Archive for November, 2015

Is Tooth Extraction Over Winter Break a Good Idea?

Oral surgeons recommend extractions for teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or decay, and for teeth that are crowding the mouth or causing other serious problems. Extractions can be arduous, particularly if multiple teeth are being pulled or if the teeth are impacted, so some recovery time is necessary for the patient. Consequently, […]

TMJ Surgery: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Avoid It

TMJ surgery can relieve the pain, tenderness and headaches associated with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, but some patients balk at the idea. In many cases, surgery is not advised because the problems can be addressed in a less invasive manner. For patients with persistent pain and other symptoms in the jaw area, however, surgical […]

Denture Alternatives: Consider Teeth in a Day!

Today, several effective alternatives to dentures are widely available. Traditional removable dentures to replace missing teeth were the only choice for many years. Unfortunately, these appliances are unstable, uncomfortable and ill-fitting in many cases, hindering the wearer’s ability to speak and eat effectively. Fortunately, the Teeth in a Day approach, also known as immediate dentures […]

Dental Implants: Are They Right for Me?

Dental implants, like bridges and dentures, are used to restore teeth that have been lost due to injury, gum disease or decay. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists in the United States complete more than 5 million implants every year, and the procedure is considered to be one of the safest and most […]

Dental Implants or Bridge? Consider These Factors

Whether you choose dental implants or a bridge, a missing tooth is not a problem that should go unresolved. It’s important to consider the benefits of each of these tooth replacement options and then decide which one best fits your lifestyle, desired outcome, and budget. Read on to discover both the benefits and challenges of […]

Oral Surgery Complications and Risk Factors

Oral surgery, like any major medical procedure, comes with some risk of complications. Patients undergoing tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, root canals, bone grafting or any other serious procedure must understand what to expect. Following is a guide to the possible complications that can arise after oral surgery and tips for avoiding problems. Common Issues […]

When is the Best Time for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Deciding upon the best time for wisdom teeth extraction relies upon a few important factors, even though it is considered a routine procedure. Knowing when to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction is best determined with the help of an experienced oral surgeon. After a thorough exam and x-rays, your oral surgeon will recommend a timeline […]

What is the Lifespan for Dental Implants?

Considering the lifespan for dental implants is imperative, as they represent a significant investment of time, energy, and money for a patient needing a tooth replacement. The average lifespan of a dental implant is twenty-five years. Factors to understand include the advantages of dental implants over older methods of tooth replacement, the structure of a […]

Radiation Risk for Oral Surgery Imaging

Understanding the radiation risk for oral surgery imaging is an important step in the process of putting a patient’s mind at ease regarding the necessity for such imaging studies. Since radiographic studies play an integral role in the diagnosis and treatment of many dental and oral conditions, putting patients at ease is imperative. The issue […]

Safety of Oral Surgery During Pregnancy

Many women wonder about the safety of oral surgery during pregnancy. It is important not only to the woman, but to the health of the developing fetus to know the facts about the safety of undergoing any surgical procedure at their oral surgeon’s office. A careful consideration of oral care during pregnancy, timing of any […]