Managing Pain with Fewer Opioids
The growing problem of opioid addiction has medical professionals rethinking prescriptions for pain medications and evaluating other alternatives for relief. Medications are generally needed after oral surgery to help patients manage their pain. However, the amount of painkillers a patient will need varies on an individual basis. Professionals should therefore evaluate needs based on each individual patient’s current medications, drug interactions, and personal history. The American...
New Clues for Causes of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)
Have you noticed a burning sensation in your mouth, something that is not due to scalding your mouth on a hot drink or piece of hot pizza? Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, can affect the tongue, roof of the mouth, insides of cheeks, gums and lips. The burning or scalding sensation can appear suddenly or can develop over time. It can come and go, or remain constant. It can range from mild to severe, and it can feel better when eating or drinking. There are two types of BMS, primary and...
3D Printing Your Dentures
3D printing is changing the face of manufacturing in the world, and now there is potential for it to impact those who wear dentures. Dr. Jason Lee, the inventor of the process, hopes that this innovative technology will make the denture production process quicker, more accurate, and more predictable. Researchers at the University of Buffalo published a study in April 2018, testing the strength of 3D printed dentures, and looking at the potential for the material to carry anti-fungal...
Redefining Oral Surgery with Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the branch of technology that deals with manipulating atoms and molecules. The American Chemical Society has reported on a pre-clinical study that shows promise for patients undergoing oral surgery. The study shows a reduction in pain and recovery time after oral surgery with the aid of specialized nanotechnology. When oral surgery is performed on a patient, oftentimes collagen fibers under the gums need to be cut in order for severely misaligned teeth to be able to move into...
Botox and Bruxism
Do you grind your teeth at night? Grinding and clenching during sleep is known as bruxism, and can cause damage to the teeth and jaw. Many patients with this condition wear a mouth guard at night for protection, but headaches and aching jaws are often symptoms that persist. A study published in January 2018 by Dr. William Ondo and associates, tested the safety and the effects of using botulinum-A (Botox) to treat bruxism. Thirteen out of twenty two test subjects were given Botox injections,...
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Crystal Lake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Doctors Conlon, Bruksch, Ozment, Richard and Fay
690 N. Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – noon
Hours may vary occasionally due to hospital surgery and emergencies.