Factors that Affect Dental Implant Lifespan

Dental implants can last for years — or even a lifetime in some cases. Gösta Larsson of Gothenburg, Sweden, was the first person to receive dental implants in 1965; when Larsson died in 2006, his dental implants had lasted more than 40 years. Certain factors can shorten and lengthen the lifespan of dental implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are teeth that erupt in the very back of your mouth on both the top and the bottom. These teeth come in much later in life, which is often why they are called wisdom teeth, as you are wiser by the time they erupt. Many dentists recommend having your wisdom teeth removed, but not everyone gets theirs removed, nor does everyone need theirs removed. Here are three questions you may have about wisdom teeth, as well as the answers. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About An Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is one of the most serious dental conditions that you can have. It can cause severe dental and facial pain, cause someone to become extremely ill, or can even lead to death. Due to the severity of this dental condition, it is important that everyone understand what an abscessed tooth is and what the signs are that one is present so that they can get emergency dental care if they suspect they have an abscessed tooth. Here are a few frequently asked questions about an abscessed tooth and the answers. 

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Questions About Dental Surgery? Here's What You Should Ask.

For any office-based dental surgical procedure all levels of sedation may be safely, comfortably and predictably provided to patients when administered and monitored by an anesthesia team led by a well-trained and highly skilled surgeon. 

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Oral Surgery: What Does Insurance Cover?

At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we participate as “in-network” providers for many of the most popular dental plans*. When you call our office to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons, please be prepared to give us your insurance details. We will be able to confirm that we are (or are not, in some cases) an in-network provider for your particular plan.

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Oral Surgery for Pediatric Patients

At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we take special care to make sure that our youngest patients and their parents are comfortable and well-informed about a prescribed oral surgery.  Our goal is to provide a safe, pain-free procedure with a successful outcome. 

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Conservative Post-Surgical Pain Management Approach

Did you know that in as few as five days of use, a person can develop an addiction to an opioid painkiller such as hydrocodone and oxycodone?  

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7 Reasons You Should Get Dental Implants

Sometimes we take everyday things for granted, only noticing how important and useful they are when they're threatened or gone. Our teeth, for example. We don't think about how lucky we are to have teeth every time we eat, but if something happens to them we realize very quickly just how valuable they are in our day to day lives. For various reasons, many people end up with a missing tooth (or teeth). Not only can a missing tooth cause embarrassment, but it can also cause difficulties in everyday tasks like eating and talking, as well as lead to long-term health issues. Fortunately there are products, such as dental implants, that offer a great and comparable alternative to the real thing.

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Dental Specialists: Which Kind Should You See?

Sometimes we need a little more than the regularly scheduled dental work we get every 6 months. If a situation arises where you need the expertise of a dental specialist, it can sometimes be confusing as to which one is right for your needs. Below is a handy infographic we've created to help guide you to the right dental specialist for any situation.

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A teen’s injuries looked like he was in a ‘high-speed’ crash. Instead, a vape pen exploded in his mouth.

The use of e-cigarettes among young people continues to grow in popularity. Regardless of whether this is due to the ease of accessibility, the variety of “fun” flavors, or the ability to conceal e-cigarette devices from parents and teachers, inhaling or vaping the contents of an e-cigarette pod is dangerous. The e-liquid, or contents of the pod, contain potent levels of nicotine which is highly addictive. According to the CDC, nicotine adversely affects the brain development in young people up until their mid-twenties. 

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