Archive for July, 2017

Summer Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Season

Is wisdom tooth extraction in your future? If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are good that you will have to eventually. Most teens and young adults need to have their wisdom teeth removed. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nine out of every 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. The third […]

4 Types of Facial Fractures that Require Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is often necessary for severe facial fractures, especially those that affect the ability to eat, speak, breathe or see. Restoring vital functions requires the expertise of a highly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These complex injuries are not easy to correct, so experience in surgical treatment and facial reconstruction is a must. Oral surgeons have expertise […]

Caring for Dental Implants in 5 Easy Steps

More than 5 million dental implants are placed every year, and more than 95 percent of them are a success. When implants are placed by an experienced oral surgeon, the success rate jumps to 98 percent. Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits is crucial to ensuring a successful recovery. Fortunately, taking care of dental implants isn’t complicated or time-consuming. Step […]

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for Oral Cancer

Have you gotten an oral cancer screening lately? When caught in the early stages, oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer can be highly treatable. In fact, early detection could save your life. Monthly self-checks are essential, but schedule a professional screening at least once per year to help ensure ongoing health and well-being. Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer Checking for the […]

5 Risks of Not Replacing Missing Teeth

Did you know that missing teeth can seriously degrade your oral health? Replacing missing teeth isn’t just about aesthetics; leaving gaps in your smile can trigger a host of dental problems. What can happen if you continue living with tooth loss? No. 1: Shifting Teeth Every tooth is a placeholder, helping to keep neighboring teeth in the proper positions. […]

5 Reasons Your Dentist May Recommend an Oral Surgeon

Are you supposed to see an oral surgeon, based on the recommendation of your dentist? If you’re like most people, you head to the dentist when you notice an oral or dental problem. And most of the time, your dentist can successfully treat the problem. However, some conditions require the skills of an experienced oral surgeon. When that happens, […]

How to Deal with Sleep Apnea Machine Side Effects

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can help keep the condition under control. However, using a CPAP machine can come at the price of several troublesome side effects. And while the side effects may not be life-threatening, they sometimes require attention. Nasal Congestion When you use a CPAP machine, […]

Does Your Child Have Impacted Canines?

Impacted canines — cuspid teeth that are unable to properly erupt — typically require the attention of an oral surgeon. You’ve probably heard of impacted wisdom teeth, and maybe you were unfortunate enough to experience the problem firsthand. The canines, also known as the eye teeth, can also become stuck in the gums. But unlike […]

Think You Can’t Get Dental Implants? Think Again!

Did you know that dental implants work for almost everyone? Patients with missing teeth often think implant surgery isn’t an option for them. That’s unfortunate, because implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. In fact, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) indicates that most patients are good candidates for dental […]

6 Signs Your Teen Needs Wisdom Tooth Removal

Is your teen due for wisdom tooth removal? Do you know how to tell? Although some grow in with no trouble, the third molars frequently cause dental problems as they erupt. Consequently, most teens eventually need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Oral surgeons recommend that parents keep an eye out for the telltale signs. […]