25Feb, 2015

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

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Wisdom teeth typically arrive as you are entering into adulthood and are therefore “wiser” than when your other teeth erupted. But when exactly is the “wise” time to have them removed? This is a common question we hear from patients and parents alike. While the timing may be slightly different for each person, generally speaking the best time to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is during the early teenage years when the wisdom teeth have started to grow.   A number of studies have defined the development and eruption […]
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16Feb, 2015

Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea Without Surgery (or a CPAP Mask)

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If you’ve seen a doctor for a chronic snoring problem or been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a good chance you may have been prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. While CPAP masks have long been the “gold standard” in snoring and sleep apnea treatment and can be extremely effective if used correctly, the biggest problem with this treatment method is that compliance rates are very low. In other words, patients do not use the CPAP machine as directed and therefore their symptoms are not adequately managed.   […]
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26Jan, 2015

Calming Fears About Your Child’s Oral Surgery

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The thought of undergoing oral surgery usually elicits feelings of anxiety and fear for patients. If it’s your child that needs surgery, the emotions are intensified even more. At Park Avenue Oral & Facial Surgery, we know firsthand the many worries, concerns, and questions that parents face in this situation and we’re here to walk you through every step of the process.   Our patients and their parents can take comfort knowing that our practice specializes in treating pediatric patients in need of oral surgery or sedation dentistry, in fact, […]
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16Jan, 2015

Restore Your Smile Faster with Teeth-in-an-Hour™

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Getting dental implants used to mean numerous trips to the oral surgeon and a time frame of several weeks or months to complete, from start to finish. The last thing a patient wants to endure when dealing with missing teeth or painful irritation from ill-fitting dentures is a long wait time. At Park Avenue Oral & Facial Surgery, we are pleased to offer a much better solution for our patients called Teeth-in-an-Hour™, a procedure that slashes the wait time to a fraction of what it once was. With this state-of-the-art […]
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29Dec, 2014

5 Tips for Conquering Dental Anxiety in 2015

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As 2014 comes to a close and many of our patients are thinking about New Year’s resolutions, Dr. Cohen and the staff at Park Avenue Oral & Facial Surgery want to remind you to make oral health a priority in 2015. The health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole – when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good too. In fact, good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring. If the thought of undergoing a dental procedure provokes […]
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3Nov, 2014

TMJ Treatment: A Cooperative Approach

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As with many dental health procedures, the treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders requires a cooperative approach between you (the patient) and me (the doctor).  Once we have diagnosed the condition and narrowed in on the problem, we have many different treatment options to explore together.   And luckily, most cases of TMJ do not require surgery. Symptoms of TMJ disorder range from an aching jaw and painful ear to difficulty chewing. Oftentimes there is a clicking noise when chewing.  And occasionally, locking of the joint can even occur. The causes […]
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16Jul, 2014

Is it Snoring or is it Sleep Apnea?

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We all know that a little bit of snoring here and there is perfectly normal.  So how do you know when it’s snoring that you’re dealing with and when it’s sleep apnea?Rest assured, we get this question all the time.   And the answer is that while a formal diagnosis has to be done by us here in the office, you may be able to get a better idea of which scenario you are dealing with simply by answering a few questions at home. Here are some of the most commonly […]
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2Jul, 2014

Calming Your Nerves Before Dental Procedures

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Almost everyone has some feelings of nervousness when thinking about visiting the dentist.  We hear it all the time from our patients.  But don’t worry (I know, easier said than done).  It is totally normal to have a bit of anxiety (or even a lot of anxiety) before you come to our office.In our office, we have many years of experience in dealing with nervous patients.  So to help you out, we’ve compiled this quick yet effective set of tips for dealing with those inevitable nerves before your dental procedure. […]
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18Jun, 2014

Considering an Upgrade to Dental Implants?

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Have you been thinking of upgrading your current tooth replacement strategy but aren’t sure where to start?  This is a great time of growth in modern dentistry, especially when it comes to replacing missing teeth!  With the evolution of dental implants, patients don’t have to suffer some of the pains of the past when older, traditional tooth replacement methods were used.Traditionally, missing teeth were always “fixed” with bridges or dentures.  And while both of those procedures are still in use by dentists and do still serve an important purpose, they […]
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4Jun, 2014

Wisdom Teeth – What’s the Big Deal?

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Especially with the younger crowd, this is a question we get time and time again in our office!  And understandably so!  To some, removing the wisdom teeth seems like it should be an elective procedure, not a necessary one. You have probably heard the statistic that 85% of people have to have their wisdom teeth (also called “third molars”) extracted at some point during their life.  But you may be wondering “Why?”  (As in “Why fix it if it isn’t broken?”) Well, as it turns out, naming these teeth “wise” demonstrates […]
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