Archive for October, 2018

Dental Implants Help Prevent & Treat Facial Collapse

Facial collapse, a condition that results from jawbone deterioration, can drastically affect both your looks and your overall health. If you’re missing all or most of your natural teeth, you’re at risk. The good news? Oral surgery can prevent the devastating effects of bone loss in the jaw. What’s more, for patients already dealing with […]

What’s the Best Age for Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction has become a rite of passage for teens and young adults. The third molars are known for causing a host of dental problems, so most people have them removed relatively early in life. Knowing this, parents frequently ask oral surgeons about the best age for wisdom tooth extraction. Our answer? There is […]

Oral Surgery & Blood Thinners: What You Need to Know

Are you taking a blood thinner? If you need oral surgery, this can be an issue. These medications interfere with the clotting process and can increase the risk of excessive bleeding after surgical procedures. Fortunately, professional oral surgeons understand how to manage the challenges of working with patients taking blood thinners.  Preparing for Oral Surgery For the vast majority of […]

Warning Signs of Wisdom Teeth Problems

Wisdom teeth problems are common. Few adults have a complete set of third molars that are fully erupted in the proper positions. In fact, 9 out of every 10 people has at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Discomfort is to be expected when any tooth erupts. But how do you know if you have a problem with your wisdom teeth? Oral surgeons […]

Dental Implant Surgery, Ask These Important Questions

Getting ready for your upcoming dental implant surgery consultation? At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, we want you to be confident in your decision on tooth replacement. To that end, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants. As you consider what to ask during your dental implant surgery consultation, […]

Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Fixed Denture Implants

Implant-supported dentures and fixed denture implants are both massive improvements over conventional removable dentures. Yet many people are unaware these options exist, and still others are unclear about the differences between the two types of tooth replacement methods. Are you in one of those groups? If so, you must consider several key factors before deciding which denture alternative […]

The Danger of Keeping a Dead Tooth

A dead tooth is one that no longer has living nerves and tissue inside. Oral surgeons say nearly all non-vital teeth require professional treatment. You might not experience any pain when a tooth dies. If that’s the case, you may be tempted to just leave it in place. Going that route is risky, however, as keeping non-vital […]

An Oral Surgeon’s Guide to Dental Restoration

Oral surgeons and other dental professionals use dental restoration as an umbrella term to describe the various ways they repair tooth damage and replace missing teeth. Restorative dental treatments can help you reclaim your beautiful smile, but that’s more of an added benefit. The real focus is on restoring mouth function and preventing future oral health problems. If […]

Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Chronic Headaches?

Is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder the true cause of the headache pain you blamed on tension? The idea that muscle, bone or nerve problems within the jaw joint can cause tension-type headaches might seem surprising, but the effect is not uncommon. In fact, many TMJ patients complain of referred pain in the sinuses, ears, cheeks, neck and head. TMJ Headaches Are […]

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges — A Quick Comparison

When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants and dental bridges are two of the most popular options. Both can work to fill gaps in your smile, but the two methods have clear differences. If you’re trying to decide between tooth implants and a fixed bridge, consult with an experienced oral surgeon for expert advice. In many […]