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Recovering from an Apicoectomy
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
In most cases, root canals are successful in removing an infection in the pulp of your teeth. However, in some instances, small pieces of infected debris from the teeth can be left behind, and this can create the need for an apicoectomy. What is an Apicoectomy?When you have an infection in the pulp, one of the inner layers of your teeth, you will feel pain, and we will need to do a root canal. This is one of the most common procedures in modern dentistry, and it helps to save your natural tooth. If the infection is not entirely removed during the root canal, this could cause another infection that could potentially result in tooth loss. It is imperative to take care of a root canal thoroughly to avoid any further complications. The apicoectomy takes care of the secondary infection in the pulp, which in many cases, indicates it has reached the apex, the point where the root ends. The apex is where all the nutrients and blood vessels are connected to your teeth. How to Recover from an Apicoectomy?Recovering from an apicoectomy takes time, and we will give you specific instructions. Swelling can happen immediately following the surgery. To reduce swelling it is crucial to use ice on the site for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Doing this as much as possible during the first 24 hours will help you heal faster. We will send you home with a prescription to control pain if needed, and you can also use over-the-counter medications. We don't recommend aspirin because it could create additional bleeding in individual patients. Physical activities should be limited for the first couple of days, and you can slowly resume your normal activities. Getting enough rest and following a soft diet for a day or two is also recommended....
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Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
Posted on 12/25/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
If you have issues with your Temporomandibular Joint, usually referred to as TMJ, you may experience pain and even have difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Of course, pain in your face, jaw, or mouth can be caused by a number of different dental issues. That's why it's important to recognize the signs of TMJ disorders. That way, you'll know what to tell us when you call to make an appointment. Symptoms of TMJ ProblemsTMJ disorders are often accompanied by pain in the jaw, mouth, or face. You may experience pain around the TMJ joints located on either side of your jaw. Some people only feel pain on one side of the jaw, while others ache on both sides. Often, these aches are actually felt up and even in the ear instead of the jaw, which may make you think you have some kind of ear infection or other issue. While some people with TMJ issues feel a constant ache, others only feel pain when they open and close their mouth. Sometimes, the joint completely locks up, making it difficult or even impossible to open your mouth. One symptom that isn't painful necessarily, but can alert you to a TMJ disorder is a clicking noise when you open or close your mouth. You may also feel a grating feeling. These symptoms may never result in any pain, but they can warn you that it might be time to have a consultation just in case. What Causes TMJ Disorders?TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of things. The joints may be out of alignment or may be eroded. The cartilage may have been damaged, or the entire joint may have been injured by an impact. Often, however, the exact cause of TMJ disorders isn't easy to diagnose. Some people have no idea what caused their TMJ problems. If you have any pain in your jaw, know that it's not normal. Call us today to set up an appointment so we can help you determine the cause and find a solution....
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Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Did you know that your salivary gland, the gland responsible for creating saliva in your mouth, can actually become infected? Usually, the infection affects the two glands that are found under your chin and in front of your ears. When these glands become infected, they get inflamed. There are a number of different symptoms that come with a salivary gland infection. Here are some of them. The Area Is Tender or Hurts If you feel pain around your chin or in front of one of your ears, an infected salivary gland could be the cause. The area may feel very tender if you touch it, and it may hurt when you talk, chew, or otherwise move your mouth. If you lay on one side when you sleep, you may find that it's too tender or painful to do so. You Have a Fever or the ChillsSome people may think they have the flu instead of a salivary gland infection because they run a fever or get the chills. These symptoms can also accompany an infection, though. One way to tell is to feel if your salivary glands are swollen. That indicates an infection instead of the flu. You Have a Bad Taste in Your MouthIf you have a horrible taste in your mouth that you just can't get rid of, chances are there's a root cause like an infection that's causing it. When you have an infection in your salivary gland, nothing you do is going to get rid of the bad taste that it's causing. Mouthwash and other tools may temporarily help, but the taste will return over and over. When Is it Serious? Most of the time, a salivary gland infection will go away within a week as your body destroys the bacteria. However, that's not always the case. If you have severe pain, have symptoms for more than two weeks, are simply aren't able to eat, drink, or breathe regularly, you need to call us as soon as you can. You have a more serious issue that requires our professional assistance....
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All Posts:
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
1/15/2019
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
12/25/2018
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To
12/15/2018
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
11/30/2018
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
11/20/2018
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
10/25/2018
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection
10/15/2018
Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
9/23/2018
Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
9/13/2018
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
8/30/2018
Why Salt Water Rinses Are Imperative to Oral Surgery Recovery Success
8/20/2018
Do You Need to Worry About Osteonecrosis in Your Jaw?
7/20/2018
Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
7/10/2018
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
6/23/2018
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
6/13/2018
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
5/23/2018
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
5/13/2018
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
4/23/2018
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
4/13/2018
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
3/20/2018
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
3/10/2018
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
2/25/2018
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
2/15/2018
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
1/27/2018
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
1/17/2018
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
12/30/2017
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
12/20/2017
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