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Posted Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Smoking has been a well-known health hazard for decades, but the emergence of vaping has added a new dimension
Posted Fri, May 24, 2024
Leukoplakia, an often harmless condition that causes white patches to form inside the mouth, should be taken seriously due to its potential association
Posted Mon, Apr 22, 2024
In recent years, a trend known as 'mewing' has gone viral on social media platforms like TikTok, with many young people attempting this DIY technique in hopes of reshaping their jawline.
Posted Fri, Mar 15, 2024
Dr. Steven Balandran has achieved the prestigious status of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as of March 2024
Posted Sun, Feb 18, 2024
A labial frenectomy is a relatively simple surgical procedure that can have a significant impact on a person's oral health and overall well-being.
Posted Fri, Jan 26, 2024
Most Americans are familiar with what dentists do thanks to regular visits to get their teeth cleaned and periodic work
Posted Thu, Dec 14, 2023
The holiday season often brings joy, celebration, and quality time with friends and loved ones. Amid the festive spirit,
Posted Fri, Sep 29, 2023
Oral health plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. When dental issues arise, they can cause significant discomfort and even severe complications.
Posted Fri, Aug 25, 2023
One of the natural consequences of aging is that as we get older, it is likely that we will have one or more of our natural teeth missing.
Posted Tue, Aug 08, 2023
If you have been diagnosed with palatal maxillary exostosis or are experiencing symptoms that may indicate its presence,
Posted Sat, Jul 22, 2023
The reality is that pain in your jaw or emanating from anywhere in your body may really be “just in your head” but those
Posted Wed, Jul 12, 2023
Maintaining healthy teeth is crucial for overall oral health, but sometimes teeth can become damaged or fractured due to various factors, ranging
Posted Fri, Jul 07, 2023
Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Steven Balandran to its team of board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Posted Fri, Jun 23, 2023
Dr. Ryan Parnell was born, raised, and educated in Odessa, Texas where he attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Posted Thu, Mar 02, 2023
Healthcare settings can be intimidating, and the prospects of surgery can create overwhelming feelings,
Posted Tue, Jan 31, 2023
Each year more than 10,000 patients in the United States undergo orthognathic surgery, the most common type of jaw surgery performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Posted Wed, Jan 25, 2023
If the sound of a not-so-distant drill while you wait in your dentist’s office makes your heart race, stomach flutter, and sweat break out on your brow, fear not, you are not alone!
Posted Thu, Jan 05, 2023
It’s no surprise that Americans are less familiar with oral and maxillofacial surgery than they are with the role played by their general dentist.
Posted Tue, Dec 06, 2022
It’s probably never good to have a “rash” of anything in your life except maybe bacon, and even in that context,
Posted Tue, Nov 15, 2022
Oral cancers account for about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States with 54,000 new cases each year and more than 11,000 deaths.
Posted Tue, Oct 25, 2022
Surely, there are worse things to experience, but having a tooth knocked out definitely ranks high on the misery index of life’s unfortunate events.
Posted Wed, Oct 12, 2022
Dental implants are an ideal solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Posted Wed, Oct 12, 2022
While many dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed, not everyone needs to have this procedure.
Posted Tue, Aug 09, 2022
Marsupialization is a conservative and non-invasive surgical option to treat keratocysts, especially in the case of large cysts,
Posted Fri, Jul 29, 2022
If you put stock in the adage that it is best to “believe none of what you hear and believe half of what you see” then what are we to make of medical advice from TikTok users?
Posted Sat, May 28, 2022
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo years of extensive education and training, which allows them to perform many different types of oral surgery.
Posted Mon, Feb 14, 2022
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, or OMS, are called upon to complete surgical dental procedures. Some of the most common surgical oral and dental procedures include removing wisdom teeth,
Posted Tue, Jan 04, 2022
Doctors are reporting that one side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is that people are putting off critical screening and diagnostic tests for detecting cancer.
Posted Thu, Sep 01, 2022
While most patients that have their wisdom teeth removed are under the age of 25, older adults, even AARP card carrying members,
Posted Mon, Nov 01, 2021
At Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery our doctors are ready to assist you and your family members with all-inclusive oral health care related surgical services.
Posted Mon, Oct 18, 2021
Replacement of teeth has come a long way from the old days of a traditional denture set or an implant supported removable denture.
Posted Mon, Oct 11, 2021
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area of the jaw just in front of the earlobe region where the bottom jaw connects to the skull.
Posted Mon, Sep 27, 2021
Dental extractions are not just limited to kids with inadequate space or crowding issues.
Posted Mon, Sep 20, 2021
While broken bones or teeth are easier problems to spot, soft tissue injuries are very common in athletes and anyone playing a team sport.
Posted Tue, Aug 10, 2021
Pediatric Oral Surgery may be needed when a child’s teeth are growing abnormally, have become infected or an accident has damaged them in some irreparable way. Irregularities happen, but the most important thing
Posted Tue, Aug 03, 2021
Many patients come into the office asking about dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or a full set of teeth,
Posted Fri, Jul 16, 2021
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is an outpatient procedure that removes the back molars, also called wisdom teeth. Outpatient surgery means you will arrive and leave the facility on the same day, with no overnight stay. While the procedure itself i...
Posted Tue, Jun 29, 2021
When you are young, losing a tooth can be a magical experience. It is a rite of passage, signifying you are growing up, and in some cases a visit from
Posted Mon, Jun 14, 2021
When it comes to the human body some things just seem so random. Take wisdom teeth, for example, those late-blooming third molars that humans, frankly, no longer require the services of.
Posted Mon, May 17, 2021
Most humans have 32 teeth and every single one of them is precious, but there may come a time where a tooth needs to be extracted because of trauma, caries (tooth decay)
Posted Fri, May 07, 2021
For more than 50 years people have been able to smile with pride thanks to the revolutionary work of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish physician and researcher, who is considered the “Father of the Modern Dental Implant”.
Posted Tue, Mar 09, 2021
When you’re facing oral surgery for wisdom teeth removal, you want to choose the best time. Wisdom teeth removal will necessitate some recovery time, so you should consider times when you won’t have other obligations like work or school. Followi...
Posted Fri, Feb 05, 2021
If you need oral surgery, your experience, including your recovery, will be better when you choose to see a highly trained and experienced Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Posted Thu, Jan 07, 2021
If you have one or more teeth that are missing, a dental implant is one of your best options for replacement. If you are considering dental implants, you may be asking if they are safe. Here is some information you need to know.
Posted Tue, Jan 05, 2021
Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing suddenly when you are sleeping. There are different types of sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Posted Tue, Dec 08, 2020
Before any minor or major oral surgery procedure, such as wisdom teeth extraction, extraction of non-restorable teeth and grafting the site with bone, placement of dental implants, oral surgical procedures to aid orthodontic treatment, jaw surge...
Posted Sun, Nov 29, 2020
When you lose a tooth, you generally have two replacement options: a dental implant or a dental bridge. Today, dental implants are the preferred method of treatment for most oral health professionals and their patients.
Posted Tue, Nov 03, 2020
Oral health is important in all stages of life. As you age, you may face unique oral health challenges that don't affect younger patients as frequently. Below is some information about the oral health issues elderly patients are most likely to e...
Posted Tue, Aug 18, 2020
According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll published on May 27, 2020, approximately 50% of the poll participants reported that they have deferred medical procedures during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted Mon, May 25, 2020
Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your mouth, and if they're starting to cause pain it’s probably time to have them looked at
Posted Mon, Jan 20, 2020
Dental implants can last for years — or even a lifetime in some cases. Gösta Larsson of Gothenburg, Sweden, was the first person to receive dental implants in 1965; when Larsson died in 2006, his dental implants had lasted more than 40 years. Ce...
Posted Mon, Oct 14, 2019
At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we participate as “in-network” providers for many of the most popular dental plans*. When you call our office to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified oral surgeons, please be prepa...
Posted Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Wisdom teeth surgery is a common, out-patient surgical procedure using IV anesthesia for the purpose of extracting third molars. Most wisdom teeth removals cause relatively minor discomfort and very few complications. Nevertheless, proper care a...
Posted Mon, Jan 07, 2019
There are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth might be hurting you, but most of the time the answer is simple: wisdom teeth removal is needed. If your wisdom teeth are starting to cause pain, it’s time to have them looked at and figure out what ...
Posted Wed, Dec 26, 2018
Wisdom teeth surgery can be a scary proposition for many young patients who have never undergone IV anesthesia or any type of surgery. At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we encourage our patients to have confidence that all will be okay ...
Posted Wed, Sep 05, 2018
When prescribed and administered appropriately, opioid analgesic drugs can be used to effectively treat post-oral surgical pain.
Posted Mon, Jul 23, 2018
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is an oral surgery procedure where the third molars — more commonly called wisdom teeth — are removed.
Posted Mon, Jul 02, 2018
At Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our goal is to provide the highest quality of oral surgical care and safety for our patients.
Posted Tue, May 29, 2018
Dental implants are a wonderful way to improve your appearance and outlook because they function almost exactly like your natural teeth.
Posted Tue, May 29, 2018
Wisdom teeth are often problematic because the jaw simply isn’t big enough to adequately accommodate them after they erupt.
Posted Thu, Apr 26, 2018
It's estimated that nearly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer, or cancer of the throat or mouth, within the year.
Posted Tue, Apr 10, 2018
Play it Safe!
Posted Tue, Nov 07, 2017
Dental Insurance Benefits expire at the end of the year. Use them before you lose them.
Posted Tue, May 07, 2019
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Posted Mon, Jun 20, 2016
It’s hard to believe, but the lazy days of summer are drawing to an end, and soon the school bells will be ringing. For many students in our area, back-to-school means back-to-practice.
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Recent Articles
The Risks of Smoking and Vaping
Leukoplakia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options
Mewing: The Unscientific Trend Taking Over Social Media
Dr. Steven Balandran Has Achieved the Prestigious Status of Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Labial Frenectomy for Older Children and Teenagers for Orthodontics
What Does an Oral Surgeon Do?
Unwrap the Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal this Holiday Season
Understanding and Managing Abscessed Teeth: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant vs. Implant Bridge
Surgical Removal of Palatal Maxillary Exostoses
Unmasking the Mystery of Jaw Pain: Causes and Treatment Options
Understanding Broken Teeth: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Welcomes Steven Balandran, DDS, MD
Meet Ryan H. Parnell, DDS, MD
Questions Every Patient Should Ask Before They Have Oral Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery and Other Types of Jaw Surgery
Dental Anxiety: Drilling Down on the Fear of Visiting Your Dentist
Debunking 5 Common Oral Surgery Myths
Why Do I Have a Rash in My Mouth?
The Role of Oral Surgeons in Oral Cancer Screenings

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