For certain types of dental care, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon. These specialists complete extensive training beyond dental school that focuses on the various structures that comprise the jaw and other related facial structures, as well as diseases and conditions that can affect those structures. Through their residencies in this field,… Continue reading Common Procedures Offered By Our Oral Surgeons
CT imaging technology can greatly improve patient care by streamlining the treatment planning process for an oral surgeon. This type of technology allows our surgeon to see a very detailed view of a person’s unique oral anatomy. CT images are three-dimensional and therefore display a comprehensive view of the entire oral cavity. This technology is… Continue reading How is CT technology used in treatment planning for oral surgery?
The discomfort associated with an abscessed tooth can be severe. When teeth are abscessed, they may be beyond repair and might require extraction by an oral surgeon to prevent the spread of the infection throughout the mouth. An oral examination is required to diagnose an abscessed tooth. In addition to documenting a patient’s symptoms and… Continue reading How is an abscessed tooth diagnosed?
You’re probably familiar with many of the ways that stress can negatively impact your health by contributing to conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and mood disorders. But did you know that jaw pain caused by a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can also be intensified by stress? Patients who are experiencing higher levels of… Continue reading How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health
Much like the saying the “eyes are the window to the soul”, the same could be said for oral health and general well-being. Research has shown that a healthy mouth is literally a gateway to a healthy body, and many health conditions and oral diseases are linked. Everything from what you eat to how well… Continue reading A Healthy Mouth is a Gateway to a Healthy Body
When our oral surgeons perform certain treatments, various types of sedation may be involved to promote a positive experience and improve one’s care. Since many surgeries and procedures require accuracy and precision, sedation can help our team work without obstruction while our guests rest peacefully. Additionally, sedation—specifically the type delivered orally or through a nasal… Continue reading Oral Surgery: What are my sedation options?
Patients who are facing a tooth extraction may have some anxiety about the procedure. Those fears can be eased when they have a better idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the extraction. First, the patient should know what type of extraction is being performed. In a simple extraction, the tooth can… Continue reading How should I prepare for a tooth extraction?
Many folks mistakenly believe that a toothache is just a sign of a minor cavity. While that may be true some of the time, a toothache can be a signal of a much bigger problem. Most cases of tooth decay are asymptomatic; this means that the early stages of a cavity may not produce any… Continue reading Could your toothache be something more serious?
Some patients may think that grinding their teeth, a condition known as bruxism, is merely an annoyance, but it can actually have negative effects on your oral health. For example, this excess wear and tear can compromise the integrity of the patient’s teeth, potentially making them more susceptible to breakage and interfering with their ability… Continue reading Teeth Grinding: More than just a bad habit, it’s a dental concern
Did you know that an oral surgeon can receive additional education and training for anesthesia certification? Since oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform procedures such as placing dental implants, bone grafting, wisdom teeth extractions, and jaw surgery, anesthetic medicine is often used to promote patient comfort and precise treatment. There are varying levels of sedation and… Continue reading Ask about Your Oral Surgeon’s In-Depth Anesthesia Certification