Maxillofacial injuries, or facial trauma, are injuries to the face, jaw, and mouth, and often result from car accidents, sports, or acts of violence. Facial trauma can be painful, lead to further complications, and frequently causes additional emotional trauma. Facial trauma can occur to any portion of the face, mouth, or jaw, and is somewhat common for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common facial traumas include: Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, may be necessary in some cases.[…] Read More
What Is Dry Socket?
Dry socket is a painful oral condition that can arise following a tooth extraction, such as wisdom tooth removal. The condition develops when the blood clot at the extraction site does not develop or is prematurely dissolves or dislodged before the socket is completely healed, exposing the socket to potential contamination. Blood clots provide a protective layer over the underlying nerve endings and bone and serve as a foundation for new bone and soft tissue growth. When blood clots are[…] Read More
Is Candy Bad for Your Oral Health?
It is almost impossible to avoid candy and other sweets during October and Halloween. In fact, the top five candy selling days are all in October. You have probably been told that sugar is bad for your teeth, but that is not entirely the case. Tooth damage occurs due to the plaque bacteria that feed on sugar in the mouth and saliva. While there are both good and bad bacteria in the mouth, the harmful bacteria create certain acids that[…] Read More
Do You Need Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?
Patients with insufficient jawbone may require bone grafts in order to build enough foundation to attach dental implants that anchor in the jawbone in the same manner as natural teeth. Dental implants serve as an artificial root to secure prosthetic teeth and fuse with the jawbone for maximum stability. When teeth are missing, the bone deteriorates and reduces the density, height, and width of the surrounding jawbone. When this occurs, oral surgeons are not able to install implants into the[…] Read More
Can Oral Surgery Fix Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the throat to become blocked during sleep, causing the sufferer to stop breathing for short periods of time. The condition ranges in levels of severity, from small amounts of excess tissue restricting the airway, to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that causes the tongue to fall into the back of the throat and entirely block the airway. Sleep apnea patients experience lingering fatigue, waking with headaches, falling asleep inappropriately, irritability, and suffer memory[…] Read More