Colorado Oral Surgery Group

Wisdom Teeth: To Extract or Not to Extract?

Impacted Wisdom ToothImpacted wisdom teeth are the third molars that are still inside the bone and under the gum tissue. Sometimes it’s difficult for patients to determine if they need their wisdom teeth out, especially if they are asymptomatic or haven’t caused issues. The decision on whether to treat the wisdom teeth mainly depends on if they are causing pain/symptoms or have a high chance to cause problems in the future.
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What is Dry Socket: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment

Dry SocketAfter the extraction of a tooth, a blood clot should form in the extraction site to protect the bone. However, in a dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, that blood clot can dislodge prematurely or not form properly which leaves the bone exposed to the oral environment. This is a slower healing process. Typically, dry socket happens about the 4th or 5th day after surgery and can be extremely painful.

Luckily, only a small percentage of patients, about 2%-5%, develop dry socket after tooth extraction.
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Safety of Dental Implants

Dental ImplantsImplants are an excellent option for replacing teeth to regain function, esthetics and self-confidence. But are they safe?

Of course there are many factors that contribute to success of implants. However, overall success rates for implants is about 95%.

Predominant types of implants are made out of titanium or titanium alloy very similar to materials used for orthopedics and heart surgery. The reason why titanium is used for so many medical applications is that titanium is very biocompatible with bone and tissues. Risk of toxicity or harm is extremely rare due to lack of corrosion. Rejection by the body is also extremely rare. Titanium also has a unique characteristic of being able to fuse to bone.

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LPRF (Leukocyte and Platelet rich Fibrin): What is it and why do we use it?

What is LPRF?

PlasmaBlood has several different components:

  • Plasma : liquid portion of blood
  • Red Blood Cells
  • Leukocytes or White Blood Cells: cells that neutralize bacteria and invading organisms at the site of injury, infection or inflammation
  • Platelets: tiny cells that form a clot at the site of a wound or damaged blood vessel
  • Fibrin: insoluble protein that forms a meshwork to stop bleeding

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Dental Implants: General Information, Benefits and Risks

Dental implants are a great alternative to replace missing teeth. There are many indications for placing implants such as:

  • Support for dentures that are ill-fitting or dislike removing dentures every day
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Bridge is not an option or bridge is not salvageable

Dental Implant

Dental implants are essentially replacements of tooth roots that are placed in the jaw bone. They are screw-like posts that are made of titanium and over several months of healing fuse to the bone. After proper healing (usually 3-6 months), an implant crown or prosthesis for a denture can be fabricated to fit on the implants.

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Smoking and Dental Implants

smoking a cigaretteDental implants are an excellent solution for the replacement of missing teeth whether they are used for the replacement of one tooth or incorporated in a denture to increase function and esthetics. However, tobacco usage can greatly influence the success of dental implants in the long term. Read the rest of this entry »

Oral Surgery during the Holidays

The holiday season has come quickly upon us! This is a time when many patients choose to have an oral surgery procedure completed due to a prolonged break from work or school.  However, there are definitely concerns we hear from our patients when scheduling these appointments, especially because the holidays are about food, enjoying time with family, and travel. Not to fear! The holiday season can still be enjoyed with some minor modifications while healing from surgery. Read the rest of this entry »

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