Archive for January, 2018

Dental Implants and Smoking: Understanding the Risks

You can get dental implants if you smoke, but it puts you at risk for some potential complications. Cigarette smokers are more susceptible to complications both during recovery from dental implant surgery and after the healing process is complete. If you smoke and are considering tooth replacement, it’s important for you to understanding how tobacco use may affect the success of your dental implants. Smoking After […]

Sports-Related Facial Injuries May Require Oral Surgery

Facial injuries related to sports are unfortunately common today. Professional athletes, amateur sports enthusiasts and weekend warriors are all at risk of injuries from falling, crashing into other players and getting hit in the face with a piece of sports equipment. Oral surgery isn’t necessary for every injury; bruises, cuts and soft-tissue injuries can usually be managed conservatively. Surgical treatment is typically reserved for […]

After Wisdom Teeth Removal, Will You Need a Bone Graft?

When patients undergo wisdom teeth removal, most do not need a bone graft. However, it is possible that you’ll need a graft. In some cases, oral surgeons recommend bone grafting. The extra step isn’t often necessary, but it can be beneficial for some patients. The good news is that getting a bone graft after wisdom teeth removal is really a simple […]

Peri-Implantitis Treatment

Peri-implantitis is an infectious inflammatory condition that affects the gums and bone tissues surrounding a dental implant. The signs are similar to the symptoms of gum disease — red, tender gums and bleeding when brushing. Most patients never have to worry about this complication. However, just like natural teeth, dental implants require daily attention. Regular care and examinations are […]

Dental Implants Restore More than Missing Teeth

Dental implants are highly effective tooth replacements. In fact, oral health care experts consider implant surgery to be the gold standard for restoring missing teeth. But did you know that implants restore more than just your missing teeth? They bring back your confidence in your smile, a result deemed priceless by many patients. And just as important, dental implants restore […]

Sleep Apnea May Be Why You Wake Up Exhausted Every Day

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could be to blame if you think you’re getting a full night’s rest but still feel lethargic every morning. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that disrupts breathing during sleep. Pauses in breathing can last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute, and they occur repeatedly. The fragmented sleep makes it next […]

Dental Implant Surgery Using Advanced Imaging Technology

For dental implant surgery, oral surgeons use advanced imaging technology to provide an accurate and complete look at the mouth. Tooth restoration specialists require imaging tests, as the results help determine the most effective approach to restoring a patient’s smile and oral health. Standard X-rays offer a useful first look at the dental structures and jawbone anatomy. However, X-rays alone […]

TMJ Disorder Symptoms Can Mimic Chronic Sinusitis

Did you know that TMJ disorder and chronic sinusitis share many of the same symptoms? Headaches, jaw and neck pain, facial pressure, toothaches, earaches, tinnitus and dizziness can occur with either condition. Getting a proper diagnosis is the key to finding an effective treatment. Unfortunately, many TMJ patients don’t realize the true cause of their symptoms. If […]

Tooth Extraction Recovery & Tips to Manage Pain

For most patients, tooth extraction recovery is smooth and problem-free. However, that knowledge may not stop you from worrying about how you’ll manage your pain while you’re healing. Rest assured, your oral surgeon will do everything possible to set the stage for an easy recovery with minimal discomfort. But if you do experience any pain after tooth extraction, these tips […]

Is Oral Surgery Covered by Insurance?

We’d love to be able to say that every oral surgery is covered by insurance, but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. The specific procedures covered by health insurance vary from plan to plan, and some only pay a portion of the costs for oral surgery. To complicate matters, some insurance companies have separate reimbursement rates for […]