Oral Surgery

Local Anesthesia

Sometimes your dentist needs to numb a part of your mouth. He or she injects medicine into your gum or inner cheek. This medicine is called local anesthesia. Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic that dentists use, but there are many others. 

There are two kinds of numbing injections. A block injection numbs an entire region of your mouth, such as one side of your lower jaw. An infiltration injection numbs a smaller area. This is the area near where the injection was given.

If you need local anesthesia in order to have your dental treatment done, your dentist will dry part of your mouth with air or cotton. Many dentists then swab the area with a gel to numb the skin. Then your dentist will slowly inject the local anesthetic. Most people don't feel the needle. Instead, the sting they feel is caused by the anesthetic moving into the tissue. An injection of local anesthesia can last up to several hours. 

We'll make sure your dental procedures are as pain-free as possible. Call Secret City Dental Care at 865-272-2806 to schedule an appointment.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue grafting is often necessary to combat gum recession. Periodontal disease, trauma, aging, over-brushing, and poor tooth positioning are the leading causes of gum recession, which can lead to tooth-root exposure in severe cases. If you've recently been told by your dentist or periodontist that you need a soft tissue graft, don't panic. Gum surgery sounds worse than it is. Recent developments in dental technology have made soft tissue grafting more predictable and less intrusive.

Many people don't even notice that their gums have receded because it's a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, but can cause tooth sensitivity, especially when eating cold or hot foods. Eventually, gum recession, if not treated, can cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a soft tissue graft may be needed.

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