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Oral Surgery

Abscess

What is a dental abscess?

A dental abscess is an infection in the mouth that can be caused by a tooth or gum condition. Dental abscesses can be very painful, or not painful at all. A true abscess is a collection of pus in the bone and or gum tissue. Many times it can be seen on the gum tissue and look like a blister. To treat the condition, the assiciated tooth must either have a root canal or be extracted. However, if it is related to the gums, a proper dental cleaning may be able to resolve the condition. Only a dentist can make these assesments, and perform the proper treatment!

Post-extraction discomfort

What can I do to reduce discomfort after an extraction?

One may use a warm compress to sooth the area. This will help promote circulation and speed healing. Biting a moist teabag releases tannic acid which helps naturally relieve discomfort. Taking 2-3 ibuprofen with 1 extra-strength acetaminophen can be as effective as prescription pain killers as well (be careful not to exceed the maximum dose!).

Wisdom Teeth

Why do I have to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth can be very problematic, and can cause discomfort, shifting of teeth and cysts to form. As we age, the process of removing these teeth can be much more difficult and come with a higher risk of complications such as nerve damage. 

Jaw Clicking/Popping

Why does my jaw click or pop?

This is a condition that may be associated with TMD (temporomandibular disorder). There is a disc between your lower jawbone (mandible) and your skull that acts as a shock absorber. Something (usually a traumatic event) happened to cause your jaw to slip off of the disc, and now it clicks or pops as it jumps on and off of the disc. You should see a dentist very soon to be sure that the condition does not worsen. Keeping to soft foods and a warm compress may help soothe the area.

Implant

What is an implant?

A dental implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth or to add stability to a loose denture. The Doctor will place a titanium implant that simulates the root of a tooth into the jawbone. There is then usually a period of healing where the patient’s bone heals around the implant and the implant becomes part of the bone. The Doctor will then take models of the patient’s mouth and have a crown made if the implant is to replace a missing tooth, or the Doctor will fit the patient’s denture to the implants.