Hello Summer, Goodbye Wisdom 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 best times to get it done.

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Local Oral Surgeon Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS, March 26, 2019 – Zahid S. Lalani, DDS, PhD, MBA recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.  Dr. Zahid Lalani is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and practices with Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Spring and Magnolia.

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The History of Dental Innovations

Modern dentistry has come a long way since its inception in the ancient world. The first records of dental history indicate that ancient Sumerians believed their tooth decay and pain were the result of “tooth worms.” This belief was obviously a result of their lack of education and knowledge with regard to oral health. The first “dentist” on record was Hesy-Re, an Egyptian scribe who lived in 2600 BC. His gravestone inscription indicated his professional knowledge of teeth. It said, “the greatest of those who deal with teeth.” Dental care, knowledge and the practice of dentistry continued to evolve from there …

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Justin W. Liska, DDS: Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

The partners of Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are pleased to announce that Justin W. Liska, DDS has successfully completed the requirements for board certification. Dr. Liska 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. Dr. Liska has proven through extensive training and rigorous evaluations that he is indeed an expert in our specialty,” said the doctors of Northwest Oral Surgery. “It is a requirement to become a board-certified oral surgeon to practice in our group,” they added. To maintain board certification, participation in continuous and ongoing professional evaluation is required.

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Rare Side Effects After Oral Surgery

Undergoing surgery of any type can result in side effects — and oral surgery is no exception. Fortunately, most people experience minor side effects such as drowsiness from the anesthesia, some swelling at the surgery site and a small amount of bleeding. Knowing about the rare side effects that can occur helps patients recover more smoothly while also protecting their health.

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Exparel: 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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Dental Anxiety

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re not alone. An estimated 15% of Americans report that they have some level of dental anxiety. People of all ages have dental anxiety; it’s not limited to any particular age group. It’s only human to feel fear about certain things. Unfortunately, when fear prevents you from getting the professional dental help you need, the problem is compounded. Learn more about dental anxiety along with some tips to get around it.

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7 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are frequently used to replace missing teeth. These implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. If you are missing teeth, wear a dental prosthesis, or if you are about to have teeth removed, why not consider dental implants? 

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants provide a more permanent tooth replacement than other options like dentures. In the spot where a tooth is missing, a dentist adds a screw to the jaw and affixes a crown that looks like a natural tooth. This provides a solid tooth replacement that stays in place and functions like the rest of the teeth. While it offers a durable solution, it's not necessarily permanent. How long could you expect dental implants to last?

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What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

The decision to makeover your smile with dental implants isn’t always an easy one. If you are unfamiliar with process, a dental implant is simply a fake tooth attached to your gum and/or jaw. The new tooth is then brushed and cared for just like your natural teeth. For many people, this is an ideal alternative to tradition dentures or replacing missing teeth.

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