How To Treat A Skin Lesion

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As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Sultan performs procedures that involve the soft tissues, bones and other features of the jaws, face and mouth, including lesions that develop on the skin. A lesion is any type of abnormal growth that does not match the surrounding skin. Lesion removal is most often performed for cosmetic reasons, and the goal of the procedure is to help the patients feel more comfortable with their appearances.

Common Types of Skin Lesions

When people hear the word “lesion,” they believe that it means an open sore on the skin. Lesions are any type of abnormal growth that is different than the surrounding skin. Common types of skin lesions that are treated by Dr. Sultan are:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Tiny red veins that are visible on the surface of the skin
  • Warts
  • Skin tags
  • Irregularities on the skin
  • Raised lesions and moles

Treatment for Skin Lesions

Skin lesion removal is performed in our office using a local anesthesia, so the procedure is safe for all patients. Dr. Sultan uses a combination of advanced energy technologies and surgical techniques to remove lesions from the skin. Applying high energy radio frequency waves during the procedure reduces, and may eliminate, bleeding. The incisions for the surgery are small enough that you may not need sutures. All incisions cause scars, but your scars will be almost indiscernible because of the size of the incisions.

Cancerous Lesions

Some lesions are cancerous, and an accurate diagnosis requires a sample of the tissue. If your lesion is an abnormal mole or other growth, Dr. Sultan takes steps to remove the growth and a margin of surrounding tissue. A sample is taken from the lesion and evaluated for cancer cells.

Do You Have a Distracting Skin Lesion? Contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery.

Skin lesions can be embarrassing and make you feel less confident about your appearance. To learn more about lesion removal, bone grafting, jaw reconstruction and our other services, contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. You can also contact our Fort Lauderdale office directly at (954) 771-8772.

Dr. Sultan Gives The Gift of a New Smile to Shooting Victim

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Learn how Dr. Sultan provided the gift of a new smile to a shooting victim in Ft. Lauderdale. Click the image below to view the story!

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Don’t Be A Snore This Valentine’s

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wife upset at husband snoringSo, you’re planning to pull off the perfect Valentine’s Day experience. You’ll say all the right words, be charming, and you’ll even arrange an evening of romance. With so much planning put into this very special night, you want to end the night on an exceptional note. The last thing that you want to do is keep your beloved awake by your snoring. Not all snoring requires treatment, but if you routinely shake the walls when you sleep, Dr. Sultan can help with treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.

How Much is Too Much?

Snoring happens for many reasons, and even the most demure women and dignified men will snore at one point in their lives. The condition does not discriminate. Snoring is the sound that is created when the tissues in your nose and throat vibrate as you breathe. The sound that someone makes as they slumber whilst the rest of those in the room lie awake can vary from a soft, low purring to a cacophony of sounds that could possibly wake the entire neighborhood. The point at which a person’s snoring becomes problematic is based upon the underlying cause of the snoring, as well as any issues that the snoring causes for others who happen to be in proximity of the snorer.

Surprising Reasons Why People Snore

Snoring may not indicate an underlying issue. You may be able to make some minor changes to make sure that you and your beloved sleep soundly this Valentine’s Day. Some of the reasons that people snore are:

  • Sleeping on their backs
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Using sedatives and sleep aids
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes disruptive breathing when a person sleeps, and this may be accompanied by snoring. Not every case of snoring is sleep apnea, and not every case of sleep apnea involves snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a disruption in the upper airway, and it is the most common type of sleep apnea. Dr. Sultan can diagnose your sleep apnea and offer treatments that will help you keep the love and adoration going well beyond Valentine’s Day.

Learn More About Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery.

To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, TMJ surgery replacement, computer guided surgery and our other services, contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. Our office is located in Fort Lauderdale, and you can contact us directly at (954) 771-8772.

The Impact Of Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom Teeth  Ft. Lauderdale, FLWisdom teeth are one of those leftovers of evolution that serve no purpose for modern humans. At one time, we needed these teeth to chew food, but our brains grew larger and needed the more real estate. Hence, the wisdom teeth became outdated relics of a bygone time, but some of us still develop wisdom teeth, and these extra teeth sure can cause some problems.

Has Anyone Seen My Wisdom Teeth?

Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are located in the furthest reaches of your mouth. Molars are the large, flat teeth that are closest to your throat. The natural layout of your teeth includes a total of eight molars — two on the upper left, two on the upper right, two on the bottom left and two on the bottom right. Wisdom teeth develop behind your last molar.

The Impact Heard Around Your Mouth

Wisdom teeth may grow in normally, but chances are pretty good that these teeth will not erupt through the gums properly. The reason is that they are trying to grow in a space that is much too small. This goes back to how our larger brains took up the real estate that was once held by these teeth. When the wisdom tooth does not erupt properly, it tries to make its space by placing pressure on the forward molars, and this begins a chain reaction in your mouth. Overcrowding, infection, and inflammation are all possible consequences of wisdom teeth trying to find their place.

Are All Wisdom Teeth Bad?

No two mouths are the same, and your teeth have developed in a way that is unique to your anatomy. In some cases, wisdom teeth grow in just fine. If the teeth are impacted, they will need to be removed to avoid orthodontic work in the future or the undoing of orthodontic work that has already been completed.

Learn More About Impacted Wisdom Teeth. Contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery.

To learn more about impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants, TMJ surgery and our other services, contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. You can also contact our Fort Lauderdale office directly at (954) 771-8772.

New Year’s Celebrations: Managing TMD and Sleep Apnea

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Ft. Lauderdale, FLThe New Year is just around the corner, and you may be planning a night out with friends and time spent with family. As you put together the festivities, remember to consider how the celebration may affect your TMD and sleep apnea. Both conditions can be triggered by activities that we often enjoy during a New Year’s celebration. After all, you want to enjoy the first day of 2018 as much as you do the last day of this year.

Alcohol Consumption May Worsen TMD and Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Alcohol is a depressant that affects your sleep pattern. For patients with TMD, alcohol may cause you to tense up your muscles, including those in the jaw. For patients with sleep apnea, the effects are the opposite. Alcohol causes the throat muscles to relax more, and this may worsen your symptoms and the way that you feel the next day. Dr. Sultan recommends that you closely monitor your alcohol intake and drink plenty of water.

How Fatigue and a Lack of Sleep Affect TMD and Sleep Apnea

The most exciting part of New Year’s Eve is the moment when the clock strikes midnight, and the celebration may be just starting. Research has shown that not getting enough sleep contributes to the symptoms of TMD because your brain is busy managing the pain rather than resting. When you are extremely tired, you may enter a deeper state of sleep that increases the likelihood of experiencing sleep apnea symptoms. Dr. Sultan understands that New Year’s Eve is typically a late night, so resting before you go out can help you stay rested.

Late Night Conversations and TMD

You use your jaw every day, and talking is probably the activity that you engage in the most. During the New Year’s celebration, we tend to talk, laugh and yell more often than other days, and this can lead to overusing the jaw joint and muscles. Dr. Sultan recommends taking breaks from talking and avoiding yelling and other activities that require you to open your mouth wide.

Want to Learn More About Managing TMD and Sleep Apnea? Contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery.

To learn more about treatments for TMD, sleep apnea, facial injuries, impacted wisdom teeth and our other services, contact Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. You can also contact our Fort Lauderdale office directly at (954) 771-8772.

Facts You Didn’t Know About Wisdom Teeth

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Impacted Wisdom Teeth Ft. Lauderdale, FLUnlike their name proclaims, believe it or not, your wisdom teeth don’t provide you with any wisdom. In fact, wisdom teeth get their name because of the age in which they come in at which is a lot older than your other molars. Let’s face it: the only wisdom you can get from your wisdom teeth is by learning a bit more about them. Here are some unique facts that you didn’t know about your wisdom teeth.

They Are There

Similar to Santa Claus, just because you can’t see your wisdom teeth, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. In fact, more often than not, patients don’t know their wisdom teeth are there until they get them removed.  However, although it’s rare, not all patients have wisdom teeth— if you are the rare exception, congratulations!

They Need to Be Removed

You may think, “Oh, if they haven’t bothered me so far, I don’t need to have them removed,” but you’d be wrong. Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of different oral issues such as ruining your bite, causing overcrowding, and more. During your initial consultation with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, we will perform an oral exam, x-rays, and go over all of your options.

Early Extraction is Best

Remember that the sooner you get your wisdom teeth removed, the better. When there’s not enough space for your wisdom teeth to erupt through the gums, it can damage the surrounding teeth in the process which is a condition called impacted wisdom teeth. By getting them removed early on, however, you can prevent this from happening altogether.

Want to learn more about wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth removal, contact our Ft. Lauderdale office today!

Have TMJ? 3 Holiday Foods to Avoid this Thanksgiving

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TMJ Surgery Ft. Lauderdale, FLThanksgiving is the time of year where all of your healthy eating goals can go out the window— at least for one day. Let’s just say, bring on the marshmallow covered sweet potato casserole and the gravy drenched turkey.

If you have TMJ, however, it’s important that you go into Thanksgiving and the holiday season being mindful of foods that can exacerbate the condition and make your jaw inflamed. To help you feel more comfortable and enjoy the holidays more with your family, we have created a list of foods to stay away from— trust us, you’ll be thankful.

Roasted Nuts

“Nuts roasting by the fire”– yep, it’s that time of year. Although nuts are considered to be a lean protein, when they’re covered in butter, drenched in sugar, and then roasted— they’re more of a dessert food than anything. And although roasted peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and cashews are delicious, they are only going to make your TMJ worse. Try to stay away from this snack this season.

Hard Rolls

Dinner rolls are delicious— especially when they’re soft, hot, and just out of the oven. But if your family likes to eat harder artisanal bread, you may want to consider passing. Although this type of bread is delicious, it’s hard to chew which means that it’s only going to make your TMJ a little worse and more irritated.

Pecan Pie

Depending on the pecan pie, you may want to skip out on it and go for something softer like a pumpkin or apple pie. Some pecan pie recipes make for the stickier consistency which makes your jaw have to work twice as hard— leaving you with a swollen jaw and in a mouthful of pain (literally).

Stay comfortable this holiday season and use the tips listed above to avoid unnecessary TMJ pain.

Schedule your appointment at our Ft. Lauderdale office today!

How to Survive Halloween After Jaw Surgery

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Jaw Reconstruction Fort Lauderdale, FLGoing to the grocery store this time of year can feel like you’re in Willy Wonka’s factory. Not only are there bags and bags full of candy and other tantalizing treats, but there are people dressed up lurking behind every corner. If you are getting jaw surgery from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan this season, going down those candy aisles can seem more distressing than anything– especially if you don’t know what types of treats you can eat during recovery.

Avoid Sticky Stuff

Taffy, caramel, gummy candies, and gum are particularly rough on your jaw and can cause it to tense up and become painful. Rather than putting your jaw through all of that pain and discomfort for just a minute of happiness, try eating candy that’s softer like chocolate.

Try Soft Treats

When you traditionally think of Halloween, candy is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Try switching things up this year and eat soft baked goods instead. Treats like cupcakes, brownies, and soft cookies can help satisfy your sweet tooth without placing too much strain on your jaw.

Watch the Sugar

Even though it’s okay to have a treat or two during Halloween, make sure that you aren’t consuming too much sugar while you’re in recovery. We encourage our patients to eat a well-balanced diet that contains enough vitamins with foods such as green smoothies and homemade vegetable soup.

Whether or not you have some little ones to take Trick or Treating this year, it’s easy to indulge a little too much in candy and other sugary treats. And although having a piece here and there may be okay for your waistline, certain candies like taffy and even licorice can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw. If you are getting jaw surgery from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, it’s important that you adjust your diet so that you can recover quicker.

Schedule your consultation at our Fort Lauderdale office today!

3 Benefits of Skeletal Anchorage Surgery

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Skeletal Anchorage Surgery Fort Lauderdale, FL Americans are notorious for loving to have options to choose from— that’s why food buffets are so popular. However, sometimes when it comes to your oral health, your options are minimal or even non-existent. If you have found out that you are not an ideal candidate for traditional jaw surgery, but you have some issues with space closure, distal/mesial movement, or intrusion/extrusion of teeth, then one of your only options may be skeletal anchorage surgery.

With the use of orthodontics, and titanium plates and screws, skeletal anchorage surgery can help to reposition posterior teeth for stable skeletal and dental correction, but what are the other benefits?

Use of Anchor Screws

Skeletal anchorage surgery gets its name from a variety of different things including the use of anchorage screws. Because of their unique shape and the material they are comprised of, anchorage screws are unique and beneficial because they minimize patient trauma and are easy to remove.

Use of  Anchor Plates

In addition to the use of anchor screws, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan may use anchor plates. Anchor plates are sometimes used instead of screws because they provide more stable fixation while preventing tooth movement.

Avoidance of Surgery and Other Devices

Unlike jaw surgery, which is a major surgery, skeletal anchorage surgery is fairly minimal which means that there’s less of a recovery time involved. Additionally, patients aren’t required to wear headgear afterward— a win win.

Not having options when it comes to your oral health may seem like a big bummer at first, but by understanding the benefits of skeletal anchorage surgery, you may feel a bit more reassured. Schedule your consultation with our Fort Lauderdale office today.

Get the Ultimate Customized Look With Custom Implants

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Dental Implants Fort Lauderdale, FLIn a world filled with celebrities posting extravagant European vacations, lavish custom cars, and large mansions, it can be hard to compete— especially when everything seems so custom. If you want to feel a little bit more elite in a different type of way, you may want to consider getting custom implants from Dr. Leslie Sultan. And although these implants won’t make you rich and famous, they can help give you back your jaw structure and facial appearance, which let’s face it, you can’t put a price tag on that. To help you better understand the custom implant process, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Why Custom Implants?

Here at Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office, we provide our patients with a variety of different facial implants to help correct a variety of jaw and structural facial issues. However, with certain problems such as a patient who has an asymmetric or uneven face, it will require the use of a custom implant.

How Are Custom Implants Created?

To ensure that we create a custom implant that will fit your facial structure and needs, we will start out by taking a CT scan which will then be sent to our medical modeling facility. The CT scan will be converted into usable, three-dimensional images that are analyzed to create implants that contain the proper symmetry, contour, and dimensions. Once, the medical modeling facility has some molds set up they will conduct a virtual meeting with Dr. Sultan, you (the patient), and a virtual modeling engineer will design the ideal implant shape for you. After about two weeks, your custom implant will be ready to be implanted.

If you need custom implants to help correct a structural facial issue, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan and his staff of professionals will ensure that we get it right the first time around. If you would like to learn more about custom implants, facial implants in general, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!