Oral Surgery Blog for Patients

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The four types of impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are caused when the third row of molars fail to emerge all the way through the gum line. When teeth are impacted, they are trapped between the gum tissue and jawbone and must be extracted in order to prevent damage, discomfort or other health concerns. In this post, we’ll explain the four […]

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Why is wisdom teeth extraction so common?

For many people, wisdom tooth extraction is the first and only oral surgery they experience in their life. Why is it the most common oral surgery? In this post, we’ll explain. The average mouth is too small to fit a new row of molars There are many theories for why humans have an extra row […]

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Habits to avoid when you have implants

Investing in dental implants can be a great decision for your oral health. Protect your investment by avoiding these six habits that can damage your implants and your existing teeth. Using tobacco Tobacco consumption in any form is detrimental to your oral health, including your implants, natural teeth, gums and all soft tissues of the […]

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How long until I’m back to normal after implant surgery?

Permanently renewing your smile with dental implants is a great way to return your mouth to its full, natural working condition, but just like any other surgery, you’ll need to give your body a little time to recuperate. Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but here’s a rough idea of what to expect […]

How to get a good night’s rest after wisdom teeth extraction

Giving your body an opportunity to rest and heal is an important part of recovering from wisdom teeth removal. Here are some tips to help you sleep soundly and comfortably following your oral surgery. Plan ahead Set up your bedroom before your procedure. Stack a few pillows up at the head of the bed to […]

Missing teeth? Dental implants are a solution

According to studies, approximately half of all Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you’re missing one or more teeth and are ready to get your confidence back, dental implants may be the answer you’re looking for. Just like your natural teeth Tooth replacement treatments such as dental bridges and dentures still exist but […]

Nine things to expect after getting your wisdom teeth out

Knowing what to expect after oral surgery can help put your mind at ease. Here are nine things to expect after getting your wisdom teeth out. 1.   Discomfort There is likely to be some discomfort after your anesthetic begins to subside. Be sure to take all medications as prescribed by your doctor and this discomfort […]

Are dental implants stain resistant?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to replacing your missing teeth, and with proper care, the color of your new smile will not change over time. In this post, we’ll explain why the crown that fits onto your implant is stain resistant and teach you how to best care for your new teeth. Most restorations […]

Understanding bone grafts for implants

If you are planning to get dental implants and just found out you need a bone graft, don’t worry. This extra step ensures your replacement teeth will have a strong foundation so you can enjoy your new smile for years to come. Why do I need a bone graft? The purpose of a bone graft […]

5 benefits of removing your wisdom teeth

Here are five benefits to removing your wisdom teeth before a problem arises. 1. Less crowding lowers the risk of future orthodontic issues When wisdom teeth erupt from the gums and grow into your mouth, other teeth can be gradually be pushed out of the way. Misalignment can lead to the need for braces or […]