When teeth break through the gums, most of them push their way through without problems. However, when a space is too small for the tooth to make its way through, it either pushes other teeth out of the way or it becomes impacted. It most frequently happens when wisdom teeth push through during late adolescence or early adulthood. As people mature, their jaw may not...
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For children, losing teeth is a normal part of life. In fact, many families celebrate this rite of passage with fables of fairy visitors who leave money or trinkets in exchange for the lost teeth. When adults lose teeth, however, it’s often seen as cause for embarrassment rather than celebration. This is because tooth loss in adulthood isn’t the result of new teeth growing in...
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Have you ever wondered how important your mouth is to your quality of life? Taking care of your mouth doesn’t just keep your teeth white and your breath fresh. Oral hygiene affects your health, your confidence, and how others see you. Here’s why taking care of your mouth is so important. Mouth Health Affects Heart Health Bacteria growth below the gum line causes periodontal disease....
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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....
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How to Pick an Oral Surgeon

August 11, 2017

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...
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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...
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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...
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Treating Facial Trauma

June 21, 2017

Many Americans suffer traumatic injuries to the head and face, many of which leave lasting scars, nerve damage, sensory impairment, or permanent disfigurement. The team at OMSNashville are specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgical treatments for facial trauma. We want our patients to recover from their trauma as completely as possible. A facial wound is not only physically painful, but also emotionally traumatic. A serious...
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Over the past several years, the United States has seen unprecedented levels of drug overdoses and deaths from overdoses. While most people may assume that illegal drugs are behind this disturbing trend, this isn’t entirely correct. Prescription painkillers, particularly those made from opioids, are the primary cause of accidental death by drug overdose in the U.S. It’s imperative for citizens of Tennessee to understand this...
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As we get older, issues that affect our oral health can worsen. While most people know that routine health and dental care is important, they may be surprised to find that poor mouth health can increase their risk for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to safeguard your mouth: Treat the Cause Did you know that about...
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