Oral Surgery

Root Canal X-Ray

Can a Root Canal Be Prevented?

Most of us in the Illinois Valley, and pretty much everywhere, have heard of a root canal and associate it as something we don’t ever want to deal with. The truth is, a root canal can be relatively painless and very beneficial in terms of saving your natural teeth and avoiding the need for a…

Laser Dentistry on Patient

Laser Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry

For many, the idea of scalpels and drills going anywhere near their mouths produces a ton of anxiety and often delays taking necessary action to address ongoing dental issues that need attention. To compound that, the prolonged recovery time, discomfort, stitches and risk for infections associated with traditional dentistry understandably causes many to forgo short-term…

Dentist's teeth checkup, series of related photos

Is the Tooth Worth Saving or Should You Get an Extraction?

You like your teeth. You’ve had them for most of your life and you’ve become quite attached to them…literally. When a tooth is cracked or if an abscess develops, then it can lead to severe pain, but you don’t always have to do an extraction. It’s important to save your teeth if you can, so…

TMJ Treatment in Utica IL

Avoid Painful Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction

When a tooth extraction is necessary, it’s never pleasant. We realize that and do our best to help your work through the pain, but what if that pain doesn’t get better. In fact, it gets worse. The pain from a tooth extraction should be temporary and gradually heal, but if gets worse, then you might…

Wisdom teeth are often cut out, but do you know why?

Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

We’ve all seen the funny videos on YouTube of people saying and doing crazy things thanks to the anesthesia after getting wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, but many people wonder if they need to have them removed even if they don’t feel any pain. What are Wisdom Teeth? Baby teeth…