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)
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.