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February 15, 2016

Alternatives to Dentures

Dr. Chilcoat @ 4:05 pm

denturesThanks to advancements in dentistry, you now have many alternative options to dentures. The latest innovations allow you to resolve the issues of missing teeth using various restorative procedures that offer more benefits than traditional dentures. At Texas Wisdom Teeth, we provide a number of restorative procedures to regain the function of your teeth, while giving you a million-dollar smile.

January 7, 2016

Possible Complications after Wisdom Teeth Removal

Dr. Chilcoat @ 12:24 pm

Teenage girl with a toothahce needs wisdom teeth removalThird molars, informally referred to as wisdom teeth, are the last set of teeth to erupt from the jawline. An evolutionary hangover from a time when coarse foods and poor hygiene resulted in extensive tooth loss for people by their late teens and early twenties, modern diets and hygiene routines mean patients typically keep their healthy, natural teeth well past their early twenties making a third set of molars unnecessary. Approximately 85% of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted, and it is the most common type of oral surgery performed in most dental offices. Patients have wisdom teeth removed due to crowding that may cause other teeth to shift, and impaction, the inability of a tooth to erupt from the gum line. While this procedure typically presents minimal risk for patients, there are a few potential oral health concerns directly related to wisdom tooth extraction, and knowing the warning signs and symptoms of each is the best way to ensure your recovery period is quick and comfortable.

December 11, 2015

Bone Grafts for Dental Implants Explained

Dr. Chilcoat @ 10:41 am

bone grafts for dental implantsIf you’re missing one or more teeth, you probably know by now that dental implants are the absolute best method of replacement. Nothing else replaces the missing tooth and its root, keeping your jawbone intact and even preventing further tooth loss. But sometimes, teeth have gone missing for so long that significant degeneration has occurred in the jaw — and a little preparation is necessary before dental implants can be successful. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of bone grafting your Texas Wisdom Teeth dentist chooses from to prepare your mouth for the sturdiest tooth replacement.


November 27, 2015

When To Get a Tooth Extraction? Your Dentist Answers

Dr. Chilcoat @ 11:28 am

tooth extractionYou probably thought you were finished losing teeth around the age of 12, but sometimes teeth just have to be pulled — even well into adulthood. Trauma, decay or some other damaging effect can all cause teeth to require extractions, and when that happens to you, it can seem really traumatizing. Fortunately, Dr. Chilcoat has years of experience in tooth extraction, guaranteeing you the comfortable, easy process you want… and deserve. Keep reading to learn more.


October 8, 2015

Wisdom Teeth Removal with the Dallas Oral Surgeon

Dr. Chilcoat @ 3:13 pm

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to perform many kinds of surgical procedures in and around the mouth, face and jaw. These surgeries include wisdom teeth removal, dental implant surgery, jaw realignment surgery and soft tissue repair. Thus, oral surgeons effectively bridge a gap between dentistry and medicine, and therefore must complete an additional four to eight years of specialized training beyond the years of education they receive in dental school.

September 17, 2015

You’ve Lost too Much Bone for Dental Implants, Now What?

Dr. Chilcoat @ 1:39 pm

Woman smiling with beautiful dental implants from texas wisdom teethMany patients who would love to restore their smiles with dental implants have been told that inadequate bone density is preventing them from the stable, natural looking smiles of their dreams. Lucky for you, implant dentistry advances every year, and your trusted North Texas oral surgeons at Texas Wisdom Teeth  help patients with bone loss or resorption get the permanent smile replacement results possible with dental implants. Call to find out more about dental implants, or to schedule your consultation with our Dallas, TX dental team today.

September 3, 2015

Missing Tooth? Know Your Replacement Options

Dr. Chilcoat @ 8:08 am

Missing teeth can be fixed.If you’re suffering from the damaging effects of a missing tooth, you need to know that you have several options for replacement. Click to read and learn which is best for you.


August 25, 2015

What to Expect After Wisdom Teeth Removal

tntadmin @ 9:40 am

x-ray of wisdom teeth

Whether wisdom teeth are impacted—meaning they have not yet erupted through your gum tissue—or not, having them removed necessarily involves surgery. This surgery is required to help you avoid future dental problems such as pain, infection, an abscess or damage to adjacent teeth. Like almost any other type of surgery, some discomfort and recovery time is to be expected after wisdom teeth removal. At Texas Wisdom Teeth in Dallas, TX, Dr. Chilcoat and his attentive team want you to be fully aware and prepared for what you can expect post-surgery, so your recovery will go as smoothly as possible.

February 22, 2015

Wisdom Tooth Problems

Dr. Chilcoat @ 3:15 pm
wisdom tooth problems

Decayed second molar caused by impacted wisdom tooth

Most adults have had wisdom tooth problems at some point in their life.  How do you know if you need to have the teeth removed or not?  The answer is not always dependent on whether or not you are experiencing tooth pain.  While these teeth, clinically referred to as third molars, do not always need to be removed, there are quite a few reasons why your dentist might recommend wisdom teeth removal.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Your third molars often cause pain when they erupt (come in to the dental arch).  If the teeth are impacted, meaning they are trapped beneath gum tissue or bone, they can be chronically painful as the gums get inflamed or infected  A tooth impacted only partially can become a food trap and harbor bacteria and plaque which cause tooth decay.  Problems such as chronic infection, inflammation or cavities are indicators that wisdom teeth should be removed.

Cysts and Other Pathology

Sometimes, an impacted tooth forms a cyst around it.  A cyst is a fluid filled sac that can grow to be quite large.  As the cyst grows, it destroys healthy bone tissue in the jaw, which can cause a variety of dental problems.  Most cysts that form around the third molars are benign, but can be destructive. Over time, the cyst can damage the molars adjacent to it, leading to tooth loss. If your dentist sees a cyst growing around a wisdom tooth, he will likely recommend that you have it along with the tooth removed in order to prevent damage to healthy teeth later on.  A cyst around a tooth is often not painful or symptomatic, and is usually diagnosed using a panoramic x-ray.

Damage to Adjacent Teeth

When a tooth is impacted, it can be positioned in such a way that it tried to erupt directly into the roots of the tooth in front of it.  When this happens, the roots of the adjacent teeth can become damaged to the point that they cannot be repaired.  In a situation like this, the second molars are placed under a lot of pressure.  The pressure causes the teeth to move out of alignment.  Many people with impacted wisdom teeth find that their molars have shifted, causing them to frequently bite their cheeks when eating or talking.

Orthodontics and Wisdom Teeth

Many orthodontists recommend that their patients have their third molars extracted upon completion of their orthodontic treatment.  This is advised in order to prevent shifting of the teeth caused by pressure from the wisdom teeth.  After spending a year or two in braces, nobody wants their teeth to get crooked again!  Extracting the third molars can often help prevent some orthodontic relapse.

Does Everyone Need Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not everybody needs to have their third molars extracted.  Some teeth come into the dental arch fully and in line with the other teeth.  If they are not difficult to keep clean and healthy, and show no signs of pathology, your dentist may tell you to leave them alone.  If your dentist recommends that you remove the teeth, it is a good idea to take care of the problem before major problems occur.

For more information about your wisdom teeth, or to schedule an appointment, visit Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants.



February 4, 2015

World Cancer Day – Oral Cancer Awareness

Dr. Chilcoat @ 12:03 pm

healthy smiling familyWorld Cancer Day is February 4, 2015. The team at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants wants you to know that early detection and prevention is the key when it comes to oral and pharyngeal cancer.

What is Oral Cancer?

Many other cancers are more well-known than oral/pharyngeal cancer, but the truth is, oral cancer is very common.  Oral cancer is diagnosed more frequently than cervical and ovarian cancer combined. Oral/Pharyngeal cancer affects the oral cavity, throat, tongue and mouth. 85% of head/neck cancers (excluding brain cancer) are oral cancers.
Oral/pharyngeal cancer has a high mortality rate due to the fact that so many cases go undiagnosed and undetected until the disease has progressed significantly. Sadly, 57% of patients diagnosed will lose their battle within 5 years. Early detection reduces the mortality rate of this cancer significantly, making complete remission and even curing the disease possible.


Why Oral Cancer Goes Undetected                         oral cancer detection

Early detection of oral cancer and pre-cancer is the key to surviving the disease. Most people do not realize that they are at risk for developing this type of cancer. In the past, it was believed that risk factors were largely limited to lifestyle habits such as alcohol and tobacco use.

In recent years, research has shown that age as well as the presence of the HPV-16 virus are important risk factors for developing oral cancer. 25% of all oral cancers are diagnosed in patients with no lifestyle risk factors. What this means is that every American adult should be carefully screened for oral cancer on an annual basis.

The most qualified person to perform an oral cancer screening exam is your dentist or oral surgeon.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

You should ask your dentist or oral surgeon to perform an oral-cancer screening on an annual basis. In addition, a monthly self-exam is a great idea. You can find instructions on performing a monthly self-exam here.

Signs and Symptoms to Look For:

• A sore or lesion which does not heal on it’s own within 2 weeks.
• A lump or thickening in the cheek
• White or red patches on oral soft tissues
• A sore throat or a feeling of something caught in your throat
• Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
• Numbness or unexplained swelling in the jaw
• Chronic hoarseness

Help us raise awareness for oral and pharyngeal cancer by sharing this information. Support World Cancer Day by posting a “kiss” picture to your social profiles with the hashtag #KissCancerGoodbye, then schedule an appointment for a check-up and oral cancer screening exam.

Source: cancer.org; oral cancer foundation statistics

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