Oral Surgery Blog for Patients

Dos and don’ts following wisdom tooth extraction

To best reduce discomfort and avoid complications following wisdom tooth extraction, here’s a simple list of dos and don’ts for wisdom tooth extraction aftercare. Do use the gauze provided The blood clots that form immediately after your surgery are important to the rest of your healing process. It’s important to take the opportunity to slow […]

Common issues caused by impacted wisdom teeth

When your third molars (wisdom teeth) don’t have enough room in your jaw to emerge, they can become stuck in place, either partially through or fully below the gumline and thus called “impacted”. This condition can lead to a number of oral health concerns. Here are the most common issues caused by impacted wisdom teeth. […]

Why you need an oral cancer screening

As with any other type of cancer, early detection of oral cancer is very important. In this post, we’ll cover the symptoms and risk factors you should look out for. Oral cancer fast facts Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women Over 50,000 […]

Avoiding the most common causes of facial trauma

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, around three million Americans undergo treatment each year for maxillofacial (facial) trauma. Facial trauma includes any physical trauma to the face that causes damage to soft tissues, teeth or bones. Understanding the most common causes of facial trauma can help you avoid these situations and […]

Signs of impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars that are unable to break through the gumline and grow into place due to the size of your jaw or the angle of the tooth. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to potentially serious oral health issues, including damage to your other teeth, infection and severe discomfort. […]

When do you need an oral surgeon?

Dentists and oral surgeons are both highly-trained medical professionals who help you achieve better oral health care—but how do you know when you need to see an oral surgeon instead of your dentist? Oral surgeons receive more specialized training Oral surgeons undergo significant additional schooling, training and residency practice above and beyond the requirements of […]

Some benefits of wisdom tooth extraction

For some people, wisdom tooth extraction is not completely necessary. If your dentist says the decision is up to you and you’re on the fence about wisdom tooth extraction as a preventive measure, here are some benefits of moving forward with the procedure. Less crowding and more room for fewer orthodontic problems When wisdom teeth […]

Osteoporosis and dental implants

If you have osteoporosis, you might be wondering if it’s still possible to receive dental implants to replace missing teeth. The good news is that osteoporosis does not automatically disqualify you as a candidate for implants. What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease that leads to a decrease in bone mineral density and deterioration […]

A simple implant care guide

Giving yourself the gift of a new smile is exciting. From improved self-confidence to enjoying your favorite foods again, getting implants can improve your life. Set yourself up for a lifetime of bigger, brighter smiles by learning to care properly for your dental implants. Start by following all postop instructions It’s important to look after […]

Learn more about dry mouth

Caused by an insufficient production and flow of saliva, dry mouth (xerostomia), is a condition that can adversely affect your oral health. If you suffer from dry mouth, treatment or additional self-care may be required. The importance of saliva Saliva is your mouth’s primary defense system against tooth decay. Maintaining moisture in the mouth is […]