Archive for February, 2018

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

If you’re considering dental implant surgery, you may have a concern about the potential for pain — and an understandable one. After all, the procedure involves inserting replacement tooth roots into the gums. Fortunately, when completed by a highly skilled and qualified oral surgeon, the implant surgery procedure doesn’t hurt at all. Afterward, you may have some slight discomfort, but patients find it minimal […]

For Root Canal Treatment, How Late Is Too Late?

No one looks forward to getting root canal treatment, but the procedure can help prevent the need for tooth extraction. Teeth repaired with root canals can last a lifetime. However, if you put the procedure off, damage can grow to the point where the tooth can’t be saved. When it’s too late to get root canal […]

Is Your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Board-Certified?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon must earn a degree and obtain licensure to administer anesthesia and perform surgical procedures that correct irregularities and treat conditions involving the facial and jaw structures. Becoming board-certified is an extra step some surgeons take, including those at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. Board certification illustrates a commitment to the highest standards of […]

What Causes Jaw Pain?

Are you suffering from severe jaw pain? Identifying the cause is the first step in finding relief. For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon. Pain in the jaw can result from a variety of medical problems and conditions, and an oral surgeon has the expertise and qualifications […]

Relieve Oral Surgery Anxiety with These Simple Tips

Oral surgery anxiety is common and normal. Many patients experience a case of nerves or fear at the thought of even visiting a dentist or oral surgeon, and the idea of undergoing surgical treatment only amplifies those feelings. Are you worried about an upcoming procedure? Calming your nerves may not be easy, but you can help reduce your oral surgery anxiety — and have a […]

Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Really Necessary?

We talk about wisdom tooth extraction like it’s a rite of passage, a necessary step in the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Given that the wisdom teeth usually begin to appear between the ages of 17 and 21 — when teens begin maturing into young adults — extraction does seem like a coming-of-age event. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that […]

8 TMJ Disorder Symptoms You Should Get Checked Out

There is no test for TMJ disorder, so how is it identified? Along with a physical examination and detailed medical and dental history, oral surgeons rely heavily on patient symptoms to diagnose TMJ problems. Patients who experience some or all the eight symptoms listed below should schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon, as it could indicate a problem with the temporomandibular […]