Jaw Disorders & Types of Corrective Surgeries

Having a healthy jaw and mouth isn’t just about teeth and gums. Your jaws play an integral part in almost everything you do, every day, all day. So what happens when an issue with your jaw – whether it’s a severe overbite or a fracture from an accident – is damaged or malformed to the […]

Signs You Might Need Dental Implants

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Tooth loss, whether from facial trauma, age, illness, or other medical-related cause, is unpleasant for all of us. And when you have a damaged or diseased smile, it makes you… well, not want to smile. There are a number of methods oral and maxillofacial surgeons use to reconstruct and replace teeth. Currently, the gold standard […]

Is Dental Implant Surgery an Option for Kids with Facial Trauma?

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For adults, surgical intervention for replacing teeth with dental implants is completely safe and highly effective at restoring the look and function of your teeth. The added bonus is that, even more than not affecting the other teeth around the implant, it actually stabilizes the other teeth, your jaw, and your bite. Dental implants are […]

Forensic Dental Anthropology: Did the Ancients Take Care of Their Teeth?

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Are our teeth and gums better than those of people who lived 5000 years ago? Believe it or not, the answer to this question is not an unequivocal “Yes, of course”; it’s actually more like “Well, in some ways, yes, and in other ways, no”. There’s a lot that goes on with regards to oral […]

The Delicate Dance of Dental Insurance and Oral Surgery Explained

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So, we all know that dental insurance covers our bi-yearly dental cleanings and exams; a general rule of thumb with all types of health insurance is that preventative care is almost always covered completely, maybe minus a copay or two. Many plans include yearly oral x-rays in this coverage. But after cleanings and exams, things […]

Wilmington Oral Surgery Medical / Dental 2022 Scholarships Awarded!

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Congratulation Seniors! Each year, Wilmington Oral Surgery selects a local high school student who is interested in pursuing a career in the dental or medical field to receive a Scholarship Award. This year, we awarded three scholarships to three local Clinton County students in the amount of $1,000 each. And the winners are…. Wilmington High […]

Looking at the Options for Tooth Replacement: Which one’s Best?

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It’s hard to objectively answer which way of replacing lost teeth is “best,” because everyone’s mouth is different. We can discuss what’s ideal in cases of lost teeth, but a patient’s needs, health or dental coverage means each case can be different. There are four main methods for replacing teeth: dentures, bridges, implant bridges, and […]

Repairing Massive Facial Trauma after an Accident

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons might be the ultimate puzzle solvers. Facial trauma, especially when it involves complex fractures, requires a specialized hand and an understanding of the intricately-balanced structures in the face and jaw. Ever seen an archaeologist try to reconstruct shattered pottery? It’s kind of like that. How do you know if you need […]

Artificial Sugars vs Natural Sugars: Which is the Lesser Evil?

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We know sugar isn’t good for your overall health, and that definitely includes your teeth. From almost infancy, it seems as if parents and dentists everywhere constantly express the dangers of too much sugar. “It’ll rot your teeth out!”, “You’ll get cavities!”, “All your teeth will fall out!”. While hyperbolic, our parents and oral health […]

Who Corrects Cleft Palates in Children?

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Cleft palates in infants aren’t super common, but they’re common enough they warrant the need for a specialist in pediatric maxillofacial surgery to understand how to repair them. Cleft palates can be dangerous for the health of an infant, and will lessen their quality of life with difficulty feeding, eating and (later) speaking. Infants with […]