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Have TMJ? 3 Holiday Foods to Avoid this Thanksgiving

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TMJ Surgery Ft. Lauderdale, FLThanksgiving is the time of year where all of your healthy eating goals can go out the window— at least for one day. Let’s just say, bring on the marshmallow covered sweet potato casserole and the gravy drenched turkey.

If you have TMJ, however, it’s important that you go into Thanksgiving and the holiday season being mindful of foods that can exacerbate the condition and make your jaw inflamed. To help you feel more comfortable and enjoy the holidays more with your family, we have created a list of foods to stay away from— trust us, you’ll be thankful.

Roasted Nuts

“Nuts roasting by the fire”– yep, it’s that time of year. Although nuts are considered to be a lean protein, when they’re covered in butter, drenched in sugar, and then roasted— they’re more of a dessert food than anything. And although roasted peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and cashews are delicious, they are only going to make your TMJ worse. Try to stay away from this snack this season.

Hard Rolls

Dinner rolls are delicious— especially when they’re soft, hot, and just out of the oven. But if your family likes to eat harder artisanal bread, you may want to consider passing. Although this type of bread is delicious, it’s hard to chew which means that it’s only going to make your TMJ a little worse and more irritated.

Pecan Pie

Depending on the pecan pie, you may want to skip out on it and go for something softer like a pumpkin or apple pie. Some pecan pie recipes make for the stickier consistency which makes your jaw have to work twice as hard— leaving you with a swollen jaw and in a mouthful of pain (literally).

Stay comfortable this holiday season and use the tips listed above to avoid unnecessary TMJ pain.

Schedule your appointment at our Ft. Lauderdale office today!



How to Survive Halloween After Jaw Surgery

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Jaw Reconstruction Fort Lauderdale, FLGoing to the grocery store this time of year can feel like you’re in Willy Wonka’s factory. Not only are there bags and bags full of candy and other tantalizing treats, but there are people dressed up lurking behind every corner. If you are getting jaw surgery from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan this season, going down those candy aisles can seem more distressing than anything– especially if you don’t know what types of treats you can eat during recovery.

Avoid Sticky Stuff

Taffy, caramel, gummy candies, and gum are particularly rough on your jaw and can cause it to tense up and become painful. Rather than putting your jaw through all of that pain and discomfort for just a minute of happiness, try eating candy that’s softer like chocolate.

Try Soft Treats

When you traditionally think of Halloween, candy is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Try switching things up this year and eat soft baked goods instead. Treats like cupcakes, brownies, and soft cookies can help satisfy your sweet tooth without placing too much strain on your jaw.

Watch the Sugar

Even though it’s okay to have a treat or two during Halloween, make sure that you aren’t consuming too much sugar while you’re in recovery. We encourage our patients to eat a well-balanced diet that contains enough vitamins with foods such as green smoothies and homemade vegetable soup.

Whether or not you have some little ones to take Trick or Treating this year, it’s easy to indulge a little too much in candy and other sugary treats. And although having a piece here and there may be okay for your waistline, certain candies like taffy and even licorice can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw. If you are getting jaw surgery from Dr. Leslie H. Sultan, it’s important that you adjust your diet so that you can recover quicker.

Schedule your consultation at our Fort Lauderdale office today!



3 Benefits of Skeletal Anchorage Surgery

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Skeletal Anchorage Surgery Fort Lauderdale, FL Americans are notorious for loving to have options to choose from— that’s why food buffets are so popular. However, sometimes when it comes to your oral health, your options are minimal or even non-existent. If you have found out that you are not an ideal candidate for traditional jaw surgery, but you have some issues with space closure, distal/mesial movement, or intrusion/extrusion of teeth, then one of your only options may be skeletal anchorage surgery.

With the use of orthodontics, and titanium plates and screws, skeletal anchorage surgery can help to reposition posterior teeth for stable skeletal and dental correction, but what are the other benefits?

Use of Anchor Screws

Skeletal anchorage surgery gets its name from a variety of different things including the use of anchorage screws. Because of their unique shape and the material they are comprised of, anchorage screws are unique and beneficial because they minimize patient trauma and are easy to remove.

Use of  Anchor Plates

In addition to the use of anchor screws, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan may use anchor plates. Anchor plates are sometimes used instead of screws because they provide more stable fixation while preventing tooth movement.

Avoidance of Surgery and Other Devices

Unlike jaw surgery, which is a major surgery, skeletal anchorage surgery is fairly minimal which means that there’s less of a recovery time involved. Additionally, patients aren’t required to wear headgear afterward— a win win.

Not having options when it comes to your oral health may seem like a big bummer at first, but by understanding the benefits of skeletal anchorage surgery, you may feel a bit more reassured. Schedule your consultation with our Fort Lauderdale office today.



Get the Ultimate Customized Look With Custom Implants

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Dental Implants Fort Lauderdale, FLIn a world filled with celebrities posting extravagant European vacations, lavish custom cars, and large mansions, it can be hard to compete— especially when everything seems so custom. If you want to feel a little bit more elite in a different type of way, you may want to consider getting custom implants from Dr. Leslie Sultan. And although these implants won’t make you rich and famous, they can help give you back your jaw structure and facial appearance, which let’s face it, you can’t put a price tag on that. To help you better understand the custom implant process, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Why Custom Implants?

Here at Dr. Leslie H. Sultan’s office, we provide our patients with a variety of different facial implants to help correct a variety of jaw and structural facial issues. However, with certain problems such as a patient who has an asymmetric or uneven face, it will require the use of a custom implant.

How Are Custom Implants Created?

To ensure that we create a custom implant that will fit your facial structure and needs, we will start out by taking a CT scan which will then be sent to our medical modeling facility. The CT scan will be converted into usable, three-dimensional images that are analyzed to create implants that contain the proper symmetry, contour, and dimensions. Once, the medical modeling facility has some molds set up they will conduct a virtual meeting with Dr. Sultan, you (the patient), and a virtual modeling engineer will design the ideal implant shape for you. After about two weeks, your custom implant will be ready to be implanted.

If you need custom implants to help correct a structural facial issue, Dr. Leslie H. Sultan and his staff of professionals will ensure that we get it right the first time around. If you would like to learn more about custom implants, facial implants in general, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today!



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.