Our Leawood dentists have the training to solve many dental problems without needing oral surgery. For example, a cavity can be repaired with a filling, or a tooth replaced with a dental bridge. But there are times when the last, best treatment option for you is oral surgery.
Call our Leawood, KS dental office today at 913-945-1612 to schedule your next appointment. If a problem does require surgery, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. You may not want to have a tooth removed, but if it’s severely infected, that infection can spread throughout you body. That’s why our Leawood dentists are so well-trained to help your smile with oral surgery.
Why Oral Surgery Can Be Good For You
The most common reason why you would need oral surgery is when you have a tooth that needs to come out. Tooth extractions don’t happen often because there are often ways to save a tooth, such as root canals or dental crowns. But those treatments are not always done in time, meaning there’s no other choice.
Here are some specific reasons why you might need oral surgery:
- Your jawbone has deteriorated and needs a bone graft to stay strong.
- A cavity was ignored for too long, and there’s not enough tooth left to save.
- You have gum disease bad enough to make a tooth fall out.
- Your wisdom tooth is coming in wrong and creating problems.
- You need a dental implant to replace a lost tooth.
- The sockets where your teeth enter your jawbone need support.
By calling S&G Family Dentistry today, you can get a thorough dental exam from our Leawood dentists. They will discuss your options for fixing any problems, including oral surgery if that cannot be avoided.
Preparations To Help Your Oral Surgery
If you do have to schedule oral surgery, don’t worry. Our Leawood dentists are well-trained and experienced in helping get your smile healthy with oral surgery. But here are a few things you can do at home before your appointment comes around to help things go more smoothly.
Get some comfortable clothes ready, and skip makeup or jewelry
On the day of your surgery, you don’t need to wear anything important or fancy. Since you’ll be sitting back in a chair for a while, just wear something comfortable. Along the same lines, you don’t have to wear any makeup or jewelry. Rings are fine, of course. Just skip the earring or facial piercings, as they could get in the way.
Pick out some books, games, and shows to watch afterward
After you get home, you’re going to be a bit bored. That’s because you will likely need time to rest and heal, and there’s only so much sleep you can get in one day. That’s why you should line up some things to entertain you like books, games, or movies and shows to watch.
Ready any instructions you get from our Leawood dentists a few days beforehand
You may be given some pre- and post-op instructions from one of our Leawood dentists. Make sure that you read these thoroughly a few days before your oral surgery appointment. You don’t want to have any confusion over these instructions. Call our Leawood, KS dental office at 913-945-1612 if you do have any questions.
Buy some bland and soft foods to eat after your oral surgery
You will need to eat to keep up your strength and heal properly. However, that can be a problem when you just had oral surgery. To help with this, stock up on some foods that are both bland and soft. Yogurt, soup, and mashed potatoes might work great here.
Avoid drinks and food starting eight hours before your appointment starts
Speaking of eating, this is still surgery. That means you should not eat or drink anything starting eight hours before your appointment (and not your surgery) begins. You can always drink water and take any prescription medications.
Call us TODAY at 913-945-1612 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment. Our team of Leawood dentists and professionals are here to help your smile with oral surgery when needed.