Surgical Solutions

Oral Surgical Solutions

Patients who are referred to our Cape Girardeau, MO oral surgery center face what is often an intimidating experience. We want all of our patients to know that we understand the uncertainty and apprehension that accompanies a pending surgical procedure. Our surgical team will help allay those concerns through discussions on pain management and by explaining what patients can expect from every step of their procedure. By always being honest and open with our patients, our doctors have built a reputation for being trustworthy and highly skilled.

Our efforts do not end immediately after surgery. Our surgical team will guide your recovery because we care about your wellbeing. Our aim is to exceed your expectations by delivering superior quality of care.

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SURGICAL EXTRACTIONS

Doctors strive to preserve and protect natural tissue, but there are times when removing a tooth is required to restore oral health. There are many benefits to undergoing tooth extraction. Following the restorative treatment, you will become eligible for a durable prosthetic or dental implant. Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets welcome referrals from all over southeast Missouri and Illinois. Common reasons that a patient may require a tooth extraction include:

  • Orthodontic treatment: Teeth crowding can complicate orthodontic work. If you have severely overlapping teeth, your doctor may recommend the removal of one or more teeth. Following your orthodontic treatment, you can enjoy a brighter, more attractive smile.
  • Tooth damage: Inadequate oral hygiene, genetics, and other factors can lead to severe decay that can reach the sensitive inner portion of your teeth. Once bacterial infections reach the inner pulp, an infection can result. Even without the presence of an infection, advanced decay can lead to oral pain that can only be remedied by a safe tooth extraction.
  • Wisdom teeth: The third molars typically erupt around ages 18-22. By that time, all of the adult teeth have set in. It’s no wonder that complications often arise around that time. Many teenagers opt to have wisdom teeth removed as a preventative measure. Early removal of the third molars has many benefits. The roots of wisdom teeth are not fully formed in most teenagers, which makes extraction much simpler.

Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets will use local anesthesia and sedation to ensure that you are relaxed and comfortable throughout your procedure. Our office also uses advanced imaging and other dental technologies to help ensure that you do not experience complications related to your tooth extraction.

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

While reconstructive surgeries are rare, individuals who are in pain or disabled due to physical defects of the face and jaw can regain natural oral function and quality of life following surgery. We recommend that patients do not put off scheduling their procedures. Prolonged injury can lead to depression, interpersonal conflicts, work-related issues, and other consequences.

Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets have the training and compassion to restore what patients may have thought they had lost forever. Injuries to the face and jaw can be especially emotional for our patients. All of our treatments take into account the important role that aesthetics plays in reconstructive surgery. Many of the patients who are referred to our office have:

  • Experienced a severe infection that leads to bone loss or structural damage
  • Experienced trauma or an accident
  • Undergone cancer treatments
  • Experienced facial damage due to a disease

Our oral surgery center has built a reputation for taking the time to plan customized treatments that address individual needs and aesthetic goals. Our goal is to restore form and function to your smile so you have the confidence to regain your life.

CORRECTIVE JAW SURGERY

Corrective jaw surgery may be necessary if a patient’s jaws are unable to move naturally or if the upper and lower jaws do not align (malocclusion). Corrective jaw surgery is often a last resort, but patients with extreme jaw alignment issues can regain important jaw function following the procedure. Our doctors can use jaw surgery to address:

  • An open bite
  • A protruded jaw
  • Breathing issues resulting from jaw misalignment
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech impediments resulting from jaw issues

Facial Trauma Repair

Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets understand and appreciate the incredible physical distress that can follow injury to the face. At all times, our surgical team will apply compassionate and quality care when addressing your facial trauma. Facial injuries affect the mouth, jaw, palate, eye socket, and cheekbones. The aim of facial trauma repair is to restore function to these areas of the face while restoring the patient’s natural facial features.

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