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 […]

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 […]

What to Expect When Your Child Visits a Pediatric Oral Surgeon

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When your child needs a pediatric oral surgeon, it’s natural to feel a little nervous. It’s your baby after all — do they really need oral surgery? The important thing to keep in mind is that oral surgery for children isn’t nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Like pediatricians and pediatric dentists, pediatric oral surgeons […]

Gummy Smile? What Your Oral Surgeon Can Do to Improve Your Gum Line

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A gummy smile is when there is a noticeably high amount of gum tissue around your teeth. It’s the complete opposite of a toothy smile, which is usually the result of receding gums due to gum disease, like periodontal disease or gingivitis.  There is too much gum tissue, which isn’t considered aesthetic, and can cause […]

How Painful is Gum Grafting? What to Expect

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Thanks to the wonderful effectiveness of anesthetics, gum grafting is not a painful procedure. You may experience pain after the procedure, however, but we can prescribe you extra strength pain reliever to help manage the pain. The level of pain you may feel depends on what type of soft tissue grafting you are having performed. […]

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last? Factors to Consider

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Dental implants are clearly your best option for tooth replacement — though they are also one of the most expensive. You’re paying for the skill and time it takes to install dental implants correctly, but you’re also not paying to replace dentures or bridges every few years. Dental implants are a considerable investment, after all. […]

No, you’re Not Too Old for Wisdom Teeth Removal — Here’s Why

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It’s true most people have their wisdom teeth removed in their early to mid-20s — it’s just easier that way. But what if you still have your wisdom teeth? Is it too late to have them extracted? Absolutely not! The truth is you’re never too old to have your wisdom teeth removed. While we recommend […]

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist, Oral Surgeon and Periodontist?

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You’re having tooth, jaw, or gum pain. Should you see a dentist, an oral surgeon or a periodontist? In almost all situations, your first stop should be the person who does your regular dental checkups. If the pain is unbearable, even after taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, and it is after-hours, go to an urgent […]

What Makes a Great Oral Surgeon?

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That list on your fridge of family doctors, pharmacies, eye doctors and dentists? You probably don’t have an oral surgeon on it; after all, most of us only have an oral surgery once, maybe twice in our lifetime. So when you’re looking for one, it might be hard to know where to start. What makes […]