Did you know that we provide oral surgery? With a surgical approach, we can address missing teeth, remove teeth that threaten your overall oral health, and even rebuild portions of a weakened jawbone. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about when these procedures are necessary for your smile!
Anesthesia and Sedation
When you’re undergoing any form of oral surgery, we want to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed. We start with a local anesthesia to the area receiving treatment. We also have dental sedation too. We have three options, and the one we choose will depend on your medical history, age and weight, and anxiety level. The sedation is administered through a mask over the nose, or as a pill or liquid form. We also have an IV option. A trained anesthesiologist will monitor you the entire time, and the effects may take time to wear off, so have a friend or family member on hand to bring you home.
Dental Implant Placement
When you have missing teeth, dental implants offer the most durable and long-lasting solution. These are inserted into the jawbone through oral surgery, sitting at an angle and position that allows them to bond with the jawbone and support a new tooth. We can use an individual one and attach a crown for a single missing tooth, or employ several to support a bridge or denture that is fixed in place and lasts for decades to come. The entire process will be planned and guided with advanced digital technology, ensuring optimal results and a new tooth ready to last, as dental implants boast a 90% success rate.
Sometimes, a tooth needs to be removed to protect your overall oral health. For example, one that is severely damaged or has a cavity or infection too advanced for a filling or crown could increase the spread of infection and threaten the smile. Taking them out prevents this. We also address teeth loosened by gum disease, and help make room for orthodontic treatment. Wisdom teeth, a set of third molars that erupt in our late teens and early 20s, could cause painful impactions and infections, as well as misalignment. We can extract these before they even erupt, safeguarding the health, function, and beauty of your Smikle. Often, tooth extraction only takes about 30 minutes.
When you lose teeth and time elapses, this could cause the jawbone to lose mass and density and breakdown, which makes it unable to support a new dental implant. But with grafting, we use bone tissue taken from your jaw or hip, or from synthetic sources, to rebuild and strengthen the weakened parts of the smile!
Your Kansas City, MO, Dentist Provides Oral Surgery
We would like to help you correct your smile with oral surgery. If you would like to learn about preserving your smile or replacing missing teeth, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.