Oral Surgery Blog for Patients

Oral Health: Get Your Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that mouth cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide? The sad truth is that oral cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women, and the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. Now is the time to be proactive and get yourself […]

What are impacted canines?

While many patients have heard of impacted wisdom teeth, they’re not the only teeth that can become impacted. Other teeth can also remain stuck under the surface of your gums due to crowding or having a small mouth. Upper cuspid teeth, or canines, are the “I” teeth on the corners of the mouth. They are […]

Simple tips for happy gums

Taking care of your gums is an important part of proper oral hygiene. Healthy gums protect your teeth from decay and bone loss around your teeth. Learn the right way to floss Flossing daily is a way to clear the hard-to-reach areas in-between your teeth of food debris and bacteria. Follow these easy steps to […]

Dental Implants: Aftercare

Are you considering dental implants but are worried about the recovery time? Don’t worry, we’re here to give you the facts! The recovery time following dental implant surgery tends to vary but is usually based on the amount of teeth being implanted, whether or not a bone graft was needed and how well the individual […]

How does local anesthetic work?

One of the greatest advancements in modern dentistry is the use of local anesthetic to keep patients comfortable and treatment painless. If you’re curious about how it works, here’s a short explanation of the science behind local anesthetic and how it keeps dental procedures and oral surgery safe and pain-free. Blocking the signal from nerve […]

Flossing: Absolutely Necessary!

Yes, You Still Have to Floss. No, the dance move “flossing” does not count. The AP recently released an article making the claim that “there’s little proof that flossing works”. Their review cited a series of studies that found flossing does little or nothing to improve oral health. Here’s the problem: the studies were flawed. […]

How to Take Care of Your Dental Implant

Cleaning and taking care of your implant is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Here are some things you should know about caring for your implant. Your implant and your natural teeth are similar because they both rely on healthy tissue for support! Just like with real teeth, plaque buildup can be harmful. […]

Why an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a good choice for BOTOX®

BOTOX® and Restylane® have revolutionized the way we fight the signs of aging. Millions of people around the world have used these products to make non-surgical enhancements to their appearance by reducing or eliminating wrinkles­––and you can, too. While these procedures could be done by a dermatologist, there are benefits to having your treatment planned […]

Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Surgical Management

For patients with a chronic snoring issue, or sleep apnea, medical intervention may be the key to a happier life, both for the patient and the person who tries to sleep next to them at night. While noninvasive treatments such as mouthpieces are often tried first, surgical options do exist and are many times the […]

Facial Fractures, What You Should Know

Facial fractures include breaks in the nose, cheekbones and upper or lower jaw. Typically caused by an acute trauma such as an auto accident, fall or sports collision, these fractures would be treated by an oral and maxillofacial specialist. If you think you may have suffered a facial fracture, here are some questions to answer […]