium. The cyst occurs more frequently on the lower jaw. Southern Georgia Oral Surgery will employ the enulcleation techniques and send a sample for pathological evaluation. If the lesion is benign, no further treatment is warranted. However, if the lesion is malignant (rare) in nature more aggressive treatment is necessary. Tooth removal, softissue and surrounding bone may be required to be removed for complete resolution. Despite whether the area in benign or malignant, the patientshould be re-evaluated on six month intervals.