Schedule Your Child’s Wisdom Teeth Removal this Summer | Tacoma Oral Surgeons

Blog, Wisdom TeethTags: , , , | May 23rd, 2017

Summer is just around the corner in the Puget Sound, which means school is almost out for Tacoma and Puyallup students. Many families may be currently planning their vacations, travels and road trips for the season. While it may not be as fun, we encourage families to consider scheduling their child’s wisdom teeth removal before the start of the upcoming school year. Why Wisdom Teeth Removal by Tacoma Oral Surgeons? Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt for most people during the teenage years to early adulthood. Wisdom teeth need to be removed if they develop misaligned… LEARN MORE →

How to Prevent Dry Sockets After Tooth Extraction | Tacoma Oral Surgery

Blog | May 16th, 2017

Tooth extractions are a common oral procedure here at Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup. Your oral surgeon may recommend a tooth extraction for a number reasons, such as wisdom tooth or abscessed tooth removal. While tooth extractions are relatively simple and safe, complications can arise, as with any surgical procedure. While they are not common, a potential post-operative oral complication are dry sockets. What are Dry Socket? A socket is a hole in the bone at the site of the tooth extraction. After the tooth is pulled, a blood clot is supposed to form in the now empty socket. The… LEARN MORE →

The Serious Consequences of Tooth Loss | Tacoma Oral Surgeons

Blog | April 27th, 2017

If you’re missing one or more teeth, perhaps the most obvious effect is a gap in your smile. Many people with a missing tooth may also find it difficult to chew food or that it changes their speech and pronunciation. However, there are other serious consequences to tooth loss that goes beyond aesthetics or speech. Whether you lost a tooth due to facial trauma, gum disease or decay, having missing teeth can have a serious impact on your health and quality of life. It’s important to have your tooth immediately replaced by an experienced Tacoma oral surgeon since changes will start… LEARN MORE →

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 →