Posted on 15 Jun 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Dental implants have brought about an entirely new way to replace missing teeth. In the early days of implant treatment, there was a greater risk of not being a good candidate for this procedure. Patients who did not possess a desirable amount of bone structure often had no choice but to replace teeth with a dental bridge or dentures. Today, the bone grafting technique is making it possible for most patients to obtain the innumerable benefits of dental implants.
What is Bone Grafting?
The bone grafting procedure is performed in order to “build up,” or add structure to the existing bone. After tooth loss, degeneration of the jawbone is a major concern. This is because bone is stimulated when we chew by the force that travels through teeth roots into bone. When a great deal of breakdown occurs beneath the gums, the entire structure of an arch can change, making it difficult even to obtain a good fit with dentures. It was once thought that bone that had degraded could not be replaced, but bone grafting can now recreate the structure needed to support implants and their restorations.
Bone grafting is a completely customized treatment. In some cases, bone growth can be stimulated by adding tissue around an implant at the time of insertion. Sometimes, however, the grafting procedure may need to be completed prior to implant surgery in order to allow sufficient time for regeneration.
Grafting bone from another area of the body, or using artificial material, can be the key to lifelong stability for dental implants. Without this step, there is a risk that implants will not fully stabilize, or that they will not maintain the highest level of stability for as long as they should.
Ensuring Optimal Outcomes
Dr. Sultan is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who leaves nothing to chance. His expertise in surgical techniques is complemented by his use of high-resolution cone beam CT imaging, which ensures accuracy in the placement of bone for the grafting procedure, as well as the shaping of it. Additionally, platelet-rich plasma is incorporated into the surgery in order to promote rapid healing.
If you have been told you are not a good candidate for dental implants, new techniques and technology may have changed your situation for the better. Contact us to learn more about grafting procedures.
Posted on 30 May 2016. Filed under: Orthognathic Surgery
Each person’s jaw develops at a unique rate. This rate of growth may not only differ from one person to another, but also from one jaw to another; meaning, the upper and lower jaws. When the upper and lower jaw do not develop a relative speed, a child may develop speech difficulties, chewing difficulties, and a subsequent struggle with self-esteem. Additional problems that may evolve include poor oral health and poor self-image due to a weak facial profile. To address issues such as these, discerning orthodontists collaborate with an oral surgeon experienced in orthognathic surgery.
Orthognathic surgery is a procedure in which the jaw is the central focus. Orthodontics can alter the bite by repositioning teeth, but orthodontic treatment alone cannot change the structure of the jawbone to support the ideal bite.
Structural Integrity a Necessity for Optimal Oral Wellness
A bad bite, or malocclusion, can be a major problem. Upper and lower teeth are supposed to fit together when we chew. The contact made between opposing teeth distributes force evenly across both arches. If some teeth meet and others do not, excessive wear will occur on those that come together, because they are enduring more force than they should. But damage does not stop there. Underlying bone may also deteriorate over time due to the burden of over-stimulation.
Dr. Sultan is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The extent of his dedication to advanced education, and numerous years in practice make him a sought-after specialist in cases relating to complex structural issues of the face and jaw. Performing a comprehensive examination, he can predict the potential long-term impact of malocclusion, such as tooth loss.
Our teeth are integral to our facial esthetic, to good oral health, and also to our general sense of well-being and confidence. In order to attain this, teeth must be healthy and functional. When malocclusion exists, everything from chewing comfort to the ability to close the lips is affected. Inefficient structure may also create a vulnerability to injury. Orthognathic surgery can correct malocclusion, which can maximize the benefits of orthodontic care.
Does your child have a bad bite? Explore your treatment options at Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. Call (954) 771-8772.
Posted on 15 May 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth that were loss to either some sort of accident or dental decay. By providing patients with a natural look and a long term solution to having a full smile and the ability to chew, dental implants are great for many patients. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental implants.
What are dental implants?
To fully understand the many benefits of dental implants, it’s important to first know what dental implants are and how they are surgically implanted. Once your natural tooth has been removed and has had ample time to heal, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will then surgically implants a metal rod that will act as your tooth’s natural root. After a few months of healing and to make sure that your jaw properly accepts the dental rod, Dr. Sultan will then place a dental crown over the top of the rod— the crown will act as your regular tooth. So, other than being a permanent solution, what are the benefits of dental implants?
- They Look Natural
As one of the greatest benefits to dental implants, they look just like your natural teeth. Because Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can match both the shape and color of your dental implants to your natural teeth, nobody should be even able to tell the difference.
- They Last Long Term
As long as they are taken care of properly, dental implants can last an entire lifetime. Although you might be tempted to avoid things like brushing and flossing twice a day with dental implants, that can actually lead to things like gum disease which can cause your implants to eventually fall out it gets bad enough. Additionally, dental implants can last a long time because unlike dentures that you can lose or drop and break, dental implants are securely implanted into your gums, which means that they can last an entire lifetime.
- They Help You Sustain Your Jaw Structure
Did you know that if you don’t have teeth in your mouth that your jaw bone will slowly start to deteriorate? Luckily, by having dental implants, you can prevent your jaw bone from any sort of deterioration and you can help to sustain your jaws natural structure.
To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!
Posted on 30 Apr 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great option for individuals who have lost a few teeth, but they are not ideal for individuals who have lost multiple teeth— especially when they are close together. If you have recently lost multiple teeth, there are a few options— more permanent than traditional dentures— that Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can help you with in order to restore your teeth, smile, and your way of living. Read on to learn more.
One of the biggest complaints that patients have about traditional dentures is the fact that they can easily become loose from their mouth and fall out— making things like enjoying a meal extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Luckily, that is where overdentures come into play. By fastening your dentures to either a dental implant or to a natural tooth, overdentures give patients the physical and mental security that their dentures will stay in place all day long.
And, just like with traditional dentures, overdentures can be removed from the mouth so that patients can clean them and even sleep without them at night— a win, win situation for denture patients everywhere.
Dental bridges are a non-removable, permanent solution to patients who have lost multiple teeth. Dental bridges are designed to literally bridge the gap from one missing tooth to another. By implanting abutment teeth— an anchoring tooth that supports the dental bridge— a dental bridge made up of multiple teeth is then implanted on either side of the gap in order to fill it in. Either attached to your natural tooth or to a dental implant itself, dental bridges give patients a permanent solution to an otherwise inconvenient way of living.
As you can see, there are several options when it comes to replacing multiple teeth. If you are interested in learning more about these options or if you would like to schedule a dental visit, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!
Posted on 15 Apr 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most, if not the most, effective ways at getting back your ability to chew and smile after losing one of your natural teeth. By surgically implanting a metal rod into your gums— which will act as your tooth’s root— a dental crown will be placed on the top in order to give you back your full capability to chew and smile just as before. If you are planning on getting a dental implant from Dr. Leslie Sultan, it’s important that you know how to properly care for it while in recovery. REad on to learn more.
Avoid Certain Foods
Once your mouth has fully healed, you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods once again, including things like steak. However, while you are in recovery, it’s important to abstain from certain foods as your mouth fully heals. For the few days following your dental implant surgery, try to eat foods that are soft and easy to chew, such as mashed potatoes, pasta, and ice cream.
Your mouth will probably be inflamed and feel a bit tender to the touch after you get your dental implant. However, by icing the affected area, you can help to reduce any sort of swelling and can get back to looking and feeling like your normal self in no time. When icing your mouth, make sure that you use either a soft gel ice pack or something soft to the touch in order to avoid any additional discomfort.
Take Your Antibiotics
Depending on how the surgery goes, Dr. Leslie Sultan may or may not prescribe you with some oral antibiotics to help reduce the chance of you getting an oral infection. If prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take it religiously because the only way for antibiotics to fully work is when they are taken on a rigid schedule and for as long as directed— otherwise an infection could come back and spread.
By avoiding certain foods, icing your mouth, and taking your antibiotics, you can help to recover more quickly from your dental implant surgery. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie Sultan’s office today!
Posted on 30 Mar 2016. Filed under: TMJ Surgery Replacement
TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder is a jaw disorder that affects around 10 million Americans. As a disorder that makes typical everyday tasks like chewing, speaking, or even hearing to become uncomfortable, it can cause patients to feel less like themselves and more like an injured patient. If you or a loved one suffer from TMD and would like to get some sort of relief, read on to learn more.
When it comes to treating TMD and with the help of Dr. Leslie Sultan, you will have a few options.
First and foremost, it will be recommended that you follow some strict at-home remedies in order to alleviate any pain or discomfort caused by your TMD. Remedies include:
- Switch between both icing and heating your jaw when you feel that it is inflamed or irritated.
- Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication during a TMD flare-up.
- Massage your jaw bone when you start to feel a flare-up using your index and middle fingers.
- Avoid eating hard-to-chew foods like steak and taffy.
- Wear a bite guard to bed every night to help eliminate any sort of
If you have tried treating your TMD with the above at-home remedies and have been suffering from this disorder for more than a few years, you might be an ideal candidate for TMD surgery.
Depending upon your age and the severity of the damage to your temporomandibular joint, Dr. Leslie Sultan may recommend that part of your joint be completely replaced.
Before the surgical procedure, a CT scan will be taken of your entire jaw structure in order to get an accurate picture and replica of your jaw structure. Once Dr. Sultan and the joint manufacturers have approved the design for the jaw, it will be sent off to the manufacturer. During the actual surgical procedure, all or part of your temporomandibular joint will be removed and replaced with the replica.
If suffer from TMD and are considering the possibility of getting surgery, contact Dr. Leslie Sultan today for a consultation. Get your jaw back to normal and start to feel like yourself once again.
Posted on 15 Mar 2016. Filed under: Dental Emergency
If you participate in high impact sports like football or boxing, then you know that you are not only at risk for physical related injuries but for dental injuries as well. If you recently received some sort of blunt trauma to the head or mouth and suffered from some traumatic dental injuries, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can help to get you back your smile in no time. Read on to learn more.
X-Rays and A Dental Examination
When you first go into see Dr. Leslie H. Sultan you can expect to have dental x-rays and an oral dental examination performed as well. The x-rays will show Dr. Leslie H. Sultan if there was any nerve, root, or gum damage that may have taken place during the initial impact. Whereas an oral examination will help determine whether or not a tooth has fallen out, if it may be causing any disruption to the surrounding teeth, or if any teeth have to be removed. Neither of these examinations should be very painful but you can expect to feel some level of discomfort.
Depending on the severity of your dental injury, you may have to have one or a few of your teeth removed if there was damage to the dental root and gums. If this is the case, you will likely have to get dental implants. Dental implants are a great way to get your natural chewing ability back without having to worry about wearing anything like dentures. As a permanent solution, the dental implant procedure is as follows:
- Your natural tooth will be removed and your gums will need to heal for a few months.
- A dental rod will be inserted into the gum and is required to heal for a few months.
- A dental crown will then be placed on top of the rod which will act as your natural tooth.
If Dr. Leslie H. Sultan deems that your natural tooth is worth saving, then dental veneers may be recommended. By filing down your natural tooth to a small point, a small porcelain dental veneer will be glued onto your natural tooth— giving you the functionality and appearance of your teeth prior to being injured.
If you recently suffered from a traumatic dental related injury, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today in order to get the proper treatment and examination you need!
Posted on 28 Feb 2016. Filed under: Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring is not only a nuisance for everyone in your house but it can also be a nuisance for yourself— causing you to not get a full night’s rest. If you suffer from chronic snoring and are ready for a change, try one of these tips.
Breathe Right Strips
If you’re a “mouth breather” or if you simply are just congested a lot during the night, this can cause you to snore. By blocking your airways, air gets trapped in your nostrils and causes you to snore and maybe even wake up everyone in the house. Before you see a doctor or medical professional, consider taking over-the-counter breathing strips. These strips are designed to open up your nasal passageways in order for you to get the oxygen you need without all of that additional snoring.
Change the Position You Sleep In
As a basic tip for individuals who snore, try changing the position you sleep in at night. For instance, if you’re a back sleeper and sleep with your head propped up, try sleeping on your side or with fewer pillows. By changing the position of how you sleep, you might notice a change in your breathing patterns and an elimination of your snoring.
Sleep Study Kit
If your family is worried that your snoring is beyond just a social nuisance and that it might be something more health related like sleep apnea, then you need to schedule an appointment with a licensed professional. Sleep apnea is a life threatening medical condition that can cause a patient’s heart to stop multiple times during the night, leaving the patient gasping for air which can oftentimes resemble that of snoring. In order to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, your medical professional will send you home with a sleep apnea kit. This kit will help to give Dr. Sultan the information needed to determine whether or not you do have sleep apnea. If you are in fact diagnosed, then Dr. Sultan will likely prescribe that you wear a CPAP machine at night which helps to open your airways as you sleep.
To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, contact Dr. Sultan’s office today!
Posted on 15 Feb 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Whether you were recently injured in some sort of fight or accident, or if you lost a tooth due to extreme tooth decay, dental implants are a great solution to give you back not only your ability to chew again properly but your appearance as well. From understanding how dental implants work to understanding how to properly take care of them, this article will discuss three important things to know about dental implants.
The process for dental implants is a fairly lengthy one but you can rest assured that every step of the process is done with both accuracy and precision. After your tooth has been fully extracted and given ample time to heal, a metal rod will be surgically placed into your gum. This metal rod will act as an artificial root system. After healing for about two to four months, and as long as your gums have properly grown around the metal rod, you can now get a dental crown placed on top. The dental crown will act and look like your natural tooth and will give you the ability to properly chew as normal. Once the crown is in place, you are done with the process!
They are Durable
The best thing about dental implants is that they are known for being long lasting and durable. In fact, most dental implants last for a lifetime depending on your lifestyle and how well you take care of your teeth overall. When caring for your dental implants, make sure that you are brushing and flossing them just as you would with regular teeth because, just like with natural teeth, they are still susceptible to bacteria and decay.
They Feel Natural
Unlike dentures or some other dental procedures, dental implants are designed to both look and act like your natural tooth— meaning that you won’t even notice that it’s there unless you really feel around for it.
By understanding a bit more about dental implants, you and your dentist can make the right decision for you and your oral health. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sultan, contact our office today!
Posted on 30 Jan 2016. Filed under: Wisdom Tooth
The weird thing about wisdom teeth is that they not only don’t give you wisdom but not everybody has them— or at least all four of them. In fact, if you ask your friends or coworkers about whether or not they had their wisdom teeth out, a few of them will likely answer “no.” However, as one of the most important oral surgeries for you to undergo, wisdom teeth removal not only won’t affect your already huge amount of wisdom, but it will also help to protect your teeth in the process.
How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?
Although it would be nice to simply look into your mouth to see if you have wisdom teeth, you won’t really be able to tell unless you have a dental X-ray. During your dental X-ray, your dentist will not only be able to see how many wisdom teeth you have but where they are located in your mouth as well.
Why have them removed?
Whether you have one or four wisdom teeth, you need to have them removed. Wisdom teeth are teeth that are under your molars and if not removed, they will push their way up through your gums and disrupt your current teeth— leaving you with a mouth full of cramped teeth. So if you had braces and your wisdom teeth start pushing their way through your gums, you can kiss that once straight smile of your goodbye.
How are they removed?
The process for removing your wisdom teeth requires surgery and you will likely be put under anesthesia during the entire process. During the actual surgical process, your dentist will make a small incision in the back of your mouth behind your molars. They will then remove any tissue or bone that is covering the tooth itself. Once that has been removed, the dentist will then remove the tooth either in tiny pieces or as one whole piece. The dentist will then stitch up the surgical site likely using dissolvable stitches that will dissolve in a week or two.
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth out and are concerned that they might disrupt your perfectly perfect smile, it’s time to make an appointment with a dentist. To learn more, contact our dental office today.