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Sheng Ji, DDS, MD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Blog

Recovering from All-on-4 Surgery: What Can You Expect?

July 28, 2023

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All-on-4 dental implant treatment is one of the most efficient and effective ways to reverse extensive tooth loss. However, it does involve a minor surgery, so you must be prepared to go through a healing period. What will you experience while you are recovering from All-on-4 surgery? Read this blog post to gain a basic overview of the post-op period.

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Afraid of the Dentist? The Media Might Be to Blame

June 17, 2023

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Many people experience anxiety or even fear when they have to visit their dentist. Those feelings may be amplified in situations where a major procedure, such as oral surgery, is necessary. Some people are nervous because they have had bad experiences in the past. Others, though, are afraid of the dentist simply because of the way oral healthcare has been portrayed in the media. This blog post discusses some unflattering depictions of dental care. It also touches on why there is no reason to shy away from your next appointment.

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What to Know About Flying After a Tooth Extraction

May 3, 2023

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When you have a nasty tooth extracted, that can free you from a lot of pain and discomfort, giving you a much healthier smile than you had before. However, immediately after the procedure, it may not feel like that. Caring for an extraction area after the procedure can come with its own set of challenges, and your surgeon will do what they can to help you through the recovery.

If you’re getting on a plane after a tooth extraction, there are a few ways in which that can present unique challenges. Here’s why that is, and what you can do to make the flight a little easier.

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You Asked, We Answered: What Is Oral Pathology?

April 13, 2023

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Did you know that there are currently twelve dental specialties recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards? Oral pathology is one that focuses on disease in and around your mouth. It involves the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases that affect the head/neck region and oral cavity. Read on to learn more about what oral pathologists do and which four diseases they’ve become experts in to provide the best possible treatment to help keep people smiling.

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Is It Ever Too Late to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

March 15, 2023

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Having wisdom teeth removed is often considered to be a rite of passage since most people tend to have it done in their late teens or early 20s. While this is normally when these teeth start to come in (and cause problems), the truth is that many wait until their 30s, 40s, or 50s to have their wisdom teeth extracted. Why is this the case? And is having a wisdom tooth extraction different when someone is older? Can you ever be too old for the procedure? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more below.

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Swelling After Oral Surgery: When Will It Peak?

February 23, 2023

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Woman in blue sweater rubbing her jaw

After wisdom teeth extraction or another kind of oral surgery, it will take time for your mouth to recover. During this period, you may experience some amount of swelling in your mouth. This is a completely normal side effect, but you’ll probably find yourself wondering: “At what point will it stop?” Here are the facts behind why post-surgical swelling occurs, when it peaks, and how it can be managed.

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Can an Oral Surgeon Fix a Broken Jaw?

January 15, 2023

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3D illustration of broken jaw

No one wants to experience trauma to the jaw. Not only can a broken jaw be painful, but it impacts so many essential activities like talking, eating, and even breathing. If you’ve experienced an injury to the face, seek treatment immediately – you might have a fractured jaw. Can an oral surgeon provide the urgent help you need? Read on to learn how you know when your jaw is broken and gain a better understanding of the treatment an experienced oral surgeon can provide.

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The Benefits of Getting a Bone Graft After Tooth Extraction

November 25, 2022

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Illustration of a bone graft after two teeth have been extracted

When a tooth is badly decayed or otherwise damaged beyond repair, sometimes an extraction is the only way to protect your oral health. However, removing a tooth without replacing it could have long-term consequences for your jaw. As such, your oral surgeon may recommend having a bone graft done right after your tooth extraction. The following post goes into more detail about this procedure and the benefits of having it performed after teeth are removed.

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When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

October 24, 2022

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Tooth held in dental forceps following tooth extraction

No one likes the idea of having a tooth removed, and your dentist will always do their best to help you maintain a complete smile. However, in some circumstances, a tooth extraction is the best way to preserve a patient’s oral health, end their discomfort, and pave the way for future treatments. When is an extraction necessary? This blog post discusses a few common reasons for the procedure.

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What Is a Sinus Lift? Why Might I Need One?

September 27, 2022

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Illustration of dental implant in upper jaw after sinus lift

In some cases, a patient can receive dental implants soon after their initial tooth replacement consultation. In other instances, though, one or more preliminary procedures are necessary to prepare the mouth to support the implants. One such procedure is a sinus lift. What exactly is a sinus lift, and why might it be necessary? Let’s talk about the answers to those important questions.

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