Do I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Blog, Wisdom Teeth | September 11th, 2018

Sometimes dentists will suggest that their patients have their wisdom teeth removed, even if they aren’t feeling any pain. The only way to get wisdom teeth out of the mouth is to perform oral surgery, and this can cause some people to procrastinate until they become a problem. We’re going to look at what wisdom teeth are, what signs could cause the dentist to recommend removal, and what happens if you wait too long to get them removed. What Are Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of our mouths. They usually don’t start growing until… LEARN MORE →

How Smoking Can Affect Your Oral Health

Blog, Dental Tips | September 3rd, 2018

If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably heard time and time again that smoking is bad for your health. Lung cancer, emphysema, and premature aging have all been medically linked to cigarettes. But did you know that smoking can also cause major oral health problems? Cigarette smoke contains a multitude of harmful and toxic chemicals that can negatively affect the health of your mouth. We’re going to look at why smoking is bad for your oral health and the various conditions that it can cause. Smoking and Your Oral Health The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a report last year… LEARN MORE →

7 Healthy Foods You Can Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Dental Tips, Wisdom Teeth | August 27th, 2018

The foods you eat after your wisdom tooth extraction can help speed up the healing process if they contain enough protein, minerals, and vitamins. While you may be tempted to eat ice cream non-stop for the next few days, it will only cause you to gain weight and could even prolong the time it takes to fully heal up. Your oral surgeon might have given you after-care instructions such as avoiding hot foods, brushing your teeth gently, and keeping the extraction site clean. However, what you probably didn’t know is that there are a lot of nutritious and delicious foods… LEARN MORE →

Meet Our Newest Dental Assistant: Yomi

Dental Implants | August 20th, 2018

We’d like to introduce you to our newest dental assistant: Yomi the Robot. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave Yomi their nod of approval and clearance to be used as an assistant when performing dental implant surgery. At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we’re pleased to announce that we are the first office in the Pacific Northwest to have and use this innovative and ground-breaking dental technology. The Yomi Robot will assist Dr. Chacon and his staff when performing implant surgery. It will provide advanced planning and placement assistance of dental implants, thereby allowing for much… LEARN MORE →

Benefits of Your All-On-4® Dental Implants

Blog, Dental Implants | July 19th, 2018

Our smiles tell others quite a bit about us without the need to say a single word. Not only do they convey self-expression, the health of our teeth and gums serve as a strong indicator of overall health and vitality. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 120 million Americans are missing a one or multiple teeth. If you are embarrassed to show your smile, the All-On-4® dental implant procedure may change your life. The All-On-4® procedure is a cost-effective and minimally invasive surgery for complete teeth reconstruction. It provides a full-arch dental restoration using only four… LEARN MORE →

What to Expect During Your All-On-4® Implant Solution Procedure

Blog, Dental Implants | July 17th, 2018

Surgery day can understandably be nerve-wrecking, especially when it comes to a major procedure. In fact, 30 million Americans have dental anxiety when it comes time for their appointment. Knowing what to expect during oral surgery can help ease any fears and prepare you for a speedy recovery. At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we want you feeling calm and collected when your All-On-4® procedure day arrives. This is why we have outlined what to expect before, during and after your surgery day. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to relieve any stress… LEARN MORE →

Restore Your Smile in One Day With All-on-4® Implant Solution

Blog, Dental Implants | May 4th, 2018

Our teeth play an important role in our daily life. We rely on a set of healthy, functioning teeth to eat, retain our facial structure, along with shine a bright and beautiful smile. Having missing teeth can affect your ability to properly chew, speak or lead to a decrease sense of self-confidence or self-worth. Tooth loss is a common medical issue among adults, especially as we age. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws. In the first year after losing a tooth, the jaw… LEARN MORE →

How to Choose a Puyallup Dental Implant Surgeon: Key Questions to Ask

Blog, Dental Implants | April 3rd, 2018

If you are considering dental implant surgery in Tacoma or Puyallup, the stress of finding an oral surgeon can be overwhelming. An increasing number of dentists perform dental implants, but they don’t specialize in oral surgery. It’s likely that they don’t have the resources, experience or skill set to perform dental implants at the highest level. With the investment you plan to make for dental implants, you want to make sure that you have an oral surgeon that you can trust. At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we want to reassure that your search is over. Our staff… LEARN MORE →

The History of Dental Implants | Tacoma Dental Implant Surgeons

Dental Implants | March 13th, 2018

We tend to think of dental implants as a modern dentistry cosmetic. However, the idea behind dental implants has actually been around for centuries. It’s only within the last few decades that we have developed the technology for a successful implant solution. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Millions of people have undergone oral surgery trying to restore their smile. But the nature of dental implants used to be different, with the teeth replaced with a variety of materials. Dental Implants During Ancient Times The evolution of dental implants goes… LEARN MORE →

Is Oral Surgery Covered by Insurance? | Tacoma Oral Surgeons

Blog | February 19th, 2018

At Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Puyallup, we want to make sure the oral surgery process is a simple and stress-free as possible—from the moment you walk into our Puyallup clinic to the time you leave. Understanding the financial aspect of oral surgery can be confusing. Specific procedures covered by insurance will vary from plan to plan, and some plans will only pay a portion of your procedure. Our skilled surgeons want to help in answering any questions that you may have on if your insurance plan will cover your upcoming oral surgery procedure. Medical Insurance vs. Dental Insurance… LEARN MORE →