Posted on 15 Sep 2016. Filed under: Computer Guided Surgery
Whether you suffer from some sort of jaw disorder like TMJ or if you need to have dental implants done, then you will have to undergo some type of surgery in order to get these procedures done. However, no matter how small a surgery can claim to be, any type of surgery still poses health risks and complications. Luckily, with computer guided surgery, you can help to cut down on specific risks, reduce complications, on cut down on surgery time. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of computer guided surgery.
Although humans are amazing creatures that are capable of doing and creating marvelous things, they are still human and can easily make a small mistake. And although dentist and doctors alike are deemed to be experts, there is still always a risk of gently nipping a nerve or something on accident and causing further problems. However, with computer guided surgery, risks of these types of accidents are dramatically decreased because doctors are able to use the computer in order to make more precise movements and cuts— cutting down on the potential for injury.
Another great benefit of getting computer guided surgery is the fact that it is less invasive, which means that your recovery time will be substantial lowered. By having a computer to help guide Dr. Leslie Sultan through the surgical process, smaller incisions have to be made and it is easier to get into the incision site by only using small tools.
Less Surgical Time
One of the biggest things that people worry about with getting surgery is being under any type of anesthesia. And although some surgical procedures may require full anesthesia in order to be performed, with computer guided surgery you will only have to be under for a small amount of time— which means that you can be sent to recovery sooner.
To learn more about the benefits of computer guided surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!
Posted on 30 Aug 2016. Filed under: Oral Cancer
When it comes down to it, nothing is quite as scary as hearing that either you or a loved one are suffering from the “C word.” Cancer affects millions of people’s lives each year and can suddenly take your everyday life and turn it into something a bit more terrifying and temporary. If you either smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, you are more prone to developing many type sof cancer, including oral cancers. Oral cancer can develop throughout your mouth including the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, teeth, bottom of the mouth, and the roof of the mouth. If you think that you may have oral cancer, read on to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatments.
Signs and Symptoms
When it comes to cancer, especially oral cancer, it can be challenging to decipher between cancerous symptoms and symptoms that are a bit more generic. For instance, many patients mistake their cancer symptoms for that either of a toothache, canker sore, or even a cold. If you have one of these that persists for longer than a week and isn’t showing any sign of improvement, either visit your primary care provider or Dr. Leslie H. Sultan.
Other symptoms of oral cancer include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Mouth sores
- Persistent pain in the mouth
- A lump in the cheek
- White or red patches throughout the mouth
- Sore throat
- Loose Teeth
- Lump in the Throat
- Swollen jaw
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving jaw or tongue
Treatment and Diagnosis
In order to be fully diagnosed with oral cancer, you need to first make an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan. During your appointment, you will be evaluated for all signs of oral cancer and symptoms. If it is deemed that you may in fact have oral cancer, you will be sent to an oncologist and will likely have a biopsy done. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, medication, and close observation.
If you are a chronic tobacco user or if you are suspicious that you may have oral cancer, don’t wait a minute longer and schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan.
Posted on 15 Aug 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
When it comes down to it, your smile will really be the thing that will stand out most in photos. If you either teeth that are yellow or if you simply are missing some teeth and need to get them fixed, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can help give you that picture perfect smile that you desire and that you can show off to your friends and family for years to come. Read on to learn more.
As one of the easiest and fastest ways to transform your smile, dental implants can be done at Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office in just one day. Typically, traditional dental implants take approximately 2-4 months to complete, however, with the “all-on-4” technique, you can get your new smile and new teeth in just one visit. Benefits of the “all-on-4” implants include:
- Fast treatment and healing time
- Great Results
- Cost Effective
- Long Term Solution
Dental implants are the perfect solution to help restore your smile back to how it was before you lost your teeth. Whether you lost your teeth due to dental decay or some sort of accident, dental implants can give you the shape, color, and size of teeth that you’ve always wanted. By being permanently implanted into your gums, you will be able to chew food just like normal and enjoy the same things that you were able to beforehand.
If you are getting married this summer and are wanting to fix your smile but don’t have a lot of time to do so, the “all-on-4” method at Leslie H. Sultan’s office is the perfect solution to fix your oral problems. As you can see, dental implants are a great way to give you that photo ready smile that you’ve always wanted for your wedding.
To learn more about this procedure or other procedures that are similar to it, schedule an appointment and contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!
Posted on 30 Jul 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
Having a mouth full of missing teeth or simply just having one missing tooth can make you feel like less of a person and more like an animal. If you have recently lost a tooth or teeth and are considering getting dental implants, they’re one of the best considerations you will make. By providing you with a natural way to both get your appearance back and your ability to chew like normal once again, dental implants are beneficial to many people. However, not everyone is deemed as a suitable candidate for dental implants. Read on to learn more about how you can tell if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
If you have a weak jawbone due to either a disease like osteoporosis or from some sort of accident that you may have been in, then you will not be seen as a good fit for dental implants. Why exactly? During the dental implant surgical process, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will surgically implant a metal rod into the jawbone in order for it to act as a an almost permanent tooth. If your jaw isn’t strong, however, it will reject the dental implant, leaving you having to start from square one.
If your gums are unhealthy, you will also have a problem getting your dental implant to take. However, unlike having a weak jawbone, unhealthy gums can easily be treated by changing your dental implants or even by things such as an antibiotic. Once your gums get back to good health, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will be able to better assess if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
As you can see, not everyone is considered to be a suitable candidate for dental implants. However, by getting an examination by Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, you can learn whether or not dental implants are the right solution for you. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, contact our office today!
Posted on 15 Jul 2016. Filed under: Dental Implants
If you have recently undergone dental implant surgery, you were likely sent home with a long list of do’s and don’ts from your dentist. However, sometimes those long lists have things that may seem a bit blurred, like whether or not you can participate in certain sports and activities. From avoiding extreme things like scuba diving to skateboarding, this article will discuss some of the things you should avoid while recovering from dental implant surgery.
- Scuba Diving
Underwater sports like scuba diving are the perfect thing to do while on a tropical vacation. However, if you have just undergone dental implant surgery then you should avoid scuba diving at all costs. The added pressure that you experience while being under water can cause you to experience extreme pain in your mouth and may be too much for your implant itself— causing it to ultimately become rejected.
If you are a big gymnast or like to occasionally hit up the local gymnasium in order to practice your fair share of back handsprings, consider taking a long break until your dental implants have properly healed. By spending time hanging upside down, jumping, and flipping, you will cause undo stress on your mouth which can ultimately result in your mouth rejecting the dental implants.
If you like to embrace your inner Tony Hawk on occasion, consider taking a long break from skateboarding while your mouth is healing from dental implants. Skateboarding is a dangerous sport that can cause serious damage to your oral health if you fall incorrectly while performing some sort of trick at the skatepark or on the street.
When it comes down to it, it’s safe to say that you should avoid most sports or activities while you are recovering from dental implant surgery. If you are unclear about what activities are approved and which ones should be avoided, contact Dr. Leslie Sultan’s office today.
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!