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3 Foods to Eat During a TMD Flare-Up

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TMJ Surgery Ft. LauderdaleIf you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you know that it ebbs and flows. For instance, one week you may suffer from a flare-up whereas the next week you may be back to your normal self again. During your bouts of flare-ups, it’s important that you try to move your jaw side to side, massage it, and avoid hard-to-chew foods like steak and chewing gum. To help you stay comfortable during one of your flare-ups, try eating a soft diet. From acai bowls to mashed potatoes, this article will list three foods to try eating this fall. Read on to learn more.

Acai Bowls

Acai bowls are a nutritious breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed year round. Made from a nutrient-rich berry called acai, acai bowls are a smoothie-like bowl that is typically topped with ingredients like nut butter, fresh fruit, granola, and raw honey. Minus the granola, you should be able to eat an acai bowl every day without exacerbating your TMD symptoms.

Fish

You may not be able to eat steak during a TMJ flare up, but you can certainly enjoy softer meats like fish. Most fish such as salmon or halibut is soft which makes them a lot easier to chew. Plus, fish is one of the healthiest things you can eat.

Soups

With fall just around the corner, there is no better time than now to indulge in some tasty soups. Try some new fall soup recipes this year to not only satisfy your taste buds but to also ensure that you stay comfortable. For instance, try out a new squash soup or carrot recipe— these fall flavors will keep you coming back for more.

Make sure that you are eating easy-to-chew foods during a TMJ flare up. If you would like to learn more about foods that you can eat or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!



The Truth Behind Breathing Strips and Nasal Spray for Snoring

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Fort Lauderdale, FLAlthough loud snoring is endearing if you’re a baby or if you’re a Disney character like Winnie the Pooh, if you are an adult, snoring may be a lot more problematic than you are aware of. And unlike with something like the common cold, there isn’t just a pill you can take to get rid of your snoring problem. Even though the Internet claims to have a cure for every ailment including snoring, there are some things that just won’t do the trick. From breathing strips to nasal spray, this article will discuss a few treatment options that may not be as beneficial as you think. Read on to learn more.

Breathing Strips

If you have a common cold or seasonal allergies that are keeping you up at night, then breathing strips may help to open up your sinuses and prevent you from snoring up a storm. If, however, you suffer from something such as sleep apnea that is contributing to your snoring, they won’t do the trick.

Nasal Spray

Similar to breathing strips, nasal spray can help to clear up your sinuses and get rid of mucus, pollen, or any irritants that may be causing your congestion. However, if your snoring is caused by a deviated septum or sleep apnea, then nasal spray won’t do anything more than tickle your nose. As a suggestion, try looking for a nasal spray that contains saline in it. Saline is not the only natural, but it can also help fight infection while clearing up your sinuses at the same time.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, there are a variety of treatments that range from weight loss to surgery to help you breathe easy and get rid of your snoring. Unfortunately, although breathing strips and nasal spray would be ideal for treating sleep apnea, they won’t do the job. To learn more about sleep apnea or sleep apnea treatments, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today to schedule an appointment!



Jaw Anatomy 101

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Jaw Reconstruction Fort Lauderdale, FLAs one of the most important parts of your body, your jaw is what helps you break down food to give you the nutrition that your body needs. Unless you are a doctor or an anatomy wizard, however, you likely don’t know much about the composition of your jaw. To help you gain a better understanding of your jaw anatomy, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

The Mandible

The lower part of your jaw is called the mandible which consists of a horizontal arch that holds your teeth in place and contains blood vessels and nerves. The front center part of the arch is thick and strong which forms your chin— something that is unique to humans and some other mammals. One of the most common injuries that we see in regards to the mandible is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which causes the temporomandibular joint to become swollen and sore— resulting in pain, irritation, and even lock jaw.

The Upper Jaw

Attached to the nasal bones at the bridge of the nose, the upper jaw is also connected to the cheekbone which forms the anterior portion of the zygomatic arch. The lower part of the arch contains your upper teeth and is also connected to your sinuses. Typically, we see patients who have upper jaw issues caused by an accident or trauma, but upper jaw disorders are usually not consistent with a specific jaw disorder.

Just like any other part of the body, the jaw is incredibly intricate and complex. However, by understanding the basics of the upper and lower portion of the jaw, you can have a better understanding of your oral anatomy. If you have any jaw pain or problems that you would like to have evaluated by Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!



3 Myths About Snoring

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Fort LauderdaleIf you’re like most people these days, you can relate to Sleepy more than any of the other 7 Dwarves. However, if your significant other has been complaining that your new nickname should be “Snorey” instead, then you may want to learn what’s causing your snoring and how it can be treated. To help you understand snoring as a medical condition, we have created a brief article debunking some common myths. Read on to learn more.

Snoring is Safe, but Annoying

The annoying part of this myth may be true. However, one thing to note about snoring is that it’s not safe. In fact, a lot of patients who suffer from excessive snoring suffer from a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea which can cause their oxygen levels to plummet while they’re sleeping.

Men Are More Likely to Snore

This myth is so “false.” For some reason, there is a common misconception (especially among spouses) that men are more likely to snore. However, there is not research to prove that gender plays even the smallest role in someone’s likelihood to snore. So, sorry female friends but you’re just as likely to snore.

Sleeping On Your Back Will Help

People think that by sleeping on your back, you are opening up your airways— leading to a lower chance of your snoring. However, as gravity pulls down on the palate and back of the throat, it can increase your likelihood of snoring. So, the next time you try to fall asleep, consider switching to your side instead of staying on your back.

Sometimes, the best way to learn about a health condition is to learn about the myths surrounding it. If you or a loved one have a tendency to snore, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan to discuss treatment options and solutions.



3 Cold Summertime Treats to Eat After Jaw Reconstruction Surgery

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Jaw Reconstruction Fort LauderdaleJaw reconstruction surgery is done to help restore your jaw after an accident, injury, or due to a condition like temporomandibular joint disorder. As one of the most difficult parts of jaw reconstruction surgery, recovery can take a few weeks and can be a bit painful— especially when the swimming pool and barbecues are calling your name. To help you stay comfortable and enjoy some summertime treats, we have created a list of three things you can eat after your jaw reconstruction surgery this summer. Read on to learn more.

Watermelon Water

Even though watermelon itself is soft and easy-to-chew, if you can’t open your mouth wide enough to bite it, you aren’t going to be able to enjoy it. Instead, turn this delicious fruit into a refreshing beverage. To make watermelon water, simply add chunks of watermelon into your blender with some ice and blend on low for about 30 seconds. As a popular Mexican drink, watermelon water is tasty, delicious, and fat-free.

Popsicle Bites

One of the last things you are going to be able to eat after surgery this summer is a popsicle. Even though popsicles can melt in your mouth, biting into them isn’t recommended when recovering from jaw reconstruction. To help you enjoy this summer treat, try cutting up your popsicle into small bites that can dissolve in your mouth without you having to chew them.

Sorbet

Even though ice cream may sound like a delicious treat to have during recovery, sometimes the milk can upset your stomach when combined with your prescriptions. As an alternative, try indulging in a fruit-based sorbet.

If you need to have jaw reconstruction surgery this summer, don’t let it ruin the warm weather for you and enjoy the treats listed above. To learn more about jaw reconstruction surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan today!



What Is Internal Derangement of TMJ?

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TMJ Surgery Ft. LauderdaleAny derangement isn’t something you want to write home about. As a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, internal derangement of TMJ causes a displacement of the disc which can result in things like a popping jaw. To help you better understand internal derangement of TMJ, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.

What Is the Anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint?

Before we delve into what the internal derangement of TMJ is, it’s beneficial to know the basic anatomy of the temporomandibular joint. Similar to a ball and socket joint, the TMJ has a disc called the meniscus which lies between the ball and joint. Muscles and ligaments hold the meniscus in place so that the ball joint can rotate back and forth as you open and close your mouth.

What Causes Internal Derangement of the TMJ?

Based on a variety of different factors, the meniscus can sometimes become displaced— causing internal derangement.

What are the Symptoms of Internal Derangement of the TMJ?

When patients first suffer from the internal derangement of TMJ, they will experience a slight popping sensation and sound that occurs when they open and close their mouth. As time progresses, patients will notice a strain in their ability to open their jaw all the way with the occasional inability to open their jaw at all. If left untreated, this condition can worsen and impair your ability to function like normal.

What Are the Treatment Options?

Luckily, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan specializes in treating this condition and can fix it with a variety of different surgical options. During your initial consultation with Dr. Sultan, you will go over what type of surgery is best for you and your condition.

If you have started to develop a painful popping jaw, you may be suffering from the internal derangement of the TMJ. To learn more about this condition and how it can be treated, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today to schedule an appointment.



Have Weak Teeth? 3 Solutions to Fix the Problem

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Dental Implants Ft. Lauderdale, FLHaving a perfect smile doesn’t always come naturally— especially as you age. By losing bone density because of things like hormone changes or a lack of calcium, many patients over the age of 60 starts to notice weakened teeth. If you have started to notice that your teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be, you may want to consider a variety of treatments including dentures, a dental bridge, or All-On 4 implants. To help you decide which one is more suitable for you and your individual needs, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.

Dentures

The concept of artificial teeth has been around for centuries and date back all the way to around 700 BC. And although technology has changed and enhanced the science behind artificial teeth, dentures are the closest things to the originals. Whether you choose partial or complete dentures, they can help you get back your smile in no time. If you need a full set of teeth, dentures may be one of your best options.

Dental Bridge

If you have a gap between your teeth because of a few missing ones, then a dental bridge may be the perfect solution. By literally bridging the gap between your teeth, a dental bridge will give you back your appearance and your ability to chew at the same time.

All-On 4 Implants

As one of the procedures that Dr. Leslie H. Sultan specializes in, All-On 4 implants can give patients great results. These dental fixtures involve using four dental implants to anchor a permanent bridge onto. If you are sick of wearing dentures or just aren’t as happy with them, then these may be a great option for you.

If your teeth are weakened and brittle due to hormone changes or age, then you may want to consider dentures, a dental bridge, or All-On 4 implants. To learn more about these unique, individual procedures contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!



How to Recover from Jaw Reconstruction Surgery

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Jaw Reconstruction Fort LauderdaleUndergoing any surgery is overwhelming. However, here at Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office, it’s our number one priority to ensure that you have a safe and smooth recovery from start to finish. If you have to undergo jaw reconstruction surgery, we have created a brief guide to help ensure that you have the smoothest recovery possible. Read on to learn more.

Ice Ice Baby

Whether you choose to listen to Vanilla Ice while you ice your face is at your discretion, but one of the best things you can do while recovery from surgery is to use a soft compress around your face. After surgery, Dr. Sultan will send you home with one that you can use, but you may want to stock up on a few more so that you always have one handy.

Get Good Nutrition

After jaw surgery, you obviously won’t be able to eat foods like hamburgers or really anything solid for about a week. And although things like milkshakes may sound appetizing, make sure that your body is getting the nutrition it needs. We encourage our patients to eat nutrient dense smoothies with ingredients like kale, bananas, avocado, and strawberries. Additionally, make sure that you are drinking enough water.

Rest

Can you even remember the last time you got some rest? Well, now is your ultimate chance to catch up on some Zs. For about a full week after your surgery, we encourage all of our patients to stay in bed. Remember that the more time your body has to recuperate after surgery, the better.

Icing, getting good nutrition and ensuring that your body has a good amount of rest are just a few of the crucial things you should be doing while recovering from jaw reconstruction surgery. If you would like to learn more about this type of surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!

 



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 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 price tag 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!