When you have oral health concerns too severe to be addressed with a dental filling or a crown, then you may need to undergo oral surgery. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we ensure each procedure is comfortable, and will look at three common oral surgical procedures, such as tooth extraction and dental implants.
Anesthesia and Sedation
We always want to make sure you feel comfortable when you undergo treatments, and this is true for oral surgery as well. In addition to local anesthesia near the areas undergoing treatment, we will offer various levels of dental sedation, which help you enter a calm state with little or no memory of the procedure at all. These could also be helpful for people with dental anxiety! Don’t let your concerns about discomfort or your anxieties stand between you and a healthier smile, talk to our team about our dental sedation options.
Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted to improve overall oral health. We could gently remove a tooth to prevent the spread of infection due to an infected or injured tooth, one that is beyond treatment. We also make room for orthodontic treatment, or take out those loosened by gum disease. If you have wisdom teeth poised to erupt, we could remove them before they cause painful impaction, infections, and dental misalignment. Once we take out the tooth, we will perform an alveoloplasty, which allows us to smooth and reshape the extraction site. This helps provide a faster healing period, and also prepares the smile for implant placement!
When you lose teeth, the body responds by denying or diverting key nutrients to other parts of the smile. The jawbone around the missing tooth breaks down and loses mass and density, causing further tooth loss and an aged appearance. This could make placing an implant impossible in some cases! However, with jawbone grafting, we apply bone tissue taken from your jaw or hip, or from a synthetic source, to the area. This helps rebuild the lost structure and make your smile ready for implant placement.
Dental implants act as new roots, being inserted in the jaw and bonding with the bone tissue. After we place them, a procedure that requires oral surgery, we then affix an abutment and a crown to address the physical portion of the tooth. We could also secure bridges or dentures with dental implants! If you have any questions, give us a call today.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Oral Surgery
Our team wants to help restore your smile to optimal health and function again! To find out more about how we provide a safe and comfortable surgical experience, please contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.