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Dental Implants: The Recovery

The recovery time following dental implant surgery tends to vary, but is usually based on the amount of teeth being implanted, whether or not a bone graft was needed and the individual and how well they manage their recovery. Luckily, the science and technology behind dental implants has improved drastically over the last few years, […]

Where Do Dental Implants Come From?

Dental implants have a surprisingly rich and interesting history. Across centuries and throughout cultures around the world there is evidence of attempts at replacing missing teeth with various objects and materials. The oldest dental implants can be traced back to 2000 BC in China, where missing teeth were substituted with bamboo pegs. Fast forward a […]

Impacted

When you hear this word in our office, it is most likely that we are talking about your wisdom teeth. And while we know that it may sound scary to have “impacted wisdom teeth”, we want you to know that, actually, it is very common. What are impacted wisdom teeth? Throughout evolutionary history, human mouths […]

Autograft vs. Allograft

So, you were recently told by your doctor that you need a bone graft, but you aren’t quite sure what that means. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is used to fix bones or joints that were damaged by trauma, and it is also used to replace bone that is missing to provide […]

Why do we have wisdom teeth, anyway?

Wisdom teeth were once an extremely valuable asset to our ancestors. When a typical diet consisted of chewy plants and uncooked meat, third molars (wisdom teeth), which fit easily into our ancestors’ larger jaws, were absolutely necessary. Wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to the need for chewing power to combat excessive wear. Today, our […]

Making Progress – Journal Entry #3

With surgery #1 under her belt, Kaitlin is beaming with hope and pride as expressed in her third entry of her video journal. Watch more of Kaitlin’s inspiring story, this time as she shares her experience after her first surgery. Another step has been completed in her journey toward a new, permanent smile and renewed […]

Missing Teeth: More than Just a Gap in Your Smile

While it is true that the most obvious effect of missing teeth is a gap in your smile, missing teeth can cause other problems that you might not be immediately aware of. For example, did you know that for every missing tooth you have you lose 10 percent of your chewing ability? Read on to […]

3D Printers and Bone Grafting

There is exciting news in bone grafting technology that will hopefully find its way into the oral surgeon’s office over the next decade! Researchers have been able to create a synthetic bone material using 3D printers that may be better than what is being used now. 3D printers create three-dimensional objects out of a variety […]

Dental Implant Success

What do you use your teeth for? Eating, drinking, speaking, laughing, the list goes on! How are these affected when you have tooth loss? If you have missing teeth, you could be missing a lot! A very reliable and safe method for replacing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants permanently attach prosthetic teeth to small […]

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Don’t be worried about your wisdom tooth extraction, let us outline the whole process for you: Treatment Development During late adolescence, wisdom teeth start to appear and occasionally are accompanied by oral pain, as well as an increased risk of dental issues such as pericoronitis, gum disease, and tooth decay. Through evaluation, your oral surgeon […]