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Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery Blog

What Services Should I Expect from an Oral Surgeon?

July 26, 2018

Sleeping child receiving oral surgeryWhen it comes to basic preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, a general dentist is likely your best bet. If you need more complex treatments, it may be time to call a specialist. Dentists who specialize in specific areas of the field have advanced training to perform specific procedures safely and effectively. A specialist usually invests in a wider range of advanced technologies to ensure the comfort, efficacy, and speed of the treatments they offer. Oral surgeons are dental specialists who offer patients complex procedures. Many oral surgeons are both dentists and medical doctors. This allows them to provide an even greater range of oral surgery services.

Why You Should See an Oral Surgeon After Facial Trauma

July 23, 2018

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covering face after accidentAccidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Whether you’re playing your favorite sport, navigating your way through traffic, or just having a good time with the kids, there is always the small chance that you may suffer a facial trauma. If one of these frightening and painful incidents ever befalls you, you may need to visit your oral surgeon in Marietta, OH so you can get your smile on the road to recovery.


Your Implant Dentist Explains the Importance of Bone Grafts

June 7, 2018

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oral surgeryMany dentists rightly recommend dental implants as the best way to replace missing teeth. However, fully benefiting from implants requires patience and multiple surgeries. There is a surgery to place the implants, and later there is a minor procedure wherein the dentist attaches the implant abutments (little pieces that the new teeth get attached to). Before all of that, however, yet another surgery may be necessary: a bone graft. Your implant dentist in Marietta, OH explains why this is often a vital step in a patient’s implant journey.


Do’s and Don’ts for After a Tooth Extraction in 43725

June 1, 2018

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applying ice to faceYour dentist will always do everything they can to save a decayed or damaged tooth. However, sometimes an extraction is necessary to relieve your pain and get you back on the road to excellent oral health. There is no reason to be afraid of having a tooth removed; you shouldn’t feel anything during the procedure. After you go home, though, you have a responsibility to care for your mouth so you can be as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips for what to do following a tooth extraction in 43725.


“Why Don’t My Dentures Fit?” Marietta Implant Dentist Answers!

May 23, 2018

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smiling older manYou’ve sat down to dinner, and before you’re able to even take your first bite, you feel your dentures slip out of place. This seems to be happening more and more lately, and your number one fear is that they are eventually going to just pop out, sending the grandkids tearfully running into the other room. What is causing your dentures to not fit well? Better yet, what can you do to change that? Your Marietta implant dentist is happy to answer both of these questions in today’s blog. (more…)

How Long Does It Take To Recover from a Tooth Extraction?

May 11, 2018

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clock that says “time to recover”You wake up in the middle of the night, and that little toothache you’ve been experiencing the past few weeks is no longer little anymore. Your tooth hurts so much right now that you can practically hear it throbbing! After taking a quick look at it in the mirror, you’re guessing the dentist is just going to want to remove it. If this is the case, how long will it take you to recover? Will you have to miss a lot of work? In today’s blog, we’re going to answer all of your basic questions about what to expect after a tooth extraction in 43725. (more…)

Can I be Put to Sleep During Oral Surgery?

April 16, 2018

Hand with IV for anesthesia administrationMany patients are scared when they hear oral surgery will be necessary to restore their smiles. To ensure complete comfort and safety during these advanced surgical procedures, most oral surgeons offer a wide range of dental sedative options from the mildest nitrous oxide to general anesthesia. Before beginning your surgical treatment plan, your oral surgeon will discuss your options, explain the benefits and potential drawbacks, and help you find the best sedative option. If you need to be put completely to sleep during your procedure, oral surgeons can typically accommodate you.

Do I Need to Keep Visiting the Dentist if I Have Implant Dentures?

Senior man eating an appleMany patients falsely believe that their dental implant supported denture doesn’t need to be cared for like real teeth. However, it’s important that you continue your daily at home hygiene routine and visit our office every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Even though your implant supported prosthetic teeth aren’t the natural ones you were born with, they are teeth you may be able to keep for the rest of your life. That’s why you need to continue caring for your implant retained denture. In this post, we’ll talk about how best to care for your denture supported by dental implants to ensure that you can keep your implant retained tooth replacement prosthetic as long as possible.

Does Smoking Increase Risk for Implant Failure?

March 30, 2018

Older man snapping cigarette in halfIf you’ve just invested thousands of dollars in your smile, the last thing you should do is smoke, but we understand for some people stopping is easier said than done. For patients who replace one or more missing teeth with a dental implant supported restoration, we highly recommend doing your utmost to stop using tobacco. Studies show that people who use tobacco are significantly more likely to experience dental implant failure, and we all know by now that tobacco use puts you at greater risk for oral cancer, other forms of cancer, and serious systemic illnesses. If you’re investing in a whole, healthy smile, it may be time to kick your tobacco habit.

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

March 23, 2018

ddentist alking to young female patient about wisdom tooth impactionWisdom teeth, third molars, are often extracted due to the many adverse effects they can have on a patient’s overall oral health. Impaction is one of the most common reasons patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. A tooth is said to be impacted if it is unable to fully erupt from the smile, it partially erupts at the wrong angle, or it partially erupts and is recovered by soft tissue one or more times. When wisdom tooth impaction occurs, there are numerous adverse effects it can have on your oral and overall health. Your surrounding teeth may be shifted out of alignment, you may be at greater risk for decay in these impacted teeth, and your entire bite may no longer work properly, leading to strained TMJ and other concerns. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon may recommend extraction to ensure you maintain a healthy, properly functioning smile.

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