Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges | Tacoma Oral Surgeons

Blog | April 17th, 2017

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69 percent of adults from ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. If you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, it’s important to see a Tacoma oral surgeon as soon as possible to determine your best option for teeth replacement, such as with dental implants or dental bridges. The most obvious repercussion of missing teeth is aesthetic. This can cause lack of self-confidence and insecurities with your smile. Failure to replace a missing… LEARN MORE →

Different Types of Dental Implants | Puyallup Oral Surgeons

Blog | March 16th, 2017

Dental implants are often regarded as the ideal replacement option for missing teeth. Here at Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we enjoy performing dental implant surgery on our patients. It restores their smile and provides them the look, feel and function of natural teeth. As they come in different sizes and heights, dental implants are essentially tiny titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes. They provide a secure anchor for artificial replacement teeth to adhere to. According to the American Dental Association, the two main types of dental implants that are considered safe and effective are endosteal… LEARN MORE →

Dental Implants or Dentures? | Puyallup Oral Surgeons Explain

Blog | February 23rd, 2017

Having a missing tooth or multiple teeth can be distressing, uncomfortable or embarrassing for many people. It can affect your ability to eat, increase the risk of oral infections and other dental health concerns, and not to mention, it impacts one’s self-esteem and quality of life. While there are several viable treatment options for teeth replacement, such as removable dentures, dental implants are considered the preferred option if you need your teeth reconstructed. Dental implants are technologically-advanced, permanent tooth replacement option that mimic the look and function of natural teeth. There are several different dental implant options that can be performed… LEARN MORE →

How to Help Prevent Oral Cancer | Puyallup Oral Surgeons

Blog, Oral cancer | February 8th, 2017

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. During this month, our team at Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup is committed to help raising awareness about oral cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 48,000 new cases of oral cancers each year, with more men diagnosed than women. The fatality rate associated with oral cancer is particularly high, as the cancer is commonly discovered late in its development. Oftentimes, oral cancer is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, such as the lymph nodes of the neck or lungs. Early detection of oral cancer is… LEARN MORE →

What is Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate? | Seattle Oral Surgeons

Blog, Maxillofacial Surgery | January 25th, 2017

As a parent, having a child born with cleft lip or cleft palate can be an understandably difficult or scary experience. It’s important to remember that cleft is a highly treatable deformity. A child born with a cleft in the United States can expect the best outcome possible with the technological and medical resources available today. At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we are here to help educate families on oral and craniofacial conditions, such as cleft lip and cleft plate, to help demystify misconceptions. What is Cleft Lip/Palate? Cleft lip and cleft palate are facial and oral… LEARN MORE →

Post-Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Care | Seattle Maxillofacial Surgeons

Maxillofacial Surgery | January 13th, 2017

You’ve made the appointment—it’s been etched on your calendar for months. As your orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery date inches closer and closer, you may be asking yourself: “what is the recovery process like?” At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we always try to address our patients concerns about post-surgery care. After your initial consultation, you’re always welcome to give our front desk a call and ask us any follow-up questions you may have. Orthognathic surgery is a procedure to help straighten or realign the jaws and teeth. It can be performed on the upper jaw, lower jaw… LEARN MORE →

Healthy Holiday Teeth Tips | Puyallup Oral Surgeons

Blog, Dental Tips | December 21st, 2016

The holiday season is upon us! Between spending time with loved ones, making shopping trips to the mall for gifts, and decking the halls with cheer, many of us may not have time to pay much attention to the health and care of our teeth. Also, who can resist the seasonal sweets and festive treats that the holiday season brings? The fact is, the holidays are not the best time for oral health care. With 2017 on the horizon, our team at the Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup would like to share our top teeth tips to keep… LEARN MORE →

Tooth Extraction for Tooth Abscess | Puyallup Oral Surgeon

Blog | December 7th, 2016

There are few things in life quite as irritating as a toothache. While the pain can vary from person-to-person, a toothache can be debilitating and prevent you from doing everyday tasks. While a toothache may start out innocent enough, it can reveal itself to be a more serious, underlying dental issue: an abscessed tooth. What exactly is an abscessed tooth? A tooth abscess or dental abscess is a serious and active infection that occurs in tooth’s pulp — the center of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The infection is caused by bacteria entering in the… LEARN MORE →

Fact or Fiction: Wisdom Teeth and Wisdom Tooth Extractions | Puyallup Oral Surgeons

Blog | November 10th, 2016

Millions of people have their wisdom teeth removed each year. While the Internet can be a great source for medical information, there’s a lot of misconceptions floating around the World Wide Web regarding wisdom teeth and wisdom tooth extractions. We strive to serve as the premier resource for oral and maxillofacial surgery information in the South Sound, to help our patients feel prepared for their upcoming procedure. Your dedicated and knowledgable team at Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup are here to separate the fact versus fiction. If you have any additional questions about wisdom teeth or extractions, please… LEARN MORE →

Dr. Chacon Inducted as New Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Blog | November 7th, 2016

On October 16th, our own Dr. Guillermo Chacon was inducted as a new fellow of the American College of Surgeons during their annual scientific meeting in Washington DC. The college is the largest organization of surgeons in all specialties in the world. Since its foundation in 1913, it has been at the forefront of providing the highest quality care for surgical patients and establishing parameters and guidelines for surgical training. Dr. Chacon is one of only seven oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the state of Washington to hold this distinction, and the only one south of Seattle. The letters FACS (Fellow, American… LEARN MORE →