On a basic level, you may quickly agree that repairing your jawbone with bone grafting sounds beneficial. A damaged jaw, after all, doesn’t sound like something that you want to live with. However, when you aren’t yet seeing any signs that this is really going to have a negative impact on you, it can make it more difficult to feel highly motivated to address your current tissue damage. To put things into perspective, we ask that you make your way through some solid reasons to move forward with grafting!
When you venture into the world of orthodontics to get your smile sorted out, so it’s straight and beautiful, you might not recognize that it can become quite the journey. For some issues, you’ll only need to see your orthodontist. However, in some cases, such as when overcrowding is your concern, you just might need to see an oral surgeon for part of your experience. Not sure why this might be necessary? We can explain with ease!
The thing about noticing symptoms in your mouth is that it doesn’t always do you a whole lot of good to try to figure them out. You might convince yourself that a problem is nothing at all (which can cause you serious stress down the line). You might convince yourself that nothing at all is a huge problem (which causes you unnecessary stress right now). To avoid all sorts of anxiety and to avoid misdiagnosing yourself, consider a few things you should remember about oral pathology and seeing us for a dental visit.
When the subject of wisdom teeth arises, the next thought for many people is “tooth extraction.” The third molars (also called wisdom teeth) tend to appear in the later teen years. Dental technology can often help family dentists see in advance when wisdom teeth are trapped by bone, angled improperly, or will crowd other teeth if allowed to emerge. In this case, referral to an oral surgeon may be made. Extracting one or both wisdom teeth may be the best step for both your oral health and your smile. (more…)
If you’ve been so distracted by purchasing gifts and more that you nearly forgot we are about to head into 2018, then you might have forgotten about your oral health for a moment, too. When this happens, we like to toss out a quick reminder to get your attention, so you don’t wonder where the time went and wish you’d scheduled necessary care (or taken care of related details). Think over a couple reminders, so you’re on track for the New Year!
January isn’t here yet. Don’t worry, we don’t want to rush you through the holidays, when you’re having fun, feeling cozy, and aren’t really feeling too intent on focusing on your oral health! However, we’d like to offer up an easy way to approach your resolutions for your smile when the time does arrive (and of course, we extend our wishes for a very Happy New Year!).
You might not have much faith in flossing. Perhaps you have heard (the incorrect information) that it’s not that important for your oral health. Maybe you’ve never been an avid flosser and you just cross your fingers, hoping that it doesn’t catch up with you. The truth is, you need to floss! It provides many more benefits than you might have considered, which is certainly something to learn more about.
When you’re looking for answers about your smile care needs, it’s often a wise decision to come in to see your oral surgeon. Perhaps you are already aware of what you need but you’re having a hard time with getting started. Maybe you know you need something to improve and protect the state of your smile health but you aren’t sure exactly what that might be or how to muster up the motivation and courage to find out. We happen to have tips for December that will help you feel wonderful about this journey!
Many dental visits take place without the need for sedation. New patient visits, twice-yearly exams and cleanings, and cosmetic consultations are just a few examples of visits that often do not involve sedation. However, there may be times we will discuss sedations options with you, or you may want to bring up sedation topics in our office. Our goal is to make sure you are comfortable during your visit, and sedation is sometimes the answer. (more…)
Particularly if you’re someone who likes to look on the bright side, the last thing you want to think about during the holidays is something that will require emergency dental care. After all, why think about a possible broken tooth, when you can be thinking about all the delicious foods and desserts you get to look forward to? Well, because sometimes, those yummy foods are the very cause of traumatic dental accidents you never saw coming! Thankfully, with simple advice, you can step around such issues (or at least react to them quickly, calmly, and with confidence, should you need to).