Oral surgery is something I enjoy doing. When I did my residency after dental school, I worked with an oral surgeon for a year and was exposed to a lot of things at that time with wisdom teeth or gum surgeries, and just I've always enjoyed surgery. Things like dental implants, as I got into dental implants, became just easy for me as I tackled a lot of the bone grafting that we do with dental implants. Very often, the implant part of it is very simple. It's making sure we have enough bone and bone in the right places that is the difficult part, so that’s where a lot of the surgeries come in. It's something I enjoy doing. It's something, it's very rewarding.
It's also something I found that as I learned to do more and more surgery, especially associated with dental implants, that it became easier for my patients to accept treatment. In the past, I would give them a referral and say, “Okay, go and see this specialist, so-and-so”, and I would see them back several times and it's like, “Did you ever get that surgery done?” “No, I just didn’t get around to it.” Then I'd say, “Well, you know, I'm offering that now. It's something I can handle in my office here,” and it's like, “Really, you can? Well, yeah, let's schedule it.”
I found that patients are just less trusting or less wanting to go somewhere else and get their care, and they feel more comfortable if it's a service that they know I do, because they know they can trust me, that if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right. That's what I found. I would say that’s a big reason why I really got heavy in the implants is I was sending these cases out, and the surgeons or the specialists that were placing implants were doing it based upon their understanding and surgical needs and not necessarily where a tooth needs to be.
As I understood and got the training that I needed to offer that as a service for my patients, it's something that we learned that we work backwards, that patients want a tooth. They don’t want a implant. If we find that we say, “Okay, this is where the tooth needs to be. Now let's plan backwards and say where the implant needs to be,” as we do it with that approach, we have a lot higher, better results. We have better, longer-lasting strength, and we have better aesthetics.
To provide the best oral health for you, sometimes oral surgery is necessary. Dr. Gleave has taken thousands of hours of continuing education for nearly two decades so he can offer the most gentle, effective treatments to improve your smile. Our oral surgery procedures can:
- Relieve any dental pain you may be feeling
- Strengthen your jaw so you can receive dental implants
- Prevent costly and painful dental issues that could occur later
Rod Gleave, DMD also offers safe sedation options to ensure you have the best experience possible during any procedures. You can choose to remain awake or sleep throughout your visit.
Call 801-747-8531 to schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City, UT dentist office. Dr. Gleave will discuss your concerns, perform a thorough examination, then develop the best plan for you.
Benefitting Your Smile With Smart And Comfortable Oral Surgery
Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD only recommends oral surgery if it’s absolutely necessary to help you love your smile and eliminate dental pain. Because of his extensive experience, he is able to provide:
- Tooth extractions, which can relieve your smile of any badly damaged teeth or wisdom teeth that pose a threat to the rest of your mouth
- Bone grafts to increase bone mass in your jaw so you can receive dental implants
- Ridge augmentation to preserve bone mass after tooth loss, or correct any issues with your jaw that may have been caused by genetics or an accident (this procedure also helps with receiving dental implants)
- Sinus lifts to enhance bone mass in your upper jaw, which can also benefit you if you’re considering dental implants
- Gum grafts to prevent damage done by gum recession and strengthen your smile
Call 801-747-8531 or use our easy online form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rod Gleave, DMD. We’ll make sure you receive a smile you love and feel completely relaxed during each and every visit.
Dr. Rod Gleave is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).