This surgery is necessary if a tooth is either impacted in the jaw or is simply not emerging through the soft tissue. The tooth is surgically exposed and a gauze or suture secures the area. A bracket is then placed by the periodontist or orthodontist to draw the tooth out, and into position.
This surgery is performed to remove tissue known as a frenulum from the mouth. This is most often done between the upper front teeth, quite commonly in conjunction with orthodontics.