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TMD Treatment: How to Perfect the Massage

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TMJWhen it comes to seeking treatment for your temporomandibular joint disorder, there are a few things that you can do from the comfort of your own home in order to help give you relief. Specifically, by taking an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, icing your jaw, and avoiding hard-to-chew foods like steak during a flare-up, you can help to ensure that you start to feel like your normal self once again. However, did you know that by properly massaging your jaw that you can also help to feel like yourself again as well? Read on to learn more about how you can perfect the art of jaw massage.

Why massage?
When you typically think of the term “massage” you probably associate it with back massages. However, massage is a form of treatment that can be used for a variety of things including to help treat your TMD. By helping to ease the pressure you may be feeling in your jaw and to loosen up the joint itself, massaging your jaw will help to bring you immediate comfort.

How should I massage?
Before you start to massage your jaw, loosen up the joints by moving your jaw slowly from side-to-side. If you feel a clicking sensation when you move your jaw, this is another symptom of TMD. After you have essentially “warmed up” your jaw, then you can start the actual massage process.

When massaging your jaw, the goal isn’t to further exacerbate the problem and cause additional pain. Rather, the goal is to relieve that pain, so make sure you aren’t applying too much pressure. Simply take your index and middle finger and extend them side-by-side in order to create your massage tool. Then use your fingers to massage your jaw line and where your jaw bones connect, near your ear. Using a circular motion, try adding a little bit of pressure to your massage— a little pain is fine, but if  you experience too much, ease up on the pressure. Continue to do this on each side for about 60-90 seconds. Repeat a few times a day until symptoms are alleviated.

If you suffer from TMD, learning how to properly massage your jaw will bring you great comfort. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Leslie Sultan’s office today1



Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal? 3 Things to Consider

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Wisdom Teeth RemovalRecovering from getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be as painful as you would think. In fact, just as with any sort of recovery process, as long as you are taking proper care of yourself, then the smoother your recovery should go. From learning what foods you should eat to understanding how often you should be icing your mouth after your impacted wisdom teeth are removed, this article will discuss a few things to consider as you are recovering. Read on to learn more.

Eat Right
Yes, you may think that during recovery you can simply sip on milkshakes and eat anything you want that is soft. However, did you know that during recovery you shouldn’t be using straws and that you need to be cautious of the temperature of the foods you are consuming?

  • Avoid Straws: By sucking on a straw, you can actually cause blood clots in your mouth rupture and could even result in something more serious like a dry socket as well.
  • Temperature: Extremely cold foods or extremely hot foods should also be avoided while your mouth is healing from surgery. Both temperatures can interfere with the healing process.

Ice a Lot
When it comes to icing your face and jawline after surgery, there really isn’t enough— just when you think you can take a break from icing, try icing some more. Ice is one of the best tools that you can use in order to cut down on inflammation and can even numb your face as well which will help ease the pain.

Change Your Gauze
For the first 48 hours after your surgery, it’s of utmost importance to make sure that your mouth is staying clean and that the bleeding around your incision sites are healing properly. As a great rule of thumb, make sure that you are changing your gauze every few hours or until the bleeding stops all the way— clean gauze means fewer infections and less bacteria in your mouth.

If you are having your impacted wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Leslie Sultan, make sure that you are following the above tips to help the recovery process go a bit more smoothly. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!



Facial Implants: What to Consider

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Facial ImplantsYes, you’ve heard of breast implants and likely butt implants (thank you Kim Kardashian), but did you know that you can get facial implants as well? Cheek, chin, and facial implants have gained popularity among people who wish to change their overall facial appearance by simply enhancing certain areas of it. For instance, cheek implants will help to give you a more contoured look without having to consistently use makeup in order to contour the lines and shapes of your face. Curious and ready to learn more about facial implants? Read on.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
Just like with any surgery, you need to be deemed a good candidate before you get facial implants of any kind. Patients who undergo facial implants typically have some of the following characteristics:

  • Have cosmetic/esthetic concerns only
  • Have a good bite relationship
  • Have a good jaw relationship
  • Have had previous jaw correction (orthognathic) surgery
  • Have facial deficits from previous traumatic injuries
    However, that doesn’t mean that if you don’t fit into one of those categories that you won’t be a good candidate. The best way to tell? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office.

What Does Surgery Entail?
Dr. Leslie H. Sultan has years of experience regarding facial implant surgery and likes to use implants manufactured from porous plastic material, or a combination of silicone coated with plastic. During the surgical procedure, you will be under anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing. By making small implants either in your mouth or in another inconspicuous area of your face, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will then surgically place your implants in the correct position in order to give you the more enhanced appearance you have always wanted.

Following your surgery, you will be sent into recovery where you will be monitored for a few hours in order to ensure that you are healthy enough to be sent home. Once you are released and sent home, you can expect to recover in bed for a few days following surgery. Upon your release, however, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will give you a detailed pamphlet regarding the recovery process.

If you lack certain facial contours and would like to enhance your natural beauty, you may want to consider chin, cheek, or facial implants. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office today!



3 Big Signs that You Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep ApneaAre your spouse and children constantly teasing you about your loud snoring? Do you just think they are giving you a hard time for the sake of it? If so, you are probably right. However, there might be some truth to their relentless teasing that could be indicative of a further problem like sleep apnea. If you are wondering whether you may have sleep apnea but just aren’t quite sure, here are three big signs.

You Are Constantly Tired
It’s one thing to be constantly tired when you have a newborn baby keeping you up at night or if your job causes you to have to work late hours and sleep only a few hours at night, however, if you are getting eight plus hours a night and are still waking up feeling completely tired, then you likely aren’t getting the right kind of sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you are constantly waking yourself up throughout the night and aren’t getting into the REM sleep cycle which is what helps you to feel rejuvenated the next day. And the most surprising part about this is that you might not be aware that you are waking up every few minutes throughout the night.

You Are Snoring
Okay, so your spouse and kids give you a hard time regarding your snoring but is it really harming anyone? To help answer this question, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How loud is your snoring?
  • How long does it last for?
  • Are you waking people in your house up?

If your snoring lasts for an excessive amount of time, wakes people up, and is really loud then your airways may be obstructed which can cause you heart problems further down the line.

You Are Overweight
If you are a bit overweight, then you are also more likely to develop sleep apnea than individuals who aren’t. Why is this the case? Because you have excess weight and fat stored near your chest and airways, the more likely you are to suffer from respiratory problems such as sleep apnea.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can help. To learn more about sleep apnea or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, contact our office today!



Injured In a Car Accident?

Posted on . Filed under: Dental Emergency, Facial Injuries

Dental ImplantsBeing in a car accident can be a life altering experience— leaving you feeling emotionally and physically damaged. If you were recently in a car accident in which you or a loved one was severely injured and lost some teeth or received damage to your facial tissue, there are several reconstructive options that Dr. Leslie H. Sultan can offer you in order to get your life back on track. Read on to learn more.

Dental Issues
Whether you received dental injury to your mouth by something such as your airbag, the impact from the crash, or being hit by a large object during the accident, you may be experiencing either misaligned or missing teeth. Depending on which thing you are suffering from, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan has options for you.

  • Misaligned: if your teeth were moved around during the accident to do extreme impact, then Dr. Leslie H. Sultan may recommend some sort of orthodontic procedure in order to straighten your teeth and get them back into an aligned position.
  • Missing Teeth: If one or several of your teeth were completely knocked out during your car accident, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will likely recommend that you get a treatment like dental implants in order to restore the functionality of your teeth and to restore your smile as well.

Facial Obstructions
If the soft or hard tissues in your face were injured during a car accident, then Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will take a 3D image of your entire jaw in order to map out the best surgical options in order to help your face heal properly. By making several small incisions either in the mouth, on the eyelid, or hairline, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will be able to perform reconstructive surgery.

Don’t let a car accident permanently affect your face or mouth. With the help of Dr. Leslie H. Sultan you can get back to normal in no time. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!



Benefits of Computer Guided Surgery

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Computer Guided SurgeryWhether 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.

Reduce Risks
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.

Less Invasive
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!



The OC: How to Fight Oral Cancer

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dental smileWhen 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.



Summer Wedding? How to Get Your Picture Perfect Smile

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dental smileWhen 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.

Dental Implants
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!



Want Dental Implants? How to Tell If You’re a Suitable Candidate

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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.

Strong Jawbone

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.

Healthy Gums

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!

 



3 Things to Avoid After Dental Implant Surgery

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dental implantsIf 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Gymnastics

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.

  1. Skateboarding

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.