When you lose a tooth, you generally have two replacement options: a dental implant or a dental bridge. Today, dental implants are the preferred method of treatment for most oral health professionals and their patients. Dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement because they are a permanent solution (which means they are non-removable and as close to a real, natural tooth as you can get). The strength and durability of an implant improves the patient’s comfort, speech, eating and overall oral health.
Millions of people lose money come January by not using their dental benefits by the end of the year. If you have insurance, you pay for it all year long, so why not make sure you are getting your money's worth by using your benefits before the year ends? You might have benefits through your insurance plan, or you might have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that may need to be used by the end of the year.
Oral health is important in all stages of life. As you age, you may face unique oral health challenges that don't affect younger patients as frequently. Below is some information about the oral health issues elderly patients are most likely to encounter, as well as the available treatments.
Pediatric Oral Surgery may be needed when a child’s teeth are growing abnormally, have become infected or an accident has damaged them in some irreparable way. Irregularities happen, but the most important thing to remember is to deal with them promptly so that the condition doesn’t permanently affect the child’s dental development.
Corrective jaw surgery (also known as orthognathic surgery) is intended to alter specific aspects of the structure of the jaw, correcting any irregularities in the jaw bones in order to improve the functioning of the jaw. This surgery may be recommended to fix a variety of different issues when orthodontics is not enough.
Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery proudly announces the addition of a new oral surgeon to its growing practice. In early August 2020, Dr. Ryan H. Parnell will begin seeing patients at the practice’s Technology Forest location in The Woodlands, Texas. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Parnell to our team. Providing our patients with the safest and highest quality of care is our goal at Northwest Oral Surgery. Dr. Parnell shares our vision and we look forward to the positive impact that he will have on the future of our practice,” stated Brian M. Unterman, DDS, MD.
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll published on May 27, 2020, approximately 50% of the poll participants reported that they have deferred medical procedures during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Does this sound like you? Have you been referred to an oral surgeon but have postponed scheduling an appointment because of safety concerns? While this is certainly reasonable and understandable, it is also important for you to receive the care that you need when you need it.
Our office has remained closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with the order from Governor Abbott to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in the state. Dental and Oral Surgery offices, though part of essential services, were allowed to only see emergency patients during this time.
At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. The health and well-being of our patients, employees and community remains our priority. Therefore, the practice is complying with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order which limits medical and dental procedures to only those that are deemed emergent.
Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth, and if they're starting to cause pain it’s probably time to have them looked at. There are a several reasons why your wisdom teeth could be bothering you, and most of those reasons lead you down the same path: Wisdom Teeth Removal.
Some people never have a problem with their wisdom teeth and for that reason never have to have them removed. However, the majority of people DO need to have their wisdom teeth removed because they don’t have room to grow in without becoming impacted or shifting other teeth. The key thing to note in any situation is this: wisdom teeth rarely cause pain unless there is something wrong.