Preventing Dry Socket with Platelet-Rich Plasma

Preventing Dry Socket with Platelet-Rich Plasma

While healing can be painful in the days immediately following wisdom teeth removal, there are certain complications that can be avoided with advanced techniques. Dry socket is one of these complications that can be avoided using the patient’s own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). What is a Dry Socket? A dry socket is a temporary condition that can occur during the healing process after wisdom teeth tooth removal. When you have a tooth removed, a blood clot forms in the socket where your wisdom tooth used to be. During the healing process, the clot acts as a barrier to protect the nerves in your mouth. If the clot comes out early, it […]

Having Your Wisdom Teeth Pulled? Avoid These Post-Op Care Mistakes

The American Public Health Association estimates the number of wisdom teeth removed in the U.S. each year at around 10 million. Despite the number of people who undergo this relatively simple procedure every year, there are a surprising number of aftercare mistakes patients make. These mistakes can prolong recovery time and cause more pain and sensitivity during the healing process. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when you’re recovering after having your wisdom teeth removed. Smoking Smoking is, by far, one of the worst things you can do after surgery. Blood clots are a critical part of the healing process and help control bleeding. Smoking (and using straws) creates […]

4 Wise Tips for Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare

4 Wise Tips for Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare

According to the American Public Health Association, an estimated 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from 5 million people in the U.S. each year. Though it’s a common and relatively simple procedure, there are still a few steps patients should take once it’s over to prevent complications during the healing process. Here are just a few important tips to keep in mind after having your wisdom teeth removed. Introduce Foods Slowly Immediately after surgery, you’re generally limited to a liquid diet. It’s important to stick to this diet and slowly incorporate solid foods. Taking pain medications can increase the risk of nausea, therefore, rehydrating and getting in food with the […]

TMJ Headaches: The Basics

Headaches affect millions of people in the U.S. every day. The cause of these headaches can be a mystery for many people and one of the last places you might consider would be your jaw. Yet, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause severe headaches leading to a chronic problem. What Are TMJ Headaches? It can be difficult to determine the difference between general headaches and TMJ headaches. Tension in the jaw can cause tension in the TMJ muscles on the top of the head, which you might experience as a TMJ headache. TMJ pain may be more common than you think: according to the American Migraine Foundation, 1 in 10 […]

3 Holiday Oral Health Tips for Children

3 Holiday Oral Health Tips for Children

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, between 60% and 90% of school children have one or more cavities. Some cavities are caused by genetic factors but many are caused by sugar. High levels of sugar are included in countless everyday products and it’s a challenge to avoid them. Of course, the urge for children to indulge their sweet tooth only continues to grow during the holidays. With all sorts of cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats available, some simple oral health tips can help keep your children healthy. Luckily, we have some expert insight to share to help you keep oral health a priority in your family, […]

3 Smart Tips To Help You Prepare For Oral Surgery

3 Smart Tips To Help You Prepare For Oral Surgery

The American Public Health Association estimates that 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from five million people in the U.S. each year. Whether you’re undergoing a wisdom tooth removal or any other type of oral surgery, proper preparation is of the utmost importance. Here are just a few tips to help you prepare for oral surgery. Get All Questions Answered First and foremost, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of the purpose of the procedure and what it entails. This includes the type of anesthesia you’ll receive since most oral surgeries require some level of sedation. If your oral surgeon tells you that you’ll need to have somebody come […]

Dental Care Secrets Your Dentist Wants You to Know

Dental Care Secrets Your Dentist Wants You to Know

For many people, dental care is second nature. But, no matter how long you have been going to the dentist, it is important to not only develop good oral hygiene habits, but also to adapt your morning and nightly routine as needed. As our teeth get older, it is important to look into different techniques that can make those pearly whites look the best they can be. Good life-long dental care can help prevent unnecessary discomfort and the need for oral surgery. Considering that 32% of people say they’re concerned by the look of their teeth, here are some things your dentist wants to tell you before you come on […]

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants Following Surgery

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants Following Surgery

Dental implants are much more common nowadays than ever before. In fact, up to 15 million people are currently living in the U.S. with crown and bridge replacements for their missing teeth. You should obviously take great care of your teeth in order to avoid needing any major dental procedures, but don’t worry too much if you are one of the 15 million that needs a tooth extraction. It’ll be your responsibility to take better care of your teeth and your dental implant afterward, though. In addition to staying in contact with your dentist, here are some tips for taking care of your teeth following a dental procedure. Get plenty […]

4 Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

4 Benefits of Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

Teeth are some of the body’s most useful tools. Without them, it can be difficult to smile, chew, or talk properly. Despite the many dental innovations available today, a good number of Americans don’t see a dentist regularly, feel self-conscious about their smiles, or both—all the while, their situation can worsen. For you or a loved one, tooth replacement can help restore quality of life and confidence. From periodontal disease to decay and injury, there are various reasons why someone would need a tooth replacement. This is where dental implants come in. Dental implants are widely used because they offer a lot of benefits to people looking to improve their […]

STOP LIVING WITH JAW PAIN IN WACO WITH TMJ TREATMENT

STOP LIVING WITH JAW PAIN IN WACO WITH TMJ TREATMENT

Are you living with jaw pain? Does your jaw click or pop when you move it? You could be suffering from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jaw to the skull. When it does not function correctly, it can lead to a TMJ disorder. Although there are various causes of the condition, the results are often the same—throbbing, uncomfortable pain. To stop jaw pain in Waco, you need treatment. There are many noninvasive treatments that can be used to help manage mild symptoms of the disorder. However, for those with more extensive issues, jaw alignment surgery may be needed. WHAT IS A TMJ DISORDER? Jaw […]