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March 11, 2024
What is a Surgical Extraction?

Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary for a wide variety of reasons. A tooth may be too decayed or damaged to be saved. There are numerous reasons a tooth may require removal related to dental disease, periodontal disease, or trauma.  A typical tooth extraction involves loosening the tooth and removing it.  But a surgical extraction is […]

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February 22, 2024
A Patient's Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

Are you getting dental implants? If so, you’ve made the right choice for your oral health and overall wellness. Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option available in dentistry. They are natural looking, fully functional and they can also improve your quality of life.  Learn everything you need to know about your upcoming […]

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February 21, 2024
What Type of Anesthesia is Available for My Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery is the general term that encompasses a wide variety of procedures. Anesthesia is available to make surgical procedures more comfortable for patients. The type of anesthesia used depends on patient factors and the complexity of the procedure. If you are in need of a surgical procedure, you may be wondering what anesthesia options […]

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December 27, 2023
Who Does My Dentist Work For?

Is my Dentist a DSO or an independent practitioner? It seems Private Equity Investors have been corporatizing more and more sectors of American life - corporate influence continues to grow into our everyday necessities such as housing and education and its sphere of influence has been especially evident in medicine and dentistry. At the grocery […]

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December 26, 2023
What Does The Term Impacted Mean?

Impacted is a term most often associated with wisdom teeth. As you may know, the majority of people have either had their wisdom teeth removed, or will need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their lives.  Wisdom teeth, the third set of molars (“third molars”) that typically develop between the ages […]

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December 15, 2023
Do We Take Your Dental Insurance

With any type of procedure, it is important to consider the costs of care. If your dental benefit plan offers coverage, insurance benefits can provide supplemental funds to reduce the out of pocket cost of oral surgery.  However, it is important to remember that dental insurance was never designed to cover the total cost of […]

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November 22, 2023
Revolutionizing Smiles: The Comprehensive Guide to Full Arch Dental Implant Smile Reconstruction.

Full arch dental implants provide a complete restoration for missing teeth. When all of the teeth in the upper or lower arch are decayed or damaged beyond saving, or when all of the teeth are missing - full arch dental implants can replace them with a functional, natural looking replacement.  If you need a full […]

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November 14, 2023
Why Should I See an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for my Oral Surgery?

If you find yourself in the need of oral surgery whether it be removal of a bad tooth, placement of a dental implant, or removal of your wisdom teeth - no other medical or dental practitioner has more training and expertise performing surgery on the mouth and jaws than oral and maxillofacial surgeons. What is […]

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November 8, 2023
Can I Use My Insurance For My Out Of Network Oral Surgery?

Do you need oral surgery? If so, you may be wondering whether or not your insurance will cover the procedure. As healthcare costs rise, employers are picking and choosing what insurance plans they provide for employees.  Dental insurance can feel like less of a benefit as more and more dental services are excluded from your […]

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October 18, 2023
Will I be asleep for my wisdom tooth surgery?

If you are having your wisdom teeth extracted, you may have some questions, such as what kind of anesthesia will be used and whether or not you’ll be awake for the procedure. Here’s what to expect.  What Are Wisdom Teeth?  Wisdom teeth are a 3rd set of molars (Third Molars) that develop behind the 12 […]

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October 9, 2023
What Are The Different Types of Dental Anesthesia?

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are uniquely trained alongside anesthesiologists and in the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units during their residency making them the only surgical specialist that is also trained and licensed to provide in-office intravenous and inhalational anesthesia for patient care.  The overall goal of anesthesia is to help to reduce anxiety and […]

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September 29, 2023
Top 10 Oral Surgery Questions and Answers

Oral surgery refers to surgical procedures that are performed in or around the mouth. Oral surgery provides management of oral conditions to prevent exacerbation of disease and alleviate pain.  Oral surgery procedures are sometimes available to facilitate care provided by other dental specialists. Oral surgery procedures may include tooth extraction, dental implant placement, bone grafting, […]

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September 26, 2023
What is a Dry Socket and How Can You Avoid Them?

There are various potential reasons why you may need to see an oral surgeon for a tooth extraction at some point in your life. After the procedure is over, the oral surgeon may provide you with advice regarding how to avoid certain complications as you heal. One such complication is a dry socket. The following […]

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August 31, 2023
Top 9 Wisdom Teeth Questions Answered

Most people associate getting wisdom teeth with having them removed. Showing up later than all other permanent teeth, patients often have many questions. What are they? Will they need to be removed?  Here are the answers to the top 10 wisdom teeth questions.  1. What Are Wisdom Teeth?  Wisdom teeth are the last set (3rd […]

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August 30, 2023
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Statistics show 3 out of 4 adults ages 40 to 64 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay.  Additionally, 1 in 5 adults over 65 have lost all their permanent teeth. Whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all […]

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July 31, 2023
The Best Foods to Eat After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Many patients undergo the successful removal of their wisdom teeth every day. These third molars often appear somewhere between the late teens and the early-to-mid 20s and quickly find out there isn’t enough space.  To keep oral health in check, many dentists will refer patients to an oral surgeon to have them removed.  Despite it […]

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July 28, 2023
4 Myths About Dental Implants

Dental implants are the highest quality dental prosthetics you can get. They have significant benefits over other tooth replacement options, yet not everyone chooses to get them when they need to replace one or more teeth. Why is this?  There are various myths surrounding dental implants that circulate despite their lack of validity, and these […]

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July 26, 2023
Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth (Third Molars) are the third set of molars that develop behind the second molars. They typically form between the ages of 17 and 25. The wisdom teeth may erupt through the gums (gingiva) sometime in this age range, but in some cases they are not visibly detectable because they remain unerupted or impacted […]

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