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Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
Posted on 2/20/2020 by Candice
Just about everyone has experienced swelling at some time or another. If you bump your head, it may swell. When you have an insect bite you may notice swelling. Swelling is a normal reaction of your body to trauma. When your body heals itself rushes resources to the damaged site to begin the healing process. It is your body's natural response. When these resources rush to the damaged or infected site it causes inflammation. This inflammation is noticeable to you because your body swells. When you have oral surgery your body interprets that as trauma. It marches its healing resources to the surgical site to begin the repair. The swelling in the case of infections is white blood cells. These cells are the infection-fighting cells. But you don't have to have an infection for your body to react. All you need is for something unusual to happen. To your body, oral surgery is unusual. How Long Does the Swelling Last? One of the things that bother our patients about oral surgery is the swelling. It usually affects the cheeks. Patients say they sometimes feel like chipmunks who have their cheeks filled with acorns. Swelling after an oral surgery procedure does not happen immediately. It takes a little time for your body to get its defenses up around the damaged area. Usually, the swelling begins within 24 hours after the surgery. Though it has generally been in the cheek area, it can also swell around your mouth, the side of your face and even your eyes. Everyone's body has a different reaction time. The good news is that you can reduce the amount of swelling that you have to deal with. After you get home from having your procedure, you should wait until the anesthetic wears off before you do anything other than rest. After it has worn off, which should only take a few hours, you can put an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas on the side of your face that had the surgical procedure. Frozen peas are recommended because they will more easily mold to your face than an ice pack will. The only reason we recommend waiting is to ensure that you don't leave the ice pack on too long. You won't be able to feel how cold it is. Generally, you will not notice the swelling until the day after your surgery. The swelling will usually last for 24 to 72 hours. You can use the ice packs for the first two days, but after that, it has little or no effect on the swelling. If you still experience swelling after the third day, or it hasn't gone down at all, definitely call us as it may indicate an infection....
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Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
Posted on 2/10/2020 by Candice
The thought of wearing a mouthguard is not always appealing. It is easy to recognize how a mouthguard can protect the teeth, but that does not always mean a person will enjoy wearing one. The fact is that there are many ways a custom mouthguard can prevent problems with the teeth and gums. When made and used properly, they are not the inconvenience that people think they are and are actually something that is very helpful. Preventing Trauma One of the most obvious reasons to wear a mouthguard is when you engage in activities that put the teeth at risk. It is a good idea to use a mouthguard when playing sports that involve physical contact. Even sports where people don't collide could lead to trauma that could damage teeth. Teeth Grinding Another reason to turn to a mouthguard is to prevent any damage from teeth grinding. Most people grind their teeth while they are asleep. They are not aware that it happens unless someone tells them, or if the teeth grinding damages their teeth. The mouthguard can help prevent the damage that comes from the stress on the teeth when someone grinds them as they sleep. Why a Custom Mouthguard? While it is possible to pick up a generic mouthguard to protect the teeth and they do offer some protection, it is better to get one that is custom fit. Everyone's mouth is a different size. The way their teeth fit in the mouth also varies from one person to the next. The best protection from a mouthguard comes when it fits the teeth properly and the best way to do that is through a custom mouthguard. It is also important to know that the shape and configuration of your teeth changes over time, so it is a good idea to evaluate whether you need a new custom mouthguard from time to time. Call us and let us help get the process started!...
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Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
Posted on 1/20/2020 by Andrew Zeiger
People don't always enjoy coming to see us. We can't blame them for fearing a visit. However, there are many cases where visiting us is very important, even lifesaving. One of those cases is for tooth abscesses. When a tooth abscess is small, you may be able to get an easy treatment, such as antibiotics. When the abscess gets large, you may need surgery, which is when you get to come and see us. Let us tell you a little more about abscesses. What Is An Abscess? At the root of any tooth abscess is an infection. If you get a cavity, you know that the cavity begins when bacteria drill a small hole in your tooth's enamel. Over time, the cavity gets bigger and bigger, until it reaches your tooth pulp, which contains nerves and the blood supply to the tooth. It is also the gateway to the tooth. When your tooth becomes infected, we can fix it with a root canal if we catch it early enough. That means we make an incision in the top of your tooth, take out the infected pulp, fill the tooth with composite, and put a crown on the tooth to keep it strong. However, if the tooth is too infected, an abscess will form at the root. This is a cavity in your mouth full of pus, which is not good for anyone. Surgery If you have an abscessed tooth that has become very infected, you will have some pretty serious symptoms. You will be in severe pain, in fact, the pain may be so bad you start sweating. You may have a fever, and you may be dizzy and nauseated. This is when you need to come in and see us. Your abscess has gotten to the point you need surgery to clean it out and fix it. If you don't get your abscess treated, the infection can spread to your teeth, other areas of your mouth, your brain and your heart- which is never a good thing. If you think you may have an abscessed tooth, you need to come and see us as soon as possible. That's because there are ways, we can heal the abscess and even save the tooth....
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All Posts:

Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
2/20/2020
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
2/10/2020
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
1/20/2020
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
1/10/2020
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
12/20/2019
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
12/10/2019
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
11/20/2019
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
11/10/2019
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
10/20/2019
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
10/10/2019
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
9/20/2019
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
9/10/2019
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
8/20/2019
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
8/10/2019
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/20/2019
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
7/10/2019
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
6/20/2019
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
6/10/2019
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
5/20/2019
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
5/10/2019
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
4/20/2019
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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