What’s the Scoop on Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a common procedure done under local anesthesia to remove or reshape gum tissue, bone (or both) to expose more of the remaining tooth or teeth. It can be performed on one or more teeth on the gum line. This treatment is often recommended if you have a “gummy smile” where your teeth look shorter because of excess... read more »

What Happens When Winter Sports Leave You With a Maxillofacial Injury

What happens when facial trauma from winter sports and snow accidents lead to facial and maxillary trauma to the hard parts (bones and teeth) and soft tissue (skin and gums) of your body? Whether you are injured from snowmobiling, skiing or snowboarding, or have an accidental fall on the ice while carrying groceries, you might incur severe maxillofacial trauma that... read more »

Is a Bone Graft the Answer to Your Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the number one cause of bone loss in the mouth. If you are experiencing gum disease, you can have chronic bacterial infections that impact your gum tissue as well as the supportive bone material underneath. Once plaque (the sticky bacterial film in the mouth) reaches beneath the gum line, it creates toxins which inflame the gums... read more »

Orthognathic Surgery 101

If your dentist or orthodontist has suggested to you that you might benefit from jaw surgery, you are not alone. Misalignment of the jaw can range from mild to severe, and sometimes orthognathic surgery may be needed. While your orthodontist can correct bite problems involving your teeth, surgery may be needed when the jaws need to be repositioned. At its... read more »

Dental Implant Placement Basics as a Step-by-Step Process

If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing tooth’s chewing action. Over time,... read more »

Do You Need Orthognathic Surgery to Relieve TMJ Pain?

If you find yourself experiencing TMJ symptoms that are mild and infrequent, they may go away on their own. This sometimes can take weeks or months depending on what you do to help your jaw find relief. Of course, this is a good time to alleviate symptoms by temporarily sticking to a soft food or blended diet instead of trying... read more »

Common Questions About Oral Surgery Recovery

Do you have questions concerning your recovery post-op? We have answers to the most common questions we get. Read on for more: How can I prepare for oral surgery? Make sure you have a comfortable recovery place set up at home. Having extra pillows can help you rest more comfortably, and having something to do while you rest can also... read more »

All About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Getting wisdom teeth removed is almost as common as getting braces. Just about everyone will need wisdom teeth removed, just like most everyone needs some sort of orthodontic treatment. The sad thing is that there’s a lot of wrong information in existence about wisdom teeth removal. Today, we want to help make the process clear for you. We believe this... read more »

Facts About TMJ

If you’re interested in knowing all about the TMJ disorder, then you have come to the right blog. Our surgeons, Dr. Robert Stemme, is happy to tell you all about the disorder so you know all you need to know! The more you know about TMJ, the better. To give you the information you need, our surgeons is happy to... read more »

Recovery After Oral Surgery

It’s very important to properly recover after oral surgery. This means you need to take the recovery period seriously. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. Robert Stemme, is happy to tell you all about how to properly recover after oral surgery in Chesterfield, Missouri. -Get plenty of rest. You should rest one to three days after the treatment.... read more »