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Oral Health: Get Your Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that mouth cancer is the sixth most common cancer worldwide? The sad truth is that oral cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women, and the fastest growing group of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. Now is the time to be proactive and get yourself […]

Why You Should Remove Your Wisdom Teeth During Summer

Summertime is that blissful time of year when most people think of nothing but backyard barbecues, pool parties, and family vacations. While dental procedures may be the last thing you associate with this season, summer is a great time to have your procedures scheduled and performed. Let’s review reasons why this might be beneficial for […]

What to Know About Tooth Extraction

A mouth full of missing teeth is a fact of life for kids. Those gap-toothed smiles are as much a rite of passage as anything in the five to ten-year-old age group. But missing teeth is a real-world concern for adults, too. Adults should understand that losing a tooth is a real possibility, and there […]

Celebrate Dental Assistant Recognition All Month Long

Earlier this month, dental offices around the country celebrated Dental Assistant Recognition Week to honor the hard work that dental assistants put in every day. Dental assistants support dentists and oral surgeons, and often prepare patients for surgery or support extensive cleaning routines. Sometimes they take the lead role in routine cleanings, x-rays, and other […]

Understanding Each Type of Anesthesia

The medical community has made great strides in improving pain management practices over the past two hundred years. While dentists and doctors of the 1800s may have once prescribed opium, morphine, cocaine, heroin, and laudanum to numb the pain of surgery, today’s dental patients have much safer and legal options. There has never been a […]

Your Oral Surgery Preparation Guide

In the past, those with dental pain or abnormalities had to live with the uncomfortable complications or have the damaged teeth pulled. Today, the development of surgical repair and reconstruction techniques allow modern dentists to try to save damaged teeth or correct structural abnormalities. It is important to keep in mind, though, that oral surgeons […]

Understanding Impacted Teeth and When to Extract

As teeth descend through the gums, most of them make it into the awaiting open gap without a problem. If a tooth cannot fit in the given space, however, it may start pushing the adjacent teeth to the side or become impacted. This situation is common while wisdom teeth come in during the early teen […]

Your Guide to Understanding TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition affecting the joints and muscles responsible for jaw function. If you have TMJ, you’re not alone — an estimated 10 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Although TMJ symptoms can vary in degrees of severity, cases typically include: Clicking and popping sound in the jaw Difficulty opening and […]

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea & Oral Surgery as a Solution

Though many people have heard of sleep apnea, many are unlikely to understand fully the trials and dangers posed by this disorder until they, or someone close to them, feels the effects of the condition. When left untreated, sleep apnea can be a life-altering and life-threatening disorder, increasing a person’s vulnerability to heart disease, diabetes, […]

Why Patients Should Consider a Specialist vs a General Practitioner Dentist

Are you among those who feel that a dentist specialist should only be consulted when you need a service that your general practitioner cannot accommodate? While it might be seen as a way to save money or time in the short term, choosing not to go with a specialist when one is called for can […]