Can Flex Savings Accounts Pay for Oral Surgery?

Blog | November 7th, 2018

As the year starts to wind down and people’s thoughts start turning to the holidays ahead, it’s easy to temporarily forget about such things as the flex savings health account (FSA) provided to you by your job. Most employee FSA plans require you to use the funds in the same calendar year that you earned them. Whatever monies are left over on December 31st are lost and cannot be rolled over into the next year. Many people take their remaining FSA monies and apply them towards paying down the cost of end-of-year oral surgery. We’re going to look at what… LEARN MORE →

Tips for a Speedy Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery

Dental Tips, Health & Wellness | October 24th, 2018

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is generally considered to be a major oral surgery procedure.  The healing process can take some time, but there are ways to encourage it to speed up. Eating a nutritious meal, tending to the surgery site, and getting a lot of rest will enable your body to focus on healing. Here are a few tips on how you can speed up the healing process from having your wisdom teeth removed. Prepare in Advance There are a few things you should do before the surgery date  that will make the first few days of your recovery… LEARN MORE →

Fun Family Fall Activities in Puyallup

Blog | October 18th, 2018

Fall time is almost here, and that means cooler weather and lots of fun seasonal activities that the whole family can enjoy. From Oktoberfest to pumpkin patch experiences, there’s a little bit of something for everyone during the fall time in Puyallup. We’re going to look at our top five family-friendly activities that kids from age 1 to 101 will enjoy.   Puyallup Farmer’s Market Fill up your cornucopia with some of the best organic vegetables, fruits, and gourds that Washington farmers have to offer. There’s no better tasting or healthier food than what you can find at the Puyallup… LEARN MORE →

What is Bruxism and How Can It Be Treated?

Blog, Health & Wellness | September 25th, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself grinding your teeth or are they looking like they’re starting to wear down prematurely? If you answered “yes” to either of these two questions, you might be suffering from bruxism, which is a condition that causes people to grind their teeth. If it continues for an extended period of time, the mechanical process of wear and tear will cause the teeth to start to wear down. It’s been said that around 8% of the population suffers from some form of mild-to-severe teeth grinding. 10% of those people will eventually grind their teeth down to little… LEARN MORE →

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 →