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Understanding the Difference between a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and an Oral Surgeon

5
June
2014

A patient recently told me that her dental implants were placed by her general dentist who is also an oral surgeon.  I responded that it was quite unlikely that her dentist was an oral surgeon since one cannot be both a general dentist and an oral surgeon.  She pulled up her dentist’s website and pointed […]

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Are you afraid of extracting your wisdom teeth because you are over 50?

27
May
2014

As you get older you might think that recovery from wisdom teeth extractions may be more difficult, and the risk of complications may be higher!  However, this is a misconception, as long as you are in good health, and the procedure is done by an oral surgeon, the risks are minimal.  In fact, removing your […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should See an Oral Surgeon for Extraction of Your Wisdom Teeth

20
May
2014

When you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you know you must see a dentist. But what kind of dentist? Many people think their general dentist should be able to take care of it. But they could not be more wrong! It would be like going to your family doctor and asking them to […]

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Stem Cells Save Lives!

14
February
2014

For decades, doctors have harnessed the unique ability of stem cells to treat leukemia and genetic blood diseases.  But now, researchers are discovering that these cells have the power to heal, to fight disease, and to regenerate damaged or aging tissue throughout the body.  To fully understand why they hold the potential to change your […]

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Time-saving Online Registration Forms for a Faster Check-in

4
September
2013

Internet technology offers many conveniences that simplify everyday tasks. Medical and dental professionals are not excluded from these benefits. Healthcare providers and patients are now able to communicate and exchange information more quickly and more efficiently. One such example is online registration forms that allow patients to submit their information prior to their appointment, which […]

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Why a Panorex X-ray for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

4
September
2013

In order to achieve predictable results in wisdom teeth extraction, it is important that the oral surgeon utilizes appropriate diagnostic tools and methods specific to the planned procedure. For wisdom teeth extractions, this diagnostic tool is the panoramic X-ray (Panorex). Regular dental X-rays (periapical or bitewing) are inadequate for wisdom teeth because they do not provide […]

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Removing Wisdom Teeth Without Swelling!

29
July
2013

The “chipmunk” look, while cute in cartoons, is not exactly welcomed by patients undergoing removal of their wisdom teeth. Surgical swelling results when the gum tissue is elevated over the bone and the bone surrounding the impacted wisdom tooth is aggressively removed. It is also directly related to the length of the surgery. Swelling usually […]

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Having Oral Surgery at a General Dentistry Office

7
January
2013

Last month, I saw three patients referred for management of complication from oral surgery done at general dentistry offices. The first patient suffered chronic infection and numbness of her tongue following removal of her wisdom teeth. The second patient had root fragments from a wisdom tooth that were left in place because the dentist could […]

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Taking Impacted Wisdom Teeth More Seriously

11
May
2012

A patient came to me after her dentist discovered a developing jaw cyst associated with her impacted wisdom tooth. For years, she was told by her previous dentists that there is nothing wrong with her wisdom teeth and there were no reasons to remove them. One of the dentists even noticed the cyst in its […]

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How To Prevent Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

14
July
2011

Swelling or puffiness after wisdom teeth extraction is not uncommon and most people come to expect the so called ‘chipmunk’ look for a few days after surgery. Here are four ways to avoid swelling and let you get back to your normal life and eating quickly: Non-invasive surgical technique: This is probably the single most […]

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