Wisdom Teeth Symptoms and Signs to Remove Them

Wisdom teeth symptoms can vary from person to person. Signs that wisdom teeth are growing in should be monitored during routine cleanings and with X-rays. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) should be consulted in a patient’s early to mid teens to determine the proper course of wisdom teeth management, including a discussion of whether […]

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Extractions and Other Oral Surgeries

Tooth Extractions You may need to have a tooth extracted for a number of reasons such as decay, injury, or as part of orthodontic treatment. Whatever the reason, you will most likely be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will remove your tooth in the office using an anesthetic that is appropriate for […]

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Wisdom Teeth Management

  Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.” Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, […]

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Access to Care

One of the significant problems that the healthcare industry faces is access to care.  Access to care has many aspects but primarily involves the ability of a patient to get an appointment for treatment with a doctor.  Everyone has had the experience of calling a doctor’s office and being told that the earliest appointment available […]

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Pain Management

Recently there have been some concerns amongst our patients with regard to the management of pain through medications post-operatively.  These concerns fall on both sides of the argument where some people feel they haven’t been given enough pain medication and others don’t want pain medications at all.  This is a very tricky subject, not just […]

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How Do You Become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Another confusing topic for patients is the training and background that Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery entails.  Prior to starting the residency portion of our education all oral surgery  residents will have completed nationally accredited dental school and obtained their doctorate.  A very small percentage of new dentists or experienced practitioners will then apply to a […]

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Dealing with Insurance Companies

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon one of the most common issues that our patient’s find frustrating is the paperwork and resulting battles that ensue from insurance companies.  In our field we deal with both medical and dental insurances which compounds the problem.  There are hundreds of insurance companies out there that provide insurance to […]

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What to Expect After Surgery

Many of our patients will get very nervous about the after effects of the upcoming surgery.  During the consultation appointment we go over the routine expectations and try to estimate how you will be feeling and what activities you will be able to do afterwards.  The vast majority of our patients have little to no […]

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Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth out?

This is probably the most common question asked by our patients during the consultation process and as a result is the first subject for our blog.  The answer to this question is not so simple.  There are a small percentage of people who will never need their wisdom teeth (or third molars) removed.  The underlying […]

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