Archive for July, 2018

Do You Need an Oral Surgeon for Dental Implant Surgery

If you’re considering dental implant surgery, working with an experienced oral surgeon is the best course of action. Today, many general dentistry practices offer dental implants. However, without the extra training and experience that oral surgeons have, you may not get the same results. If you want to restore your beautiful, natural-looking smile, you have plenty of reasons to trust an […]

Tooth Extractions in Children: 4 Times Removal Is Recommended

Oral surgeons don’t recommend tooth extractions for children very often, but sometimes it’s necessary. Why would a child need a tooth removed? Pulling teeth that aren’t loose is only advised as a last resort, to correct issues with jaw and dental development. If you have children with smiles to protect, this could be a decision you face in the […]

TMJ Disorder & Treatment for TMJ Pain

TMJ disorder, also known as temporomandibular joint syndrome, can present a number of annoying symptoms, but for many patients who suffer from this condition, pain is the worst of them. Some patients experience TMJ pain that is centered in the affected jaw joint, whereas others experience earaches, headaches and migraines. The condition can also cause referred pain in the cheeks, […]

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Sedation Options

If you’re scheduled for oral or maxillofacial surgery, you’re probably feeling at least a little anxious — who wouldn’t be? Understanding your sedation options is one way to help ease your worries. Sedation makes use of mild medication to help you stay relaxed, calm and comfortable. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, every patient who comes in for […]

Dental Implants vs. Teeth-in-a-Day: Which Is Right for You?

Dental implants are almost always the best option for replacing missing teeth. They look and feel completely natural, and with proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Dental implant surgery can be completed in two ways. The standard procedure, involving a series of steps over the course of about six to eight months, is appropriate for […]

5 Reasons Impacted Wisdom Teeth Should Come Out

Impacted wisdom teeth can be seriously painful, which is reason enough for many patients to have them extracted. Close-up Of A Doctor’s Hand Holding Teeth X-ray However, impaction doesn’t always cause pain. Some patients don’t learn that their third molars are stuck in the gums until they see their dental X-rays — and most are puzzled when the oral surgeon […]

Oral Pathology & the Warning Signs for Oral Cancer

Scheduling an oral pathology exam is a priority if you notice a change inside your mouth. Try not to jump to any conclusions, as oral cancer is not likely to be the cause.  However, if oral pathology is present, the sooner you can get treatment, the better your chances of recovery. While irregularities in the mouth may be cancerous, a number of benign […]

Eating After Oral Surgery: 10 Soft Foods You Can Enjoy

After oral surgery, you’ll need to stick to soft foods for at least a few days, or maybe even a few weeks if your procedure is complex. So what are you supposed to eat if you can’t chew much? You can enjoy a wide range of nutritious and delicious soft foods after surgery to help you stay […]

Coronectomy as an Alternative to Wisdom Tooth Extraction

For a problematic wisdom tooth, extraction is almost always recommended. And years ago, removal was the only option patients had. Today, however, a coronectomy can be a safe alternative — but the procedure isn’t right for everyone. Generally speaking, the treatment is only recommended for patients at risk for nerve damage from surgical wisdom tooth extraction. What Is a Coronectomy? Extraction of the wisdom teeth […]

Bone Grafting 101: What You Need to Know

Has your oral surgeon recommended bone grafting? The procedure is incredibly common — and much less scary than you may think. Knowledge is power, as the proverb goes. Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we’ve found that when patients learn more about bone grafting, it helps put them at ease. Our goal is to ensure that our patients have all […]