How Long Does It Take To Recover from a Tooth Extraction?
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by Kara Urland
2y ago
A tooth extraction may be necessary for many reasons, including severe damage or decay. One of the most common dental procedures, a tooth extraction removes a damaged or infected tooth and can eliminate bacteria and improve your overall oral health. As for how long it takes to recover can really vary from patient to patient depending on a few important factors: the size and location of the tooth, a patient’s dental and medical health, and the patient’s compliance with aftercare instructions. When is tooth extraction recommended? Healthcare providers prefer to save natural teeth whenever possib ..read more
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Will bone grafting surgery hurt? 
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by Kara Urland
2y ago
Bone grafting may sound like an intimidating procedure but it’s not as scary as it sounds. Think of your bones as a living, moving, and fluid thing (because they are). Your body is constantly changing and your bones are no exception! When it comes to the bones that are part of your mouth’s structure the constant changing and movement can either be a positive process or one that causes damage and discomfort. An example of a good result of this adaptability of bone is how an orthodontist can gradually move your teeth with the aid of braces for a beautiful smile! On the other hand, your bones can ..read more
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How to Avoid Dry Socket
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by Kara Urland
2y ago
When you have a tooth removed, you develop a blood clot over the removal spot to protect and heal your underlying bone and nerve endings. This clot should stay in place until your gums heal and your mouth is back to normal. Sometimes the clot can become dislodged causing you to experience the painful complication known as a dry socket. Dry socket is uncomfortable and delays healing. It’s important to try and avoid it. Dry socket usually occurs because something moves or dissolves the blood clot from the socket. Sometimes dry socket occurs when you never develop the blood clot to begin with. Ti ..read more
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What to Know About Oral Piercings
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by Kara Urland
2y ago
If you’re thinking about getting an oral piercing, you may be wondering about the relationship between oral piercings and oral health. If you already have an oral piercing, you may want to know more about how you can maintain proper care. Oral piercings can be dangerous to your health. The American Dental Association advises against all oral and perioral piercing due to negative health risks. However, if you’re considering a piercing in the lip, tongue, or cheek, we recommend that you consult your dental professional before having the procedure done. Risks Involved with Oral Pie ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Getting a Bone Graft
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by Kara Urland
3y ago
A dental bone graft is performed to increase the amount of bone in a part of the jaw where bone has been lost or where additional support is needed. The bone may be taken from elsewhere in the body and surgically fused to the existing bone in the jaw. A dental bone graft is sometimes needed if further procedures, such as dental implants, are necessary or if bone loss is affecting the health of nearby gums and teeth. What is Bone Grafting? Bone grafting may sound like an intimidating procedure but it’s not as scary as it sounds. Think of your bones as a living, moving ..read more
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Could Removing Wisdom Teeth Enhance Your Sense of Taste?
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by Kara Urland
3y ago
Could removing your wisdom teeth enhance your sense of taste? This is a topic that has been circulating the internet recently. It turns out, a new study found that patients who had their wisdom teeth extracted had improved tasting abilities decades after having the surgery. How can this improve your taste? According to senior author Richard L. Doty, PhD, director of the Smell and Taste Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and coauthor Dane Kim, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, there are two possibilities that could explain the enhancem ..read more
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How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
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by Kara Urland
3y ago
Nitrous oxide is used in many dental practices to help alleviate pain and anxiety during dental treatments. Commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, this chemical compound is a familiar way that many patients undergo a variety of dental procedures. How does it work? The effects on the body can be achieved throughout the various levels of sedation. Depending on the amount of nitrous oxide a patient receives, they may experience different reactions in response to the sedation. Generally, patients describe feeling light-headed, tingly in their arms and legs, warm, euphoric, and sleepy. Some also e ..read more
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What is Pre-Prosthetic Surgery?
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by Kara Urland
3y ago
The term Pre-Prosthetic Surgery refers to the preparation of your mouth before the placement of a dental prosthesis such as a removable denture or implant. Dentures need to rest over your gums which cover the bony ridge of your jaw. So Pre-Prosthetic surgery ensures the bony ridge is smooth and prepared properly to make sure your dentures fit comfortably and properly in your mouth. Is Surgery Necessary? Not all patients will require pre-prosthetic surgery. Due to many factors, transitioning to dentures might not always go as smoothly as it does for others. The one way to make su ..read more
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Is Anesthesia Safe for Oral Surgery?
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by Kara Urland
3y ago
There are a few types of anesthesia that can be used during an oral surgery procedure. We understand that the idea of surgery and anesthesia can be uncomfortable and intimidating for some people to think about ahead of any procedures. Dental anesthesia is common and safe, but before it’s administered, the dentist should know a patient’s complete medical history to avoid any possible complications. Side effects are rare and vary depending on the type of anesthesia that is administered. Types of Anesthesia: General Anesthesia: Puts patients in a sleep-like state with a combination of m ..read more
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Will Oral Surgery Hurt?
Alfano Oral Surgery Blog
by Kara Urland
3y ago
If your dentist finds that oral surgery is needed, there are several steps where some pain may be experienced. Sometimes, after minor oral surgery, you may have pain, bleeding, and swelling. Proper care after oral surgery will help your mouth heal quickly and cleanly.  Because your oral surgeon will also use anesthesia during the procedure, you shouldn’t feel pain beyond the vibrations of the drill and some pressure. Following the procedure is when you will notice some pain and discomfort.  If You Have Pain: Once the anesthetic wears off, feeling some pain is normal. You mi ..read more
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