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Understanding Orthognathic Surgery

Understanding Orthognathic Surgery

Orthographic surgery corrects and reshapes the jaw. Oral surgeons perform corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, to treat a wide range of conditions that make it hard to chew, breathe, sleep or speak. Some patients choose orthognathic surgery to change the look of their face. Your dentist, oral maxillofacial surgeon and orthodontist may work together to decide if corrective jaw surgery is right for you. What Conditions Does Jaw Surgery Treat? Some people are born with jaws that are not ...

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How to Pick an Oral Surgeon

How to Pick an Oral Surgeon

While your dentist is an expert at routine care like keeping your teeth clean and filling cavities, some problems require an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons have the skill and knowledge necessary for the following: Removing diseased teeth when it requires anesthesia Repairing facial trauma Reconstructive or cosmetic surgery Surgical treatment for sleep apnea Evaluating cysts and tumors of the mouth and face Planning and placement of dental implants Reconstructing or realigning jaws to improve bite or correct birth defects How ...

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Six Tips for Oral Surgery Recovery

Six Tips for Oral Surgery Recovery

Modern advances in medicine and dentistry have made the process of oral surgery all but painless. Even when oral surgery is uncomplicated, there is a lengthy recovery process to endure to ensure your mouth heals properly. Here are some tips to encourage recovery: Take Recommended Medications. Your oral surgeon might prescribe you an antibiotic before and/or after surgery to eliminate or reduce the risk of infection. Take the antibiotic as prescribed until it’s all gone. Following a procedure, some surgeons ...

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What to Do if You Lose a Single Tooth

What to Do if You Lose a Single Tooth

Losing a tooth as an adult is not quite as magical as it was when you were a kid and the tooth fairy would leave money under your pillow. You can lose a permanent tooth because of a crack, decay, or infection, and the process can be stressful. Most people assume they will not lose any adult teeth, but around 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one permanent tooth. How to React While an immediate reaction ...

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