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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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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Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, the molars located the farthest back in the jaw, are formally known as third molars; but their nickname is much more commonly used. How did this nickname come about? Do these teeth have anything to do with wisdom? Let’s take a look at the origin and history of the name “wisdom teeth.”

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What Age Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Most people will experience some type of dental issue or another throughout their life, but not everyone is affected by their wisdom teeth in the same way, even though those molars are more likely than other teeth to not follow a typical eruption process.

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Wisdom Teeth & Dry Socket: What You Need to Know

Ever wonder why the doctors tell you that you can't use a straw after having your wisdom teeth (or any other teeth) removed? It's because of a condition most commonly known as "Dry Socket." Dry socket affects approximately two percent of people who have wisdom teeth extracted. Throbbing pain in the surgical area that lasts for two to four days is the primary indication that you have developed dry socket. Other common symptoms include an unpleasant taste in the mouth and persistent bad breath.

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What to Eat Immediately After Wisdom Tooth Surgery

One of the most common questions we get from patients who are scheduling wisdom tooth surgery is: "What will I be able to eat after surgery?" More often than not, patients are worried because they think they'll have to live off of chicken broth and popsicles for weeks after surgery. We're here to tell you that IT'S NOT TRUE. There are plenty of things you can eat after wisdom teeth removal that are OMS-approved. Check out the infographic below for a list of OMS-approved edibles, or visit our website for more information on wisdom teeth removal.

What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

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Causes & Cures for Wisdom Tooth Pain

There are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth might be hurting you, but most of the time the answer is simple: wisdom teeth removal is needed. If your wisdom teeth are starting to cause pain, it’s time to have them looked at and figure out what needs to come next.  

Most people have their wisdom teeth removed before the teeth start to cause any problems. Our mouths are crowded and more often than not there's simply no room for the wisdom teeth to grow in without becoming impacted or shifting other teeth. No matter the reason, wisdom teeth rarely cause pain unless there is something wrong.

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Why is it Important to Replace Missing Teeth?

Have you lost a tooth due to an accident, aging or disease? Have you cracked and lost a tooth due to eating an apple or (gasp!) opening that jar of mustard or bag of potato chips with your teeth? If so, you're not alone. The average American, age 65 or older, has just 19 remaining teeth, down from the whole set of 28 to 32. Smokers on average have even fewer teeth. But it's not just older people who lose teeth. According to the CDC, 7 percent of the people in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth by age 17.

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