Archive for the ‘ Oral Surgery Blog for Patients ’ Category

Help for Dry Mouth

Most of the time, the inside of the mouth is moist. But what if that moisture is chronically absent? This condition, called xerostomia or dry mouth, happens when the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. What little saliva is made becomes thick and the mouth feels sticky or dry. Chewing, swallowing or speaking may become […]

Is the Pandemic Damaging Your Teeth?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the stresses that have come with it have affected every aspect of our lives—including, it turns out, our dental health. To gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted dental practices, the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute has been conducting biweekly polls during the pandemic. The results of a […]

COVID-19: How it Affects Oral Health

When you think of COVID-19 symptoms, what comes to mind? Probably a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath—perhaps loss of taste and smell. Yet an inability to enjoy the flavors of a savory bowl of pasta or your favorite dessert is not the only oral health problem people can experience with this virus. Below […]

Restoring Function and Esthetics

To give you a little insight into our team and provide some lighter reading, we include Q&A profiles like this one in our e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning more about Richard W. Panek, DDS, dedicated oral surgeon, expert in dental implants and facial trauma, outdoor enthusiast and traveler. Why oral surgery? I enjoy being […]

Do You Need Antibiotics Before Dental Treatment?

Antibiotics can save lives. But if they’re prescribed when not medically necessary, they can do more harm than good. For example, antibiotics can cause dangerous adverse allergic reactions in some people. In addition, the more antibiotics are prescribed in the general population, the greater the chance that drug-resistant bacteria will develop. While no one argues […]

All-on-4®: Your Questions Answered

All-on-4 is a treatment concept that represents a significant step forward in the way dental professionals replace full sets of teeth (upper arch, lower arch or both). A full set of upper or lower teeth can be held in place by as few as four implant posts. This low-impact approach cuts down on the cost […]

A Passion for Problem Solving

To give you a little insight into our team and provide some lighter reading, we include Q&A profiles like this one in our e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy learning more about Emily J. Van Heukelom, DDS, dedicated oral surgeon, expert in dentoalveolar/dental implant surgery, anesthesia and hospital based-procedures, as well as active mother of twins. […]

Having Your Wisdom Teeth Out? Plan Ahead

The time has come for your wisdom teeth to be removed! This may cause some stress, but like many other obstacles, with some planning there’s a lot you can do to help ensure you have a smooth experience.   The first step is having a consultation with an oral surgeon you feel comfortable with and […]

Are Smart Toothbrushes a Smart Investment?

Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral health and can have a significant effect on your overall health, too. So, it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But does that mean investing in a “smart” toothbrush? Smart toothbrushes are electric toothbrushes to which […]

How We Keep You Comfortable

Comfort during your oral surgery procedure is an essential part of our practice philosophy. To address this, we offer many different options for anesthesia in our office. We determine the type of anesthetic to use based on how invasive the procedure is and how the patient feels about the procedure overall. Our oral surgeons are […]