Is Oral Surgery The Right Call For You?

  • July 25, 2016

We are going to go out on a limb and guess that you probably don’t want to have oral surgery.

We know this. We understand this.

Nevertheless, if you find yourself in a situation where oral surgery may be necessary, we welcome you to visit any Beaumont Family Dentistry if you live in or near Lexington, KY.

Our offices will do everything we can to make your surgery as comfortable as possible, and you won’t find better care in Central Kentucky than what you will receive from our professional staff.

Today, we want to discuss a few things. First, what you can do to avoid needing oral surgery, and second, when oral surgery may be needed.

Reducing The Need For Oral Surgery

If you want to avoid oral surgery, then the best approach is taking care of your mouth.

Notice that we said mouth, not just your teeth.

This starts with following the recommendations of the American Dental Association regarding preventive care.

At home, you need to brush your teeth (twice a day for two minutes each time) and floss daily.

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste while being sure to scrub all you teeth on all sides. Brush your tongue, too, when you are finished.

Flossing cleans the spaces between your teeth and under your gumline. You can use dental floss, flossers, or water flossers to remove bacteria and plaque from these harder to reach spaces.

You also should visit the nearest Beaumont Family Dentistry at least twice a year for routine cleanings and examinations. Our dentists and hygienists will remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth, and this gives us an opportunity to examine your mouth for any issues that may need to be addressed before oral surgery becomes necessary.

Another important consideration for anyone who participates in high-impact sports and activities is protecting your teeth from injuries. The best way to so this is to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard when you are practicing or playing.

We can create one for you at any of our dentist offices whether you are a high-school start or a recreational player.

Two Common Types Of Oral Surgery

Our hope is that your mouth, like all our patients’ mouths, will remain as healthy as possible.

Even so, we know there may come a time when oral surgery actually is the best thing you can do for your oral health. Here are two procedures our staff can do to help you.

Tooth Extractions

We want to reiterate that you may be able to avoid needed a tooth removed by taking care of your oral health. Brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy and intact.

For various reasons, some people put off coming to the dentist until it’s absolutely necessary. In those instances, your gum disease, tooth infection, or tooth decay may have progressed to a point where treatment is not a viable option.

We will only recommend tooth removal when it is the best choice for your oral health. if there is any way we can help you restore your tooth, then that is what we will recommend. In some instances, you may have a crowded mouth, and removing a tooth may be a necessary first step before attempting orthodontic care.

For wisdom teeth removal or for complicated tooth extractions, we do want you do know that we may refer you to a specialist.

Bone Grafts

Millions of Americans lose teeth every year. In the United States, more than 30 million adults are missing at least one complete row of teeth.

We recommend dental implants for patients who are missing teeth. This makes your tooth replacement more secure, and it helps to preserve your jawbone as well.

The irony of this situation is that you need a certain amount of bone in order to place implants. If you don’t have enough bone, we can perform a transplant procedure called a bone graft.

The existing bone will bond to the transplanted bone as you heal. When this is finished, we will be able to place your dental implants where they are needed.

Comfort And Care

No matter what kind of dental surgery you undergo, we will help you feel relaxed as comfortable. We offer sedation dentistry so you won’t feel anything during your procedure at any of our Lexington dentist offices.

Do you have questions about oral surgery? We welcome you to call any Beaumont Family Dentistry location or to contact us with our online form.

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