Everything You Need to Know about Dental Bone Grafting

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Dental bone grafting is a process where an oral or maxillofacial surgeon adds scaffolding to an area of the jaw that is deteriorated to encourage natural bone to grow back in that area. Dental bone grafts can be made of natural or synthetic materials, and might be paired with other treatments that help speed healing, […]

Aftercare is Important After a Tooth Extraction

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There are many reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted. A tooth that’s cracked past the gum line, decayed or infected might need taken out. Or maybe it got accidentally extracted (read: knocked out) in an accident. Whatever the reason, having a tooth taken out is unpleasant. It feels weird afterwards and makes […]

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons take Dentistry to the Next Level

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Many of us probably know the difference between a general dentist and an orthodontist – most of us have, or have kids who have, had braces or retainers at some point or another. They likely had to go to an orthodontist to correct their teeth alignment, and then back to their family dentist for their […]

Why Preparing for Your Oral Surgery Matters

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No one looks forward to oral surgery, or any surgery for that matter. From wisdom tooth extractions to full mouth reconstructions, many oral surgeries are outpatient procedures, meaning you leave the same day. There are multiple types of sedation for oral surgery that your surgeon might use, depending on the procedure. Anesthesia is a main […]

What is Dental Bone Grafting?

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Dental bone grafting is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a process of supplementing bone in the mouth/jaw with a graft of donor bone or a boney material. This is a process oral surgeons often use in wisdom tooth extractions or when a patient needs more bone to stabilize a dental implant. There are several […]

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth? Signs and Symptoms

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An impacted wisdom tooth is one that fails to erupt because it doesn’t have room. If you’re wondering why this is such a common problem, it’s because over the course of human history, our lower jaws have shrunk significantly. Things like overbites and problems with wisdom teeth never used to exist. Some wisdom teeth erupt […]

What Exactly is a Pediatric Maxillofacial Surgeon?

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According to ACOMS (American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons), “Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to recognize and treat a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. They are also trained to administer anesthesia and provide […]

Why Your Dentist Recommends an Oral Surgeon

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Maxillofacial surgery is a unique branch of oral surgery in that it combines dentistry with surgical skill and specific knowledge about the structures of the face, mouth and neck. Maxillofacial surgeons treat trauma and diseases affecting the head and neck. Generally, your dentist will recommend an oral surgeon to you, though you’re free to see […]

Why a Maxillofacial Surgeon’s an Ideal Choice for Facial Cosmetic Surgery

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Are you considering facial cosmetic surgery? Have you thought about turning to an oral surgeon for the work? Because they specialize in facial anatomy and oral surgery, they have the expertise to deliver a whole new look to your appearance that’s natural, fitting, and beautiful. What is a Maxillofacial Surgeon? Maxillofacial surgeons, also known as […]

7 Replacement Options for Missing Teeth

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Missing a tooth or facing a tooth extraction? You’re not alone. In fact, the average adult aged 35 to 49 in the United States is missing seven teeth. Assuming maybe 4 of those “missing” teeth are due to a routine wisdom teeth extraction, that still leaves 3 teeth that are just missing, whether due to […]