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New Straumann AlloGraft Rings Could Revolutionize Implant Procedure

Whether you're missing one tooth or multiple teeth, the decision to replace them with dental implants is an excellent investment. A step above a crown and a bridge, implants look, function and feel like natural teeth.

However, dental implants can take time to be fitted for your mouth. Some patients wait weeks before getting their ideal implant. Until now.

Panhandle Oral & Maxillofacial is now offering a revolutionary new set of Straumann AlloGraft bone graft rings that can be immediately applied after a tooth is pulled. These implants will save you weeks of waiting time.

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What’s The Difference Between A Dentist, An Orthodontist, And An Oral Surgeon?

Plenty of people confuse dentists with oral surgeons and orthodontists. Though all three of these professionals work on the human mouth to improve oral health and alleviate discomfort, each has distinct knowledge, skills, responsibilities, patients and workplaces.

There are all sorts of differences between dentists, oral surgeons and orthodontists. These are the biggest distinctions between the three.

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What Does 'Maxillofacial' Mean Anyway?

If you're dealing with defects, conditions, or injuries of the face, head, jaw, neck, and sinuses, you may need the services of a maxillofacial surgeon. But what does maxillofacial mean?

Maxillo refers to the bones that make up the roof of the mouth and the upper jaw. Facial refers to your face's structure.

Here's a closer look at maxillofacial surgery, including what it is, who performs it, and the conditions and injuries that it treats.

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Dental Implants Vs. Bridges: Which Is Better?

If you have a missing tooth, you have several options to repair your smile: dental implants and dental bridges. While both of these options can replace a lost tooth or teeth, they are not the same.

Because every mouth is different, it's important to consider what matters to you. This in-depth comparison breaks down the pros and cons of both options so you can determine which is best for you.

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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is considered standard practice these days. But the decision to remove them is hardly one that's taken lightly, even if having wisdom teeth extracted is almost a rite of passage for young adults.

It's a decision made after carefully considering many factors, and always with the long-term oral health of the patient in mind. If your dentist recommends wisdom teeth removal, his recommendation can be based on several reasons.

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When Must A Tooth Be Extracted? [Video]

How do you know when your tooth needs to be extracted?

In the video below, I'll explain the most common reasons why you might need a tooth removed, as well as the signs to look for.

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How Long Will My Face Be Swollen After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth extraction is a relatively straight-forward procedure. However, it does requires a significant amount of manipulation to your cheeks, jaws and gums during the surgery. Your body's natural healing process can also affect your cheeks and gums several days after your wisdom teeth are removed.

Because of this, some people experience swelling after their operation. On top of being uncomfortable, facial swelling can take a toll on your self-confidence. This swelling can change the entire appearance of your face, making it hard for you to resume normal activities.

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6 Easy Tips To Prevent Oral Cancer

While oral cancer may not get the kind of attention that other forms of cancer do, the truth is that nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year, while over 9,000 will die because of the disease.

While those numbers are sobering, oral cancer is preventable. It's also important to note that certain factors – such as using tobacco and age – may increase your risk of oral cancer.

Here's are six simple ways you can prevent oral cancer and avoid its serious consequences.

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Custom Abutments Vs. Stock Abutments For Dental Implants

If you’ve done research into dental implants, you’ve likely learned something about abutments.

Abutments attach directly to the implant and provide support for the crown. The two main kinds of abutements – custom and stock – may seem similar. However, there is a difference between custom abutments and stock abutments.

Let's take a look at these differences so you can determine which is the right fit for you.

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What Are Impacted Teeth? [Video]

Impacted teeth can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful. Many people suffer from impacted teeth but may not know they have them. Fortunately, they are treatable.

So what exactly are impacted teeth, and what can be done to fix them?

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