Oral Surgery Blog for Patients

Postop expectations following corrective jaw surgery

Undergoing corrective jaw surgery (called orthognathic surgery) can be a life-changing event for many patients–but it’s important to prepare yourself for the healing process. Dealing with soreness and discomfort Most patients want to know how sore they will be following their surgery. While every patient and every case is different, you should expect some swelling […]

What is bruxism and how do I treat it?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and includes gnashing or clenching your teeth. You can suffer from the condition unconsciously during the day (awake bruxism) or while you sleep (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep disorder and is often coupled with similar disorders such as sleep apnea or snoring. Awake bruxism […]

What is pericoronitis?

Pericoronitis is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissue surrounding the third set of molars, also known as your wisdom teeth. If left untreated, pericoronitis can lead to infection spreading beyond the jaw and into the cheek, neck and lymph nodes. In this post, we’ll talk about the early warning signs of pericoronitis and […]

What if I have a broken wisdom tooth?

Many patients have their wisdom teeth removed prior to their full development but not everyone requires wisdom tooth extraction. If you suffer from a cracked or broken wisdom tooth there are treatment options. Call your dentist If you believe that you’ve cracked or broken one of your wisdom teeth, you need to make an appointment […]

Facts about bone grafts

Patients who have been missing teeth for a long time and are interested in dental implants will sometimes require a bone graft to prepare their jawbone. Here is more information about bone grafts and how they can restore your bone structure as the first step towards a new smile. Bone grafts are occasionally performed using […]

Oral surgery and sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. These interruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes and cause fatigue, attention deficit, memory problems and mental fogginess throughout the day. Only after the exhaustion of non-surgical treatments will a surgical approach to treating sleep apnea […]

The importance of board certification

Physicians, dentists, oral surgeons and similar health care professionals all require a license to practice. While a medical license proves competence in diagnosing and treating patients, it does not document  expertise in a medical specialty. This is the role of board certification and it’s important to check when you are looking for an oral surgeon. […]

The importance of dental implant placement

Making the decision to get a dental implant is a big step towards getting your smile back. As a top permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth. In this post, we’ll explain how your oral surgeon decides where to place your implants and how many will […]

Causes of tooth and gum swelling

Tooth and gum swelling should not be left undiagnosed and untreated. While it could be something as simple as a vitamin deficiency or a sign that it’s time to remove your wisdom teeth, swelling could also be caused by a serious bacterial infection. In this post, we’ll cover the most common signs that your gums […]

Common myths about dental implants

Dental implants have been a popular treatment for decades but some people are still misinformed. Here are the five common myths about dental implants and the truth behind the story. Dental implants are expensive Dental implants are quite affordable when you look at the bigger picture. Let’s compare the cost of dental implants to some […]