Why Severe Life-Threatening Infection can Cause Delay in Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth pain often indicates an infection, and that can create problems if a patient needs an immediate extraction. However, only if severe life-threatening infection is present, it may be necessary to delay wisdom tooth removal until the systemic infection and any airway compromise is treated. When undergoing any surgery, including wisdom teeth extraction, the…

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Tips for Toothaches

Toothaches can be quite disruptive to your routine. The pain can affect your ability to concentrate on your work, enjoy time with family and friends and even eat a simple meal. As such, patients tend to seek dental care quickly when suffering from a toothache so that they can get relief. The strategy used in…

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Ask About your Oral Surgeon’s In-Depth Anesthesia Certification for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The next time that you book an appointment with your oral surgeon for any procedure that requires anesthesia for tooth extraction, take a moment to ask about clinical qualifications and certifications. Your questions won’t be viewed as suspicious or untrusting. In fact, you’ll be opening the door to learning all about the wealth of knowledge,…

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3D Imaging Technology Enhances Patient Care

Breakthroughs in dental technology may not grab headlines in mainstream media with the same excitement as the latest Smartphone application or the newest gaming system, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a buzz in the dental and medical communities. Combining cutting-edge technology with high-standard dentistry enables your oral surgeon to attend to your health…

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Benefits of iCAT 3D Cone Beam CT Scanner

Imaging is useful in diagnosing the causes of many dental, oral and maxillofacial conditions, from a toothache to an abscess. In the past, dentists had to rely on grainy two-dimensional pictures produced on film by x-rays, but now better tools are available to enhance treatment planning. Three-dimensional pictures, like those produced by cone beam CT…

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Can you ever keep your wisdom teeth?

Having the third molars—“wisdom teeth”—removed is so common and necessary that it has almost become one of the rites of passage along the road to adulthood. For many patients, the decision to visit an oral surgeon to have the wisdom teeth removed is prompted when those teeth cause pain or become infected. The main issue…

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What is a Mal-erupted Tooth?

When a permanent tooth emerges through the gums at an improper time, position, angle, or level, that tooth is referred to as mal-erupted or mal-positioned. You may be more familiar with the term impacted, which relates to lack of room for a tooth to come in normally and there are several different types of impactions,…

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How is a wisdom tooth removed?

There may be no better time than now to have a wisdom tooth removed. With the notable advances in modern dentistry and oral surgery, wisdom tooth removal can be a straightforward outpatient procedure with extremely predictable results. Patients who may be considering wisdom tooth removal in Chicago IL should schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven…

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