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Reasons Your TMJ May Click and Lock Up
4/20/2018
Lying Down After Oral Surgery Can Slow Recovery
4/10/2018
How Long Does Recovery Take During Bone Grafts?
3/23/2018
How Can Oral Surgery Improve How Well Dentures Fit?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons People Need Oral Surgery
2/23/2018
Things You May Not Think Of That Can Cause Jaw Pain
2/13/2018
Could You Have a Fractured Jaw Bone?
1/23/2018
Would You Be a Good Candidate for All-on-4 Dentures?
1/13/2018
Speaking with an Oral Surgeon Is Imperative If You Think You Have Signs of Oral Cancer
12/23/2017
Sinus Lifts Can Improve Your Chances of Getting Dental Implants
12/13/2017
Why Lying Down Flat After Surgery is Not a Good Idea
11/23/2017
What You Need to Bring with You When Going in For Oral Surgery
11/13/2017
Talk to Your Oral Surgeon if You Have Tinnitus
10/23/2017
Symptoms of a TMD
10/13/2017
Did You Know That Not All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
9/27/2017
Can You Use Ice Too Long After an Extraction?
9/17/2017
Symptoms to Be Aware of When You Have TMJ
8/25/2017
Simple Ways of Speeding Up Oral Surgery Recovery
8/15/2017
How Oral Surgeons Remove Impacted Teeth
7/30/2017
Do Bony Growths in the Mouth Hurt?
7/23/2017
Why You Should Rinse Your Mouth with Saltwater After an Oral Surgery Procedure
6/25/2017
Why You Need to Talk to Your Oral Surgeon When You Notice Your Ears Ringing
6/15/2017
Is an Underbite Something that Must be Corrected?
5/27/2017
When Sleep Apnea Should Involve Your Oral Surgeon
5/17/2017
Why Your Oral Surgeon Should Be Your First Call if Your Jaw Starts Clicking
4/27/2017
Why You Want Your Oral Surgeon to Check for Oddities in Your Mouth
4/17/2017
Foods That Boost Healing After an Oral Procedure
3/27/2017
Common TMJ Treatments You Should Know
3/17/2017
Pain in the Back of Your Jaw Could Be from Wisdom Teeth
2/27/2017
Knowing if You Need a Root Canal Retreatment
2/17/2017
Talking with Your Dentist About Your Jaw Pain
1/27/2017
Signs of Oral Cancer You Should Speak with Your Oral Surgeon About
1/17/2017
Seeing an Oral Surgeon When an Oral Piercing Gets Infected
12/30/2016
Having Your Oral Surgeon Treat Severe Oral Burns
12/20/2016
Seeing Your Oral Surgeon After Fracturing a Tooth
11/30/2016
Visiting an Oral Surgeon After a Lump Is Found By Your Dentist
11/20/2016
How Much Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery?
10/30/2016
The Quiet Side Effect of Anxiety with TMJ Problems
10/20/2016
Latest Posts:

Reasons Your TMJ May Click and Lock Up
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Michelle Smith
Tempromandibular joint syndrome or TMJ is a condition where the axis that connects the upper jaw to your lower jaw is not working properly. This joint may be small but any irregularity will cause dysfunction in your jaw. There are a lot of causes for TMJ so it is not possible to cover them all in on a single article. For instance, the muscles that allow your jaw to move may also be affected, which may be misdiagnosed as well. It is best to consult one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons to make the correct diagnosis. How Do I Know I Have TMJ?The causes of TMJ are myriad. It could be a result of years of teeth grinding, misalignment in the jaw or your teeth, stress, poor eating and chewing habits, poor posture and arthritis. We have found that stress is also one of the common factors that can cause a lockjaw. So When Do You Consult An Oral Specialist?If you hear some strange sounds, like clicking or popping whenever you open your mouth, it may not necessarily be painful right away, then it is time to see a dentist. Second, if you notice limited movement in your jaw. For instance, you cannot open your mouth wide enough without feeling any discomfort or pain. In connection to this, you may experience difficulty in chewing, as well. Third, a dull pain in your ear may also be connected to TMJ. You may see an ear specialist, which may recommend a treatment totally unrelated to your condition. Another symptom is constant headaches, although this one alone is not a red flag for TMD. If you hear clicking sounds in your jaw, on top of the headache, then you better see us right away. We recommend that you see us right away if you feel any of these symptoms. TMJ is a serious condition if left untreated. The good news is that it is easily treated, as well....
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Lying Down After Oral Surgery Can Slow Recovery
Posted on 4/10/2018 by Michelle Smith
There are times that an oral surgery is unavoidable because you need to maintain your oral health at all cost. After an oral surgery, all you want to do is have a speedy recovery because you just want the swelling and discomfort to go away. The first thing you might want to do is take a rest and avoid strenuous activities that can cause bleeding and swelling. However, did you know that lying down after an oral surgery can actually slow down your recovery? Head Above HeartLying down after any oral surgeries or even other medical surgeries is not totally prohibited or bad for the health. In fact, you really need to get off your feet and take a rest. Better yet, shut down from reality and have a good sleep. However, what you really need to know is that lying down flat on your back can cause excess swelling and bleeding. You should keep your head above your heart if you want to avoid excessive swelling and bleeding that can slow down your recovery. If swelling and bleeding continues, this may also cause additional pain after the oral surgery. On top of that, lying down after an oral surgery can cause other complications, such as high blood pressure, which can make your recovery slower than usual. What Do You Need To Do? No, you do not need to sit down when you feel you want to sleep. Since you need to rest and sleep, keep your head propped up with a lot of pillows. This will make your head stay above your head, thus making the swelling and bleeding better every day. This will also lower your blood pressure, so you can sleep more comfortably. You might also want to avoid suddenly sitting up or standing up from a lying position. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. From a lying position, slowly sit down for a minute before finally getting on your feet. There are other things that can help you have a speedy recovery, but regularly visiting the dentist is the best tip....
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How Long Does Recovery Take During Bone Grafts?
Posted on 3/23/2018 by David Admin
Bone graft surgery is a procedure that has evolved over the course of time. In modern practice, the risks of complications are fairly low. However, complications can still arise as a result of poor techniques during the procedure, or failure to follow the guidelines. The time it takes to heal and repair the bone can vary widely depending on a number of factors. Understanding these factors can help the patient go through recovery with information that can make the process easier. Bone Grafting ProcessThe bone is a living tissue that has cells and blood vessels and can regenerate and repair itself. Every day your body removes some cells and replaces them with new ones. This process is slightly different to what happens during bone grafting. After the procedure, clotting will be triggered in the affected area as new blood vessels are formed to supply the wound with oxygen and nutrients. New soft bone begins to form slowly, the bone, then undergoes mineralization and hardens with time. The process can take between three to six weeks to heal, but this can also vary depending on the certain specifics of the procedure. For example, some procedures incorporate both insertion of the implant and bone grafting at the same time. Type of MaterialAnother factor that can affect the recovery time is the type of material used for grafting. Autograft that involves taking bone material from the same individual has lower chances of rejection and higher rates of healing. Synthetic materials do not have to be removed from the individual's body and are therefore less intrusive for the patient. Furthermore, some procedures incorporate the use of growth factors to speed up the healing process. How you react to medication and whether you have preexisting medical conditions is another factor that can affect your progress during recovery. If you have any oral health issues, contact us today. We'll be glad to help....
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