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Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Maintain Your Smile and Your Quality of Life

September 25th, 2015

wisdom teeth ChicagoA patient’s wisdom teeth are highly likely to become impacted because those third molars are so large and human jaws have been evolving to become smaller over time. Even if your wisdom teeth are not symptomatic, you may want to be evaluated to determine the likelihood that they will not erupt properly and if extraction is recommended.

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause significant problems for patients’ oral health as well as their quality of life. Patients may experience discomfort as the impacted teeth continue to try to push through the gums. Neighboring teeth can be damaged as a result of that pressure, as well.

Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth are more prone to developing cysts, tumors, infections and abscesses. Those latter two issues are particularly concerning because bacteria can easily access the bloodstream from the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the body.

When an oral surgeon removes wisdom teeth, even those that are not symptomatic at the time, your risks of these negative outcomes are significantly reduced.

Your oral surgeon can remove impacted wisdom teeth in an outpatient procedure that takes just a few hours. Most patients will opt for some form of sedation for additional comfort, so follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions if you make that choice.

A surgeon can assess the condition of the wisdom teeth in patients as young as their early teens. It is recommended that patients have their third molars removed by age 25 for the best outcomes. The roots are shorter in younger patients, so it’s easier to remove the teeth in them. Older adolescents and young adults tend to recover more quickly afterward, too.

If you do decide to undergo preventive wisdom teeth extraction, be sure to thoroughly discuss all pre- and post-operative instructions with your surgeon to make sure that you understand them clearly. When you follow the surgeon’s directions closely, you’ll reduce your chances of complications like dry sockets.

Wisdom tooth extraction can be beneficial to a patient’s oral health and overall well-being. Speak with one of our experienced experts at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio to learn more about this procedure and whether it is appropriate for you. Call 312-328-9000 today to schedule your visit.



Hu-Friedy revealed “The Uncoated Truth” about American Eagle’s “never-sharpen” XP Technology Scaler

August 14th, 2015

Last week at RDH Under One Roof in Las Vegas, Hu-Friedy revealed “The Uncoated Truth” about American Eagle’s claims around their “never-sharpen” XP Technology Scaler.

The TRUTH is:

  1. The XP scalers CANNOT be sharpened due to their coating
  2. When compared to XP scalers, EverEdge scalers are 30% sharper out-of-the-box and maintain this advantage after use.
  3. Sharpness is what matters most as it is critically important to delivering superior clinical outcomes.

How do we know all of this? Independent testing was conducted by Cutlery Allied Trades Research Association (CATRA), a specialized blade laboratory, who evaluated Hu-Friedy EverEdge scalers alongside American Eagle XP coated scalers.

The links below are for your reference and review. They provide even more information around the conclusion of this study:

Press Release: Independent Study Reveals Sharpness of EverEdge
Landing Page: The Uncoated Truth

While it’s very rare that Hu-Friedy would go to such lengths to offer a point-of-view on a competitor, we felt it was our responsibility as the industry leaders to call out the misleading information that’s being shared in the market. Having proof that our EverEdge scalers are the sharpest out-of-the-box and retain their sharp edge longer than our competitor means that they perform in a way that delivers the BEST CLINICAL OUTCOMES for patients.



Achieve a Full Mouth Restoration with All-on-4 Dentures

July 8th, 2015

dentures ChicagoPatients who must restore their entire smiles typically want to attain that treatment goal as quickly as possible, and an intervention known as All-on-4 can help them do so in a minimal timeframe. An increasing number of patients are choosing this upgrade to conventional dentures as a result.

All-on-4 uses just four dental implants to secure a full prosthetic arch of teeth, and patients can receive this treatment on the upper and lower jaws at the same time.

After the treatment planning process is complete, the oral surgeon can place this small number of dental implants in a patient’s jaw in a matter of hours. Most patients will also be good candidates to be fitted with the prosthetic appliances at the end of that appointment. Therefore, patients who choose this treatment method can restore their smiles in a single day.

The oral surgeon typically can place the dental implants in an outpatient setting, as well, for additional patient convenience. Nonetheless, All-on-4 does require a surgical procedure, so be sure to discuss any pre- and post-operative instructions with your provider thoroughly in advance of your appointment.

Patients who choose All-on-4 gain a number of advantages over conventional dentures. After the surrounding bone forms a connection with them, the implants are able to act as artificial teeth roots. As such, they stabilize the jawbone, which otherwise atrophies following tooth loss. Therefore, an implant-supported denture will retain its fit better than a standard appliance. In fact, with proper care, All-on-4 dentures can last for decades.

Additionally, the link between the implant and jaw helps the prosthetic to function more similarly to natural teeth. An implant-supported denture can chew quite similarly to biological teeth so patients can continue to enjoy a varied diet full of nutritious foods.

If you need dentures but want more stability and durability than the standard appliances typically provide, schedule a consultation at our office to get more information about All-on-4 dentures. They can give you peace of mind in addition to bolstered self-esteem. Contact ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 for more information.



Dr. Jason Schrotenboer, D.D.S., M.D Joins ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio

July 1st, 2015

http://www.orasurgery.com/services/tmj.phpORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, an environmentally-responsible practice specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery and dental implants in Chicago, is pleased to welcome a new oral surgeon to their professional team. Dr. Jason Schrotenboer, D.D.S., M.D., a dual-degreed oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joins Dr. Steven Koos, D.D.S., M.D., owner of ORA®, in offering premier dental surgery and oral maxillofacial surgery services. The pair, along with their expert staff, provides full scope oral surgery to Chicago residents as well as residents in the surrounding suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

As both a physician and dentist, Dr. Schrotenboer’s clinical interests include orthognathics (corrective jaw surgery) head and neck pathology and dental implantology. He has treated thousands of patients successfully with the newest and most advanced techniques and is on the cutting-edge of facial reconstruction and full mouth implant restoration. He will be a welcome addition to ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, offering residents of Chicago oral and maxillofacial surgery services, such as sleep apnea treatment, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extraction, sedation dentistry, bone grafting, oral pathology, and TMJ treatment.

Dr. Schrotenboer also has extensive training in anesthesia, affording his patients the option of sedation or general anesthesia during their treatment for the ultimate in patient comfort He prides himself on being a good listener and works closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that is best for them.

“It was very important to me to actively seek out another dual-degreed oral and maxillofacial surgeon who was also a Chalmer’s J. Lyons Academy Member for my Chicago oral surgery practice so that together we can provide a breadth of experience, skill and comprehensive knowledge that is difficult to find,” states Dr. Koos. The Chicago Loop oral surgeon further explains, “Jason is the perfect complement to ORA®, adding additional pathology and reconstruction experience, a mastery of anesthesia practices, and vast experience with full-scope oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures.”

Dr. Schrotenboer obtained his medical degree from University of Michigan Medical School, following successful completion of a dental degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry preceded by a degree in human biology at Michigan State University. He completed his surgical residency training in general surgery, anesthesia, and oral and maxillofacial surgery at Michigan’s University Hospital system.

Dr. Schrotenboer belongs to numerous organizations in order to stay current on the evolving world of medicine and dentistry including the American and International Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Chicago and Illinois Societies of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Illinois and Chicago Dental Societies, American Medical Association and American Dental Association.

ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio provides oral surgery services in an eco-friendly and sustainable practice within the Chicago South Loop neighborhood. From wisdom teeth removal to jaw surgery and from dental implants to dentures, patients of ORA® are provided with the finest in dental and oral surgery expertise within a patient-centered environment. ORA® is recognized as the first green oral surgery practices in the U.S. and has received numerous awards and distinctions for its efforts to promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable medical and dental services.

“For me, one of the blessings of being a doctor is working closely within my community to improve overall health. I was excited when I was invited to join Dr. Koos at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio for exactly that reason. Dr. Koos has developed a unique practice, which is integrated in the South Loop community as a responsible, eco-friendly, green entity. It gives me great pride to play a small part in the future of a healthier and more sustainable Chicago,” explains Dr. Schrotenboer. “Dr. Koos and I have a similar vision of how to practice medicine and surgery, with the focus being on thoughtful individualized care. Patients will find a warm, comfortable experience when they are treated by our downtown Chicago oral surgery team, and they can also be confident that they are receiving care from the very best clinicians within our specialty.”

 



Why can’t children get dental implants?

May 27th, 2015

implant dentist ChicagoBecause dental implants have so many benefits and are the only structurally complete tooth replacement option available, some parents may be inclined to explore this treatment option for their child after the loss of that child’s permanent tooth. However, in most cases it’s not appropriate for children to get dental implants.

A dental implant can be problematic in pediatric patients because a child’s jaw is still growing and developing – unlike an adult’s – and that process is not complete until late adolescence. If a child receives an implant, it’s quite likely that the implant would shift out of the desired position as the jaw developed, which in turn could affect the positioning of the other teeth.

In rare instances, a child may be able to receive dental implants as part of an overarching orthodontic treatment plan. For these patients, the implant dentist would collaborate closely with the orthodontist to determine the timing of implant placement and to discuss the desired objectives of treatment.

Even though your child may not be able to get a dental implant right away, you may still want to consult with an implant dentist to see what steps may be necessary to maintain the space in the interim and move forward with dental implants after the jaw’s growth is complete in case you’d like to keep that option open. The dentist may also be able to suggest an appropriate restoration that will maintain the appearance of a complete smile as the child continues to grow.

Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to create the space needed to accommodate the dental implant, so the dentist may refer your child to an orthodontist as well.

If your child loses a tooth, dental implants may not be an immediate treatment option, but you still may be able to take steps that can make dental implants a possibility at a later date. Contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio today and schedule a consultation to learn more about all of your child’s options.



Upgrade Denture Stability with All-on-4

April 2nd, 2015

All-on-4 Chicago LoopAll-on-4 can be a good solution for patients who are continually frustrated by conventional dentures that have lost their fit or frequently slip out of place. Implant-supported dentures can eliminate jawbone atrophy that can alter the fit of a denture over time.

This treatment, in which an oral surgeon places four dental implants in the jaw to secure the prosthetic arch, replaces some of the missing root structure found beneath the gum line in addition to filling in for the visible crown portions of the teeth.

By acting as artificial tooth roots, those dental implants help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone and limit the erosion that can occur after tooth loss. This stability means that the fit of your appliance will remain more consistent over time, and you will not need to have it re-lined periodically or replaced.

Additionally, All-on-4 gives denture wearers more security, as the bond that forms between the jawbone and the titanium implants helps to anchor the appliance in place, too.

Some denture wearers may be reluctant to get surgery, but the procedure necessary for All-on-4 can be completed in an oral surgeon’s office in just a few hours. Many patients can be fitted with an appliance right after the implants have been placed.

If you do have any reservations about the prospect of oral surgery, be sure to ask our oral surgeon about them. The surgeon can provide detailed information and instructions that can address your concerns.

Because the four implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, even patients who already have experienced some bone loss can still be eligible for All-on-4. Of course, patients must have good enough oral and overall health to tolerate the implant placement procedure.

Patients who upgrade to implant-supported dentures with All-on-4 gain a number of benefits in terms of stability and convenience. If you have become disillusioned with your conventional dentures, schedule a consultation with our team at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio today to learn more about this treatment.



Can all of my wisdom teeth be extracted at the same time?

February 6th, 2015

wisdom teeth ChicagoWhen the wisdom teeth are impacted, patients typically will choose to have them surgically extracted. If extraction of all four wisdom teeth is recommended, patients often will have them all removed during the same procedure to avoid subsequent surgeries and additional costs.

Wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary when there is not enough room in the jaw for those large third molars to erupt completely in the correct positions. The wisdom teeth become impacted in a significant number of patients because our jaws have evolved to become smaller and more narrow over time.

When impacted wisdom teeth remain in place, they can create a risk for a number of negative oral health outcomes, including infection, abscesses, decay and damage to neighboring teeth, among others. Therefore, many patients are wise to choose to have their wisdom teeth removed to prevent issues from developing, even before they become symptomatic.

During the treatment planning process, the oral surgeon will examine your jaw and take advanced 3D x-rays to determine how many wisdom teeth are impacted and if they should be removed. The surgeon will discuss your treatment options with you and advise you if it is best for all of the teeth to be removed during the same procedure. If there are any specific concerns that may contraindicate removal of all four wisdom teeth, the surgeon will inform you of these and advise you of a more appropriate treatment plan.

Many patients have some qualms about the prospect of any oral surgery, so it’s important to discuss these in advance with your surgeon so that you are making an informed decision as to whether to proceed with the intervention. You should also be sure that you understand all of your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions so that you can minimize the risk of complications.

Most patients will be able to have all four of their wisdom teeth removed at the same time if they choose to do so. Discuss your preferences with your oral surgeon, and feel free to ask any questions that you may have about the treatment. We want to be sure that you are well-informed and comfortable throughout the process! For more information or to schedule your wisdom tooth consultation, contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 today.



How should I prepare for my oral surgery consultation?

December 31st, 2014

oral surgeon Chicago LoopIf an upcoming consult for oral surgery, such as the placement of dental implants, has you on edge, rest assured that you are unlikely to experience any discomfort at that initial appointment. It will go smoothly if you know what to expect and are prepared to make the most of the consultation.

The oral surgeon will examine your teeth and jaw and will need take a CT scan (very different from any dental x-rays that your dentist may have taken) to gather additional information. Depending on the type of procedure, the surgeon may need to take additional measurements for treatment planning purposes.

You can take a few steps to get ready for your oral surgery consultation. The first is to gather all of the documentation requested at the visit. At a minimum, you’ll need to bring a form of photo identification, your referral form from your dentist, your medial and dental insurance cards, a list of any medications you are taking and health issues, as well as contact information for your primary care physician and any other specialists you may see.

Check with the office staff prior to your appointment to see if there’s any other paperwork that you need to present at the consultation.

Be sure to come with a list of questions, too. Your initial consultation offers you the best opportunity to ask your surgeon for clarification or the information you may need to make an educated decision about your treatment.

Many oral surgery patients will need similar information, regardless of whether they are having wisdom teeth removed or a more extensive type of jaw surgery. For example, patients need to know what to do to prepare for anesthesia or sedation, and they often ask about what they can expect during recovery.

Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will give you detailed pre- and post-operative instructions, but be sure that you understand them completely and don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.

Other considerations will be more specific to the oral surgery procedure. For example, the healing process following dental implant placement may differ from that of wisdom teeth extraction, so inquire about any additional details that are particularly pertinent to your planned surgery.

When everything goes as planned, oral surgery can help boost a patient’s oral health and improve their quality of life. The initial consultation is the first step in this important treatment process. If you have any additional questions about making the most of your consultation, contact our team at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio for guidance.



Tips to Prevent Jaw Injuries

November 19th, 2014

jaw surgery Chicago LoopThe jaw can be injured by any number of factors, such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or an altercation. If the upper or lower jaw is seriously injured, jaw surgery may be necessary to return the jaws to their proper position.

Jaw surgery can also help to restore the function of many components of the jaw following some source of damage.

A jaw injury may not necessarily result from trauma either. Your jaw can suffer if you unconsciously clench or grind your teeth (bruxism), have other parafunctional habits, or congenital jaw issues can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause significant discomfort.

Jaw surgery may be a recommended treatment in these cases, as well, if the damage is severe enough. However, most patients who suffer from bruxism or a TMJ disorder will undergo a more conservative course of treatment and only move to surgical interventions if those previous efforts do not alleviate symptoms. An oral surgeon must be involved in planning any portion of the treatment, including non-surgical as well as surgical interventions.

Many common sense measures can help to prevent jaw injuries and help you avoid surgery. Here are a few measures that you can take to lower your risk:

  • Use your jaw only for the purpose it was intended – chewing food! Don’t try to open bottles or bite into non-food objects. Not only can it damage your teeth, it can injure your jaw as well.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports. Some evidence suggests that doing so may mediate the effects of concussions, as well as jaw injuries.
  • Keep your living space clear of tripping hazards. If there’s nothing on the floor that can cause a fall, you’ve eliminated a risk factor for jaw injuries.
  • Stress can contribute to bruxism, so explore steps to manage your mood, like meditation, hobbies or exercise.
  • Have any general health issues like hypotension, hypoglycemia, inner ear vestibular problems, or neurogenic causes of syncope identified, treated and prevented.

Patients can take precautions to reduce the likelihood that they’ll suffer a jaw injury. Contact our team at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio to learn more about these preventive measures. Call 312-328-9000 for more information.



Bony Lesions: Interradicular Radiolucencies

October 27th, 2014

In oral surgery, and oral pathology in particular, most of the lesions and shadows that can be seen on an x-ray are named using words that describe the lesion’s appearance and location. For example, the part of the jawbone that can be seen between the teeth on an x-ray is described as “interradicular”, and the presence of a dark shadow on an x-ray is described as a “radiolucency”. Together, these words represent the way in which your oral surgeon and your dentist can communicate about the presence of a dark shadow between the roots of the teeth.

The term interradicular radiolucency does not differentiate between a healthy and an unhealthy lesion, but it does help to describe the relative location of the lesion and also its appearance. Using that descriptive name as a starting point, your oral surgeon can further investigate the health of the lesion, often without the need for oral surgery.

There are a number of dark shadows between the roots of the teeth that are considered normal or anatomic. These are dark shadows that are part of a healthy jawbone. This includes:

  • Primary tooth crypts (the space where a new tooth will develop in a small child)
  • Mental and Incisive Foramen (a small opening that allows the nerve to enter and exit the upper and lower jaw)
  • Maxillary Sinus (a hollow space in the upper jaw that can sometimes extend into the space between the roots of the upper teeth)
  • Bone Marrow Patterns and Nutrient Canals (Normal patterns in the jawbone that may be more prominent or obvious in some individuals than others)

Occasionally, there are interradicular radiolucencies that represent an unhealthy health condition. Areas of bone loss or periodontal pockets between the teeth will appear as dark shadows on an x-ray. Several varieties of cysts and tumors are also categorized as interradicular radiolucencies, and many of these lesions are benign in nature. These lesions tend to have smooth, regularly shaped borders, while a malignant or cancerous lesion tends to have poorly-defined borders.

For an in-depth explanation of the interradicular radiolucencies that may be seen on your own x-rays, please call ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 to schedule an appointment today.



 

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