Blog Archive

Why Anesthesia Might Be Necessary for Certain Procedures Sep 1st, 2021

For many dental procedures, a shot of local anesthetic is all that’s needed to prevent discomfort. But there are some procedures — including many types of oral surgery — when deeper anesthesia is a better choice.  Brandon Kang, DDS, and the team at Pacific‌ ‌Oral‌ ‌&‌ ‌Maxillofacial‌ ‌Surgery‌ ‌Center‌ in...

What to Expect During and After a Tooth Extraction Aug 17th, 2021

Fact: Pretty much no one actually looks forward to having a tooth pulled. Also fact: Sometimes an extraction is the best solution for relieving painful symptoms and improving your overall oral health. Brandon Kang, DDS, and our team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Oakland and San Francisco,...

Understanding the Different Treatments for Your TMJ Jul 22nd, 2021

Pain in your jaw, frequent headaches when you wake, and clicking or sticking sensations when you chew or yawn are all signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a relatively common problem that causes inflammation inside your jaw joints. For some people, TMJ disorder symptoms can be mild and controlled with...

Stabilize and Preserve Your Jaw Through Grafting Jun 23rd, 2021

Bone grafting plays a pivotal role in dental implant surgery for patients whose jawbone is too weak or too thin to adequately support an implant. But even though grafts are becoming more common, plenty of dental patients don’t know why or how grafts are used. Brandon Kang, DDS, and the...

Are You a Candidate for a Full-Arch Restoration? May 28th, 2021

Missing one tooth can be upsetting. But missing an entire arch — either all your upper teeth or all your lower teeth — can alter the way you look, the way you eat, and the way you feel about yourself. A surprising 40 million Americans are missing all their teeth...

Your Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea Apr 18th, 2021

If you’re one of the 22 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you know the effects it can have on your everyday routines. Nights of interrupted sleep lead to days of fatigue, moodiness, and problems focusing at work, at school, and even in your social life.  Without proper...

Exposure and Ligation: Paving the Way for Impacted Teeth Mar 16th, 2021

Impaction occurs when a tooth gets “stuck” under the gum — typically, blocked by another tooth. It’s a common reason for wisdom tooth extraction, but the third molars aren’t the only teeth that get impacted. Canine tooth impaction is also fairly common, occurring in about 2%-3.6% of people. While your...

When Do Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out? Feb 12th, 2021

Wisdom teeth removal can provide significant benefits for many patients, which is why it’s commonly recommended for those whose third molars have recently emerged. During young adulthood, the wisdom teeth roots tend to be less developed, making removal a more straightforward procedure. While wisdom teeth extraction is common, the question...

What Are Cleft Palates? Jan 19th, 2021

Each year in the United States, more than 6,000 babies are born with cleft palate, cleft lip, or both. Cleft palate and cleft lip are among the most common congenital defects, and the good news is, both issues can be corrected with cleft surgery. Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center...

Dry Sockets: What Are They and How Can You Avoid Them? Dec 10th, 2020

Nobody really wants to lose a natural tooth, but sometimes extractions are necessary to solve oral health problems or prevent problems from occurring. Thanks to advances in extraction methods, having a tooth pulled is a straightforward process. But sometimes, a complication called dry socket can occur after an extraction.  Dry...

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants? Nov 10th, 2020

Every year, more than a half million people opt for dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, according to data from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. That’s in addition to the millions of men and women who’ve already had implant surgery. Dental implants are popular for lots...

Tips for Recovering After Having a Tooth Extraction Oct 8th, 2020

Having a tooth pulled probably isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But sometimes extraction is the best option for preventing serious problems and helping you enjoy better oral health moving forward. If you have a tooth that’s impacted or one that’s been badly damaged by decay or trauma, for...

How Dental Implants Boost Confidence and Improve Oral Health Sep 21st, 2020

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’ve probably read a lot about dental implants as an alternative to traditional dentures and bridges. Implants are extremely popular among adults missing one or more teeth — and they’re growing more popular every year. In fact, according to the American Academy of...

How to Prepare for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aug 12th, 2020

Millions of people get their wisdom teeth removed every year. In fact, wisdom teeth removal is so common, extractions have almost become a sort of rite of passage for people in their late teens and early 20s. Brandon Kang, DDS, and Matt Chroust, DDS, MD, at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial...

5 Tips to Speed Your Recovery After Jaw Surgery Jul 1st, 2020

No matter what type of surgery you’re having, no doubt you’re feeling a bit nervous and anxious. This may be especially true for jaw surgery, since it may affect how and what you eat. But knowing what to expect may help calm some of your nerves. At Pacific Oral &...