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What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Posted on 4/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
An oral biopsy is when a small amount of tissue is taken from your mouth so that it can be analyzed. When people hear the word biopsy they automatically think about cancer, but that is just one of the things that the tissue could be tested for. When we do a biopsy, we are looking to find information on what might be causing issues within your mouth. Here is what you need to know about an oral biopsy. Gum Line If we are looking to get a general idea of what could be going on, we could take some tissue from your gum line. We might even decide to take it from a couple of different places along your gums, in case we want to compare samples. Do not worry, the amount of tissue that we will take will be small. You will not walk about with a sore mouth for days after the biopsy. Bone Sometimes it is the bone that needs to be biopsied. This is a little more complex than taking some gum tissue, since we will need to go through your skin to get to the bone. Lesions If you have a lesion in your mouth or another type of sore that we want to check out, we could remove part or all of it during the biopsy. That will then be sent to our lab for analysis. In most cases, a biopsy will not take long. It is often the best way to find out what is causing a problem. As already mentioned, a biopsy does not immediately mean cancer, but that is one of the things that we might look for. If you do have cancer, we will want to figure out the best course of treatment for your situation as soon as possible....
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Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
People often imagine crowns as the piece of jewelry that sits on the head of a king or queen. Those are not the only types of crowns that people can have. There is another type that a person can have, even if they are not royalty. Dental crowns have an important place in many people's oral health. The problem that many people have with dental crowns is the cost. They are not as cheap as other options to replace missing, broken or damaged teeth. In order to figure out whether dental crowns are the best option for you, it is worth learning the most common reasons that other get crowns. What are Crowns? Before learning why people need crowns, you need to understand what they are. A crown is a cap that fits over a broken, cracked or misshaped tooth. The crown looks and has the shape of a natural tooth. The crown is cemented in place move the tooth to hold it in place. Some people use an implanted post to attach the crown when the tooth is missing. Reasons for a Crown There are many reasons for a crown. A crown can help improve your overall oral health. When teeth are damaged or missing, the other teeth will often move to compensate for the extra space. The gums and the bone can also shrink as a result. The crown can prevent these problems from occurring. People also get crowns when these things happen. Crowns serve many useful purposes. Because they last longer and look more natural, they are often the best option for people who struggle to maintain their natural teeth. Contact the professionals at our office today to schedule an appointment to learn about this and other oral health issues....
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Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
A dental abscess is a small pocket of pus that is next to a tooth. An abscess will often cause pain, but that is not always the case. There have been people who have had an abscess for years without any pain, but that does not mean that you should ignore the problem. If you have an abscess, that means that there is likely a more serious issue on the tooth next to the abscess. Leaving it untreated could lead to infection, or something much worse. Not all abscesses require surgery. Here are some of the common ways that dental abscesses are treated. Draining Sometimes all that needs to be done for an abscess is that it be drained. This is not as cut and dry as it may seem. There are several different methods that are used to drain an abscess, and which one we pick will depend on many different factors. Root Canal Root canals are a common way to treat a dental abscess, with a high success rate. With a root canal, the damaged area around the tooth is removed. Root canals have a reputation for a lot of pain afterwards, but it is not a reputation that they deserve. It is a common procedure that has helped countless people. Extraction Sometimes surgery is necessary for an abscessed tooth. It could be that the tooth needs to be removed in order to heal the problem. It that is the case, the abscess should heal not long after the tooth has been removed. Ignoring an abscess can cause problems. The longer you ignore it, the worse those problems could be. The best thing to do if you think that you have an abscess is to come in and see us. We will then decide the best way to treat it....
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All Posts:

What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
4/10/2019
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
3/20/2019
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
3/10/2019
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
2/20/2019
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
2/10/2019
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
1/20/2019
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
1/10/2019
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
12/20/2018
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
12/10/2018
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
11/20/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
11/10/2018
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
10/20/2018
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
10/10/2018
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
9/20/2018
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
9/10/2018
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
8/20/2018
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
8/10/2018
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
7/20/2018
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
7/10/2018
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
6/23/2018
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
6/13/2018
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
5/23/2018
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
5/13/2018
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
4/20/2018
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
4/10/2018
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
3/20/2018
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
3/10/2018
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
2/20/2018
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
2/10/2018
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
1/20/2018
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
1/10/2018
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
12/20/2017
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
12/10/2017
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
11/23/2017
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
11/13/2017
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
10/20/2017
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
10/10/2017
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
9/20/2017
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
9/10/2017
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
8/20/2017
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
8/10/2017
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
7/31/2017
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
7/20/2017
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
6/20/2017
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
6/10/2017
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
5/20/2017
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
5/10/2017
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
4/20/2017
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
4/10/2017
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
3/20/2017
How to Handle Graft Pain
3/10/2017
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
2/20/2017
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
2/10/2017
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
1/20/2017
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
1/10/2017
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
12/20/2016
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
12/10/2016
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
11/20/2016
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
11/10/2016
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
10/20/2016
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
10/10/2016
Fixing an Underbite
9/20/2016
Defining Impacted Teeth
9/10/2016
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
8/23/2016
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
8/13/2016
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
7/30/2016
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