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Are You a Candidate to Have General Anesthesia Administered During Your Oral Surgery?

October 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 2:44 pm
Two oral surgeons working on a patient’s mouth

Dental sedation methods such as nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation simply put you in a relaxed state; they will not cause you to actually fall asleep. On the other hand, general anesthesia can be used to keep you unconscious during your treatment. Is this the right choice for you? Below is some crucial information about general anesthesia and how you can determine whether you’re a good candidate for it.


Can Waiting Too Long Ruin Your Chances with Dental Implants?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 2:52 pm
a mature man thinking

Has it been years since you’ve lost some or most of your pearly whites? If so, you might wonder if you’ve already missed the opportunity to replace them with dental implants. After all, tooth loss can come with a wide range of complications in your oral health and overall well-being. Even so, there might still be a chance that you can regain your full smile with dental implants. Read on to learn why!


Unpacking the Health Consequences of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 12:26 pm
A man rubbing his jaw due to impacted wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth, the late bloomers of the tooth world, often cause people undue grief whenever they come to the surface in adolescence. Sometimes the teeth become impacted, growing sideways into your gums instead of coming to the surface. This will require extraction or oral surgery.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several issues if left untreated ranging from pain to dangerous conditions for your health. Continue reading to learn more about these complications and how you can prevent them.


How to Prevent a Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 10:26 am
Dental forceps removing a tooth from a girl’s mouth

If you just had a tooth pulled, you’re likely glad the treatment is over. You may even want to put the whole experience behind you. At this point, though, you’ll need to stay cautious. Being careless could trigger a painful dry socket during your recovery. Still, you can always take steps to avoid this outcome. To that end, here’s a summary of how to prevent a dry socket after tooth extraction.


3 Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You Protect Your Dental Implants

June 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 9:16 pm
Close-up of a man in blue jacket outside smiling

It can take several months to complete the dental implant process, which makes it all the more rewarding when your new smile is finally complete. However, there’s still a possibility that your dental implants might fail if they aren’t properly maintained. If you want your implant posts to last as long as possible, then you may want to think about making the following 3 changes to your lifestyle.


3 Summer Foods You Can Eat with Dental Implants

May 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 12:55 am
person eating corn on the cob

As summer arrives, numerous individuals bask in the sun’s warmth, indulging in outdoor barbecues, pool gatherings, and beach days. Whether you’re embarking on a nearby adventure, venturing far and wide, or simply enjoying a serene season at home, delightful summer foods are an essential part of the experience. However, for those with missing teeth, savoring certain foods can pose a challenge. Fortunately, dental implants provide a solution. Keep reading to learn about three summer foods you can eat with dental implants.


What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

April 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 2:02 am
close-up of an iv sedative

If you’re getting surgery soon, you’ve probably studied everything you can about the procedure itself. But there’s an important feature of oral surgery you may not know as much about—sedation.

Sedation is great for anyone who is a little ill at ease in the dentist’s office and is particularly well-suited to longer oral surgeries. If you’re interested in sedation, however, you may wonder how it might feel. If you’re curious, here’s some information that may be useful to you.


Possible Procedures You Might Need Before Getting Dental Implants

March 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 5:50 pm
a patient attending their dental implant consultation

If you’re familiar with dental implants, then you’ve probably heard that they’re considered the best possible option when it comes to replacing missing teeth; after all, they replace lost pearly whites in terms of look and functionality and can easily last for several decades! But sometimes, a patient cannot immediately receive dental implants without first undergoing a preparatory procedure. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these different procedures and how they ultimately set implants up for lasting success!


Is the Media Fueling Dental Fears?

February 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlee @ 7:29 pm

Man throwing hands up in fearRegular dental care is just as important as brushing and flossing; however, even a routine cleaning and checkup isn’t easy for everyone. If your heart races or your palms sweat at just the thought of seeing a dentist, you’re not alone. About 36% of Americans have some degree of dental-related anxiety. A painful procedure in the past is enough to make anyone dread the dentist, but a bad experience isn’t the only cause of dental fears. Believe it or not, the media is a leading contributor. Here’s how what you see on TV and online can influence your experience in the dentist’s chair. 


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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