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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease (perio = around, dontal = the teeth) refers to a severe form of gum disease. Typically, periodontal disease is caused by a lack of regular brushing and flossing and can be made worse by bad diets, unhealthy lifestyle choices and/or existing medical conditions. It’s a very serious condition because while it might not […]

What is Socket Preservation?

Did you know the jawbone immediately begins reshaping and re-contouring the minute a tooth is extracted – or pulled? The body is a very efficient machine, and it doesn’t like to waste resources. Because of this we like to use a technique called socket preservation to counteract this natural occurrence.   When we extract a tooth from the jaw, the alveolar ridge – the strip of […]

Do Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Removed?

Your wisdom teeth get their name because they are the last teeth to come in, hopefully when you are older and wiser. In most cases, wisdom teeth begin their descent during the later teenage years or early 20s. At this point, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon, particularly if their eruption causes […]

What is Distraction Osteogenesis?

Distraction osteogenesis is a medical term for, “making a short bone grow longer.” While the technique was first engineered and used in 1903, it was perfected during the 1950s by a Russian orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Gabriel Ilizarov. At that time, the procedure was used to heal deformities of the arms and legs. In fact, […]

All the Parts of Your Mouth

As oral surgeons, we love the mouth. We’re amazed by all of the processes that take place as the result of the complex anatomy found there. While most people can identify things like the soft and hard palate, teeth and tongue, we want to expand your knowledge a bit as we explore all the parts of the mouth and provide […]

Becoming an Oral Surgeon – What Does it Take?

The full title for an oral surgeon is oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Holding degrees as both a dentist and a medical doctor, including a surgical residency, oral surgeons specialize in the maxillofacial region of the body. This includes the bones and connective tissues that comprise the forehead, cheekbones and face, as well as their surrounding soft […]

Are Dental Implants Safe For Diabetics?

Not only are dental implants safe for diabetics, forgoing dentures for more permanent dental implants can improve the health of those with diabetes.   In addition to helping you comfortably maintain a well-balanced diet, implants eliminate the inflammation, irritation and infections that are more common with dentures. This minimizes the risk of dangerous periodontal disease as well as […]

Should My Child Have Oral Surgery To Remove Baby Teeth?

Ideally, oral surgery to remove baby teeth would be rare. The reality is tooth extractions are considered the most common surgical procedure in the United States. Most of the time, this surgery is very simple and is performed by a pediatric dentist; this is the case when a simple extraction is recommended, requiring only the use of local anesthesia, forceps […]

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Dental implants are not permanent, but they are the most permanent form of prosthetic dental replacement available for patients who suffer from severe tooth decay, infection, have lost a tooth or teeth in an accident, face extraction of permanent teeth, or who are tired of the pain, irritation and discomfort associated with dentures. When compared […]

Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

From a professional standpoint, dental implants are better than dentures because they maintain the anatomic and aesthetic structure of your face, mouth and jawbones. Also, dental implants are more comfortable because they very rarely cause pain and irritation in the gums and/or jaw, and implants work to maintain the jaw bone’s structural integrity, typically compromised […]