Archive for December, 2018

Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery – Do’s and Don’ts

What is wisdom teeth removal recovery like? Many patients worry, but the reality is, most people bounce back quickly. Oral surgeons take every possible step to ensure an easy recovery from third molar extraction, and complications are rare. But if you’re not careful, you could set yourself up for a more difficult time. Knowing what […]

Tooth Loss and Jawbone Resorption – Understanding the Connection

Did you know that living with tooth loss puts you at risk for jawbone resorption? Most people don’t understand how the bone shrinks when a tooth is missing until they experience the issue themselves. This is unfortunate, as the effects of jawbone resorption — additional tooth loss and an aged, collapsed facial appearance — are […]

Oral Surgery Anesthesia: Should You Choose IV Sedation?

With the right oral surgery anesthesia, your procedure can be comfortable and pain-free. For many patients, intravenous (IV) sedation is the optimal choice.   Also referred to as twilight sleep, IV sedation doesn’t induce unconsciousness like general anesthesia. Instead, it works to make patients feel as if they slept through their procedure — and that’s […]

Living with Dental Implants

What to Expect with Dental Implants Dental implants are the best type of tooth replacement. If you have missing teeth or wear dentures, getting tooth implants will change your life. But how so? What’s it like to live with dental implants? The Look Once your implants have fully healed, you’ll love the look of your smile. Oral surgeons […]

Do You Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, involves realigning the teeth and repositioning or reshaping the jawbone to improve facial imbalances and alleviate functional problems. If you have a jaw or bite problem, orthognathic surgery could be beneficial. But, because procedures typically require a long-term commitment, the decision on whether to move forward with treatment can […]

Is Tooth Extraction an Alternative to Root Canal Treatment?

Sometimes a tooth extraction seems preferable to getting root canal treatment. Pulling a tooth is typically less expensive and the procedure is faster and more straightforward — so why wouldn’t it be a good alternative? In most cases, dentists and oral surgeons consider tooth extraction to be a last resort. If a root canal can […]

Do Dental Implants Come with Dietary Restrictions?

You may wonder if getting dental implants means certain foods will be off the menu, as is the case with dentures and bridges. We’re happy to report that in the long-term, dental implants allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods. However, immediately after getting implant surgery and during the recovery process, your diet will be limited. Dietary Restrictions […]

How to Afford Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Without Insurance

Paying for oral and maxillofacial surgery out of your own pocket can get expensive. If you don’t have insurance or your policy won’t cover your procedure — as is common with treatments that aren’t considered medically necessary — you may wonder how you’ll come up with the funds. Fortunately, you have several options for making […]

Did Your Oral Surgeon Recommend a Mouthguard?

Oral surgeons generally recommend their patients wear mouthguards if they are at risk of damaging their teeth. You may prefer to avoid dealing with a dental appliance, but a mouthguard helps protect your oral health, so wearing one is well worth the trouble. Why Oral Surgeons Recommend Mouthguards Mouthguards are recommended for a number of […]

Benefits of Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Bone grafting is a simple oral surgery procedure that replaces missing bone tissue in the jaw. This procedure is key to the long-term success of dental implants, but oral surgeons perform bone grafting for other reasons as well. Healthy teeth and gums aren’t all you need for a beautiful smile. If you want your grin […]