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Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars. These teeth develop later in life and were beneficial to our ancestors when they lost their second sets of molars. Today, however, most people keep their first and second sets of molars well into their advanced years. This means that wisdom teeth are no longer necessary for [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|Categories: tooth extraction|Comments Off on Why do we have wisdom teeth?

When Can I Return to Work After Dental Implant Placement?

When planning for a surgical treatment, such as dental implant placement, patients want to be prepared for any deviations from their routine, such as taking time off from work. Fortunately, when healing progresses as expected, most patients will only need to miss a few days of work. The procedure for placing dental implants is typically [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: dental implants|Comments Off on When Can I Return to Work After Dental Implant Placement?

Lessen the Impact of Dental Emergencies with These Tips

Dental emergencies and facial trauma can negatively impact people’s lives in various ways. From inhibiting oral function to producing significant discomfort, dental emergencies are typically unpleasant and painful. Fortunately, facial trauma and dental emergencies can be prevented. Consider the following tips to safeguard your oral health. Use Cold Compresses If you develop a toothache or [...]

By |July 25th, 2018|Categories: facial trauma|Comments Off on Lessen the Impact of Dental Emergencies with These Tips

What is an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

The development of abscesses in wisdom teeth is a common complication that occurs when wisdom teeth do not erupt properly and/or are retained. An abscess is a type of infection that occurs inside a tooth when pus (the by-product of an infection) collects in its sensitive internal structure such as the pulp of the root [...]

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: wisdom teeth|Comments Off on What is an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Did you know that our teeth are meant to last a lifetime with proper care? Sometimes, however, life and oral disease get in the way of maintaining healthy teeth. While many people may not be able to keep all their teeth for a lifetime, there are proactive measures people can take to help keep teeth [...]

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: oral surgeon|Comments Off on 4 Important Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

What are the first steps when considering dental implants?

Dental implants appeal to many patients because of the numerous benefits they offer as a tooth replacement method. However, in order to take advantage of this treatment option, patients must meet certain qualifications for dental implant placement. The first step in this treatment process is an initial consultation with an oral surgeon. At that first [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: dental implants|Comments Off on What are the first steps when considering dental implants?

How Jaw Surgery Can Improve Oral Function

When your jaws are not properly aligned, your smile is not functioning as efficiently as it could for actions like chewing and speaking. In such cases, jaw surgery can help to improve these oral functions in patients. Jaw surgery can be used to correct a number of different malocclusions (“bad bites”), including open bites, crossbites, [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: jaw surgery|Comments Off on How Jaw Surgery Can Improve Oral Function

Will I have swelling after oral surgery?

An important element of a successful oral surgery experience is knowing what to expect in the post-operative recovery period. Swelling is one part of that. Fortunately, patients can take steps to manage this symptom. During the first 6-9 hours, we recommend that you apply an ice bag for 20 minutes at a time, alternating sides [...]

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: oral surgery|Comments Off on Will I have swelling after oral surgery?

Harmful Dental Habits to Avoid

Broken or damaged teeth are more common than you might think, and often these negative consequences result from harmful dental habits. Fortunately, if you kick these bad habits to the curb (or don’t pick them up to start with!), you can avoid the need for extensive tooth repair. Here are a few pointers to remember [...]

By |May 25th, 2018|Categories: oral surgeon|Comments Off on Harmful Dental Habits to Avoid

Why do I need a bone graft before I can get dental implants?

Patients who learn that they need bone grafting prior to dental implant placement may be disappointed at the idea of waiting a longer time for a fully restored smile. However, this procedure is essential for long-term dental implant success in certain circumstances. Dental implants are unique because they are structurally complete, consisting of both a [...]

By |May 15th, 2018|Categories: bone grafting|Comments Off on Why do I need a bone graft before I can get dental implants?