Enjoying Christmas After Wisdom-Teeth Removal

Wisdom-teeth removal (or an other oral surgery) during the holidays just makes sense. Why? Mainly because you have time off from work and/or school, but there are a few other reasons too. Scheduling your oral surgery over the holidays can definitely work in your favor, even if it's only to use all of your dental benefits before the end of the year.

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Sinus Lift: What is it and Why is it Necessary?

Losing a tooth in the upper row of your teeth as an adult can be an unfortunate experience for cosmetic and practical reasons. Getting a dental implant is the appropriate solution to this problem. Sometimes, however, another problem is discovered: bone loss. If you lose a tooth and it is discovered that you have significant bone loss due to — for instance — advanced periodontal disease, then it is likely that you will need to have a sinus lift prior to the placement of a dental implant. Here, we discuss what exactly a sinus lift is and why it is necessary in these cases.

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How to Alleviate Anxiety Before Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants can completely transform your smile. They can also fill you with anxiety about the procedure itself. Anxiety about dental implants is commonplace, but in reality there’s little to worry about. Each year, millions of people get dental implants to replace missing teeth. The treatment has been shown time and again to be safe and nearly pain-free. Still, if you think you may have anxiety before dental implants, here some tips to alleviate that anxiety.
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The Most Common Problems Created by Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Statistics from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) indicates that 9 out of 10 people suffer from at least one impacted wisdom tooth. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is unable to erupt from the gum due to its contrary position or lack of space in the jaw.

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Wisdom Teeth: 5 Myths and Realities

Several misunderstandings swirl around wisdom teeth, which dentists often call third molars. Let’s tackle a few.

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Caring for Dental Implants: Helpful Tips

Dental implants have changed the lives of many people as both a cosmetic remedy for missing teeth and as a functional replacement for multiple teeth due to dental decay or disease. You're making an investment in good oral health and a confident smile when you choose dental implants. Taking good care of your dental implants is very similar to caring for your natural teeth; however, there are some important cleaning and maintenance instructions that can help you avoid infection of the tissue surrounding the implant-supported tooth. (Image source: Quora)

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A Closer Look at the Role CareCredit Plays in Your Dental Care

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, in 2016 there were approximately 249.1 million people in the United States with dental insurance coverage of some form. That's roughly 77 percent of the population. For people who do have dental insurance coverage, a lot of the dental work they need is covered at least in part by their benefits. However, the other part of the population who have no dental insurance benefits often feel they have no options for getting the dental treatments they need. Thankfully, CareCredit is an excellent option available to help those with little or no dental coverage get the treatments they need when they need them.

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Dental Implants:  The Optimal Replacement for Missing Teeth

No matter who you are, everyone wants a beautiful smile! But if you're missing one or more teeth, you probably don't have the smile you want. Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery helps to restore our patients’ smiles to their full beauty. Using dental implants to fill in the gaps, we can help you recover from any problems associated with missing teeth and give you a new, confident smile.

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What are Wisdom Teeth?

With age comes wisdom ... or at least wisdom teeth. What are wisdom teeth, and why do we have them? Here are five common questions and answers: 

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Wisdom Teeth: Is Removal Worse the Older You Get?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars which typically appear in a person's late teens or early twenties. Given their delayed arrival, these four molars can likely cause crowding in your mouth, forcing your other teeth to shift. This is arguably the main reason why most dentists recommend the surgical removal of wisdom tooth. 

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