Wisdom Teeth and Adults

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. 

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Dental Bone Grafts: Are you a Candidate?

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.

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Oral Cancer Awareness

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. 

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Sports & Facial Protection: Play it Safe!

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.

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