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Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Sometimes Necessary and What to Expect

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If you just found out that wisdom teeth removal might be necessary, don’t worry! Getting your wisdom teeth removed is entirely normal and usually occurs between 17 and 25. Most people don’t have enough space in their mouth for an extra set of molars, so your dentist may recommend removing your wisdom teeth to avoid dental health complications.

Learn everything you need to know about getting your wisdom teeth removed. Find out why most dentists and oral surgeons highly recommend wisdom teeth removal as soon as they emerge. And see what to expect down the road if you decide to keep your wisdom teeth.

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Necessary and What You Should Expect

Wisdom teeth removal is necessary to prevent damage to your healthy teeth and jaw. Technically, you can keep your wisdom teeth if they are unimpacted when they emerge. To keep them, they must be healthy and fully erupt without disturbing any other healthy teeth or causing pain. Additionally, you must be able to efficiently and effectively clean the third molars if you don’t want them extracted.

Your dentist will likely recommend an extraction, regardless of whether they are impacted or not, when the teeth emerge. Wisdom teeth are trouble-makers, and there is no good reason to keep them in the first place. Humans no longer have an anatomical need for a third set of molars and keeping them puts you at risk for a host of problems down the road.

Impaction, Infection, and Decay

The vast majority of the time, wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow without causing complications. An impacted wisdom tooth becomes trapped and unable to fully emerge from the gums. It erupts at an odd angle, sometimes appearing out of the side of the gums, which can lead to oral infections and cysts.

Partially-emerged wisdom teeth also pose a risk of infection because they are challenging to keep clean. Teeth that have not fully emerged leave avenues for bacteria to invade below the gum line and attack the roots of your teeth. Even if your wisdom teeth appear without complication, they can still be hard to reach with your toothbrush and eventually become the gateway to gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay.

The Sooner, the Better for Wisdom Teeth Removal

When it comes to removing your wisdom teeth: the sooner, the better. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in your teens or early twenties. The molars do not yet have strong roots connecting them to your jawbone when they arrive. As you age, the roots of your wisdom teeth grow stronger in their bond with the jawbone. The roots are fully developed by your late twenties to early thirties, and extraction is more complex.

Is wisdom teeth removal necessary for you?

Keeping your wisdom teeth is a choice you should make with your dentist if the molars are healthy. If you experience pain, cysts, tooth decay, gum disease, or repeated infections behind your back teeth, your dentist will recommend immediately removing your wisdom teeth. Call our office to schedule a consultation and determine if wisdom teeth removal is necessary for you. 

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Tooth Implant Benefits Over Dental Bridges: Are Dental Implants Better?

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If you lose a tooth, your dentist will recommend a replacement option, such as a tooth implant or a dental bridge. An implant tooth is a complete and permanent replacement, whereas a dental bridge replaces the tooth’s visible crown, but not the roots. Unlike bridges, dental implants have restorative benefits that enable you to retain your natural teeth and oral functions for life.

Learn everything you need to know about the benefits of dental implants over dental bridges. Find out how dental implants work and why they are better for your long-term health than other tooth replacement options. And see if you are a candidate for a dental implant tooth replacement procedure.

Is a tooth implant better than a dental bridge for replacing teeth?

In short, yes – a tooth implant is superior to a dental bridge for replacing missing teeth. Implant teeth are the standard in modern dentistry because they have significant advantages to your health compared to a dental bridge or removable dentures. Although bridges are less costly at first, you may spend more on health and dental expenses in the long run. Dental implants are a one-time expense that restores the complete functionality of your missing teeth. 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant tooth replacement has three parts: the implant screw, abutment, and crown. The titanium implant screw replaces the roots of a missing tooth and bonds to the jawbone. An abutment post connects the implant screw to the artificial crown. The result is a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. 

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic that spans the two healthy teeth on either side of a gap. The bridge is attached to the neighboring teeth using dental cement. Ultimately, a bridge supports the same type of artificial crown as a dental implant.

What makes them so different?

Your natural teeth develop roots in your jawbone to support the force of your bite. When you place pressure on your teeth, your bite force stimulates healthy jawbone growth, without which your jawbone will stop growing and lose mass. Implant teeth replace the roots of your missing tooth, but dental bridges do not.

Your jawbone is critical to supporting your facial structure. Without stimulation from the roots of your teeth, your jawbone shrinks and changes your facial features to show signs of premature aging. In addition, when your jawbone shrinks, it can cause root decay to your healthy teeth and lead to further tooth loss. Your jawbone will resorb or lose its mass and volume by 25% in the first year after tooth loss. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants, first and foremost, stimulate healthy jawbone growth by permanently replacing the roots of your missing teeth with a biocompatible implant screw. Over three to eight months, the titanium screw fuses with your jawbone, called osseointegration. Unlike a dental bridge, a tooth implant is a comprehensive and life-long replacement for your missing tooth.

Strong and Secure

Implant teeth are indistinguishable from your healthy teeth and enable your natural oral functions without restriction. An implant tooth replacement supports a dental crown. The crown, abutment, and implant are securely bonded together using dental cement.

Dental bridges are not securely bonded to your jawbone, so your jaw will lose mass over time; when chewing and speaking, a dental bridge places the pressure of your bite force against your gums, not your jawbone, so your jaw goes through resorption.

As your jawbone shrinks, the bond that holds your bridge may become unstable and cause unintended slippage when you eat, talk, or smile. Many patients with bridges find it necessary to follow a restricted diet to avoid accidentally dislodging the dental prosthetic. 

Permanent for Life

Dental bridges have a lifespan of about seven years, on average, whereas dental implants are 94% successful after ten years and often last for life. Even if you break the artificial crown, your dental implant screw is durable and permanent, so you can replace the crown without replacing the implant. If you damage your dental bridge, your only option is to purchase a replacement.

Don’t Wait to Replace Your Tooth

The longer you wait to replace your missing tooth, the more likely you will require bone grafting before your implant tooth placement. If you have strong oral health, you may avoid additional expenses for bone grafting if you see your implant dentist or oral surgeon immediately following tooth loss. Call our office to schedule a consultation and see if you are a good candidate for a tooth implant replacement procedure.

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea Symptoms? Warning Signs and Treatments – 2022

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Snoring is one of the most common warning signs of a sleeping disorder, but it is only one of many sleep apnea symptoms. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea do not all exhibit loud snoring and vice-versa. Many people are unaware that they show signs of sleep apnea until told by a family member, partner, or roommate.

Learn how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. See what types of sleep apnea you could have and the treatment options available. And find out how to limit risk factors that contribute to the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.

Millions of people living with sleep apnea symptoms go their whole lives without ever receiving a diagnosis or treatment. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder where the muscles in your throat close up and disrupt your breathing while you sleep. Patients with sleep apnea often snore loudly during the night and have difficulty waking up, even after a full night of rest.

Common Warning Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea, but the warning signs and symptoms overlap. If you experience these symptoms, it may be a warning sign that you have sleep apnea:

  • Excessive snoring
  • Stop breathing during sleep
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Frequent headaches in the morning
  • Insomnia: Inability to stay asleep
  • Hypersomnia: Chronic fatigue throughout the day
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Focus and memory problems

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the disorder and occurs when your throat muscles relax too much and close off your airway in your sleep. The muscles in the back of your throat support a great deal of your maxillofacial structure, including your soft palate, uvula, sidewalls of the throat, tongue, and tonsils. When the muscles relax, your airway can become narrow enough to close completely from the pressure of your natural breathing.

Since your throat is obstructed, you are not intaking enough air, and your blood oxygen level decreases to the point where your brain wakes from sleep just enough to activate your throat and allow air intake. You probably will not remember waking up, but you won’t feel well rested either.

Throughout the night, your body repeats this pattern, over and over. As soon as you fall asleep, your airway becomes obstructed, and your brain rouses you just enough to breathe. Then you drift back to sleep only to experience the same cycle again and again throughout the night. This pattern can occur from five to 30 times an hour, causing gasping or choking and preventing your brain from completing a healthy sleep cycle.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)

Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less common and occurs when your brain fails to send neuro signals that control your breathing during sleep. CSA interrupts the brain’s neurotransmitter and neuro-receiver system that regulates and manages your body’s unconscious functions. When a patient falls asleep, the brain stops transmitting instructions to the rest of the body for a short while and prevents the sleeping mind from making an effort to breathe.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (CompSAS)

Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CompSAS) is when a patient suffers from CSA and OSA. Currently, scientists and doctors are unsure about the cause of CompSAS. Talk to your doctor or oral surgeon about ways to treat your sleep apnea and relieve symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Treatments and Therapy Options

The best treatment for sleep apnea depends on your case, symptoms, and health history. Patients with sleep apnea suffer from mild, moderate, or severe symptoms. For mild cases, lifestyle changes can often cure apnea, such as quitting smoking, treating allergies, and addressing other peripheral health conditions.

It is considered moderate to severe if lifestyle changes alone cannot adequately treat your apnea. Your doctor or oral surgeon can recommend various treatment options and medical devices to help open your airways while sleeping. For severe cases of apnea, oral surgery may be the best solution. 

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine delivers air through a mask you wear during sleep. The air pressure in the mask is higher than that of the air in the surrounding room, which works to keep the upper passageways of your throat open. Many patients experience disturbance-free sleep and no longer snore.

Other airway pressure devices are also available for patients with sleep apnea. An Auto-CPAP machine can automatically adjust the air pressure while you sleep, which is helpful if you travel to higher or lower elevation areas with different air pressures. And bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP) machines supply more pressure when you breath-in than when you breath-out.

Oral Sleep Appliances

Some patients prefer oral sleep appliances in addition to or in replacement of a CPAP machine. Oral sleep appliances work to keep your throat open while you sleep by slightly moving the jaw forward. The result can be a complete cessation of snoring for patients with a mild to moderate case of sleep apnea. Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to find out how these appliances can help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms.

Supplemental Oxygen and Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV)

Adaptive servo-ventilation is a modern treatment devise that works by learning and storing information on your natural breathing pattern. When you sleep, the device monitors your breathing to provide precision positive airway pressure throughout the night. If your case is moderate to severe, supplemental oxygen might be necessary to deliver oxygen to you during sleep.

How to Find the Best Treatment Solution for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can cause damage to your heart and lead to a range of medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. If you think that you might be living with a form of sleep apnea, treatment can add years to your life and improve how you live it. Contact our office for a free consultation to learn how treatment can alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms, extend your longevity, and improve your quality of life.

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Jaw Surgery and How it Can Help: Everything You Need to Know

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If your jaw is out of alignment and negatively affecting your health, jaw surgery may be necessary. Following an injury, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon might recommend orthognathic surgery to correct trauma-induced misalignment or repair the jawbone. Learn everything you need to know about jaw surgery, who needs it, and how it helps correct problems and misalignment in the jaw.

Jaw Surgery: What is it, who needs it, and how does it help?

Jaw surgery can correct alignment, functionality issues, and other irregularities in a patient’s jaw. It is a standard method of fixing jaw problems stemming from skeletal abnormalities, dental damage, or tooth misalignment. Jaw surgeries can correct the cause of breathing, speaking, and chewing problems that patients may otherwise live with their entire lives.

Many patients worry that jaw surgery might leave unsightly scars or degrade their appearance. On the contrary, correcting a patient’s jaw often improves their overall facial appearance and symmetry. Contact us today to schedule your jaw surgery consultation at Flushing Oral Surgery and determine if a corrective jaw procedure is right for you.   

What necessitates corrective jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery may be recommended for patients who have experienced or exhibit:

  • Injury to the face
  • Chronic breathing from the mouth
  • Persistent jaw pain and headaches
  • Trouble swallowing, chewing, or breathing
  • Protruding jaw
  • Straining to make the lips touch
  • Physical congenital disabilities
  • Recessed jaw
  • Receding chin
  • Open bite
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Asymmetrical side-view facial appearance
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

What does jaw surgery fix?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon often collaborates with a patient’s orthodontist in preparation for jaw surgery. They work together to determine the diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Some of the most common issues that jaw surgery addresses include:

  • Correcting facial symmetry
  • Adjusting teeth to align when biting
  • Decreasing pain caused by TMJ disorder
  • Repairing cleft palates and other congenital problems affecting the maxillofacial structure
  • Restoring natural oral function (speaking, biting, chewing, swallowing)
  • Resolving breathing issues causing obstructive sleep apnea

Types of Jaw Surgery

The type of jaw surgery you undergo depends on the details of your case. There are five common types of jaw surgery:

Maxillary Osteotomy

A maxillary osteotomy is a surgery on your upper jaw to reduce or correct –

  • Open bite: When your mouth is closed, your molars don’t touch.
  • Crossbite: When your mouth is closed, some of your bottom teeth sit in front of your upper teeth.
  • Midfacial hyperplasia: This is a condition in which your upper jaw, eye sockets, and cheekbones do not develop as much as the rest of your facial structure.

During this procedure, your surgeon makes an incision above your upper teeth allowing access to the upper jawbones. The surgeon realigns your upper jawbone to fit over the bottom teeth before securing the jaw in the new position with plates and screws. Finally, your surgeon closes the incision in your gums using oral stitches. 

Mandibular Osteotomy

A mandibular osteotomy is surgery on your lower jaw. The procedure can correct the alignment of a jaw that excessively recedes or protrudes. Like a maxillary osteotomy, mandibular osteotomy procedures involve cutting the bone connecting your upper and lower jawbones.

Once the lower jawbone can move freely back and forth, your surgeon realigns it to fit with the upper jawbone. The correction to the jawbone is secured in its new position using screws and plates. Finally, your surgeon closes the incision with stitches.

Bimaxillary Osteotomy

A bimaxillary osteotomy is surgery on both the upper and lower jaw. It combines elements of the maxillary and mandibular osteotomy. Since it involves complex surgical techniques, your surgeon may use 3-D imaging technology to help guide the procedure.

Genioplasty

Genioplasty is chin surgery to fix a receding chin, and it sometimes coincides with a mandibular osteotomy procedure on the lower jaw. Your surgeon disconnects the chin bone from the rest of the jaw to move it forward into its new position. Then, they secure your chin bone into place with plates and screws.

TMJ Surgery

TMJ surgery might be recommended if other procedures have been unsuccessful at relieving TMJ symptoms. The different types of TMJ surgery include:

  • Arthrocentesis: Minimally invasive surgery to clean and lubricate the joints.
  • Arthroscopy: A thin tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the joint to enable surgery.
  • Open Joint Surgery (Arthrotomy): Procedure to remove and replace the affected components of your TMJ.

Understanding the Risks of Surgery

Every surgical procedure carries a certain level of inherent risk. When it comes to jaw surgery, the risks are the same as any minor surgery, including the possibility of infection, nerve damage, and injury to the local area. The success rate for jaw surgery patients is exceptionally high, and minimal risk exists.

Find Out if Jaw Surgery Can Help You

Your oral surgeon and you determine if jaw surgery is the best treatment option and which procedure will be most successful. Surgery is always a big decision, and patients are encouraged to consult with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. If you think jaw surgery might help you live a healthier life, contact our office to schedule your initial jaw surgery consultation with Dr. Li.

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The Ideal Diet for Those with TMD

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If you suffer from temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, also known as TMJ or TMD, you’re undoubtedly scouring the internet in search of relief. What can you eat and what should you avoid? These are common questions for those experiencing pain in the jaw joint, difficulty with chewing or biting, toothaches, headaches, or neck aches, clicking or popping sounds in your jaw, a locked jaw, the inability to open your jaw all the way, or facial swelling.

Scheduling an appointment with an experienced and skilled oral surgeon is the first and most crucial step in finding adequate TMJ treatment. In the meantime, read on for nutritional tips on easing your jaw pain.

Food and TMJ

If you’ve been told to avoid crunchy, chewy foods, that’s good advice. You don’t want to further aggravate the problem with food that exhausts your already tired jaw. But there’s more to it than that. The nutritional value of the food you consume plays a bigger part in the health of your mouth than most people realize.

Creating a diet that actually strengthens your jaw muscles is half the battle. Here’s what to eat when your jaw is bothering you.

What foods cause inflammation?

When it comes to TMJ, nothing fires up the jaw pain you’re experiencing than foods that are sugary and processed. Even if the food is soft, don’t be fooled. Salty and fatty foods and refined carbohydrates cause the tissues to flare up, and too much intake of these foods can lead to chronic inflammation which can cause a variety of serious illnesses.

Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

  • Foods with added sugars, like bread, salad dressing, crackers, and granola bars
  • Foods with trans fats, such as restaurant foods and baked goods.
  • Red and processed meat, including bacon, salami, sausage, and deli meats
  • Foods with omega-6 fatty acids, like mayonnaise, peanut oil, canola, oil, and corn oil
  • Refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, French fries, rolls, and sugary cereals

Anti-inflammatory Foods to Enjoy

Include the following anti-inflammatory foods in your diet: dark, leafy greens, whole grains, fish, and soy.

What foods contribute to jaw joint health?

Here’s the rule of thumb for foods that are good to eat when your jaw hurts: Eat foods that are good for your overall health! Remember that your oral health is closely connected to your whole body health.

In addition to boosting your jaw health, vitamin C is essential in the growth and maintenance of most of the tissues in your body.

These include foods that are rich in:

  • Vitamin C, such as citrus, green and red peppers, strawberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and melons.
  • Vitamin E, which is found in avocados, abalone, salmon, mangos, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, more
  • Magnesium, including black beans, quinoa, greens, and chocolate
  • Selenium, like tuna, turkey, cottage cheese, mushrooms, eggs, oats, and beef

Soft Food Diet

Integrating soft foods into your diet is obvious. And you don’t need a list of those. Anything non-crunchy goes. The point is to allow your jaw to relax, recover, and heal. Once your jaw is restored and no longer suffers from TMD, it’s time to gradually return to your normal diet. The soft-food stage is just temporary—a path to full recovery and healing.

And remember, it’s important you schedule an appointment with the best oral surgeon, so you can get a handle on what’s really causing you pain and map out a treatment plan as soon as possible. Don’t wait. Call Flushing OMS today!

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How Bone Grafting Can Increase the Success Rate of Dental Implants

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Dental implants, today’s most preferred tooth replacement method, has a national success rate of 98%. Tried and true, tested and proven, implant teeth seldom let you down. But what if you could bump those incredible stats up even higher? Bone grafting is a technique used by oral surgeons to build up your jawbone, the foundation for your dental implants, and give your new teeth an even greater chance to thrive.

Why do I need a bone graft?

Most patients need some type of bone graft before implant placement because the moment you lose a tooth, the bone that was supporting it begins to reabsorb into your body at a rate of about 25% per year. And for many people, there’s usually some wait time between losing a tooth and replacing it. The good news is that a bone graft builds that alveolar ridge (implant-supporting) bone back up no matter how thin, soft, or short it has become. You may also need a bone graft if you have a bony defect due to trauma or infection.

What to expect from a bone graft?

For your bone graft, your oral surgeon will begin by taking a CT scan of the area in question. Next, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Once you’re sedated, the oral surgeon anchors a block of bone down with titanium screws before surrounding it with bone grafting materials. Over the next several months, regeneration occurs, meaning the bone fuses together and the non-bone material turns into bone cells.

How do you heal from a bone graft?

There are several things that must happen for your bone graft to heal and be a success. The biologic process that regenerates tissue, form, and function must take place, new bone must be created, the blood clot must remain in place, and the bone must grow. Most bone grafts take about 3 months to fully heal and be prepared to support an implant.

How long does it take to recover from a bone graft?

One of the most common questions patients have surrounding bone graft recoveries is how painful they are. And just like most aspects of oral care, it depends on the patient. But it’s rare to feel much pain as you recover, and the vast majority of any discomfort doesn’t last more than a few days. But dental bone graft recovery is often a slow process. Give yourself several days to a week to rest and take it easy. Typical sensations you may experience the first couple of days could range from slight numbness to trouble swallowing. Avoid solid foods for the first several days. To ensure you heal quickly and completely, finish all your antibiotics. Call us if you:

  • Experience pain after 2 weeks.
  • Feel sharp or intense pain.
  • Have a fever.

How long is the wait for a tooth implant after a bone graft?

There are minor bone grafts that can support a dental implant right away, sometimes even the same day the graft was placed. But it’s more common for there to be a 4-6-month healing period before your jaw is ready to support an implant.

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Everything You Should Know About Sedation & Anesthesia for Oral Surgery

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If you’ve got some sort of oral surgery scheduled, such as a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or facial reconstruction, there’s a good chance you’ll be under IV sedation or even general anesthesia. For some of us, that induces anxiety while, for others, it brings a level of comfort, knowing we’ll be relaxed and possibly asleep during the procedure. It’s normal to have questions regarding anesthesia. That’s why we’ve created this guide: to help you understand how it works so that your fears and concerns are put to rest.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation is also called twilight sleep, and it is a medically induced state of relaxation that allows you to sleep during the procedure. As per its name, the medication is received via an IV which allows it to enter your bloodstream quickly and permits your oral surgeon to monitor treatment levels throughout the surgery.

What is general anesthesia?

General anesthesia is also administered through an IV, but it paralyzes the patient’s muscles so that a machine takes over your breathing are you are almost or completely unconscious. Because you are in such a deep sleep, it takes a while to come out of it, slowly as the medication wears off. Highly effective, small doses are very safe.

What are the benefits of IV sedation/anesthesia?

In addition to making a patient comfortable and relieving their anxiety during surgery, creating IV access allows the oral surgeon the ability to provide medications that are effective after surgery as well, such as those that prevent nausea and swelling and others that provide long-term pain relief.

Is IV sedation and general anesthesia safe?

Thanks to today’s modern advancements in medicine and oral surgery, IV sedation and general anesthesia are extremely safe with very few risks. Before your surgery, your oral surgeon performs a complete evaluation of your health history and makes any necessary accommodations. Risks can vary from person to person, depending on your blood pressure, heart health, and weight. This pre-op consultation includes an assessment of any risks there may be and if there’s a need for medical clearance by your physician.

5 Ways to Prepare for Oral Surgery

  1. You will need a ride home. We will not begin your surgery until we know that you are accompanied by a responsible adult who can drive you home. This person will also be present to review post-op instructions.
  2. Do not eat after 12pm the night before your surgery. Certain food and drink can interfere with the anesthesia and lead to nausea.
  3. Wear loose-fitting clothing to ensure your comfort and to allow us access to administering the IV and any other monitoring equipment.
  4. Avoid jewelry, makeup, and nail polish on the day of surgery.
  5. Inform us of any illness, including colds and sore throats, before surgery. We are continuing to follow all safety precautions and are happy to reschedule your procedure at your earliest convenience.

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Four Foods to Avoid if You Have TMJ

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If you grind your teeth while you sleep, clench, and have frequent headaches, and if your jaw clicks or pops when you chew, you may suffer from a TMJ disorder.

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, one of the most used joints in the body, and it’s not uncommon for an uncomfortable and irritating disorder to result due to overuse, genetics, and/or trauma. We offer a variety of treatments to help resolve this issue and restore balance and harmony to your jaw function, including stress management, nightguards, orthodontics, or even surgery, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, schedule a consultation with us as soon as possible, so we can get to the root of your problem and set you on a path to renewed oral health and wellness.

What to do for TMJ?

What most TMJ patients don’t realize is the effect food can have on their symptoms. We highly recommend the first thing you do is begin treating your TMJ at home by eliminating certain foods from your diet. Making appropriate changes to your diet will significantly decrease the amount of stress and pressure you place on your jaw joint.

What foods should you not eat when you have TMJ?

There are 4 types of food that can aggravate TMD joint pain and discomfort.

Avoid chewy foods.

Chewy foods agitate the jaw joint because they require excessive force to be broken down. If you notice your jaw has to work hard when eating certain foods, like taffy, soft caramels, bagels, and steak, replace them with bananas, yogurt, and mashed potatoes.

Stay away from crunchy foods.

Crunchy foods place extra pressure on the jaw joint and require a downward chewing force which can be painful. Try to avoid raw carrots, apples, and pretzels, and enjoy cooked vegetables and pasta instead.

Take smaller bites.

If you suffer from TMD, you’ve probably noticed that you are unable to open your mouth very wide. In fact, taking large bites is not only difficult but also painful. Steer clear of foods that require you to open your mouth excessively, like corn on the cob and apples. Cut them up and enjoy smaller bites.

Eliminate foods that cause inflammation.

Less obvious foods that increase joint pain are those that cause inflammation. Fatty and processed foods, such as those with refined carbs and sugars, high-fat content, and salt should be removed from your diet in order to limit inflammation. Say no to fried foods and red meats that have a tendency to fire up joint pain.

As you seek to heal and recover from TMD, integrate a soft diet into your routine and record any changes in your symptoms. If you’d like more information or tips and tricks for finding relief as you adjust your diet, make an appointment with Dr. Li today.

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3 Things You Should Know About Dental Implant Recovery

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If you’ve scheduled dental implant surgery, you’re on the path to an abundant life that will include eating, smiling, and laughing to the fullest. You’ve learned that dental implants are the best teeth replacement option available. And thanks to their durability and permanence, they provide the closest match to natural teeth in both appearance and function.

But when it comes to the healing part of implant placement, it’s important to keep in mind that implant surgery is a slightly invasive procedure that requires the right care to achieve optimal results and a smooth recovery. Read on to learn about the most important facts concerning dental implant recovery, what to expect during the process, and how to make the most of those days following surgery.

1. Implant surgery is a process.

It’s crucial to take a deep breath and settle in for the long haul when it comes to implant surgery. There are several steps, and for the best results, you won’t want to rush any of them.

The first and most involved part of the process is when we place the implant, a screw, into your jaw. Immediately, the implant will begin to settle into the jaw and the surrounding bone will grow around and fuse with it. But this takes time. Once the 3-4-month healing period has been completed, your dentist will place the permanent crown on the implant, and they may place a temporary one to get you through the waiting period, especially if the implant is near the front of your mouth. The screw acts as a root for your new artificial tooth, so complete integration with the bone is necessary.

2. Different factors extend the progression of implant placement.

A variety of additional treatments, such as extractions, bone and gum grafts, and sinus treatments, are needed for maximum success, but these lengthen the implant process and its recovery. For example, if we build up your jawbone with a bone graft to ensure sufficient mass and support for the new tooth, you’ll be looking at at least four additional months overall.

The more implants we place, the longer the recovery. When we place three or fewer implants, our patients are typically packed to their everyday routine within 24-48 hours. However, if you were to get a full arch of implants or even several implants at once, you’d need to set aside at least three days to rest and recover. We encourage you to schedule enough time off so that complete healing can take place.

3. Some pain, swelling, and bruising is normal.

Expect a small amount of discomfort as you come out of surgery, and don’t be alarmed if you experience some bleeding. These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process and are easy to manage with the right post-operative care. We are happy to prescribe pain medication if over-the-counter pain killers, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, don’t do the trick. If your symptoms increase or worsen, call us right away.

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When you come in for a consultation and schedule a dental implant surgery, we will review with you all post-operative instructions and medications. We understand that every patient is unique and personalize treatment plans accordingly. From there, we are able to guide you in making the most of your recovery period to ensure optimal healing and excellent results.

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Why 3D CBCT Technology Matters for Dental Implants

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If you’re missing teeth and ready to fill those gaps with dental implants—today’s superior teeth replacement option—you may be wondering where to go. What makes one practice more trusted and reliable than another? The secret to beautiful, natural-looking implant teeth is in the technology used to plan and place them.

We at Flushing Oral Surgery remain ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing cutting-edge technology in our dental implant care. We’ve replaced drilling and cutting with 3D scanners and cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. Why? Because keeping you safe and comfortable is our number one goal.

We’ve long been frontrunners in the use of highly advanced forms of modern technology so we can more efficiently address patient needs and provide the best care possible. This means we regularly invest in state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to perform dental procedures safely, quickly, and comfortably.

Read on to learn more about how 3D CBCT technology makes a difference in implant care for our patients.

3D Imaging and Scanning

CBCT is the newest innovation in imaging, and we use it to take highly accurate images of the anatomical structure of your teeth, bones, and nerves.

What is CBCT?

3D-imaging machineWhen it comes to the awe-inspiring technology of our day, dental CBCT is at the top of the charts. What we once considered an impossibility, as oral surgeons, is now possible. And what once took us a large amount of time to accomplish can now be done in mere seconds.

3D imaging with cone beam is a CT scan system that generates high-definition x-rays of your oral cavity within seconds. This revolutionary technology gathers precise details that we use for diagnostic purposes before creating treatments plans that we tailor to your unique case.

What is CBCT used for?

CBCT makes collecting information quick and simple. Our 3D imaging system allows our doctors to:

  • Gain visual access to every angle of your anatomical structures.
  • Determine best treatment options.
  • Analyze nerve, sinus, and roots positions before surgery.
  • Remove any guesswork in measuring and positioning implants.

Patient Benefits

Our CBCT technology is a state-of-the-art tool that is not only effective in helping our doctors in performing their best work, but it significantly improves our patients’ experiences as well. Our 3D imaging system provides quick, easy, instant scans, is less expensive, and allows for a more comfortable patient experience.

The health and safety of our patients is our priority, and CBCT technology ensures the best possible care possible. The benefits include:

  • Exposure to very low amounts of radiation.
  • The most accurate diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • Increased success in procedures.
  • Lower surgical risk factor.

Top oral surgeons Dr. Li have devoted extensive time and education to implantology, resulting in top-notch oral surgical care. Our modern equipment makes it possible for our procedures to be fully completed in our office, providing both convenience and comfort to each and every patient.

Committed to accuracy and precision, we continue to implement the latest, most innovative devices, technology, materials, and techniques to ensure we always deliver beautiful results and the highest level of patient care.

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