What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and how does it affect oral surgery?

March 6, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Your overall systemic health and oral health are intimately related to one another. What happens in your mouth can affect the rest of your body and vice versa. In addition, your general health condition may also affect the oral surgery procedure you get. In this particular blog, we will be focussing on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and its impact on oral surgery. However, to understand the implications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on Oral and ...

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Implant Integration: How does it work?

March 3, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Implant Integration: How does it work? Dental implants are a novel method of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are screw-shaped surgical fixtures that are placed inside the jawbone. These form the foundation for a permanent prosthesis like a dental crown, bridge, or denture.  However, before an implant can support a prosthesis, it has to undergo osseointegration. Dental implants are made out of titanium alloys and have the unique property of integrating with the jawbone. The ...

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Corrective Jaw Surgery: Types, Procedure, and Recovery.

February 28, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

In some cases, problems with the bite and teeth alignment may require corrective jaw surgery. This is because the problem is not restricted to the teeth but extends to the skeleton. Improper upper or lower jaw growth can lead to many types of skeletal deformities and misaligned teeth. Corrective jaw or orthognathic surgery is used to correct these bony abnormalities and establish proper facial proportions.  What does jaw corrective surgery include?  Corrective jaw surgery in ...

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Pre-Existing Health Conditions and Oral Surgery. What You Should Know.

February 24, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Pre-existing health conditions can alter your oral health and affect your chances of undergoing oral surgery and its outcomes. Overall and oral health are intimately related to one another. Therefore, your oral surgeon in Phoenix, AZ, takes a detailed present and past medical history before proceeding with any oral surgery procedure. So, please ensure you give an accurate account and disclose any medical condition and medicines you are taking. If you are wondering about the ...

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TMJ pathology - Why does it occur?

February 14, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

What is TMJ?  TMJ is short for the Temporomandibular joint, also known as the jaw joint. This joint connects the only mobile bone of the face, the mandible (lower jaw), to the base of the skull.  The temporomandibular joint is located just in front of the ear on both sides of the face. This joint is divided into two cavities by a soft cartilaginous disk. It provides a cushion and allows for the smooth, gliding ...

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Patients with Blood Pressure Conditions and how it can affect oral surgery?

February 9, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is dentistry's surgical specialty encompassing a wide range of surgical procedures. An oral surgeon does everything from extracting wisdom teeth to reconstructing jaws. However, there are certain situations when an oral surgeon in Phoenix may advise you against an elective or not-so-urgent oral surgical procedure. This is usually when they know or suspect a medical condition that may affect the surgical outcomes and healing.  Hypertension is one of the most ...

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Top 4 Reasons Why Implants Fail?

February 6, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

With every medical or surgical procedure comes some risks. There are chances that the procedure may fail or complications may arise. There are various protocols and preventive measures to counteract these complications and failures. However, sometimes, even after everything, failures may occur. This is also true for dental implants. Dental implants in Phoenix, AZ, have revolutionized how we rehabilitate individuals who have lost their teeth. Dental implants have a high success rate; however, at times ...

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Patients with Heart Conditions: Important Things You Need To Be Aware of Prior to an Oral Surgery

February 2, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Have you ever wondered why your family dentist and oral surgeon ask about your medical history, especially history regarding heart conditions, before any treatment?  Years of clinical studies and research have found a close link between heart diseases and oral health. Moreover, there are a lot of considerations one must keep in mind while performing oral surgery on a patient with a previous history of heart disease. This article will discuss some of the most ...

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Uses and Benefits of IV sedation: What to Expect?

January 24, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

Dental and maxillofacial surgical treatments are essential to your oral and overall health. Oral and maxillofacial surgeries can make a person feel a little apprehensive due to the fear associated with it or even because of the instruments being used. Anxiety related to oral surgical procedures can be a considerable obstacle to proper oral and overall health.  Although every surgery is performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation sometimes becomes necessary. Now, many of you may ...

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All you need to know about Corrective Jaw Surgery

January 18, 2023 By Alexander Kim, DDS, MD

What is jaw reconstructive surgery?  Jaw reconstructive or corrective surgery, better termed Orthognathic surgery, is a surgery to fix your upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaw. These surgeries adjust, correct, and reconstruct any form of jaw irregularities. Severe orthodontic misalignments may also call for Orthognathic surgeries, as braces alone cannot fix these misalignments. Jaw reconstructive surgeries correct the defects and align the jawbone. Typically, these surgeries are recommended for people with severe bite misalignments or ...

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