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Why Wisdom Teeth Don’t Give You Wisdom

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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?
Impacted Wisdom TeethAlthough 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.



What Your Smile Is Telling You About Your Oral Health

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If you’re the person who your friends and family can never get to smile for a photo, you’re not alone. In fact, many people hate to smile for the camera because they feel self conscious about their smile or just hate the overall appearance of their teeth. From yellow teeth to bleeding gums, this article will discuss what your smile is telling you about your oral health.

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  1. Crooked Teeth
    Crooked teeth are embarrassing to show off during a family photo op. However, a mouse ful of metal braces can be equally as embarrassing. Crooked teeth could be an indication that there is an overcrowding in your mouth that is causing all of your teeth to slowly squish together. An overcrowded mouth can not only look unappealing but it can also cause troubles with jaw alignment and common things such as being able to chew your food properly. Speak with your dentist or orthodontist about ways in which you can fix your crooked teeth.
  2. Bleeding Gums
    If you suffer from bleeding gums a lot, it can not only make you feel less human and more like a vampire, but it can also be an indication of an underlying issue such as gum disease. Gum disease typically causes your gums to feel sore, look red, be gentle to the touch, and may even cause your gums to bleed as well. If you suffer from bleeding gums, contact your dentist right away to see if you have gum disease or other dental related issue.
  3. Yellow Teeth
    If you used to have a whiter smile and have slowly started to notice that your smile is a lot more yellow than it was before, you probably have a buildup of plaque, tartar, or even surface stains. To get rid of your yellow teeth, try avoiding dark beverages like coffee, black tea, and red wine, and try brushing your teeth a few times a day with a whitening toothpaste— these two things alone should help to whiten your teeth.

To learn more about dental care, contact our office today!



3 Things to Add to Your Kids New Year’s Resolution Lists This Year

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With New Year’s just around the corner, people everywhere are flocking to their pens and paper to write down their big plans and goals for the upcoming year. As a parent, encourage your little ones to set goals that will benefit them and their health and consider suggesting the following things to add to their lists this year.

1. Two Minute Rule
When you’re a kid— especially a little kid— two minutes might as well be an eternity. Encourage your kids to set a goal to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Discuss with them the importance of getting in every nook and cranny of their mouth in order to prevent any sort of cavities or infection from starting. Consider getting them a sand timer or other timer of sorts so that they know exactly how long they need to brush for.

2. Flossing
As an adult it can be hard to remember to floss every day, and children are no exception. Encourage your little ones to set a goal to floss their teeth at least once a day. To make it a family wide resolution, hop on this challenge and encourage yourself to do the same thing. In order to get your kids excited about setting this type of resolution, let them pick out colorful and fun shaped flossers from the grocery or drug store.

3. Avoid Sugary Foods
Everyone knows that sugary foods lead to cavities. Encourage your kids to avoid as many sugary snacks and treats as possible in order to cut down on dental plaque and cavities. Have them keep track of how many sugary treats they are currently consuming and encourage them to cut that number in half. If they meet their goal for a month straight, take them out to get their favorite healthy snack as a reward.

By adding these three resolutions to your child’s New Year’s resolution list, you can help them have a healthier and cleaner smile.

To learn more about oral health and hygiene, contact our office today!



Let’s Face It: The Art of Facial Implant Surgery

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Face, Neck and ShouldersIt seems that everywhere you turn, there is some form of cosmetic or oral surgery available to change your appearance. If you lack confidence due to your facial structure or any symmetry related issues, you might be the perfect candidate for facial implant surgery. Read on to learn more about this surgery and how it can help you.

What Is Facial Implant Surgery?

While being under the influence of anesthesia, your facial surgeon, Dr. Sultan, will make a small incision in the mouth or face. Once the incision has been properly made, a plastic or plastic coated in silicone implant will be inserted into the facial region in which you are trying to target. These implants can never be dissolved or absorbed into the body, so you can ensure that your implants last a lifetime.

Facial Implant surgery can target the following areas:

  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Lower jaw (mandible)
  • Paranasal (around the nasal base)
  • Lower rim of the eye socket (infraorbital rim)

Who Are the Best Candidates?

Almost anybody can be considered as a candidate for facial implant surgery, however, most individuals who seek out this type of surgery have already undergone some sort of jaw reconstruction surgery in order to help with an overbite or underbite. However, if you suffer from one of these jaw disorders, Dr. Sultan may recommend to do a few surgeries at once, depending on your health and the exact procedures.

What Is Recovery Like?

After your surgery, there may be drains placed at the incision site in order to drain out any sort of excess fluid that may have built up in the face during surgery. However, once the drains have been removed, recovery typically lasts a few weeks and you will be required to refrain from any sort of physical activity or contact sport that could injure your surgical site.

If you are interested in having facial reconstructive surgery, set up an appointment with Dr. Sultan in order to see whether or not it is the right procedural route for you. To learn more about facial implant surgery, contact our office today!



The Truth Behind Oral Cancer

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White teethOral cancer is a cancer that if left untreated, can be extremely deadly. With over 45,000 people being diagnosed with oral cancer a year, this form of cancer can not only turn your life upside down but it may have you reconsider some of your daily habits as well. Not familiar with oral cancer? Read on to learn more.

How is oral cancer caused?

75% of oral cancer diagnosed in the U.S. is induced by either habitual smoking or drinking. If you are a big smoker or drinker, make sure that you are visiting the dentist at least every six months to get checked for oral cancer. However, the other 25% of oral cancer is not linked to any sort of direct cause— that is why it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Among visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up, you should also look out for the following oral cancer symptoms:

  • Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

If you notice that you have any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately in order to be given a proper oral cancer screening.

Treatment for Oral Cancer

If your dentist suspects that you may have a form of oral cancer, he or she will order a biopsy to be done in order to detect any forms of cancer. If the biopsy comes back positive and depending on the severity of the cancer, treatment options include: radiation, surgery, and medication.

Any form of cancer is scary and the thought of it going untreated is equally as frightening. If you suspect that you or a loved one has oral cancer, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. By getting to the root of the problem, you could potentially save your own life.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our office, contact us today!



How to Properly Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Dental CheckupYes, going into the dental chair only to have your bones sawed open and your wisdom (teeth) removed is enough to scare anyone into never leaving their bed. However, because you’ll be unconscious during the entire procedure, it really is nothing to worry about. The main thing you should be worried about with wisdom teeth removal is the recovery process. Read on to learn more.

  1. Rest It Up

You may have a lot of work to do but it’s crucial to rest for at least a day or two after your surgery. Rest gives your body the energy and time it needs to heal after undergoing something as strenuous as oral surgery. Make sure that you plan ahead of time in order to take the allotted amount of time off of work and school in order to fully rest

  1. Eat Soft Foods

Due to the nature of wisdom tooth removal surgery, it’s important to follow a strict diet for a few days after your surgery. Make sure that you eat a lot of soft or even liquid foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, and fruit smoothies. Just make sure that when you are drinking that you don’t use a straw, as the sucking motion caused by straws can cause dry sockets to occur.

  1. Ice

It might sound like the last thing you want to do, but wrapping an ice pack around your head and your jaw is the best way to combat all of the nasty swelling that occurs after surgery. Just make sure that the ice packs aren’t too firm, because you don’t want to apply a large amount of pressure on your jaw as it heals. Try to ice your face every few hours for about 10-20 minutes or until you start to notice the swelling start to subside.

  1. Change Your Gauze

When you’re still drugged up on anesthesia and are recovering a few hours after your surgery, the last thing you will want to do is change the gauze in your mouth. However, it’s important to continually swap out the gauze in your mouth in order to insure that the bleeding is stopping and that your mouth is free from germs and bacteria.

To learn more about how to properly care for your mouth after wisdom teeth removal, contact our office today!



Can Botox Really Help With TMJ?

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Injections ForeheadThe wonderful thing about the medical industry is that there is always research being conducted on different and innovative ways to treat diseases that affect people’s lives everyday. And with something as obnoxious as TMJ, medical studies are constantly being conducted on ways and treatments to prevent the pain and discomfort associated with this disorder. However, when the famous injectable Botox released that it can be used to help with TMJ, skeptics everywhere were raising their eyebrows at how this could possibly be the case. Read on to learn more.

Botox

Although Botox is known primarily as an injectable to treat fine lines and wrinkles, around the eyes and forehead, it can be used for a lot more than that. By paralyzing the muscles around the injection site, Botox relaxes the muscles and causes them to no longer be able to contract. Therefore, whether or not you are using Botox to fill in wrinkles by relaxing the muscles, or are injecting it into the jaw muscles to cause them to relax, it is virtually doing the same thing across the body.

Benefits of Botox for TMJ

As a non-invasive alternative to things like surgery, Botox treatment is designed to relax the muscles around the jaw which lead to the symptoms of TMJ. Because it is non-invasive, Botox can be administered at the doctor’s office without the need of a hospital stay. Additionally, patients notice the relief from their TMJ symptoms just a day or two after receiving Botox and will notice the full benefits just a week afterwards.

Is It Safe?

Although not yet FDA approved to treat TMJ, Botox has been on the market long enough and hasn’t shown any signs or symptoms for patients to worry about. However, that being said, it really hasn’t been used long enough to treat TMJ in order to determine just how safe it is.

If you suffer from TMJ and are looking for a treatment option, it might be time to consider investigating Botox a little further.

To learn more about TMJ treatment or to speak with a specialist, contact our office today!



Suffer from TMJ? 4 Ways to Stay More Comfortable

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Natural BeautyTMD or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a painful jaw disorder that causes everyday normalises like the ability to chew or even to open your mouth wide enough to say a few words, to be very painful. If you suffer from TMD and haven’t quite committed to getting TMJ surgery yet, then follow these four simple tips to get your jaw feeling better again.

  1. Heat

If you notice that you are getting a TMJ flare-up, then you should act right away and apply some heat to your jaw. By applying heat to your swollen jaw, you can help to reduce any inflammation that may be taking place and you can also help to calm any pain that may be associated with the flare up. Just make sure you test the temperature of the heat pack before applying it to your face, because you don’t want to burn yourself.

  1. Jaw Exercises

If you notice that your jaw is tensing up and causing you problems, you might need to try some exercises to loosen up the joints in your jaw. Simply start out by moving your lower jaw side to side, if it is painful, try to work through the pain at a slow pace. Once your jaw warms up, the pain should subside. Next, try simply opening and closing your mouth in order to loosen up any tense muscles. Try practicing these exercises every couple of hours for a few days, or until you can feel your jaw loosen up.

  1. Avoid Certain Foods

During a TMD flare-up, it’s important to avoid foods that will cause extra strain on your jaw. Specifically avoid foods that are hard to chew like steak, apples, chewing gum, or anything else that may require you to strain your jaw a little bit.

  1. Massage

Massage is a great way to loosen up the tense muscles in your face. To help alleviate the pain caused by TMD, simply locate where your jaw connects itself and with your index and middle finger, slowly massage that area in a circular motion, applying a little bit more pressure each time. Although it will likely be painful and uncomfortable at first, this sort of massage will help to take away some of the strain and pressure that you are feeling on your jaw.

TMD is a painful disorder that can cause even the littlest things in life to be annoying. If you still haven’t decided whether or not to go the surgical route to treat your TMD, try the above four tips first to see if they can give you some relief.

To learn more about TMJ surgery, contact our office today!



The 411 on Dental Implants

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woman-in-fieldLosing a tooth doesn’t have to be as frightening as you make it out to be. Although very painful and ranking fairly low on the attractive scale, a missing tooth can easily be remedied with a dental implant. Whether you lost a tooth from a fluke accident, due to dental decay, or simply because of something like substance abuse, a dental implant can give you back your natural looking smile in virtually no time.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the procedure in which a dentist like Dr. Leslie H. Sultan will implant a titanium post into your gum, let it heal for a few months, and then place a fake tooth over the top. With the proper amount of healing and care, your dental implant should give you the exact same chewing and speaking capabilities as before.

Are they painful?

Due to the fairly lengthy process involved with getting a dental implant, parts of this procedure are fairly painful. However, during things like the removal of your natural tooth (if needed) and through the implantation of the titanium rod, you will be given a local anesthetic that will numb the entire area, so all you will feel is the pressure being placed on your mouth and the affected area.

Do they last?

Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. So as long as you care for your implant properly through regular brushing and flossing, and as long as your jaw has had the proper amount of time to heal throughout every step of the process, you can rest assured that your dental implant will last you a lifetime.

Are they expensive?

Depending on your dental coverage and the severity of the affected area, dental implants run an average of $2,000 per implant once the entire process has been completed. Although it might sound like a large sum of money to come up with at first, it will pay off in the long run because you won’t have to worry about the instability of the implant.

If you need a dental implant or if you would simply like to learn more about the process, contact Dr. Leslie H. Sultan Today.



TMJ Replacement Surgery Digested

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SmileMillions of people suffer from Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). It typically starts with clenching your jaw during your sleep or during especially stressful times in your life. From there, it can start to exhibit itself through things like a locked jaw, headaches, ear aches, change in bite, and the inability to properly chew the food you love the most. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ and would like to seek medical treatment in order to help alleviate any of the associated symptoms, Dr. Leslie Sultan can help you get back to feeling like your normal self once again.

 

TMJ Replacement Surgery

Depending on your age and the severity of the damage caused by TMJ, it will dictate whether Dr. Leslie Sultan feels that TMJ replacement surgery is the right idea for you and your specific situation. When it comes to the actual prosthesis in which to replace the TMJ muscle with, it is either recommended that you use one of your rib bones or an artificial device that will give you the same range of motion and flexibility as a regular tempromandibular joint should.

 

During the surgery, two incisions will be made in order for Dr. Leslie Sultan to accurately reach your TMJ. The first incision will be fairly long and will be made under the side of your face, where your jawbone meets your neck. The second incision will be made around your ear, where your ear connects with your jaw. Once the doctor has visual access of your TMJ, a small saw will be used in order to cut it out and then remove it from your face altogether. Once the bone has been properly removed, a titanium prosthesis and screws will then be implanted into the side of your face and will act as your new TMJ.

 

Recovery Time

When it comes to any kind of jaw surgery, the recovery process can be a bit lengthy. During the recovery from TMJ replacement surgery, you should expect to be on a non-solid food diet for 2-4 weeks, leaving you with an alarming amount of freedom to eat milkshakes for every meal of the day. You should also expect to have to undergo some sort of physical therapy in order to get your jaw muscles up and moving once again.

 

To learn more about TMJ replacement surgery, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sultan, contact our office today!