Archive for March, 2018

Wisdom Tooth Problems: Diagnosing & Treating Pericoronitis

Wisdom tooth problems are unfortunately common among teens and young adults. Often, the mouth simply doesn’t have enough space for these trouble-prone teeth to erupt properly, causing them to become impacted or stuck in the gums. Among the many potential issues, impacted wisdom teeth place you at risk for a condition known as pericoronitis, which is painful inflammation of the nearby gum […]

Pre-Prosthetic Oral Surgery for Dental Implants & Dentures

Pre-prosthetic oral surgery could be a part of your treatment plan if you are planning on getting dental implants or dentures. Although it may sound a little scary, pre-prosthetic surgery is simply a term used to describe a minor, in-office surgical procedure that helps prepare your mouth and jaws for a fixed or removable dental prosthesis. The goal of this […]

For a Child’s Tooth Extraction, it Pays to Prepare

You can make your child’s tooth extraction as easy and stress-free as possible with a little preparation. Oral surgeons only recommend tooth extraction for children as a last resort, to correct problems with chewing, speech and dental development. Sometimes, however, pulling a tooth before the permanent replacement is ready to erupt is necessary. If your child has overcrowding that […]

9 Sleep Apnea Warning Signs You Should Pay Attention To

Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) poses a significant problem for millions of Americans. Many patients who suffer from this condition don’t realize it, as the repeated breathing interruptions that characterize this disorder only occur during sleep. Yet if left untreated, sleep apnea can be life-threatening. Do any of the following signs sound familiar to you? If so, pay a quick […]

Dental Implants & Tooth Whitening

Would dental implants, tooth whitening or both be better at rejuvenating your smile? Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we get lots of questions from our patients about these treatments. Although oral surgeons don’t typically offer tooth whitening procedures — that’s a treatment you should talk to your dentist about — we are dental implant and tooth restoration specialists. Should You […]

5 Ways Corrective Jaw Surgery Can Improve Your Life

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is often considered a cosmetic procedure, as oral surgeons use it to improve facial imbalances like underbites, overbites, open bites and small chins. However, although these procedures can be used to improve the facial appearance, oral surgeons also use jaw surgery to address serious health concerns and to correct functional problems. Do you have problems with your jaw? If so, corrective […]

Types of Wisdom Tooth Impaction and Their Treatments

Did you know that not all wisdom tooth impactions are alike? In fact, the third molars can become stuck in the mouth in a surprising number of ways. Wisdom teeth that fail to erupt correctly are categorized as either soft-tissue or bony impactions, based on their position in the mouth. Soft-tissue impactions have penetrated the bone […]

Dental Implant Costs: 4 Key Factors & Influences

Patients often inquire about dental implant costs, for budgeting purposes or purely out of curiosity. You can find some general price estimates online for this highly effective method of tooth restoration. However, you will need an oral surgeon’s evaluation to obtain an accurate estimate of the cost for the work you need. Replacing missing teeth is never a one-size-fits-all procedure, as every […]