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Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatment

People with OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, find that using a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure) helps with moderate to severe conditions. However, many are unable to stick with this treatment. They quit for a variety of reasons, mostly because the device is cumbersome and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are treatments that can be performed that result in improved breathing, …

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What You Should Know About Dry Socket

Dry socket is a condition professionally referred to as “alveolar osteitis”, and it is one of the possible complications that can occur after a tooth is extracted. It is actually a fairly rare condition, with only 20% of wisdom tooth removal patients experiencing this condition. Despite it being uncommon, there are often questions about dry socket. What is dry socket? …

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Researchers Determine Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimers

There has been a lot of research in the past few years regarding gum disease and its relationship to many illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Brushing your teeth and maintaining health gums has been linked to overall body health, and goes well beyond simply having that bright, white smile. New research coming from the University of Bergen in Norway …

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Managing Pain with Fewer Opioids

The growing problem of opioid addiction has medical professionals rethinking prescriptions for pain medications and evaluating other alternatives for relief. Medications are generally needed after oral surgery to help patients manage their pain. However, the amount of painkillers a patient will need varies on an individual basis. Professionals should therefore evaluate needs based on each individual patient’s current medications, drug …

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New Clues for Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

Have you noticed a burning sensation in your mouth, something that is not due to scalding your mouth on a hot drink or piece of hot pizza? Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, can affect the tongue, roof of the mouth, insides of cheeks, gums and lips. The burning or scalding sensation can appear suddenly or can develop over time. It …

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3D Printing Your Dentures

3D printing is changing the face of manufacturing in the world, and now there is potential for it to impact those who wear dentures. Dr. Jason Lee, the inventor of the process, hopes that this innovative technology will make the denture production process quicker, more accurate, and more predictable. Researchers at the University of Buffalo published a study in April …

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Redefining Oral Surgery with Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the branch of technology that deals with manipulating atoms and molecules. The American Chemical Society has reported on a pre-clinical study that shows promise for patients undergoing oral surgery. The study shows a reduction in pain and recovery time after oral surgery with the aid of specialized nanotechnology. When oral surgery is performed on a patient, oftentimes collagen …

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Botox and Bruxism

Do you grind your teeth at night? Grinding and clenching during sleep is known as bruxism, and can cause damage to the teeth and jaw. Many patients with this condition wear a mouth guard at night for protection, but headaches and aching jaws are often symptoms that persist. A study published in January 2018 by Dr. William Ondo and associates, …

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Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Over the years opinions have gone back and forth over the pros and cons of having wisdom teeth removed. Hossein Ghaeminia of Radboud University will receive his PhD for his current research into problem-free wisdom teeth. He undertook a systematic review of all of the research in the field to bring together current research on this topic. The answer remains …

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Test Your Dental Implants with Chewing Gum

Occasionally a small percentage of dental implant patients develop inflammation that could delay healing after dental implants. Bacteria can develop which causes this inflammation. In the future, possibly the next few years, patients can benefit from an affordable and easy method of testing for this bacteria – a new chewing gum based diagnostic test. A pharmaceutical research team at the …

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