Tuesday, December 30, 2014
When accidental damage affects your smile, you want to opt for the most cosmetically appealing dental solution. Whether you are looking to correct a chipped tooth or you need to fill a cavity, we offer cosmetically appealing restorative services at Garrison Family Dentistry. Bonding and white fillings have helped many of our patients restore the health and beauty of their smiles.
Bonding is used to restore structural damage like chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth. It can even correct gaps created by teeth that are too narrow or short. This affordable, beautiful solution fixes damaged teeth for a realistic look.
White fillings have replaced traditional metal amalgam fillings at our practice. Unlike dark, metal fillings, white fillings blend in with your natural tooth color. You can improve your oral health and correct tooth decay without affecting the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
If you are ready to fix your damaged tooth and restore the beauty of your smile, contact our practice and learn about how our bonding and white filling services can help.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Dental anxiety is a common occurrence among our patients, which is why we offer nitrous oxide. This helps patients take the edge off while getting dental procedures, whether it is a root canal, root planing and scaling, or an extraction.
Nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas and given by having a mask placed over the patient’s nose and mouth so they can inhale the gas. The patient is monitored by Dr. Matthew Garrison the entire time.
There are many benefits to choosing nitrous oxide as a way for dental sedation, such as the following:
- It wears off quickly, so you can still drive yourself home.
- It is a safe and effective form of sedation.
- The level of sedation can be controlled by the dentist, increasing or decreasing the gas.
- Patients resume normal activities immediately after their dental appointment.
- Sensations experienced with nitrous oxide include relaxation, euphoria, and relief from anxiety and tension.
You can contact us at Garrison Family Dentistry in Smithville, MO by calling 816-532-8778 or by visiting us online at www.garrisondentistry.com for more information.
Friday, December 12, 2014
At Garrison Family Dentistry, wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Your last set of molars to come in, wisdom teeth usually emerge when you are between 17 and 21 years old. Since wisdom teeth can often become impacted, which means they come in at an angle rather than straight through the gums, it is many times necessary to remove them before they cause pain or begin to push on your other teeth.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted and can only emerge partially, it is possible for an operculum to form over the tooth. If this flap of skin forms, the tooth will be hard to clean and can be infected. This infection is called pericoronitis.
When a wisdom tooth is in danger of causing such problems, Dr. Matthew Garrison will extract the tooth. It is often necessary to remove all four at once. This is done either by using a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic, based on the preference of the doctors and patient and how far the wisdom teeth have emerged. After the anesthetic is applied, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut and the tooth is loosened and pulled out. If necessary, the gums will be sutured for healing.
After the surgery, rest is required, and you will need to change the gauze applied to the incision. To see if your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, schedule an appointment with us by calling 816-532-8778. For more information on our practice, visit www.garrisondentistry.com.