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Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery Blog

Do I Need an Extraction on a Tooth that Doesn’t Hurt?

January 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 5:02 pm
a tooth being held in a set of dental pliers

The reason why talking to our dentists is so important is that it’s not always possible to take care of our oral health on our own. While good dental hygiene and being aware of how your teeth feel are important, it’s equally important to have a professional catch certain problems before they get worse.

If your dentist tells you that you might need a tooth extracted, you might be surprised. After all, it’s possible that you could need an extraction on a tooth that doesn’t even hurt! Here’s why that might be the case, and why you should still go through with the procedure.

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4 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays While Recovering from Oral Surgery

December 5, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 8:45 pm
family and friends enjoying the holidays

Many people choose to take advantage of their time off work during the holidays to get dental surgery, like getting a tooth extracted. Although it can be wise to use your free time to care for your oral health, you may be wondering how this will affect your festivities while you recover. Fortunately, you can enjoy the holidays and allow your mouth to fully heal! Here are four tips on how to make it possible.

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Is It Safe to Receive Dental Implants During Pregnancy?

November 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 6:12 pm
a closeup of a pregnant patient holding her belly

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life; however, it also means that you’ve got an extra passenger onboard that you need to take into consideration at all times! But one thing that you should always keep in mind is your oral health, given how connected it is to the rest of your body. This means that issues such as missing teeth still need to be addressed—but are restorative solutions like dental implants safe during pregnancy? Here’s what you need to know.

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Can I Drink Coffee After Undergoing a Tooth Extraction?

October 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 9:33 pm
A woman smiling while drinking a cup of coffee

Are you a regular coffee fiend? Are you unable to start your day without a large cup (or pot) of Joe? If so, you aren’t alone; coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet, after all! But are you still able to enjoy your favorite drink if you’re scheduled for an upcoming tooth extraction? Here’s why your dentist thinks you should hold off on doing so for a bit, along with some better alternatives and tips for promoting a smooth recovery.

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Tips for Conquering Your Fear of Tooth Extractions

October 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 8:50 pm
Woman smiling after her tooth extraction in Cambridge

If your dentist has recently informed you that you’re going to need a tooth extracted, you might have a million different questions racing through your mind! This can understandably lead to some anxiety and fear concerning the upcoming procedure; however, you have absolutely nothing to worry about, as your dentist has your smile’s best interest in mind! Here are some helpful tips for overcoming your fear of tooth extractions so that you can feel totally comfortable about the process.

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5 Warning Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth are Impacted

September 15, 2022

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Illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth are often unable to erupt properly due to a lack of space in the mouth. As a result, they can become impacted, meaning they’re partially or fully trapped under the gums. An impacted wisdom tooth needs to be removed quickly before it can lead to adverse health effects. But how can you tell if a wisdom tooth is impacted? Here are 5 possible warning signs to look for.

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Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

September 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 10:26 pm
A patient and her dentist viewing an X-ray image before her wisdom tooth extraction

Your smile is easily one of your most noticeable features—especially if your pearly whites are healthy, bright, and uniform! But not all of your teeth look exactly the same or serve similar functions: the sharper teeth towards the front of your mouth are meant for biting and tearing into food, while your flatter teeth near the back grind it all down. However, most people have a third set of molars, referred to as wisdom teeth; but these teeth are often extracted during early adulthood. Keep reading to learn a little more about these teeth, why we have them, and why they sometimes need to come out.

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5 Essential Tips to Prevent Unpleasant Dry Socket

August 20, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 10:17 am
Young woman with dry socket holding ice bag on mouth

Are you getting your wisdom teeth pulled or need to remove a decayed or infected tooth? The days immediately following a tooth extraction are a critical period for the healing process. If you’re not careful, you could wind up with a painful case of dry socket. To avoid this unpleasant fate, follow these five essential tips from a dentist.

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5 Common Myths About Tooth Extractions

August 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 11:59 am
3d rendered illustration of a tooth extraction

Over 10 million teeth are removed each year, according to the American Public Health Association. However, despite how common tooth extractions are, there are still many misconceptions about the procedure. Do you suspect you may have a decayed or damaged tooth or need to pull your wisdom teeth? Here is the truth behind five common myths about tooth extractions.

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Can You Drink Alcohol After Having a Tooth Removed?

July 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 1:53 pm
Hand refusing a glass of alcoholic beverage

When you have a tooth extracted, you’ll probably want nothing more than to just go home and relax. You may even think about having a drink to help yourself unwind. But is that really a good idea? Your oral surgeon will give you a list of things you’ll need to avoid after having your tooth removed; could alcohol be on that list? Here’s what you need to know before your appointment.

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