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Life with Dental Implants

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Having dental implants is not the same as having your teeth cleaned by your dentist. New devices are directly placed in your mouth to replace your missing teeth, which means that you may need some adjusting with your teeth replacements and get used to them for the rest of your life.

You don’t have to be anxious about it. In no time, you will already feel and take care of them like your normal teeth. Here are some tips to get you by.

Controlling the Pain

During the first few days after your dental implants have been placed, you may still experience a little pain and discomfort here and there. Don’t worry. These sensations are normal and can be easily relieved with pain medications, like ibuprofen and aspirin, unless contraindicated by Dr. Sultan. Ice packs are a lot of help in reducing the swelling in the area too.

Proper Oral Hygiene for Dental Implants

To promote quick and proper healing, it is important that you follow specific rinsing instructions provided to you by Dr. Sultan. You may be advised to rinse your mouth with lukewarm saline water, or water with salt, after every meal and especially before going to sleep. Unless otherwise instructed, this routine is beneficial as you adjust to your dental implants.

What to Eat and Drink

Patients are prohibited from eating or drinking hot food and drinks within 24 hours following dental implant placement, as this could distress the treated area. For the meantime, opt for soft foods as your new teeth are still adjusting to their function. Avoid beverages with high acid content, like orange juice, to prevent any damage to your dental implants.

Dental Implants in Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County

If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call us today at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!



What to Do After Bone Grafting Surgery

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Some conditions, such as trauma, infection, or even as simple as missing teeth, can lead your bones to lack sufficient strength and quantity to properly support the contours of your face. Bone grafting surgery can be the best solution to your concern. However, the problem does not end the moment the surgery is completed. Your cooperation throughout the procedure, especially after bone grafting, is essential to a smooth-sailing recovery.

Here are some post-operative instructions that Dr. Sultan may give you to achieve this:

Alleviate Bleeding and Swelling

  • Bite on the gauze pad that will be placed on the treated area for an hour to decrease bleeding.
  • Avoid any vigorous actions in the mouth as this may cause the blood clot to dislodge.
  • Ice packs applied to the side of the face can minimize any swelling.
  • Limit your activities on the day of your bone grafting surgery, as this could increase your heart rate and cause excessive bleeding in the wound.

Controlling Post-Operative Pain and Infection Risk

  • Pain or any discomfort is expected to last for about four to five days following surgery. You may have to take more pain medications during the third and fourth days.
  • While you are on prescription medication, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery as these can significantly alter your perception.
  • Take antibiotics with their proper dosage and schedule as prescribed by Dr. Sultan.

To know if bone grafting is the right procedure for you, request a consultation with Dr. Sultan today by calling us at 954-771-8772. We would love to hear from you!

 



Introducing Platelet Rich Plasma

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The field of cosmetic facial surgery is continuously advancing. Another procedure that has showed great promise in the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. What separates it from the rest though is that it uses your own tissue for the rejuvenation of the skin. This innovation was developed to minimize the patient’s risk for allergies that may be acquired from other foreign substances.

The Benefits of PRP – Uncovered!

Because of the wonders of using the body’s platelets to induce a remodeling of one’s tissue to a much younger and healthier state, the PRP therapy has the ability to speed up the healing of open wounds. This can especially be helpful in tendon and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

This technology has also been proven effective in the field of cosmetic surgery. PRP has shown significant results in the improvement of skin texture as well as the elimination of wrinkles and facial lines. When it is injected deeper into the skin layer, fibroblasts and other skin cells are stimulated to produce healthier skin cells. Platelet rich plasma can show dramatic results on areas under the eyes and the lines of the neck. Facial lines found above the upper lips can also be improved using PRP.

Dr. Sultan makes sure that his patients will only get the best results. If you are interested in undergoing PRP therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan today by calling us at 954-771-8772.

 



What to Expect During Lesion Removal

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Everyone wants to have smoother skin, but many people are not satisfied with theirs because of blemishes, moles, and other skin lesions that have hindered them from having flawless skin. Don’t be contented about having them forever though because you can always choose to undergo lesion removal and have beautiful skin.

Purpose of Lesion Removal

Most lesions in the skin may not cause serious problems. However, many people want them removed because they may be tender to touch or just unsightly. Lesion removal is also important in knowing if a certain lesion is cancerous.

Things to Expect

  • The procedure is usually performed with the use of a local anesthetic to keep the lesion numb while you are kept awake.
  • It is a quick and straightforward surgery.
  • As with any other procedure, lesion removal can pose some complications, which include scarring, keloid formation, nerve damage, bleeding, the development of an infection, more pain in the treated area, leakage from the wound, and a recurrence of lesions.
  • Dr. Sultan may advise you to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin, a week before surgery to decrease your chances of bleeding during the procedure.
  • Smoking will not help on the day of your operation as it slows down the healing of your wound. Therefore, you may be advised to stop smoking for a couple of  days before your appointment.
  • The treated area may be a bit painful for an hour or two following the procedure as the local anesthetic starts fading. However, pain killers will be provided to give you as much comfort as possible.

For more information on lesion removal and how you can have more attractive skin, request an appointment with Dr. Sultan today by calling 954-771-8772. We look forward to hearing from you!

 



Report Impacted Wisdom Tooth Immediately!

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There’s nothing to be happy about finding out your wisdom tooth has already emerged. Aside from the fact that it has nothing to do with gaining more wisdom to your years, a third molar does not really sound appealing – especially if there is not enough room for it to grow normally.

This results to an impacted wisdom tooth, which could lead to pain and may possibly damage your other existing teeth, causing further dental problems.

When to see your dentist

It is important to have your teeth checked if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and redness of gums
  • Tenderness or bleeding in the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Unpleasant taste felt in the mouth
  • Headache

These symptoms indicate that the wisdom tooth is already infected or has damaged other teeth.

Why seek immediate help

An impacted wisdom tooth should be reported to a reliable dentist, like Dr. Leslie Sultan, as it could cause possible problems and complications in the mouth, including:

  • Decay. A partially impacted wisdom tooth seems to be more vulnerable to tooth decay than regular teeth. This might be due to the fact that it is harder to clean, allowing food particles and bacteria to easily remain in the erupting tooth.
  • Gum disease. Since bacteria remains trapped in a wisdom tooth, the site could also be vulnerable for the development of an inflammatory gum disease called pericoronitis.
  • Damage to other teeth. A wisdom tooth could push against the second molar and could possibly damage it and make it more susceptible to infection.

If you have the following symptoms and would want to get proper treatment, call us today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!

 



What Comes After TMJ Replacement

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can experience various oral and facial symptoms that may be caused by certain conditions in the joint such as disc displacement. When the patient continually experiences persistent pain and noticeable jaw dysfunction, which do not respond to non-surgical interventions, then it may be best to consider TMJ treatment. Here at our Fort Lauderdale oral and facial surgery practice, Dr. Sultan  offers patients with several TMJ treatment options including surgery and replacement.

Before you go through TMJ replacement, Dr. Sultan will walk you through the procedure and provide you with information on what to expect after surgery as well as instructions pertaining to your recovery.

How long will recovery take for TMJ replacement surgery?

Usually, the patient who has undergone TMJ replacement surgery can already resume daily activities in about four to six weeks; however, full recovery is still not assured during this time. It may take several months for the side effects, like swelling and tingling, to subside.

What diet should I follow after TMJ replacement?

Right after your TMJ surgery, you may be required to follow a soft diet to almost liquid diet. Most patients would have to stick to a liquid diet for about two to four weeks. As you begin to recover, you can gradually return to your normal diet although hard and sticky foods still need to be avoided.

How long will the effects of TMJ surgery last?

Although the procedure will make use of durable materials, there is no assurance that these implants will last forever. The lifespan of your TMJ prosthetics still depends on the materials they are made of, your medical and surgical history, and how you handle the physical demands of the joint.

TMJ replacement surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Feeling an uncertainty towards the outcomes of TMJ replacement surgery is only normal, but with the right information from the right people, there is nothing to fret about. Give us a call today at 954-771-8772 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sultan and learn more about TMJ treatment.



Keep Your Jaw in Shape After Jaw Reconstruction

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Jaw reconstruction is done to rebuild the upper and lower jaw that have been severely damaged due to certain conditions, such as injury, infection, or bone loss due to aging. However, your jaw will not remain in its post-treatment condition if you do not follow aftercare instructions.

Upon discharge

After jaw reconstruction surgery, Dr. Sultan may prescribe you with certain medications to help you with your recovery. The pain you will most likely experience after surgery will be treated with a common pain medication such as Vicodin. Liquid antibiotics may also be prescribed to you to minimize the risk for infection. On the other hand, swelling and inflammation from surgery may be countered with the use of Medrol Dosepack.

What diet to follow

Immediately following surgery to until about four weeks, you may be advised to eat thinner food and drinks since eating and drinking will be difficult for you during this time. Creating your own pureed diet could be helpful, too. To get the right amount of nutrition, smaller meals of about five to six times a day are preferred than the usual three meals per day. After four to six weeks, you may already slowly initiate minimal chewing on soft foods. Right after the sixth week, chewing can already be attempted.

Jaw reconstruction in Fort Lauderdale

The Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery is one of the few clinics in South Florida that specializes in jaw reconstruction surgeries. For more information on the procedure, request an appointment with Dr. Sultan today by calling 954-771-8772. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 



BOTOX vs. fillers

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Facial injections are a very popular choice today in the cosmetic surgery industry. More and more people are choosing injections over facelifts, and other facial reconstructions to get rid of wrinkles, smooth skin and firm the face giving a more youthful appearance. But when shopping around for what would be best, you may wonder whether BOTOX injection or fillers would be best for you. Read on below to discover which would benefit you the most!

Fillers

Fillers are injections of liquid substances that literally ‘fill out’ the lines in your face. By injecting the chosen filler (such as Restylane) into the face you can also choose to have a ‘liquid facelift’ by plumping out the face to slightly lift the skin. You can opt to have your face frozen beforehand to numb the pain if you are sensitive, but most patients find that they do not require this. Once the filler is injected, the results are instant. You’ll experience some redness and swelling however and sometimes a bit of bruising, but those will subside after 24 hours. There is no recovery time after having filler injected – you can return to normal activities right away afterwards. Your results will last about 6 months.

BOTOX

BOTOX injections work differently than fillers. They get rid of deep creases in the face by paralyzed the underlying muscles. This relaxes facial muscles enough to smooth out lens and creases for about 6 months. BOTOX uses a botulinum type A to have this effect, but it is safe having been purified in a lab and given in very small doses. Like fillers, there is no recovery time from BOTOX and you can return to your normal day right away.

So which injection would be best for you? This largely depends on personal preference, your facial structure and your doctor recommendations. BOTOX cannot fill out your face as fillers do, but fillers can look a little harder in the face than BOTOX which relaxes muscles. Look up before and after photos of people who have had the procedures, which have the same wrinkles or lines as you do. From there you can bring in your favorite results to discuss with your doctor and decide together which is best for your face.

Whichever you choose, you can get a lovely, natural-looking smooth complexion from facial injections. Just contact us today at Sultan Surgical to book a consultation and see how injections can make you feel great!



Can you Eat What you Want with Dental Implants

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Dental implants can change the way you feel about your smile! Far more comfortable and natural looking than dentures, implants are rooted to the bone in your jaw? Just as your natural teeth are. With implants becoming a far more popular option than d tires or other tooth replacement methods, one of the most asked questions is always ‘can I eat what I want?’

With traditional dentures, it is very difficult or even impossible to eat certain foods. Love corn on the con? With dentures you can barely get any of the sweet stuff off that cob! People are quickly disappointed to learn that some of their favorite foods are difficult to chew.

The great news us that with implants, yes! You can eat all your favorite foods just as you would with your natural teeth! Corn on the con, taffy, any hard it sticky foods can be eaten! Of course you should exercise caution just as you did with your teeth – implants can also break just as easily as regular. Regular brushing and flossing are still important as well to keep infections away that could cause implants to fall out. as are regular dental visits and cleanings.

If you want to continue eating all of your favorite foods after implants, go ahead! You can live like you never had teeth problems and feel so much more comfortable with dental implant surgery.



Caring for Your Dental Implants

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Dental implants can give you a beautifully restored smile, and extra confidence to boot! Not only do they look completely natural and great, they work far better than dentures ever could! But dental implants are also an investment – they are not cheap to have done. So once you do have them put in, it’s a good idea to learn all that you can about how to take care of them, and protect them from damage.

Right after Procedure

After your implant procedure, your teeth and gums will be a little swollen and tender. This is normal and happens because the implant is attaching to the bones that will hold it in place. During this time, your dentist will prescribe some pain relief medication to help with tenderness and bring down the swelling. You will also need to stick to a soft food diet to ensure they anchor properly and you do not hurt yourself.

Everyday

After the healing time is over, your implants will be just like normal teeth. You must follow a strict dental care routine in order for them to stay looking clean and in place! Although dental implants cannot rot or get cavities, the gums surrounding them can become infected if they are not cleaned properly. This can lead to the implant falling out if the infection becomes too much for the gums.

Caring for your dental implants is easy however! You just need to care for them as you do regular teeth:

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings

There are also some additional tips that will keep your pearlies white. Doing these regularly will help your implants stay looking bright, white and beautiful!

  • If you cannot brush after eating, try to swish some water around your teeth to clean them.
  • Try to avoid the known teeth stainers such as red wine or coffee. If you cannot avoid them though, try drinking them through a straw or drinking water right after them.
  • Look for toothpastes that contain whitening ingredients – these will help implants too!

All in all, the most important things to remember are to brush floss and visit your dentist! Your dentist will help you recognize any signs of trouble that might be creeping up that you do not feel or see.

By taking proper care of your implants, you can continue to have that glowing, bright smile for the rest of your life, without the troubles dentures bring!