When you need oral surgery, we don’t refer you to another office. Instead, we have in-house experts ready to oversee and complete the oral surgeries necessary to improve the health, function, and beauty of your smile. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about our approach to oral surgery.
Anesthesia and Sedation
We know that the prospect of oral surgery can make many people feel worried, especially if they have high levels of dental anxiety. We understand your fears are real, but we don’t want them to stand between you and the healthy, bright smile you deserve. Which is why in addition to a local anesthetic to the area being treated, we can discuss sedation. Dental sedation helps you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure at all. Some options wear off right away, while others may leave you a little groggy and requiring a ride home afterward. Talk to us about your concerns, and we can discuss a plan to help you stay comfortably throughout the procedure.
Three Common Procedures
All of these will be planned and implemented with the latest in digital technology, ensuring care with precision and accuracy. When you have wisdom teeth threatening to arrive or teeth severely damaged, then we could recommend safe and gentle tooth extraction. This involves carefully extracting the tooth with a pair of forceps and suturing the site closed. We will remove sutures in a follow up visit. We could also use this to pave the way for dentures and improve the bite function of the smile. This also helps prepare smiles for orthodontic treatment! We could also provide an alveoloplasty afterward to prep smiles for tooth replacement with dental implants.
If you have a jaw that lost mass and density following tooth loss, this could mean an older appearance and the threat of additional missing teeth. To rebuild the lower jaw and prepare the smile for successful dental implant placement, we could offer grafting. Also known as ridge measurement, this involves using tissue taken from your jaw or hip, or from donor or synthetic sources, to rebuild the jaw and restore it.
If you have a missing tooth, we could address an individual one or even support a bridge or dentures with dental implants. Inserted in the jawbone, these act as new roots and prevent the loss of mass and density that follows tooth loss. We then provide a crown or prosthetic that looks natural and offers a durable chewing surface. Your new smile could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime in some cases!
Contact Us To Learn More About Oral Surgery
Our team is ready to offer surgical procedures that are safe, comfortable, and restore the smile. If you want to learn more about our approach to advanced treatment options, or if you want to schedule an appointment, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.