Effective Alternative for Post-Surgical Pain Management

When prescribed and administered appropriately, opioid analgesic drugs can be used to effectively treat post-oral surgical pain. At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgeons have historically exercised sound professional judgement and, in good faith, prescribed opioid drugs, such as hydrocodone, to manage such pain. However, as with most medications, opioids have risks and side effects with a potential for misuse and addiction. 

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Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

When your dentist or oral surgeon recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, you may have many questions. Why is it necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed if they don’t seem to be causing any problems?  Since they aren’t hurting anything, do you really need to have them taken out?  Your dentist or oral surgeon may be recommending wisdom-teeth removal for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the more common reasons for having wisdom teeth removed.
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Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Symptoms & Causes

The last teeth to erupt (or not erupt!) are your third molars, and they are commonly referred to as your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth do not always require extraction because occasionally third molars will erupt, align and function properly. However, more often than not, wisdom teeth will not erupt and will become impacted, causing pain and other troublesome symptoms. It is best to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon to determine if extraction is necessary. 

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Complications Due to Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Unlike the alternative (a dental bridge), a dental implant maintains the integrity of neighboring teeth and is considered to be a long-term tooth replacement. 

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Tips to Help With Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Wisdom teeth removal surgery is an oral surgery procedure where the third molars — more commonly called wisdom teeth — are removed. There are many reasons why you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist and Northwest Oral Surgery will be your best source of information about your individual case. Whatever the reason for removal, here are tips to help with your recovery from wisdom teeth removal surgery.

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IV Anesthesia and Full Disclosure about Prescription and Illicit Drug Use

At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our goal is to provide the highest quality of oral surgical care and safety for our patients.  With that being said, we trust that our patients are forthcoming with complete and truthful information about their medical history. 

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Why You Should Replace Your Dentures with Implants

If you wear dentures, you’re probably familiar with the routine of waking up, pulling your teeth out of a glass of water and then placing them in your mouth. Removable dentures aren't just an inconvenience, they can also cause problems in your mouth.

If you’re tired of dealing with the problems that come with dentures, replacing them with dental implants may be your best option. If you want to enjoy smiling, eating what you want and never having to remove your dentures again,  consider making a change and get implants.

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Sinus Augmentation

Dental implants have become a popular solution to the problem of missing teeth. They are sturdy and secure tooth replacements that look like natural teeth and last a lifetime with the proper care. For dental implants to be successful, there must be an adequate amount of bone in which to secure the titanium implant. Oftentimes, there may not be enough bone in the jaw as a result of periodontal disease, resorption due to tooth loss, or simply because of the anatomy of the skull. In cases of inadequate bone in the upper jaw, also known as the upper maxilla, a sinus lift or augmentation may be necessary in order to guarantee the optimal outcome from dental implant surgery.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are the perfect solution to the problem of missing teeth. Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can help you regain a beautiful smile and a healthy, well-functioning mouth. Let us work in coordination with your general dentist to fill in the gaps of missing teeth.

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Why It's Best to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed During the Summer

Ice cream and popsicles are the perfect treat for both hot summer days AND post-op recovery: Coincidence? We think not! Having your wisdom teeth removed might not be the first thing you think of when you think of summer. You’re probably thinking more along the lines of backyard barbecues, trips to the beach and relaxing vacations. But if your dentist has recommended that you have an oral surgeon perform wisdom teeth removal, summertime is actually one of the perfect times to get it done.

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