While we try to address most dental health troubles with minimally-invasive treatment options, some issues may be serious enough to require oral surgery. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about bone grafting and jaw surgery, two treatments we offer patients in Kansas City, MO, to restore the health and function of your smiles!
Bone Grafting and Implant Placement
Did you know that losing your teeth impacts your facial structure? Once your body registers a missing tooth root, it no longer sends key nutrients to the jawbone around the lost tooth. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to dissolve. Eventually, this could cause loss of jawbone density and with it, an increased risk of further tooth loss and an aged appearance. Losing significant amounts of your jawbone structure often means a patient can’t receive a dental implant, as there just isn’t enough jawbone tissue to support one. However, bone grafting enables our team to rebuild the missing structure, preparing the smile to receive a dental implant.
TMD and Jaw Surgery
Your jaw is connected to the skull with two very important joints: the temporomandibular joints. These joints control the movement needed to eat and speak. However, if pressure is placed on them, due to complications in the growth and development of your jaw, or as a result to tooth loss or injury, you could develop TMJ disorder. Also known as TMD, this disorder could lead to jaw pain, headaches, and problems opening and closing your mouth. In order to correct the way your jaw fits together and relieve pressure, we can correct your bite with jaw surgery. The procedure enables the team to correct bone symmetry or improve jawbone structure. Your new teeth then stimulate the growth of jawbone structure to help preserve your jawbone.
Of course, we will always take steps to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. We’re ready to address any questions or concerns, and offer dental sedation to ensure you remain calm throughout the procedure, with no memory of it afterward. The type of sedation we choose will depend on a number of factors, including your medical history, age, and oral health. We also take the presence of dental anxiety into consideration. If you have any questions about oral surgery, or about addressing your missing teeth or jaw pain, then contact our team today.
Does Your Jaw Hurt?
Our team can perform safe and comfortable oral surgical procedures to restore the health and beauty of your smile. To learn more about our approach to oral surgery, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288. Let 2019 be the year you obtain a beautiful smile!