Archive for January, 2014

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Oral Surgery and Extraction

What Are Impacted Teeth and Why Do They Need Extraction? Evolution has rendered wisdom teeth unnecessary in humans, and about 85 percent of these third molars eventually require removal because of tooth crowding, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Trapped in the gums, impacted wisdom teeth may lead to dental problems such as […]

Study Bolsters New Sleep Apnea Device

  By ANDREA PETERSEN   A surgical implant to treat obstructive sleep apnea reduced major symptoms of the disorder by nearly 70%, according to a study published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The new device stimulates a nerve at the base of the tongue, opening the airway. It is one of […]