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Correcting Your Smile With Jaw Surgery

July 7, 2021

When you have symmetrical issues that impact your bite balance and stain your jaw joints, or if you have lost mass and density in your smile that complicates implant placement, you may need jaw surgery. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist explains how we use bone grafting, sinus lifts, and other common surgical procedures to rebuild your smile.

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Improving Your Symmetrical Concerns

Your jaw is connected to the skull with the temporomandibular joints. They ensure proper function and control the movement necessary to eat and speak. However, when these joints undergo excessive strain due to issues with growth and development, or due to injury, tooth loss, or misalignment, this could lead to chronic pain as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) develop. With surgery, our team is able to identify the factors behind your strain and then correct the position and symmetry of the jaw. You then enjoy relief and avoid further chronic pain!

Preparing Smiles for Dental Implants

When we lose our natural teeth, the body stops supplying the jawbone with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue in the jaw loses mass and density, causing an aged appearance and further tooth loss. At some point, you don’t have enough tissue to support dental implants, limiting your tooth replacement options. Fortunately, with grafting we can rebuild the broken down portions with bone taken from other parts of your jaw or hip, or through synthetic sources. Your smile is then able to support new teeth! We can also perform a sinus lift to uncover new bone tissues in the upper portion of the jaw.

A Comfortable Experience

We want to make sure the process is a comfortable one. To begin, we will carefully plan the procedure by taking digital x-rays and images, so we identify the positions of nerve tissues and sinus cavities. We then plan and guide the surgery with accuracy and precision. To ensure you feel comfortable, our team will administer a local numbing agent, as well as dental sedation. The effects may take time to wear off, so a friend or family member will need to bring you home. We will have detailed aftercare instructions and prescribed medications to facilitate a successful healing period. If you have any questions about how we perform oral surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if you need oral surgery, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Oral Surgery?

To learn more about bone grafting and other surgical procedures for your smile, then schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018. Our team is ready to help restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile.