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.
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.
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.
Wisdom teeth are often problematic because the jaw simply isn’t big enough to adequately accommodate them after they erupt. This, in turn, can cause the teeth to emerge at odd angles or just not erupt within the mouth at all, each of which can cause some major issues. Because of this, dentists typically monitor wisdom-teeth development via X-rays and then make the decision on whether or not to extract them as a patient enters their later teenage years. If extraction does occur, it’s usually during this time period before the tooth root can fully develop. If the wisdom teeth aren't believed to be a problem, then they won't be extracted. Hence, many people enter their adult years with their wisdom teeth still intact. However, adults under the perception that wisdom-teeth extraction is only an adolescent thing are mistaken.
Dental implants are a wonderful way to improve your appearance and outlook because they function almost exactly like your natural teeth. But more importantly, implants can improve your overall dental health. However, the first step to getting an implant may be a dental bone graft. In fact, statistics show more than half of implants require grafting.
It's estimated that nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer, or cancer of the throat or mouth, within the year. Of these 50,000 diagnoses, only slightly more than half will still be living five years from now — a statistic that hasn't significantly improved within the past decade.
Play it safe! April is National Facial Protection Month and the surgeons of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery urge professional, amateur and recreational athletes to protect their faces and mouths. According to Dr. M. James Clark, a board-certified oral surgeon with Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, “We see about a dozen students each year that experience facial trauma during sports practice and games.” Although not all sports-related injuries can be avoided, there are some steps that players can take to minimize their risks.
The partners of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are pleased to announce that David J. Hoffman, DDS, MD has successfully completed the requirements for board certification. Dr. Hoffman has distinguished himself by demonstrating the knowledge and experience required to practice within the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. "Board certification is the pinnacle of achievement and our patients can be assured that they are receiving safe and exceptional care from Dr. Hoffman,” said the doctors of Northwest Oral Surgery. To maintain board certification, participation in continuous and ongoing professional evaluations is required.
Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is proud to announce our renewed partnership with Dynamo Dash Youth Soccer Club's College Center for 2018-2019. We are the club's longest current partner providing sponsorship support since 2007.
If you are asking this question, chances are your wisdom teeth are giving you some trouble. Wisdom teeth are your third molars. They are the last teeth to come in and are located the farthest back in your mouth. Occasionally, wisdom teeth will erupt with absolutely no pain, issues or cause for concern. Others will experience unpleasant symptoms and will want or need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. How do you know?