Dental Tips Blog

Jul
28

Should You Go Abroad to Have Oral Surgery Done? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted in Oral Surgery

Going overseas for dental work sounds like a good way to save money. This may especially be the case if you think you need complex treatment such as oral surgery.

Before you book your flight, however, ask yourself the following questions to see if this is really the right decision.

Can You Verify the Credentials of the Practice and/or Dentist? 

There excellent and inferior oral surgeons in every country. But it’s easier to find information about a dentist when it’s available in your own language. Go abroad based on a Google search, and you may end up in the wrong hands.

What Will You Do If Something Goes Wrong? 

When you leave your home country to seek dental care like oral surgery, you run the risk of getting a botched job. The provider likely won’t owe you anything, so you’d be stuck with paying all over again to have it fixed.

Can You Trust the Sanitation Standards of Your Dental Destination? 

The dental surgery may go well but you’d hate to have your recovery ruined by an infection you picked up in the hospital.

Do You Really Know What You Need? 

Why waste a trip if you don’t know what you need? It’s better to be treated by someone who’s already familiar with your case and unique needs.

In the end, you may find that you’re better off sticking with dentists and dental practices nearby. You can verify their reputations with people you know and trust. You’ll also have more access to financing and legal safety nets by seeking treatment in your home country.

Contact your dentist today to learn more about your oral surgery needs and treatment options.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Jun
19

Oral Surgery – What Are the Risks?

Posted in Oral Surgery

Oral surgery often involves tooth extraction. But it may also include gum therapy and jaw reconstruction. Before you agree to oral surgery for any reason, you want to understand all of the potential risks.

Risks of Oral Surgery

Most of the “risks” of a surgical procedure on your jaw are typical side-effects.

These may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Facial bruising

Such effects aren’t surprising given the nature of surgery on the mouth. Some more rare complications from oral surgery are:

  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Perforated sinuses

These problems are not common and are easy to avoid with careful planning, so they’re not likely to happen on a regular basis.

Reduce Your Risks During Oral Surgery

The best way to prevent complications and unpleasant side-effects after oral surgery is to follow your dentist’s or oral surgeon’s instructions. You’ll get advice to help you safely prepare for and successfully recover from your procedure.

For example, you’ll receive instructions to avoid smoking during the initial recovery period. Smoking can slow down the healing process and lead to painful complications such as dry socket. You should also avoid physical activity that can raise your blood pressure and disrupt the healing surgical site.

Benefits vs. Risks of Oral Surgery

There’s no need to be overly concerned about the possible risks of oral surgery. Your dentist and oral surgeon will work together to help you deal with any unexpected outcomes, if there are any. Simply follow the directions you’re given to maintain your chances of a successful recovery.

The benefits of oral surgery are worth any potential risk. Ask your dentist for more information on how a surgical procedure can improve your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Jun
18

Can You Have Oral Surgery While Pregnant?

Posted in Oral Surgery

Your pregnancy can be a happy, yet stressful time. But throw a toothache into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for a lot of discomfort.

Is it safe to get treatment like oral surgery while you’re pregnant?

Dental Care Is Important to a Healthy Pregnancy

If you have a toothache, gum infection, or some other dental emergency, then you need to take care of it as soon as possible. Serious problems can raise your anxiety levels, put stress on your baby, and lead to a risk of premature birth.

Oral surgery to place a dental implant, repair a fractured jaw or to perform a tooth extraction is vitally necessary, even if you are pregnant.

Pregnancy Precautions in Oral Surgery

If possible, postpone oral surgery until the second trimester. The first trimester tends to be a sensitive time for growing babies and the last trimester may be too uncomfortable for you to sit through treatment.

If you need oral surgery during pregnancy, your surgeon will discuss the safest treatment options with you. For example, you will likely need some anesthesia since surgical pain can put stress on your baby. The doctor will help you decide on a safe anesthetic as well as any antibiotics and pain relievers you may need.

You can also rest assured that if you need one or two diagnostic dental x-rays before an oral surgery that they won’t harm your baby.

Oral Surgery Is Safe for Pregnant Women

Oral surgery could be necessary during your pregnancy if you experience dental complications. It’s the optional cosmetic procedures (like teeth bleaching) that should wait until after the delivery.

In the meantime, visit your dentist for checkups to minimize your chances of needing oral surgery over the next several months.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Mar
3

What Are the Benefits of Oral Surgery?

Posted in Oral Surgery

As with any other medically-necessary surgery, if you need oral surgery, it’s not an optional procedure. Still, you may be wondering if you’re better off delaying it.

What are some of the ways oral surgery could change your life for the better, if you do require it?

Snoring Treatment and Relief from Sleep Apnea

Oral surgery can involve tissues in the throat that are responsible for problems like snoring and sleep apnea. By removing excess tissue, oral surgery can help you to breathe easier when you sleep.

Freedom from TMJ Pain

Surgery tends to be a last-resort when it comes to treating TMJ disorder, but it could be the step that finally brings you relief.

Saving Your Teeth

An oral surgeon may be the one to perform your next tooth extraction. By removing diseased or impacted teeth, your remaining ones will have a healthier environment to thrive in.

A More Comfortable Bite

Surgery may be necessary in extreme cases of crooked teeth or jaws. Braces can align your teeth, but only surgery can even out the height of your jaw.

Treating Oral Cancer

You might be referred to a specialist like an oral surgeon for removing dangerous growths such as cysts, pre-cancerous tissue, and tumors.

Dental Implants

May dentists restore dental implants by putting crowns on them, but not all are able to place the implants themselves. You may need to see an oral surgeon for getting an implant, even though it’s not considered to be an invasive procedure.

Rebuilding Your Smile

Are you recovering from an injury or disease that left your smile permanently damaged? Oral surgery can help you look like yourself again.

To find out whether oral surgery is in your future, schedule a consultation with a local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Jan
28

How to Prepare for Your Oral Surgery

Posted in Oral Surgery

Whether it’s wisdom tooth extraction or dental implant placement, your oral surgery will be an important date on your calendar. Help your surgery be as successful as possible by planning well in advance. Good preparation can also ensure a quicker recovery.

The following tips will help you prepare for most upcoming surgical procedures.

Phone a Friend

Never plan to get yourself home from an oral surgery! Have a trusted friend or family member bring you home after your appointment.

Go Grocery Shopping

You may need to stay on a soft foods or liquids-only diet for a few days. Prepare beforehand by buying things like protein shakes, soups, pudding, yogurt, juices, and cottage cheese.

Pick Out an Outfit

Loose, comfortable clothing is best for any surgery. Don’t wear your nicest clothes or anything that’s too restricting. Layers are best.

Get Some Rest

Plenty of quality sleep can help you remain calm, rather than anxious, right before your appointment.

Watch What You Eat

You’ll receive specific instructions from your dentist on what you can eat before the procedure. If you’re going to be sedated with anesthesia, then it’s generally advised to avoid food and liquids for around eight hours beforehand. Make sure you get hydrated with plenty of water before you reach that cut-off point.

Say No to Smoking

You should refrain from having a cigarette for at least 12 hours before your surgery. The surgeon or dentist will also remind you to avoid smoking for at least a day after the procedure. Smoking cuts off circulation and can lead to healing complications.

Talk with your dentist or surgeon for more tips on preparing for a successful oral surgery.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

Jan
6

Are You “Tongue-Tied?”

Posted in Oral Surgery

Many of us occasionally wind up in situations where we just don’t know what to say. This is where we get the metaphoric term “tongue-tied.” But did you know that some people actually do have tongues that are literally tied down?

What It Means to Be Tongue-Tied

The thin piece of skin that attaches your tongue to the floor of your mouth is called a frenulum. There are also frenula (the plural of frenulum) which attach the base of your lips to your gums.

Some people are born with a very short frenulum under their tongue. This secures the tongue close to the floor of the mouth in a condition known as ankyloglossia.

Tongue-Tied Problems

Having a slightly shorter-than-average frenulum isn’t usually a big problem. It may keep someone from being able to stick out their tongue out very far.

But ankyloglossia can cause serious trouble with eating, speaking, and even oral hygiene.

The resulting complications can sometimes lead to social anxiety because of atypical speech patterns. Babies with tongue ties may find it difficult to nurse. Ankyloglossia isn’t always a serious medical problem, but it can affect individuals differently.

How to Fix a Short Frenulum

Whether you are someone just now looking to do something about your tongue-tie or the worried parent of a new baby with ankyloglossia, there is hope.

A simple minimal procedure to snip the skin is all it takes to free a tied tongue.

Your dentist can safely trim, snip, or treat the frenula with a laser. This procedure is minimally invasive, fast, and allows the patient to recover quickly with minimal discomfort. To learn more, call a dental professional near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Oct
18

Tips for a Successful Recovery from Oral Surgery

Posted in Oral Surgery

Are you ready for your upcoming dental implant placement, tooth extraction or other oral surgery procedure? These reminders will help you recover quickly and keep discomfort to a minimum.

Rest well.

Avoid physical activity for at least 2-3 days after your procedure. This will help your body heal quickly and avoid disrupting any bandages, sutures, or blood clots. If you’re used to regular workouts, take things slow.

Take meds as directed.

Your dentist or surgeon may prescribe painkillers and/or antibiotics. But always ask before taking any over-the-counter drugs so that you don’t experience any unexpected interactions.

Eat soft foods.

Stay away from hard, crunchy, sticky foods or anything that has small bits that can get stuck in the surgical site. Opt for things like soup (not too hot), smoothies (not made from berries with seeds), pudding, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and yogurt.

Expect some swelling.

Swelling is a normal outcome from surgery. You can reduce it by keeping your head elevated even when you rest, and placing an icepack on the outside of your face.

Have a friend drive you home.

Even if your surgery was a small procedure, you absolutely cannot drive yourself home if you’ve had sedation. You MUST have plans in place for a friend or family member to transport you back home safely to rest after your surgery. 

Have someone stay with you.

You will likely be on some high grade pain medication after your operation. You may even still be feeling the effects of the sedation or anesthesia. It’s a good idea to make sure someone can stay with you for the first few hours after the surgery.

Your companion can also make sure you take medications as directed, do cooking for you, and contact help if you experience an allergic reaction or some other emergency.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

May
6

When Should You Visit an Oral Surgeon?

Posted in Oral Surgery

While oral surgeons are known for extracting teeth, most people aren’t aware of what else they can do.

What occasions necessitate treatment with an oral surgeon?

Procedures commonly offered at oral surgery centers include:

  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Jaw surgery
  • Removal of tumors and cysts
  • Oral cancer diagnosis
  • Repairing birth defects

So what’s the difference between your dentist and an oral surgeon?

General Dentist vs. Oral Surgeon

General dentists and oral surgeons both complete at least four years of education. Individuals who want to specialize in surgery go on to study for another 3-6 years. A surgeon then focuses on treating conditions in procedures like those listed above.

Your regular dentist is often your first line of defense when it comes to dental care. He or she is the one you’ll visit for a checkup, or dental cleaning. If you need a more complicated procedure requiring surgery, your dentist will refer you to a reputable oral surgeon in your area.

When to Go?

In rebuilding facial structures, you want a surgeon who knows the anatomy best. After a car accident, for example, you may need to go to an ER right away. But once you’re stabilized, it’s time to call in an oral surgeon.

If your dentist says you should see a surgeon for something like a biopsy, then you probably shouldn’t put it off. But if your condition isn’t urgent and you just want to make an esthetic change or two, then you have a little more freedom in choosing when to go.

You can also do a search for oral surgeons in your area and contact one if you’re interested in finding out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Mar
6

What Can I Eat After Having Oral Surgery?

Whether you have sutures in your gums or your wisdom teeth extracted, you may be experiencing a bit of mild discomfort. This can affect your ability to chew as well as your appetite. What can you eat for the next few days after oral surgery?

Use the following suggestions to plan your meals for the week after your next oral surgical procedure:

Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat

Want to start off your day with something substantial? Warm cereal is a good way to go.

Soup

Warm soup is a comforting way to get your body the nutrients it needs. Just don’t eat it while it’s too hot. That definitely won’t feel good if you accidentally burn yourself.

Macaroni and Cheese

You don’t want your pasta al dente for this dish! Make sure the noodles are cooked until very soft and that there’s enough cheese sauce to make them easy to swallow. This is another great option for getting protein and a full belly with minimal chewing.

Mashed Potatoes

Whether you go for sweet or regular potatoes, mashing them is a good way to get fiber. Use an electric mixer to ensure that the potatoes don’t have any chunks that need chewing.

Dessert

Yes, your dentist approves sweets in this case! Cool, soft, and easy-to-swallow desserts are a good way to soothe sore gums and give your jaw a break. They can even boost your morale. Choose from soft-serve ice cream, pudding, and Jell-O.

The key is to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Anything you can gently sip from a glass or spoon is fair game! Talk with your dentist for more ideas on safe foods during recovery from oral surgery.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care of Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth GA 30103
678-888-1554

Sep
29

Do These 5 Things to Quickly Recover from a Tooth Extraction

You might not look forward to having a wisdom tooth or other tooth extracted, but you’ll probably find that the experience is more comfortable than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you bounce right back after a tooth extraction.

  1. Stay Away From Straws

Suction of any kind will put tension on the blood clot forming at the extraction site. Disturbing that clot will only cause more bleeding and delay the healing process.

If your mouth is swollen and sore after oral surgery, it may be tempting to use a straw. But it’s better to just sip carefully.

  1. No Smoking!

Smoking is another activity that creates suction in the mouth. But not only that, it constricts blood vessels throughout the body which slows down the delivery of nutrients to your gums. Avoid smoking after any type of oral surgery.

  1. Eat Healthy

Vitamin C is essential to healing as is protein. Make sure you stick to very soft food for the first couple days, however. Enjoy minimal-chewing-required meals of:

  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Soft pasta
  • Pudding
  • Scrambled eggs
  1. Get Lots Of Rest

Strenuous physical activity that gets the heart pumping raises blood pressure. That will only put more tension on the healing site and disrupt the blood clot. Take a break from hard work and physical exercise for a couple days.

  1. Put Off Brushing

Yes, you get to skip tooth brushing immediately after your surgery. On the following day, you can start gently brushing your other teeth. Just make sure to avoid the extraction site. Also, don’t swish your mouth with water or mouthwash too vigorously, since that can disrupt healing.

Follow your dentist’s other instructions for a fast and successful recovery!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

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