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Tooth Extraction: What to Expect

So you’ve been told you need a tooth extraction. Your tooth is damaged or decayed, your mouth is too crowded, or you have an infection. Knowing what to expect can improve the experience before, during and after the procedure. Before Before the day of your...

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Am I A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants (artificial tooth roots permanently embedded in the jawbone with a false tooth attached) are an excellent solution to a number of oral health challenges: missing teeth, unstable dentures, speech/smile/eating problems caused by dentures, lack of back teeth on which to attach a bridge,...

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What Jaw Surgery Can Achieve

When your jaws do not line up properly, you may not like the way you look. It can be hard to smile, eat, swallow, or even rest your mouth comfortably. Even more concerning, misaligned jaws can cause health problems such as chronic joint pain (TMJ),...

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Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. While the causes of this infection are many–hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, smoking, family history and poor oral hygiene–it can often be prevented, or stopped before it progresses from gum inflammation (gingivitis) to gum disease...

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Bone Grafting (Not as Scary as it Sounds)

Bone grafting, or the transplanting of bone tissue, is a common procedure in our practice. It can help correct misaligned jawbones, allow more effective tooth replacement, and help maintain facial structure when numerous teeth have been lost. With modern bone grafting, lost bone can be...

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Understanding 3D Cone-Beam CT Scans

At Wilmington Oral Surgery, we have used 3D cone-beam computer tomography (CT) since the early 2000s. This technology is extremely useful in certain dental evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment planning, because it gives us 3D images of patients’ teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bones–all in...

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Options for Congenitally Missing Teeth

Some people have congenitally missing teeth; they were born without one or more permanent tooth under the gums. Others’ teeth came in, but left large gaps between teeth. These issues can cause physical and emotional problems, especially when the empty spaces are in the front...

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How Platelet-Rich Fibrin Speeds Healing after Oral Surgery

At Wilmington Oral Surgery, we use Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) to speed healing after oral surgery. PRF is a blood-clot “fabric” of concentrated platelets and growth factors made from a patient’s own blood. When a PRF is put in oral surgery wounds, the wound site is...

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Dental Implants Just Keep Getting Better

The Wilmington Oral Surgery team has been solving dental challenges with implants for over a decade. Hundreds of satisfied patients have gotten a new lease on life through artificial tooth roots permanently embedded in the jawbone. Not only do implants restore your smile, they allow...

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