Archive for 2016

Knowing the Risk Factors for Mouth Cancer

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and we’re joining forces with the Oral Health Foundation, sponsor of this annual month of awareness, to spread the word about mouth cancer and the importance of recognizing warning signs as early as possible. So, what is mouth cancer? Also known as oral cancer, this type of cancer affects […]

Antibiotics Dos and Don’ts

If you’re preparing for oral surgery, you might have concerns and questions about the healing process. Both pre-surgery and post-operative care are important, and it’s essential that you follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully to ensure your procedure goes smoothly. And how about antibiotics? Will you receive a prescription before surgery? Afterward? What do you need […]

What’s a Dry Socket: and How Can You Treat One?

Almost all of the time, oral surgery goes smoothly and patients experience little discomfort in recovery. However, side effects can and do happen—including dry sockets. What exactly is a dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis? It is a condition that occurs when the blood clot that forms after a tooth is extracted and becomes […]

The Negative Effects of Smoking on Dental Implants

There’s no question that smoking is bad for your health and harms every organ of the body, but our patients here at Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery who smoke often want to understand exactly how smoking affects the chances for successful dental implant surgery. Put simply, smoking has adverse effects on oral health for obvious […]

Nervous Patients? Here are Six Simple Tips for Successful Post-Surgery Recovery

Dentists, you probably know firsthand the anxiety that patients often feel about any type of oral surgical procedure. Not to worry. Patients who follow their doctor’s orders after their wisdom teeth, dental implant, or other oral surgery are likely to have a positive, trouble-free experience. In fact, patients often don’t realize that… Most oral surgeries […]

Facial Trauma FAQs

A baseball line drive to the face. A car accident. A bad fall. All of these can cause maxillofacial injuries, which can require surgery. Our patients who have had some type of accident that injured their jaw or teeth often have a variety of questions—here are a few of the most common questions we receive: […]

Attention Parents: Make Sure Your Athletes Wear Their Mouth Guards!

While it’s wonderful to encourage children to be active and get involved with sports, it’s very important to make sure that they are protected. Helmets and pads protect your child, but don’t forget about the mouth! A mouth guard should be worn during any sport that involves contact, the potential of collisions or falling, fast  […]

How to Care for Dental Implants

Two of the major benefits of dental implants are their durability and permanence. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth! They replace the natural root of the tooth with a titanium post that connects to the jaw bone. Then, the crown connects to that post, so the teeth are totally secure. Put simply, implants […]

TMJ, Clenching, and Grinding

If you often wake up with an aching jaw or face or experience pain and/or clicking noises while you chew, you might be experiencing temporomandibular joint  (TMJ) syndrome. TMJ symptoms range from headaches to facial tenderness, from neck and ear pain to a locked jaw. There are a wide range of causes, but here are […]

4 Reasons NOT to Worry About Your Upcoming Implant Surgery

If you are scheduled to have dental implant surgery soon, you might be a little anxious. Don’t be! This procedure is quite routine, very common, and one that we at Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery perform every day. Here are four reasons not to stress about this surgery: In most cases, dental implant surgery is […]