Posted on 15 Nov 2015. Filed under: Impacted Wisdom Tooth, Wisdom Tooth
Yes, going into the dental chair only to have your bones sawed open and your wisdom (teeth) removed is enough to scare anyone into never leaving their bed. However, because you’ll be unconscious during the entire procedure, it really is nothing to worry about. The main thing you should be worried about with wisdom teeth removal is the recovery process. Read on to learn more.
- Rest It Up
You may have a lot of work to do but it’s crucial to rest for at least a day or two after your surgery. Rest gives your body the energy and time it needs to heal after undergoing something as strenuous as oral surgery. Make sure that you plan ahead of time in order to take the allotted amount of time off of work and school in order to fully rest
- Eat Soft Foods
Due to the nature of wisdom tooth removal surgery, it’s important to follow a strict diet for a few days after your surgery. Make sure that you eat a lot of soft or even liquid foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, and fruit smoothies. Just make sure that when you are drinking that you don’t use a straw, as the sucking motion caused by straws can cause dry sockets to occur.
It might sound like the last thing you want to do, but wrapping an ice pack around your head and your jaw is the best way to combat all of the nasty swelling that occurs after surgery. Just make sure that the ice packs aren’t too firm, because you don’t want to apply a large amount of pressure on your jaw as it heals. Try to ice your face every few hours for about 10-20 minutes or until you start to notice the swelling start to subside.
- Change Your Gauze
When you’re still drugged up on anesthesia and are recovering a few hours after your surgery, the last thing you will want to do is change the gauze in your mouth. However, it’s important to continually swap out the gauze in your mouth in order to insure that the bleeding is stopping and that your mouth is free from germs and bacteria.
To learn more about how to properly care for your mouth after wisdom teeth removal, contact our office today!
Posted on 30 Oct 2015. Filed under: Botox
The wonderful thing about the medical industry is that there is always research being conducted on different and innovative ways to treat diseases that affect people’s lives everyday. And with something as obnoxious as TMJ, medical studies are constantly being conducted on ways and treatments to prevent the pain and discomfort associated with this disorder. However, when the famous injectable Botox released that it can be used to help with TMJ, skeptics everywhere were raising their eyebrows at how this could possibly be the case. Read on to learn more.
Although Botox is known primarily as an injectable to treat fine lines and wrinkles, around the eyes and forehead, it can be used for a lot more than that. By paralyzing the muscles around the injection site, Botox relaxes the muscles and causes them to no longer be able to contract. Therefore, whether or not you are using Botox to fill in wrinkles by relaxing the muscles, or are injecting it into the jaw muscles to cause them to relax, it is virtually doing the same thing across the body.
Benefits of Botox for TMJ
As a non-invasive alternative to things like surgery, Botox treatment is designed to relax the muscles around the jaw which lead to the symptoms of TMJ. Because it is non-invasive, Botox can be administered at the doctor’s office without the need of a hospital stay. Additionally, patients notice the relief from their TMJ symptoms just a day or two after receiving Botox and will notice the full benefits just a week afterwards.
Is It Safe?
Although not yet FDA approved to treat TMJ, Botox has been on the market long enough and hasn’t shown any signs or symptoms for patients to worry about. However, that being said, it really hasn’t been used long enough to treat TMJ in order to determine just how safe it is.
If you suffer from TMJ and are looking for a treatment option, it might be time to consider investigating Botox a little further.
To learn more about TMJ treatment or to speak with a specialist, contact our office today!
Posted on 15 Oct 2015. Filed under: TMJ Surgery Replacement
TMD or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a painful jaw disorder that causes everyday normalises like the ability to chew or even to open your mouth wide enough to say a few words, to be very painful. If you suffer from TMD and haven’t quite committed to getting TMJ surgery yet, then follow these four simple tips to get your jaw feeling better again.
If you notice that you are getting a TMJ flare-up, then you should act right away and apply some heat to your jaw. By applying heat to your swollen jaw, you can help to reduce any inflammation that may be taking place and you can also help to calm any pain that may be associated with the flare up. Just make sure you test the temperature of the heat pack before applying it to your face, because you don’t want to burn yourself.
- Jaw Exercises
If you notice that your jaw is tensing up and causing you problems, you might need to try some exercises to loosen up the joints in your jaw. Simply start out by moving your lower jaw side to side, if it is painful, try to work through the pain at a slow pace. Once your jaw warms up, the pain should subside. Next, try simply opening and closing your mouth in order to loosen up any tense muscles. Try practicing these exercises every couple of hours for a few days, or until you can feel your jaw loosen up.
- Avoid Certain Foods
During a TMD flare-up, it’s important to avoid foods that will cause extra strain on your jaw. Specifically avoid foods that are hard to chew like steak, apples, chewing gum, or anything else that may require you to strain your jaw a little bit.
Massage is a great way to loosen up the tense muscles in your face. To help alleviate the pain caused by TMD, simply locate where your jaw connects itself and with your index and middle finger, slowly massage that area in a circular motion, applying a little bit more pressure each time. Although it will likely be painful and uncomfortable at first, this sort of massage will help to take away some of the strain and pressure that you are feeling on your jaw.
TMD is a painful disorder that can cause even the littlest things in life to be annoying. If you still haven’t decided whether or not to go the surgical route to treat your TMD, try the above four tips first to see if they can give you some relief.
To learn more about TMJ surgery, contact our office today!
Posted on 30 Sep 2015. Filed under: Dental Implants
Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be as frightening as you make it out to be. Although very painful and ranking fairly low on the attractive scale, a missing tooth can easily be remedied with a dental implant. Whether you lost a tooth from a fluke accident, due to dental decay, or simply because of something like substance abuse, a dental implant can give you back your natural looking smile in virtually no time.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the procedure in which a dentist like Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will implant a titanium post into your gum, let it heal for a few months, and then place a fake tooth over the top. With the proper amount of healing and care, your dental implant should give you the exact same chewing and speaking capabilities as before.
Are they painful?
Due to the fairly lengthy process involved with getting a dental implant, parts of this procedure are fairly painful. However, during things like the removal of your natural tooth (if needed) and through the implantation of the titanium rod, you will be given a local anesthetic that will numb the entire area, so all you will feel is the pressure being placed on your mouth and the affected area.
Do they last?
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. So as long as you care for your implant properly through regular brushing and flossing, and as long as your jaw has had the proper amount of time to heal throughout every step of the process, you can rest assured that your dental implant will last you a lifetime.
Are they expensive?
Depending on your dental coverage and the severity of the affected area, dental implants run an average of $2,000 per implant once the entire process has been completed. Although it might sound like a large sum of money to come up with at first, it will pay off in the long run because you won’t have to worry about the instability of the implant.
If you need a dental implant or if you would simply like to learn more about the process, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan Today.
Posted on 15 Sep 2015. Filed under: TMJ Surgery Replacement
Millions of people suffer from Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). It typically starts with clenching your jaw during your sleep or during especially stressful times in your life. From there, it can start to exhibit itself through things like a locked jaw, headaches, ear aches, change in bite, and the inability to properly chew the food you love the most. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ and would like to seek medical treatment in order to help alleviate any of the associated symptoms, Dr. Leslie Sultan can help you get back to feeling like your normal self once again.
TMJ Replacement Surgery
Depending on your age and the severity of the damage caused by TMJ, it will dictate whether Dr. Leslie Sultan feels that TMJ replacement surgery is the right idea for you and your specific situation. When it comes to the actual prosthesis in which to replace the TMJ muscle with, it is either recommended that you use one of your rib bones or an artificial device that will give you the same range of motion and flexibility as a regular tempromandibular joint should.
During the surgery, two incisions will be made in order for Dr. Leslie Sultan to accurately reach your TMJ. The first incision will be fairly long and will be made under the side of your face, where your jawbone meets your neck. The second incision will be made around your ear, where your ear connects with your jaw. Once the doctor has visual access of your TMJ, a small saw will be used in order to cut it out and then remove it from your face altogether. Once the bone has been properly removed, a titanium prosthesis and screws will then be implanted into the side of your face and will act as your new TMJ.
When it comes to any kind of jaw surgery, the recovery process can be a bit lengthy. During the recovery from TMJ replacement surgery, you should expect to be on a non-solid food diet for 2-4 weeks, leaving you with an alarming amount of freedom to eat milkshakes for every meal of the day. You should also expect to have to undergo some sort of physical therapy in order to get your jaw muscles up and moving once again.
To learn more about TMJ replacement surgery, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sultan, contact our office today!
Posted on 30 Aug 2015. Filed under: Jaw Reconstruction
As a very intense oral procedure that typically involves your oral surgeon having to surgically break your jaw and reform it, jaw reconstruction surgery can be done for a multitude of reasons. Whether your jaw has started to deteriorate due to bone loss or you have bone loss due to cyst removal, jaw reconstruction surgery will help you to get back the facial structure you once had and will prevent your jaw from deteriorating any further.
Old Age and Dentures
As you age, your bones because softer and more brittle. That’s why you tend to hear about a lot of elderly people falling and breaking major bones like their hips. As your body loses its ability to absorb calcium, your bones become softer and more prone to any injuries. When it comes to your oral health, the same type of bone loss can be seen. As you age, many people lose their teeth either due to some sort of oral infection or disease, and you are required to get dentures. As your mouth adjusts to your dentures, many people suffer from a deteriorating jaw that starts to sink around the dentures. If you are suffering from a condition like this, jaw reconstruction surgery is an ideal solution for you.
Bone Resorption of the Lower Jaw
Due to a number of things like blunt trauma, tooth decay, or even old age, bone resorption is a condition that is more prevalent as you age. This disease causes your teeth to loosen and your jaw to collapse a little bit, leaving you with a more hollowed out appearance. If you suffer from bone resorption of the lower jaw, jaw reconstruction surgery can help you have a more natural appearance once again.
Bone Loss Due to Trauma
If you were a professional athlete in a sport like boxing or football, where you received a lot of trauma to the jaw area, then you might suffer from extreme bone loss. Or if you received some sort of trauma to your jaw due to another circumstance, you might be suffering from the same type of bone loss. Through this loss of bone, your jaw starts to deteriorate and leave you with a less structured facial appearance. However, through jaw reconstruction surgery, you can help to preserve the rest of your bones and get your original appearance back.
Bone Loss Due to Cyst Removal
If you recently had a cyst removed in your jaw, chances are that during the surgery, some of your bone had to be removed as well— leaving you with a weakened jaw. However, jaw reconstruction surgery can help you with bone loss and leave you with a healthier jaw line.
To learn more about jaw reconstruction surgery, contact our office today!
Posted on 15 Aug 2015. Filed under: Oral Health
Even though you might feel like a million bucks after indulging in a nice oversized garlic burger, your breath probably smells nothing short of terrifying. Everyone suffers from bad breath at some point during the day— whether it’s morning breath, or you just eat something that leaves your breath smelling a bit..interesting, it can be super embarrassing. However, with these three tips, you can help combat bad breath and not have to worry about covering your mouth up during conversations.
Brushing your teeth and tongue, especially in the morning, are one of the best ways to start your day off with fresh breath. After eight hours of sleep, your mouth can smell like a garbage can, which to the person sleeping next to you, is a virtual nightmare. Rid your mouth of any bacteria that may have accumulated while you slept, and brush your teeth focusing primarily on your tongue. Once you’re done brushing, be sure to rinse your mouth with water, this will help to freshen your breath a little further.
Yes, flossing is a pain, but it’s an important part of dental hygene, and getting rid of bad breath. By helping to remove any bad breath causing foods that may be trapped in between your teeth, flossing is one of the most helpful ways to get your mouth smelling minty fresh.
Water is basically a cure all for everything, including your oral health. By drinking water, it encourages the prodcution of saliva which helps to rid your mouth of food, bacteria, and any other particles that may be contributing to your bad breath. If you’re not in the habit of drinking a lot of water throughout the day, now is the best time! Simply carry around a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up every time it gets empty.
Gum and Mints
Sugarless gum and mints are also, and obviously so, a great way to help minimize the odors caused by bad breath. Not only does the mint flavor help to cover up any smell, but as with water, they stimulate the production of saliva.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, and you can’t seem to get rid of it, it might be a sign of a more severe disorder such as gum disease. Meet with your dentist to get to the root of the problem.
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Posted on 30 Jul 2015. Filed under: Sleep Apnea & Snoring
If your spouse snores to the point that you can’t even stand to look at them in the morning, you might have to play the bad guy and break the news to them. Although they might be embarrassed or annoyed that you’re even bringing it up, snoring is a serious issue that can be fixed by an experienced dental professional— and it will give you back your sleepful nights. Whether it’s to eliminate annoyance or if you think your spouse is suffering from sleep apnea, here are 3 ways to combat snoring.
In order to get to the root of the problem, your dentist will need to conduct multiple tests to decipher whether your snoring is caused by sleep apnea or not.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the airways to collapse or become obstructed during sleep, which causes people to stop breathing up to 30 times per hour during their sleep cycle— which to the person sleeping next door, it sounds like a bunch of snoring and loud breathing.
- Oral Appliance Therapy
There are over 50 types of oral appliances available on the market. However, the most common appliance is designed to reposition the jaw, bringing it forward, and moving the tongue along with it. This in turn will prevent your tongue from falling back into the mouth and causing you to snore. Speak with your dentist about what type of oral appliance therapy solution is ideal for your condition.
If your dentist discovers that your spouse does indeed suffer from sleep apnea and depending on the severity of the disorder, your dentist may suggest that they use a CPAP machine every night. Only prescribed by medical physicians, CPAP machines are designed to help the wearer to breathe oxygenated air during sleep every night, eliminating any snoring.
Instead of grabbing the pillow next to you and having to cover your ears every night due to your spouse’s excessive snoring, take matters into your own hands and schedule an appointment to see if they have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder today.
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Posted on 15 Jul 2015. Filed under: Wisdom Tooth
Unlike their name, the only wisdom that wisdom teeth provide is usually accompanied by some pain, discomfort, and yes, the inevitable surgery required to remove these unnecessary teeth. If you are suffering from some oral comfort, read about these 4 signs of impacted wisdom teeth in order to get to the root of the problem.
- Tender or Bleeding Gums
If you’re not a frequent flosser, your gums might get irritated and start bleeding after you floss. However, if you notice that your molars are feeling extra tender and are bleeding more than normal, this is an indication that your wisdom teeth might be impacted. Pay close attention to when your gums start to bleed and if the bleeding subsides.
- Difficulty Opening Your Mouth
This is one of the most fervent indications that you have impacted wisdom teeth. Difficulty opening your mouth is due to the intense inflammation of your jaw caused by the pressure of the wisdom teeth moving upwards. Try icing your jaw for a day or two and if the problem hasn’t subsided, go to a dentist to have it checked out.
- Red or Swollen Gums
Although impacted wisdom teeth aren’t notorious for being very painful, if you notice that your gums are swollen or are bright red near the back of your mouth, then it’s time to get them looked at.
- Bad Breath
If you have bad breath when you wake up in the morning, it’s natural and is nothing to be alarmed of. However, if you have bad breath right after you’ve brushed your teeth, and you’re experiencing some of the other signs of impacted wisdom teeth, it may be time to see a dentist. When teeth are impacted, they tend to crowd your other teeth, causing the frequency of food being trapped and bad breath occurring.
Bad breath and tender gums are fairly common oral problems that may occur on an almost daily basis. However, if you are noticing excessive symptoms or the addition of symptoms such as difficulty opening your mouth, you might have impacted wisdom teeth. Contact a dentist today to learn more.
Posted on 30 Jun 2015. Filed under: Orthognathic Surgery
Whether you are having problems with your tooth or jaw alignment, in serious cases you might need to have orthognathic surgery. But what is it? What does this entail? And how exactly will it help you? We’re here to tell you all about this surgery that is fairly common and yet fairly unknown.
What Does “Orthognathic” Mean?
This word is long, but it’s not too confusing once we break it up. You’ve heard the prefix “ortho” before in “orthodontics.” And in context that makes sense, as “ortho” comes from the Greek word for “straight.” The second half of the word, “gnathic,” comes from the Greek word for “jaw.” If you put them together, “orthognathic” is essentially just an old, fancy, Greek word for “straight jaw.”
What Does It Mean to Have a Crooked Jaw?
While you might not be able to visibly see the fact that your jaw is not straight (although sometimes you will be able to see it), you will certainly be able to feel it. If your jaw is not in alignment, you might suffer from a lot of unnecessary pain and inconvenience. These problems can include:
- Speech problems
- Chronic pain in your jaw
- Problems eating (such as chewing and swallowing)
- Excessive wear on the teeth
- Snoring or sleep apnea
- Inability to bring teeth or lips together properly
Often it will look like your jaw is pushed back, forward, or to the side, like you are jutting out your chin or purposely gaping your mouth open. However, these are not purposeful, and although you may think they are harmless, they are really causing you a lot of pain.
What Happens During the Surgery?
During the surgery, your jaw will be completely repositioned and realigned. Both parts of your jaw will be divided into smaller sections and often surgically separated and moved to line the teeth up properly. Everything is planned out to the most exact measurements. Even though it sounds intense, you will be out of the hospital soon after the surgery is complete—within the day or the next.