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Oral Reconstruction Kansas City

One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. Your smile is unique. It fosters communication and goodwill, conveys happiness and well-being. A beautiful smile is also a sign of success, confidence and friendship. So why not make your smile as perfect as possible?

Oral reconstruction is designed to address a wide range of concerns relating to the face, mouth, jaws and teeth. Through oral reconstruction, patients can benefit from both functional and cosmetic improvements.

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Who can benefit from oral reconstruction?

Oral reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure designed to correct various ongoing dental issues and abnormalities. Anyone who has a mouth that is not healthy or functioning properly may benefit from oral reconstruction.

Oral reconstruction can treat:

  • Missing, worn or chipped teeth
  • Traumatic injury to the mouth or teeth
  • Bite discrepancies
  • Inadequate bone structure
  • Congenital jaw defects

Oral reconstruction can significantly improve your quality of life. The best candidates will possess good overall physical and emotional health, as well as realistic goals and expectations.

Oral reconstruction may not be for everyone. The only way to find out if you’re an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified oral surgeon.

What to expect during your surgery

Your oral reconstruction procedure will be customized to meet your individual needs. You may require one or more procedures to achieve optimal results. Some of the most common oral reconstruction procedures include:

  • Dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth
  • Soft tissue grafting to add more gum tissue to deficient areas of the mouth.
  • Bone grafting to fortify the jaw with new bone for dental implants
  • Tooth extraction to remove infected, diseased or necrotic teeth
  • Orthognathic surgery to correct misaligned teeth or jaws

Oral reconstruction can be performed in a single surgery or in stages, depending on your surgeon’s recommendation. The length of your surgery, as well as the surgical techniques used will be discussed in depth prior to your surgery.

After your oral reconstruction surgery

The recovery process after oral reconstruction surgery will greatly depend on the complexity of the procedures performed. Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare and hygiene instructions. It is normal to experience some soreness for the first few days. Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications will be recommended to ease any discomfort.

You may be required to take one or more days off of work and other normal activities during the recovery process. Follow-up appointments will be necessary to ensure proper healing. The results of your surgery will become gradually apparent as swelling and soreness begin to subside. It may take several months to completely heal from surgery.

Understanding the risks of oral reconstruction surgery

All surgical procedures, including oral reconstruction surgery, present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation process. Some risks may include slow healing, excessive bleeding, painful inflammation, swelling, numbness in the mouth or lips and adverse reaction to anesthesia.

If you’re ready to take the next step

Contact us to schedule a consultation for oral reconstruction. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.