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When Should You Get Orthognathic Surgery?

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shutterstock_121245883Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is done by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to treat various irregularities in your jaws and teeth. The surgery improves jaw alignment, speaking, chewing, breathing, and bite issues. Although some people choose the surgery as a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of the jaw area, it is usually performed by Dr. Sultan to improve and correct functional problems.

Do you have to get your jaw corrected?

There are many conditions that can merit corrective jaw surgery, including the following:

  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing, or biting food
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Headaches or pain in the jaw or jaw joint that has persisted for years
  • A space exists between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, also known as an “open bite”
  • Facial injury due to trauma
  • Unproportioned facial features, either from the front or side
  • Significant problems in appearance, such as a protruding jaw or a receding chin or lower jaw
  • Genetic or birth defects
  • Chronic breathing through the mouth
  • Having to strain to have your lips meet
  • Sleep apnea, which is characterized by snoring or other problems in breathing during sleep

During your first meeting with Dr. Sultan

Dr. Sultan will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure during your initial consultation. However, know that the course of your treatment could take years to achieve the results that you and your surgeon desire.

If you have experienced any of the conditions mentioned above, consider orthognathic surgery today. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to request a consultation with renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Sultan.



Cheek Implants – Are they Worth the Trouble?

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shutterstock_121245883Hollowed cheeks are a sign of aging and can give your face a very sick and old look. It can rob you of your beauty and make you look older than you really are. However, there is no need to worry; there are treatments available for this problem.

The primary reason for this hollowing is old age. With the passage of time, we lose the fat reserves that once made the cheeks look full and plump. This results in the formation of these unsightly pits in the cheeks.

In the olden days, there was not much you could do to solve this problem, but nowadays there are a numbers of options that can be used to reverse the sinking and recover the plumpness of your cheeks. Cheek implant surgery is among those options. It is a perfectly safe procedure and can help you in getting the full cheeks you one had during your youth.

At Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery, we will perform your cheek implant surgery with complete precision and care, making sure that you get the desired results. We use the most advanced materials in performing the procedure, so there is no change of contour irregularity in your cheek implants. While the procedure is performed, you will be under general anesthesia, so there will be no pain. The surgery involves making small incisions at suitable sites on the face. Then, the implant is inserted into the cheeks through these incisions.

At our clinic, this cheek implant procedure is offered on an outpatient basis, meaning that you can go home on the same day of the surgery. After the surgery, full recovery might take up to a week. But no fear—you will be able to resume your daily activities within a few days of undergoing the procedure.

Whether you are looking to return your youthful and plump cheeks, or simply want a change in appearance, you should come to our clinic and talk to our specialists about a cheek implant surgery. After talking with us, you can make an education decision on if and how to enhance your facial appearance. We assure you that you will not regret this decision.



Are Dental Implants Useful?

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shutterstock_98635421What do people see when they first look at you? Chances are that one of the first features they notice is your smile—and your teeth can make or break that first impression. If you want to dazzle those around you, you need white and shining teeth, while if you have yellow and mismatching teeth, people might be scared off by your ugly-looking smile. Perhaps the worst-case scenario for your smiling in missing teeth. Not only does your mouth look horrible, but if you are missing teeth it is also difficult to eat or even speak.

The most obvious cause of loosing teeth is improper oral health care. Not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly can lead to infections—and then to tooth loss. It is very important to take these simple precautions, as tooth damage and loss is very hard to reverse. But there is a way to effectively repair your smile long term: dental implants.

Dental implants look exactly like real teeth. They can help you in filling in your mouth with a complete set of teeth, returning your smile to its original, charming state.

At Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery, we offer you the best dental implants available. Not only are the implants top quality, but we perform the procedure with extreme care and finesse. You will not experience any kind of discomfort or pain during the surgery. In addition, it is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home immediately after the surgery is completed.

After a day or two, you will be allowed to resume your regular activities. However, full recovery might can take up to a full week. No matter how long your recovery is, you will see immediate results from the procedure. Because the doctor is essentially inserting fake teeth into your mouth, your smile instantly looks like new. You will notice the physical and visual effects of your new smile right away.

If your smile is marred by missing teeth or teeth infections, you are probably experience a myriad of discomforts, whether physical or social. But getting dental implants through our clinic can solve all those problems! Come in and talk to us about your available options today, and get your charming smile back.



Do You Need an Apicoectomy?

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Do You Need an Apicoectomy?

shutterstock_121245883The nerve of the tooth can become inflamed due to trauma or severe decay. This inflammation is irreversible and at times leads to death of the tooth root. A root canal procedure is usually done to correct this condition. However, some root canals fail later on. This is when Dr. Sultan recommends apicoectomy for his patients in Pompano and Fort Lauderdale.

 

What is an apicoectomy?

Apicoectomy, also known as surgical root canal, is a procedure that removes the apex or the tip of the root together with the infected tissue. The end of the root is then sealed with a filling made of either cement or silver.

 

When do you need an apicoectomy?

Root canal therapy may fail due to residual infection in the root of the tooth, cyst formation, root fracture, or the presence of unfilled canals. When a previous root canal is not successful, apicoectomy may be performed by Dr. Sultan.

 

How do I prepare for an apicoectomy? 

You will have a consultation with Dr. Sultan to determine if you need an apicoectomy. He will also take x-rays and provide you with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and mouth rinses as part of your preparation for the procedure.

During your consultation with Dr. Sultan, make sure to inform him if you have high blood pressure or if you have encountered any problems with epinephrine. The local anesthetic used during your apicoectomy has more epinephrine than what is used for dental filling placement. Extra epinephrine in the anesthetic constricts blood vessels to minimize bleeding in the treated area in order for Dr. Sultan to have a better view of the tooth root.

Find out if you need a surgical root canal. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!



Before You Dose Off, Know Sleep Apnea

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The whole business of sleep is mysterious to most people. There is far more going on than you realize. And one thing that could be happening is sleep apnea. While it seems realitively harmless, it can, in fact, be very dangerous. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, based on the observations of others, or if you know someone who has been snoring like a freight train lately, read on.

Do you have sleep apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. The former is more common and occurs when the throat muscles relax; the latter occurs when there is an obstruction in the signals from the brain to the breathing muscles. It may be hard to detect if you have sleep apnea, but if you suspect you do, Dr. Sultan recommends you ask someone to observe you as you sleep. You may be suffering from this condition if you:

  • Seem too sleepy, even in the daytime
  • Snore loudly. This is a more prominent symptom in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Experience episodes where your breathing ceases while you sleep
  • Experience headaches in the morning
  • Are frequently awakened abruptly due to shortness of breath, an indication of central sleep apnea
  • Are frequently awakened with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Have trouble focusing your attention
  • Find it difficult to stay asleep, a condition known as insomnia

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

If you have the above symptoms, or if you have noticed them in your partner, consult a medical professional right away. Heavy snoring is easily shrugged off and seen as normal, but it wouldn’t hurt to visit your doc for a checkup. Give us a call today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Sultan and know if you are suffering from sleep apnea.



Are You Likely to Get Oral Cancer?

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shutterstock_98635421Oral cancer is among the least of the things we would want to experience, yet anyone can be at risk of having the disease. It is an unusual growth of cysts, tumors, or soreness in the mouth that just does not disappear. This medical condition can be life-threatening especially if undiagnosed or not properly treated during its early stages.

The question is: are you at risk for oral cancer? Know if you are at risk for oral cancer and seek immediate treatment here at Dr. Sultan’s oral surgery practice in Fort Lauderdale.

Gender

According to a research done by the American Cancer Society, males have a higher risk for developing oral cancer than females. Men who are 50 years old and above tend to have the greatest risk.

Smoking

Smoking is a habit that triggers a wide variety of medical conditions – including oral cancer. Researchers have found out that people who are frequently exposed to cigarettes and pipes are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than those who do not smoke.

Even those who do not smoke tobacco but take in quite a hefty amount of it through chewing, dipping, or snuffing, are a whopping 50 times more likely to get cancers of the gums, cheek, and lining of the lips.

Alcohol

Too much consumption of alcohol can get you in trouble and lead to oral cancer. Individuals who excessively drink alcohol are six times more likely to acquire the condition than those who do not drink alcoholic beverages.

However, it is important to note that about 25% of those who develop oral cancer are not males, do not smoke, and do not drink alcohol excessively. Thus, it is important to talk with an oral cancer expert and undergo routine evaluation in case there are changes within your oral cavity. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to request a consultation with Dr. Sultan and learn more about how you can stay away from oral cancer.



Is TMJ Replacement Right for You?

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shutterstock_115198234The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is an important part of the body and has essential functions. However, when it has been compromised and has started to cause you pain, then TMJ replacement surgery by Dr. Sultan might be a good option for you to consider.

Good Candidates for TMJ replacement

Most of the time, a TMJ disorder comes with chronic symptoms, such as pain and jaw dysfunction, which can affect your quality of life. A TMJ replacement will not only provide pain relief, but will also restore the lost functional properties of the joint. It is a serious surgery that must be thoroughly assessed and reconsidered.

This type of surgery is frequently recommended for patients who are experiencing the following conditions:

  • Different arthritic conditions
  • Fracture
  • Functional deformity
  • Resorbed or degenerated joints that are characterized by severe anatomic discrepancies
  • Joints that have been under multiple operations
  • Joints that have been in failed revision procedures
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Developmental abnormality
  • Benign neoplasms

Contraindications for TMJ Replacement

Some conditions may prevent you from having TMJ replacement.

  • An active or a chronic infection
  • A systemic disease that makes one susceptible to infection
  • Extensive perforations in the mandibular fossa or any bony parts in the TMJ area that may severely compromise the placement of the artificial fossa
  • Allergic reactions to any of the components used during the operation
  • Severe hyperfunctional habits such as teeth grinding or clenching
  • Partial TMJ reconstruction
  • Mental or neurological conditions that may sabotage the success of the operation

TMJ Surgery and Replacement in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Request a consultation with Dr. Sultan to find out if you are a good candidate for a TMJ replacement procedure. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Sultan.



Keep Your Youthful Glow with Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

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The unpleasant signs of aging could push anyone to take greater measures just to get rid of them or even just keep them at bay for a longer time. Because of this, many different facial rejuvenation methods have surfaced to help individuals who are especially anxious about more invasive procedures. A technology called fractional laser skin resurfacing is one of the safe, non-surgical treatments that aim to restore the youthful glow of one’s face.

What is fractional laser skin resurfacing?

Dr. Sultan makes use of a device that delivers a laser beam, which is comparted into thousands of tiny treatment zones, and targets a part or a fraction of the skin at one time. The computer savvy could think of it as treating the skin “pixel by pixel”. Unlike other laser techniques, which are categorized as ablative and non-ablative, in which each only works on a particular layer of the skin, fractional laser technology is able to target both the dermal and epidermal skin layers at the same time.

What does it treat?

Ideally, this treatment is performed by Dr. Sultan to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles, as well as other skin conditions like skin pigmentation problems, chloasma, and acne scarring. It may also provide significant benefits on stretch marks and poikiloderma of Civatte. While fractional laser treatment can be used on any area of the body, it is especially beneficial to be used on the face, neck, hands, and chest.

EMERGE Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing in Broward County

Know more about how you can keep your skin glowing and youthful! Contact us at 954-771-8772 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sultan today. We look forward to hearing from you! 



What Happens After Facial Implants?

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Some people opt to enhance certain parts of their face, but when “lifting” and “stretching” don’t do the trick anymore, facial implants join the picture. You may have a weak chin, hollow cheeks, or a badly-angled jaw — little imperfections that can be enhanced through implants. Dr. Sultan is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who is qualified to perform this procedure to his patients in Fort Lauderdale and nearby areas.

However, your troubles do not end once you’ve already enhanced your face. Your implants need special care for it to last long and remain in good condition.

  • The wounds after your procedure need to be tended well, so it is important to follow Dr. Sultan’s instructions about wound care very carefully in order to avoid any complications like infection.
  • Avoid any trauma to the surgical wounds. Do not rub them or do any impulsive movements that are directed to the treated site.
  • Soreness and swelling is a normal occurrence that could last for a few weeks. To alleviate any soreness and swelling, you may apply cold compress to the area.
  • Your oral hygiene routine may have to be changed depending on your condition. For instance, you may be advised to avoid using toothbrush for a while and use a mouthwash instead.
  • As your wounds heal, it helps to eat soft foods instead of ones that are hard to chew to limit any movement in the area.
  • Report any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain. Dr. Sultan will properly advise you on how to deal with these situations.

Chin, Cheek, and Facial Implants in Fort Lauderdale 

If you are interested in improving certain areas of your face, you can definitely give us a call at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!



Life with Dental Implants

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Having dental implants is not the same as having your teeth cleaned by your dentist. New devices are directly placed in your mouth to replace your missing teeth, which means that you may need some adjusting with your teeth replacements and get used to them for the rest of your life.

You don’t have to be anxious about it. In no time, you will already feel and take care of them like your normal teeth. Here are some tips to get you by.

Controlling the Pain

During the first few days after your dental implants have been placed, you may still experience a little pain and discomfort here and there. Don’t worry. These sensations are normal and can be easily relieved with pain medications, like ibuprofen and aspirin, unless contraindicated by Dr. Sultan. Ice packs are a lot of help in reducing the swelling in the area too.

Proper Oral Hygiene for Dental Implants

To promote quick and proper healing, it is important that you follow specific rinsing instructions provided to you by Dr. Sultan. You may be advised to rinse your mouth with lukewarm saline water, or water with salt, after every meal and especially before going to sleep. Unless otherwise instructed, this routine is beneficial as you adjust to your dental implants.

What to Eat and Drink

Patients are prohibited from eating or drinking hot food and drinks within 24 hours following dental implant placement, as this could distress the treated area. For the meantime, opt for soft foods as your new teeth are still adjusting to their function. Avoid beverages with high acid content, like orange juice, to prevent any damage to your dental implants.

Dental Implants in Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County

If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call us today at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!