There are more people over the age of 65 than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of older Americans will nearly double from 47.8 million in 2015 to 98.2 million in 2060. Many of these older adults will be challenged with multiple health concerns, including dental conditions which may require surgical attention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.