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Understanding a Dental Cone Beam CT Scan

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When you go to your regular dentist for a bi-annual cleaning, you will likely have a few x-rays taken. Designed to just check for fairly topical issues like cavities, enamel erosion, and oral cancers, these x-rays are fairly standard. However, when you have a much more complex oral issue and need to see Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, you may have to get a different type of x-ray called a Dental Cone Beam CT. Sounding much more intense than it is, a Dental Cone Beam CT is designed to help dentists see more intricate details of your mouth like soft tissues. Additionally, Dental Cone Beam CT scans offer dentists the ability to see things in 3D which isn’t a capability with other forms of imaging. If you have to get a Dental Cone Beam CT, this article will help you understand more about this imaging scan and what you can expect. Read on to learn more.

Is It Used Routinely?

As previously mentioned, unlike traditional x-rays that you will get at your dental checkup, Dental Cone Beam CT scans aren’t used on a routine basis because they use a high dose of radiation in the imaging process. Although a few of these x-rays won’t be harmful, exposing yourself to this type of radiation on a frequent basis isn’t necessary.

Is It Painful?

The great thing about virtually any type of radiation treatment or diagnostic testing is that it is almost never painful. When you come into our office to get a Dental Cone Beam CT scan, you can expect to not feel an ounce of pain or discomfort.

What Is It Like?

During your Dental Cone Beam CT scan, you will either sit or stand with your head in between two cushion-like devices and your mouth will be placed on a small metal device. Lasting only a few minutes long, your x-ray technician at Dr. Sultan’s office should be able to get you in and out of the office in no time at all.

If Dr. Leslie H. Sultan has ordered that you get a Dental Cone Beam CT scan, it’s comforting to know what it is and what you can expect. As a non-invasive imaging procedure, this type of scan gives dentists the ability to see more complex components of your mouth to treat you better. To learn more about this type of scan or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 



No Need to Act Cheeky: 2 Things Benefits of Cheek Implants

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Cheek implantsWhen you typically think of getting facial or cosmetic surgery, you may associate it with frivolity. And with more and more people opting to add Botox to their list of “needs” it can seem a bit excessive. However, when it comes to things like your self-esteem and confidence, you really can’t put a pricetag on it. If you have started to lose volume in your face and cheeks due to old age or injury, you may want to consider getting cheek implants. By surgically implanting either a porous plastic material or hard silicone implant on top of your existing cheek bone, cheek implants can transform your overall appearance. Read on to learn more.

They’re Permanent

Unlike with facial fillers like Juvederm and Restylane that you have to get done at least every year, cheek implants are practically permanent. In very rare instances will patients have to get their implants replaced or redone. If you are looking to accentuate your facial structure without having to deal with the hassle of maintenance, then consider getting cheek implants.

They Add Structure

As you age, your skin starts to lose elasticity, and your bones start to lose mass— leaving you feeling more like a puddle of mud more than a person. However, by getting cheek implants from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, you can restore your facial structure and accentuate certain parts of your face. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will go over implant placement to ensure that you get the results that you want.

Dr. Leslie H. Sultan specializes in facial reconstructive surgeries like cheek implants— so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. If you are self-conscious about the lack of volume in your face, consider getting cheek implants from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan. Contact our office today to learn more!

 

 

 



How to Recover from Bone Mass Surgery

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How to Recover from Bone Mass SurgeryWhether you just had some massive trauma to the mouth, suffered from a massive infection, or had a cyst or tumor removed from your mouth, you may have lost a lot of bone mass in the process. Once you have lost bone mass in your mouth and jaw, you will lose facial support. Luckily, with a bone grafting surgery, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can restore your bones’ mass and get you back to functioning like normal. To make sure that you get the best results from your bone graft. However, it’s important that you follow the four tips listed below. Read on to learn more.

Do Not Use Straws

If you had your wisdom teeth out as a teenager, then you know just how important it is to avoid using straws. Although straws were designed to make lives easier, they can place a lot of pressure on your incision site and cause it to come open. Rather than using a straw, just drink like normal out of a glass.

Do Not Smoke

It’s no surprise that smoking is bad for all parts of your health— including your oral health. During your recovery from bone grafting, make sure that you don’t smoke. Smoking can not only make it hard for your body to heal after surgery but it can cause your bone grafting to ultimately fail.

Rinse With Warm Salt Water

To help combat infection and in combination with the antibiotic Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will give you, it’s important that you rinse with warm salt water around four to five times every day. When rinsing with saltwater, combine ½ of table salt with a glass of warm water, mixing thoroughly. Then, gently rinse it around your mouth without placing too much pressure on the surgical site. Try to rinse for about 30-60 seconds at a time.

Do Not Touch the Site

If you are a picker, this might be a hard step for you to do but it’s one of the most important. As your mouth heals from the bone grafting procedure, make sure that you don’t touch the site— even with your tongue. The more you feel the incision site, the more likely it is to be exposed to bacteria and germs or even rip open.

From avoiding straws to not touching the incision site, these tips will help with your bone graft recovery. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today.

 

 



3 Things to Know About Cheek Implants

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cheek implantsUnfortunately, life doesn’t come with a Snapchat filter to make you look perfect every day. If you have always been self-conscious about your facial structure and lack of cheek bones, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can help improve your overall appearance with cheek implants. As a surgical procedure that is designed to add more volume to your cheeks, cheek implants can completely transform your overall look. Interested in learning more? This article will discuss three things that you need to know about cheek implants. Read on to learn more.

Every Implant Is Different

Much like breast implants, when it comes to cheek implants there isn’t a one-size-fits-all. During your initial and follow-up consultation with Dr. Sultan, you will go over what results you would like to see in order to pick the best size and shape of implant for your face. And depending on the symmetry of your face, you may get different sizes of implants on each cheek.

There Are Two Types of Implants

There are two types of cheek implants including silicone and hydroxyapatite implants. The great thing about silicone implants is that they can be removed later on if you want to switch them out. However, if you want something that is permanent, then hydroxyapatite implants are going to be your solution. By melding with your existing cheekbone, these types of implants usually can’t be removed later on.

They Can Be Subtle

When you think of implants, you likely think of someone who looks like they have had a lot of cosmetic work one. However, cheek implants can be just as subtle as any procedure. In fact, a lot of our patients simply want a slight amount of contour on their cheeks— which usually means your friends and family won’t even be able to tell.

Getting cheek implants from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan is an effective way to enhance your natural beauty. If you would like to learn more about this procedure or to schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!

 

 

 



5 Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

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oral cancerOne of the best things that you can do for your health is to be in tune with your body. By understanding what is normal and what is abnormal, you will be able to detect things such as early signs of oral cancer or any other abnormalities. Caused primarily by tobacco use, oral cancer can quickly spread from your mouth to other parts of your body. If you are a tobacco user or have a family history of oral cancer, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms. This article will discuss five warning signs of oral cancer that you should be aware of. Read on to learn more.

  1. Patches in Your Mouth

Things like canker sores can leave a white spot or two in your mouth. However, if you have oral cancer, you will notice that you have several white or red patches all across your mouth— primarily on your inner cheeks and the roof of your mouth.

  1. Difficulty Chewing and Swallowing

If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you may have noticed that it felt like your throat was closing up— making it difficult to swallow. If you are experiencing the difficulty swallowing without the anxiety, this could be indicative of oral cancer.

  1. A Lump

Have you noticed a lump on the skin thickening on the inside of your mouth? If you have and it isn’t going away, this could be a cancerous tumor.

  1. Chronic Sore Throat

If you have a sore throat that won’t go away with natural remedies and time, and you have tested negative for strep throat, this is another sign of oral cancer. Make sure to follow-up with your primary care provider if your sore throat does not subside after a week or two.

  1. Sensitive Sore

Watch for sores in your mouth that don’t heal on their own, and that bleed easily— this could be a sign that your body is trying to fight cancer but is unable to do so.

Luckily, if caught early on, most oral cancers can easily be treated. If you would like to learn more about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Dental Implant Maintenance: How to Brush Your Dental Implants

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Dental ImplantsDental implants can help restore both your physical appearance and your ability to function like normal once again. Whether you have lost a tooth due to an accident or injury, getting a dental implant can make you look like yourself. Unlike other options like dentures, dental implants are considered to be more permanent. In fact, as another added benefit, if cared for correctly, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. But how can you properly care for them? This article will discuss how to properly brush your dental implants to help them last as long as possible. Read on to learn more.

Use a Soft Bristle Brush

Did you know that if you use a toothbrush that has too hard of bristles that you can cause more harm than good? Specifically, hard bristled brushes can cut open your gums and even scratch your teeth. To make sure that your implants don’t get scratched or damaged, make sure that you are using either a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush.

Specialized Toothbrush

To help you reach every part of your dental implant, you can invest in a small, specialized toothbrush that is designed to reach the lower part of your implant, near your gums. Because they can reach into even the smallest spaces on and around your implants, it will ensure that you don’t get any cavities.

Ask About Whitening

Most types of over-the-counter whitening toothpaste will be okay for you to use on your dental implants. However, if the toothpaste contains too much hydrogen peroxide or bleach, it could weaken your implant and cause it to chip or become loose. As a rule of thumb, make sure you ask Dr. Leslie Sultan about what type of toothpaste you can use.

It’s fairly easy to take care of your dental implants— especially if you know how to properly brush them. To learn more about how you can take care of your implants or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Are You Making It Worse? 3 Things to Avoid When You Have TMJ

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TMJ Surgery Depending on whether or not you’re looking at the glass-half-full or half-empty, one of the benefits of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is that it has flare-ups which mean that you shouldn’t always have symptoms. By knowing what things can exacerbate your TMJ and make it worse, you can cut back on doing them so that you won’t have to deal with that chronic pain and discomfort. From stress to denial, this article will discuss three things that you should avoid when you have TMJ.

Stress

This is the hardest thing for most people to cut back on, yet it is one of the largest contributors to TMJ. When most patients who have TMJ start to feel stressed out, they clench their jaw which can cause pain, inflammation, and overall discomfort. If you live a particularly stressful life, you may suffer from more flare-ups than individuals who live a calmer lifestyle. Either way, when you start to feel stress coming on, try to release it in another way like through working out, using a stress ball, or finding another healthy outlet.

Hard-to-Chew Foods

Foods like gum, taffy, and steak are all considered to be hard-to-chew foods which can exacerbate your TMJ and contribute to a flare-up. To help reduce the likelihood of a flare-up altogether, try to avoid these foods at all costs. Instead of chewing gum, try mints. Instead of steak, choose chicken. By making these small dietary changes, you can live a more relaxed life.

Denial

Some people believe that if they don’t admit that they have an illness, it doesn’t exist. If you are in denial that you have TMJ and you aren’t taking the necessary precautions to avoid a flare-up, you are only going to make the condition worse. If you are still in that denial phase, leave it at the front door as soon as possible. By embracing the fact that you have this condition, you can make small changes towards living a pain-free life.

TMJ is a condition that causes your temporomandibular join to become inflamed and irritated— leaving patients with a locked, popping jaw, pain, and discomfort. If you feel a flare-up coming on, try to avoid the things listed above. To learn more about TMJ or treatment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 

 



Debunk It! 3 Myths Regarding Snoring

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snoringYes, sleeping next to someone who snores is enough to make you go crazy, but is their snoring really a sign of an underlying health issue? Does everyone who snores have sleep apnea? If you lose weight, will the snoring stop? This article will address three common misconceptions regarding snoring and what you need to know to be more informed. Read on to learn more.

Is It an Underlying Health Issue?

Snoring isn’t something that all people suffer from and is indicative of some underlying problem— how serious that problem is, however, will have to be determined by a doctor like Leslie H. Sultan. For instance, many people snore because they are congested, which is easily fixable. Whereas, other people snore because of sleep apnea which is a more serious condition. No matter what your reason is for snoring, you should get checked out by a medical professional.

Snoring Isn’t a Big Deal

Snoring disrupts your sleep pattern every night and can make patients feel constantly fatigued. If you or a loved one snore, it needs to be taken seriously and checked out by a medical professional, especially if your snoring is caused by sleep apnea.

Will Losing Weight Stop the Snoring?

Depending on what is causing the snoring, losing weight will not always fix it. For instance, patients who are overweight and suffer from sleep apnea may not snore after they lose weight, but this isn’t guaranteed. Additionally, depending on the cause of your snoring, weight loss may or may not affect it.

Snoring is a health issue that should be taken seriously and is often indicative of an underlying health issue. If you or one of your loved one snores, get it checked out by a professional like Dr. Leslie H. Sultan. Contact our office today to learn more!

 

 



4 Basic TMD Surgery Recovery Tips that Will Save You Stress

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tmj Dr. Sultan South FloridaIf you have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, you may experience pain and discomfort from small things like chewing gum, chewing food, or even opening your mouth to yawn. Although Dr. Leslie H. Sultan likes to treat TMD with non-invasive treatment options like massage, heat, and the avoidance of hard-to-chew foods, sometimes those solutions simply aren’t enough. Luckily, with a variety of TMD surgical options, you can restore your jaw and comfort level once again. If you are either considering getting TMD surgery or if you already have your surgery scheduled, it’s important to know what you can expect from recovery. To make your recovery go a lot smoother, we have created a list of small things you can do before surgery. Read on to learn more.

  1. Have Prescriptions Filled

If you contact our office before your surgery, we will most likely be able to send your prescriptions to the pharmacy so that you can have them filled. This will take the stress of having to pick up your prescriptions after surgery off of your plate.

  1. Stock Up on Meal Shakes

Depending on the type of TMD surgery you undergo, your mouth may be wired shut for a little while you are in recovery. To make sure that your body is getting all of the nutrition it needs, consider stocking up on meal shakes beforehand. Not only are meal shakes packed with vitamins, minerals, and calories, but they also come in yummy flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

  1. Pile On the Pillows

You are going to be spending the majority of your recovery either in bed or on the couch. To help with pain and inflammation following your surgery, we recommend that you sleep with your head propped up. Before you go into surgery, get your couch or bed set-up with tons of pillows.

  1. Schedule a Ride Home

For a day or two following your TMD surgery, you won’t be able to do much of anything let alone drive yourself home from our office. That’s why we encourage all of our patients to ask a friend or family member for a ride home after surgery. If you don’t have someone who can give you a ride, we can schedule one for you.

Make your life easier after surgery by following the tips listed above. To learn more about TMD surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!

 



3 All-Natural Snoring Remedies

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea TreatmentIf your friends and family are always complaining about how loud of a snorer you are, then you know it’s time to take care of it. As a leading indicator that you may have sleep apnea, loud snoring can not only cause everyone around you to lose sleep, but it can make you avoid hitting that REM cycle. However, not all snoring is indicative of sleep apnea— in fact, you may just need to make some life changes. From using a neti pot to losing weight, this article will discuss a few ways that you can combat your snoring and sleep better at night.

1.Try a Neti Pot
As one of the best, all-natural ways that you can clear your sinuses, try using a neti pot. Shaped like a teapot, a neti pot uses a saline solution and warm water to draw the mucus, debris, and pressure out of your sinuses.

2. Change Your Sleeping Position
Depending on how you’re sleeping, you may be obstructing your airway— attention stomach sleepers. However, by sleeping on your back, you can help to open up your lungs and allow the air to easily flow through your body— cutting out the snoring and giving your body the oxygen it needs.

3. Try Losing Weight
Whether you have sleep apnea or are just a snorer, losing weight can take the pressure off of your lungs and help you to breathe better at night. Plus, losing weight is great for your heart, joints, and blood pressure. By combining both consistent exercise and a diet filled with lean proteins, you can lose the weight and easily keep it off. Plus, your friends and family will thank you for the absence of snoring.

If you snore, it cannot only be embarrassing, but it can be physically exhausting as well. Try using the all-natural tips above to give you the comfort and a good night’s rest that you deserve. To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!