November 29, 2023 Most of us get our wisdom teeth at some point during adolescence or early adulthood. The problem with these third molars is that the jawbone usually does not have sufficient space for them. When left in place, wisdom teeth often lead to long-term complications. Meanwhile, proactive wisdom teeth removal can be a meaningful investment in your long-term comfort, convenience, and quality of life. Patients often......
September 29, 2023 Two popular options for replacing missing teeth are dental implants and dentures. Both traditional dentures and dental implants offer a solution to restore function and aesthetics to your smile, but they differ significantly in terms of cost, durability, maintenance, and overall impact on oral health....
September 22, 2023 The sudden loss of a tooth due to an accident or injury can be devastating, but having a tooth knocked out of the smile doesn't necessarily it is lost. A tooth can be successfully replanted into a smile if it is handled carefully, protected from damage, and kept clean....
September 15, 2023 When it comes to replacing multiple teeth, dental implants are often the most recommended solution by dentists. They offer a permanent, long-lasting replacement that looks and functions like natural teeth. But you might wonder how many dental implants are needed to replace multiple teeth. Understanding the process can alleviate concerns and pave the way toward a full, confident smile. Understanding the Dental Implant Process A......
Female model for bone grafting and dental implants.
April 12, 2023 When you lose a tooth and do not have it replaced right away, it can often result in jawbone resorption. Without the natural stimulation provided by your tooth roots, the jawbone can deteriorate, causing unwanted changes to your facial appearance and making dental restoration more challenging. The solution is bone grafting, a procedure that regenerates bone where you need it most.  Reasons to Pursue Bone...
April 12, 2023 When you lose one or more teeth, it affects your quality of life in several ways. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that can restore missing teeth, with dental implants widely considered to be the gold standard. At Mercer Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, one of the most common questions we receive is how long dental implants will last. They are often touted......
April 12, 2023 It is the goal of every oral surgeon to help you keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, hopefully for the entirety of your lifetime. However, some situations may emerge in which a tooth is either too damaged or too diseased to be salvaged, in which case the best option is to extract and replace it. At Mercer Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,......
April 5, 2023 Having your wisdom teeth removed temporarily changes aspects of your daily life while you recover. There are certain things you cannot do, should not do, and should do while healing. One of the things you should not do is drink from straws. Drinking from a straw while recovering from surgery can wreak havoc on your oral health and cause a lot of pain and discomfort.......
March 29, 2023 Sometimes, despite your best efforts to take care of your teeth, you may encounter a situation requiring your teeth to be extracted (or pulled). Tooth extraction is a serious procedure that is not taken lightly by oral surgeons. Dr. Streelman would only recommend extracting a tooth for specific medical reasons. Severe Decay Severe tooth decay occurs when acid and plaque build up on your teeth.......
March 29, 2023 Following dental implant procedures, you have to be careful about what you eat. The implant sites need time to fully heal in order to avoid infection. Implant posts also need time to fully integrate into your jawbone. Therefore, you should avoid chewing at the dental implant site when possible, which affects what you can safely eat after implant placement. Here’s what to eat following a......
March 22, 2023 On average, around 5 million Americans undergo wisdom teeth removal every year. It is a very common procedure with a comparatively short recovery time. However, there is still a recovery process that may temporarily affect your diet, your ability to work, and your exercise regimen.  If you are preparing for wisdom teeth removal, you may wonder just how much recovery time you will need before......