Dento-alveolar surgery refers to surgery in and around the tooth bearing portions of the jaws. Most commonly this consists of removal of a decayed and fractured teeth. Occasionally, orthodontists will refer patients for removal of baby and permanent teeth in order to facilitate orthodontic treatment. Dento-alveolar surgery also includes other procedures to alter bone or gum tissue as a part of restorative dental treatment.
These procedures can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, nitrous oxide or IV sedation.