What is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed?

The decision to remove impacted wisdom teeth is dependent upon a number of factors, including the patient’s age, jaw size, position and stage of development of the teeth, the likelihood of successful eruption, and the anticipated potential for any future problems. When extraction is indicated, it is strongly preferred that this be done when the patient is in his/her teenage or young adult years, as the younger patients will have faster healing, less risk of complications, and a smoother postoperative experience than their older adult counterparts.

How much does a dental implant cost? 

The cost of dental implants depends on a number of factors, and following a complete examination, treatment plan, and consultation with your restorative dentist, a complete treatment estimate will be provided for you. While Bridges and Dentures may be less expensive at the outset, you should consider that both options sometimes have considerable continuing expenses.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is exactly what the name suggests. The PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. PRP is used in conjunction with bone grafts. It promotes healing and consolidation of the graft.  It also decreases the inflammation associated with the procedure, and allows faster healing with less swelling.

Do I need to stop medications before surgery?

Before surgery, patients are instructed to stop specific medications for a period of time before their procedure. Common medications listed are prescription products with aspirin or other salicylates, prescription products with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and other prescription drugs, such as phentermine (Adipex-P), a popular medication used to treat obesity and suppress appetite. The primary concern with phentermine when undergoing surgical procedures is the potential interaction between the drug and anesthesia as it could potentially increase the risk of cardiac arrest and heart attack.

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