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January 9, 2020

What Procedures Does an Oral Surgeon Perform?

Dr. Chilcoat @ 7:53 pm

tooth extractionYour dentist is an invaluable asset to have by your side to achieve optimal oral health. Although they can treat a variety of issues, there are times when a patient may need care beyond their general dentist’s expertise. If you need a surgical procedure, you might be referred to an oral surgeon in Dallas. Here are 9 common procedures performed by an oral surgeon.
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December 3, 2019

Top Reasons for Needing Bone Grafting

Dr. Chilcoat @ 3:56 pm

dental implant in jawboneDid your oral surgeon in Dallas recently recommend you undergo bone grafting? It’s more common than you might believe. The surgical procedure takes bone from a donor or another location in your body and grafts it to an area of your jaw that has low density. Although you might be a bit caught off guard by your oral surgeon’s suggestion, here are the top reasons for needing bone grafting.
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October 30, 2019

Do I Need Bone Grafting for Dental Implants?

Dr. Chilcoat @ 2:01 pm

dental implantDental implants have quickly become the preferred treatment for tooth loss because they look and feel natural. You’ll invest in your oral health and your quality of life because dental implants have the potential to last for several decades with the right foundation. Unfortunately, if you’ve lost density in your jaw, you’ll need to see an oral surgeon in Dallas for bone grafting to become a candidate for dental implants. Although it will add an extra step in your treatment plan, it will give your new smile the framework it needs to succeed.
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September 18, 2019

Is a Dry Socket Causing You Pain? Here are 5 Tips to Help

Dr. Chilcoat @ 12:00 pm

person holding their mouth in pain

After visiting your oral surgeon in Dallas, you’ve successfully had your wisdom teeth removed and are looking forward to a speedy recovery. The one thing that’s weighing on your mind is the fear of getting dry sockets. These occur when the blood clots that have formed to help heal your gums have come loose or never developed after your extraction, leaving sensitive nerve and bone tissue exposed. If you begin to experience severe discomfort, here are five tips that can help provide you with relief after your follow-up visit with your surgeon.

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December 4, 2018

Can I Drive After Local Anesthetic?

tntadmin @ 3:20 pm

woman with toothache holding cheek while drivingFollowing any dental treatment, your dentist or oral surgeon will provide instructions you should follow to make a full recovery. Oral surgery, especially, can require days or weeks of special care as you heal. When it comes to driving, make sure you talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about what they recommend and follow their instructions closely. Those who receive only local anesthesia are usually safe to drive right away, but every person responds differently. Even this mildest form of sedative can have adverse side effects. Pay attention to your body’s response and make responsible driving choices. When in doubt, call a friend, family member, or car service.
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November 6, 2018

Oral Surgeon in Dallas Explains the Anesthesia Process

Dr. Chilcoat @ 12:45 pm

An older man covering his mouth.Did you know that about 60,000 people across the country have surgery under general anesthesia every day? It’s become an incredibly common procedure for those receiving surgery, oral or otherwise. Of course, it’s understandable if you have some reservations about your first time. Some of the most common questions reference what the experience will be like and what you should do after the treatment is over.

Today, an oral surgeon in Dallas is prepared to discuss the process in more detail, so you can properly establish your expectations prior to treatment.

 

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October 10, 2018

Oral Surgeon in Dallas: The Recovery Process After Bone Grafts

Dr. Chilcoat @ 11:28 am

An older couple examining an X-ray.Whether you’re getting a bone graft so you can receive dental implants or simply because you’re having a tooth extracted in general and want to mitigate bone loss, they are an essential treatment for your case.

However, many people don’t know how to prepare after the treatment is complete, nor do they know how long recovery will take. The last thing an oral surgeon in Dallas wants you to do is overexert yourself and cause complications later, which is why he’s going into more detail about what to expect.

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September 12, 2018

3 Benefits of Platelet-Rich Fibrin Following Oral Surgery

tntadmin @ 1:49 pm

Man in dental chair talking to dentistPlatelet-rich fibrin, often referred to simply as PRF is a post-surgical treatment used to improve the comfort and efficacy of almost any oral surgery, including bone grafts, tooth extractions, and gum recontouring. PRF is made from your blood, so it’s completely natural. The blood is separated using a centrifuge into plasma, red blood cells, and PRF. PRF is a yellow, jelly-like substance is made up of fibrin, white blood cells, and bone growth factors. These biological materials are essential factors in the healing process, and when applied following oral surgery, they can decrease risk for infection, accelerate healing, and improve the comfort and safety of almost any surgical treatment.

1 – Diminished Risk of Infection

Following advanced oral surgery and other dental solutions that may impact the soft tissue, PRF can be applied directly to the surgical site. This application actually creates a seal that keeps bacteria out of the surgical area and allows the tissue to heal with significantly diminished risk for infection.

2 – Accelerated Healing

Use of PRF following advanced treatment for gum disease accelerates healing, controls inflammation, and delivers the desired results within just a few days of treatment. The shorter healing time leads to improved comfort and reduces risk of infection, allowing patients to reclaim their healthy smile right away.

3 – Safety & Comfort

Using PRF can dramatically decrease swelling and discomfort following any surgical treatment, and it stimulates the production and retention of gum tissue volume and jawbone density. Patients worry that introducing PRF into their system is unsafe. However, PRF is produced from a patient’s own blood cells. That means PRF is highly biocompatible, making it safe and effective to use.

Meet Dr. Brown

Skilled Dallas oral surgeon, Christopher Bao Brown, DDS, provides patients with a wide range of surgical treatments at Texas Wisdom Teeth & Dental Implants. Dedicated to staying at the forefront of the field, Dr. Brown regularly incorporates the latest oral surgery techniques and technologies into treatment at his oral surgery practice. That includes offering platelet-rich fibrin following almost any surgical service to improve comfort, safety, and treatment efficacy. If you want to learn more about PRF or any of the complex oral surgery services we offer, contact Dr. Brown and his Dallas dental team to schedule a consultation. Many of our patients are referred to us by their general dentists, but you don’t need to wait for a referral. We’re here to help!

July 30, 2018

Why an Oral Surgeon May Recommend Bone Graft before Implants

Dr. Chilcoat @ 6:30 am

older couple consulting with professionalLong-lasting dental implants require two things in particular: a strong jaw bone and a generally healthy lifestyle. The second part is up to you, but when it comes to the first, your oral surgeon in Dallas can help to ensure that your mouth offers the right environment for successful dental implants. If you have been missing teeth for quite some time or have had periodontal disease, you may need to have a bone graft before you can get dental implants. Keep reading to learn more about how it works and what to expect with this procedure.

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June 5, 2018

How to Tell if Your Dental Implant in Dallas is Failing

Dr. Chilcoat @ 9:23 am

single tooth implantDental implants enjoy a very high success rate — they thrive in well over 90 percent of patients. However, it’s a sad fact that sometimes these tooth replacements don’t live up to expectations. It may be because of infection, a patient’s health conditions, or other factors. But how can you tell if you need to seek treatment for a failing dental implant in Dallas? Here are some signs to watch out for.

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