A Few Things to Remember About Your Wisdom Teeth

If you never heard of wisdom teeth before, then you may be surprised to find yourself still growing teeth well into your adulthood. Fortunately, most people recognize what wisdom teeth are, and more importantly, they’ve heard (at least to some degree) about the problems wisdom teeth can often cause. Because of these problems, extracting wisdom teeth is often an important part of preserving your smile’s health and integrity. Today, we explore a few things you should remember about your wisdom teeth, and why extracting them is typically the best way to deal with them. (more…)

Concerned About Tooth Loss? Here’s What to Know

Tooth loss today isn’t what it used to be. More people than ever are able to prevent it, and those who experience it are able to rebuild their smiles with more lifelike results than ever before. However, the loss of a tooth is still a significant event in the course of your oral health care. Preventing it is always preferable, though it may take more care than you realize, and dealing with it (or failing to) can have farther reaching impacts than you might expect. (more…)

3 Things that Can Impact Your Jawbone

For your general dental health care, the focus is often mainly on your teeth and gum tissues. That’s because the most common chronic dental issues are tooth decay and gum disease, which develop in and progress through these tissues. However, some of the more complex concerns that could affect your oral health involve the size, shape, health, and integrity of other oral structures, such as your jawbone. As the foundation that supports your teeth and gum tissues, your jawbone is just as important to your oral health, and if necessary, we can perform corrective jaw surgery to improve it. (more…)

Are Dental Implants Really Better for Your Smile?

When it comes to your dental treatment, what’s best for your smile is the treatment option that offers the most lifelike and conservative option for restoring your good oral health. In the case of tooth loss, however, that can be trickier than addressing more common dental concerns. You have few options when it comes to replacing your lost teeth, based mainly on exactly how many teeth you’ve lost. However, one of those options almost always includes a prosthesis that’s supported on one or more dental implant posts. Today, we examine why dental implants are often better for your smile and oral health, and why you should consider them if you need to address tooth loss of any degree. (more…)

Will You Need Oral Surgery for That?

When you fail to keep up with general dental care, you can expose your oral health to common issues like a tooth decaying or your gums becoming diseased. Most common issues can also be addressed by your general dentist during your next checkup or other subsequent visit, even if it reaches a severe stage. However, there are many oral health concerns that can’t be corrected with general care, and in some cases, couldn’t have been prevented, either. Such conditions may require a customized oral surgery plan to correct. (more…)

Things that Get Worse After Tooth Loss

To some people, tooth loss seems like a cosmetic issue. The biggest impact it has on their lives might be their smile’s appearance, at least at first, which is why that’s often the biggest motivating reason to seek treatment to replace their lost teeth. However, tooth loss is a big deal for nearly every aspect of your oral health, not just your smile’s appearance, and if you hesitate to address it, you might experience a number of negative impacts. (more…)

Why You Don’t Need to Replace Extracted Wisdom Teeth

For most cases that involve the need for tooth loss, removing the tooth is required because no other solution will suffice. With the goal of fully restoring your smile, however, many tooth extraction procedures are followed as soon as possible by replacing the extracted tooth. Doing so helps you avoid the potential consequences of tooth loss and rebuild your bite’s ability to function properly. However, with impacted wisdom teeth, which are among the most common types of extracted teeth, there’s typically no need to replace the tooth after it’s been removed. (more…)

A Few Concerns You Can Treat, but Not Control

When it comes to safeguarding your smile and oral health, it can seem like the control is the name of the game. In many ways, it is. Preventing common concerns like tooth decay or gum disease means taking control of your hygiene and preventing the excess buildup of oral bacteria. However, not all oral health concerns can be so easily controlled, and you may be at risk no matter how well you care for your smile on a daily basis. Today, we take a brief look at just a few of those concerns, and how oral surgery might be the most appropriate solution for treating them. (more…)

How Can Oral Surgery Improve Bite Function?

There are several instances that, if your oral health is ever faced with, can require more than routine dental care to address. Some of these involve the long-term health of your teeth and oral tissues, while others may have a bigger impact on your bite’s ability to function properly. In addition to preserving your teeth and keeping your oral tissues disease-free, your optimal oral health also depends on your bite’s function. Today, we examine a few ways in which the right surgical treatment may be able to help improve several areas of your bite function. (more…)

A Few Things to Know About Qualifying for Dental Implants

Rebuilding your smile with dental implants is one of the best things you can do after experiencing tooth loss. With their ability to replace your lost teeth roots and offer optimal support for your restoration, dental implants work to preserve the health and integrity of your smile and facial structures, as well as replace your lost teeth. At our Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgery office, we can help ensure that dental implants are your best option for replacing your lost teeth, and help make sure you qualify for dental implant treatment before recommending it. (more…)