Teeth in a Day: Restore Your Smile with Immediate Full Arch Restoration Therapy

If you need full arch restoration for either your upper or lower teeth (or both), you may be able to enjoy a whole new set of teeth within a day! For qualified candidates, Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery now offers immediate full arch restoration therapy to restore your smile and help you get on with your life. With this unique program, which we call “teeth in a day,” you can come into our office with your current teeth and leave with a whole new smile the same day!

The dangers of missing teeth

Anytime you lose teeth, it’s important to replace them, either with a crown, a bridge or implants. Failing to do so can cause many problems. For example:

  • Your remaining teeth may shift in your mouth
  • You may not be able to eat certain foods
  • Missing teeth can cause a sagging facial appearance with increased aging
  • The begin to deteriorate, causing bone loss and additional missing teeth
  • The way you speak can be affected; you may develop a lisp
  • Missing teeth increase your risk for gum disease

In certain cases, it makes sense to replace an entire row (or arch) of teeth rather than replace one at a time. This is where full arch restoration comes into play.

What is full arch restoration?

When a significant number of teeth in your mouth are diseased, damaged or missing, your dentist may recommend replacing the entire row of teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. We refer to this as full arch restoration.

With traditional implant methods, replacing all the teeth is an involved, complicated and sometimes painful process requiring numerous visits full arch restorationover many weeks. Your remaining original teeth are pulled, and your oral surgeon gives you temporary replacements (often dentures, which can be loose and painful). When the mouth is healed (usually in about 5 months), your oral surgeon installs a set of implants in your jaw bone. In a subsequent visit, 3 months later, a new row of teeth will be permanently attached to these implants.

 

Alternatively, with immediate full arch restoration therapy, your old teeth are removed, your implants installed and a fixed temporary prosthesis attached, all in the same day. 4 months later, your permanent fixed new teeth are made, and you return to the dentist to have the new teeth attached. This process reduces the number of visits needed while eliminating those embarrassing gaps of missing teeth. Only you and your oral surgeon need know about your fixed permanent prosthesis.

What about my temporary teeth? Will they function normally?

Yes. Your prosthetics are fully functional, great looking, and act like real teeth. You’ll be able to chew food, talk and smile normally through the entire process.

Why implants?

Dental implants are in many cases your best option for lost teeth because they keep your natural jawbone intact. Implants are an excellent alternative to dentures, which are difficult to clean and may breed infection. Finally, implants represent a permanent solution to tooth loss, as opposed to bridges and crowns which may need to be replaced every few years.

Not everyone is a good candidate for immediate full arch restoration therapy, and only a knowledgeable oral surgeon can evaluate your situation to see if they are right for you.

At Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we’re committed to providing the latest state-of-the-art technologies to provide our patients with the best care possible. This is why we are so pleased to offer qualified patients the option for immediate full arch restoration therapy—teeth in a day! To learn more, call us today at 706-235-5570 or look at our website @ www.riversideoralfacialsurgery.com.

4 Tips for Finding a Dental Implant Specialist in Rome, Georgia

Dental implants can fill in gaps in your bite, keep your teeth from shifting or give you a whole new smile. Dental implants can be permanent, so you want to exercise care in choosing the right person to perform the procedure. For best results, you want a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to handle your implants. If you’re looking for dental implants in Rome, GA, here are four helpful hints to point you in the right direction.

Ask your dentist for a referral

If you have a general dentist you visit regularly, they may be a good first person to ask about dental implants. For best results, you should have an oral and maxillofacial surgeon perform the procedure, so ask your dentist to provide you with a referral. A well-connected dentist should be able to recommend at least one reputable oral surgeon.

 

Check for board certification 

Healthy dental implantsBefore allowing a dental implant specialist to work in your mouth, take the time to find out whether the specialist is board certified. Board certification assures that your surgeon has solid credentials and adheres to the highest professional standards. A good place to check for certification is the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. If your specialist isn’t listed there, be sure to ask about his/her certifications and follow up to make sure they are in good standing.

Ask your friends 

Of course, word-of-mouth is still the best form of advertising, and if someone you know has had a good experience, chances are you will, too. If you know anyone in Rome, Georgia who has had dental implants, ask which specialist they used and whether they would recommend that specialist.

Check patient reviews

For an expanded “word-of-mouth” review experience, do an Internet search for oral surgeons in your local area and see if anyone has left a review. Bear in mind that anyone can write anything on the web, so one negative review here or there may not be an accurate reflection of the doctor’s abilities. Instead, look for a trend where multiple reviews lean positive or negative to help you make an informed decision.

 

At Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality dental implant services in our state-of-the-art surgical facilities. Dr. Hunt is board-certified with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and is highly recommended by his patients and colleagues. For more information on dental implant services in Rome, Georgia, call 706-235-5570 or check our website out @ www.riversideoralfacialsurgery.com

6 Skin Treatments that Reduce Acne Scarring

Many times, even after successful treatments for Acne, scarring remains. These scars may become less noticeable over time, but in some cases, they may become more noticeable as your skin ages and you lose fat in your face. Here are 5 possible skin treatments to consider that may reduce acne scarring. Continue reading “6 Skin Treatments that Reduce Acne Scarring”

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

As an alternative to botox treatments — and sometimes in conjunction with them — your facial surgeon may suggest the use of dermal fillers—injectable soft tissue strategically placed under the skin to smooth out wrinkles and restore a fuller look to the face. But how do dermal fillers work, and how do they differ from the use of botox? Continue reading “How Do Dermal Fillers Work?”

Dos and Don’ts for Your First Botox Appointment

If you’ve never had a Botox injection before, you may wonder what to expect. The procedure is fairly simple and doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can usually get on with your day within 30 minutes after showing up for your appointment. That said, there are some things you should know and plan for. Here are some common-sense do’s and don’ts to be aware of for your first Botox appointment. Continue reading “Dos and Don’ts for Your First Botox Appointment”

What is Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes?

The word “hypotrichosis” refers to a condition where there is not enough hair on certain parts of the body, like the head or face. For our purposes, hypotrichosis of the eyelashes simply means the patient has an inadequate amount of eyelashes on his/her eyelids.

While many people consider rich, full lashes to be a sign of beauty, the truth is hypotrichosis of the eyelashes is more than just a cosmetic issue. Our eyelashes serve as a barrier to help protect our eyes against irritants like dust, sand, wind, bright sunshine and perspiration. Insufficient eyelashes can lead to more irritation in the eyes, and sometimes injury. Continue reading “What is Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes?”

What is Preventative Botox and Does It Really Work?

Botox treatments have been used for many years as a way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight the effects of aging.

When people begin receiving botox injections before those wrinkles occur, we refer to this as preventative botox. The underlying concept behind preventative botox is to stop wrinkles before they start forming.

When Botox first came onto the market, skin care professionals and cosmetic surgeons used to see people coming in for botox injections beginning in their 30s and 40s, which is the age that wrinkles typically start to become noticeable in most people. Nowadays, we’re seeing a downward trend where people are requesting botox treatments as soon as their early 20s. Continue reading “What is Preventative Botox and Does It Really Work?”

What to Expect When Undergoing Preprosthetic Surgery for Dentures

If you are getting ready for partial or full dentures, you may first need some minor preprosthetic surgery. This procedure ensures that your dentures fit comfortably and safely. Because dentures sit on the ridge of your jaw line, it’s important to make it the right size and shape and smooth.

Woman visit dentist orthodontic surgery

This procedure typically occurs several weeks before your dentures are made in order to allow time for proper healing. You may need to undergo one or more of the following procedures.

    1. Bone reshaping (Alveoplasty)

      After teeth have been removed, the bone ridge may be uneven or sharp. To ensure the maximum comfort fit for your dentures, the dental surgeon may reshape this bone.

    2. Removal of excess bone (Tori/Exostosis)

      Excess areas of bone may be small or large. Once again, these will be evened out.

    3. Excess gum tissue removal (Epulis)

      If dentures do not fit properly, they can sometimes cause an extra fold of tissue in the cheeks, lips or gums. Because this extra tissue will not allow the correct and comfortable fitting of dentures, it must be removed.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You may experience slight pain after the surgery. If this is the case, you will be prescribed pain killers for use when the anesthetic has worn off. You will also be given a course of antibiotics to ensure you do not develop an infection. You may notice some mild swelling for the first two or three days. The stitches in your gums will dissolve within a couple of weeks. When you’ve finally recovered, your dentures can now be fitted.

Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery has a team of experts committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. Contact us today if you would like to find out more about dentures, we will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

3 Visual Imperfections That Can Be Corrected With a Neck Lift

Cosmetic Surgeon Examining Senior Female Client In OfficeThe search for the legendary fountain of youth may have begun centuries ago, but the search continues even to this day. While you may not be able to live forever, there are ways you can turn back time using cosmetic procedures. One of these is a neck lift.

A neck lift, also known as a lower Rhytidectomy, can improve a number of visual imperfections of the neck and jawline, such as:

  • Removal of too much fat and tightening of skin under the chin
  • Tightening of loose neck skin
  • Evening the necks contours

How a Neck Lift Works

A neck lift is performed on an outpatient basis. It generally takes between two and three hours. You will be given local anesthesia combined with a sedative, though a general anesthetic is recommended.

The extent of the surgery itself will depend upon your esthetic goals. You may only require a simple liposuction procedure to remove excess fat from your neck, or you may achieve your desired results through more extensive surgery involving tightening and re-structuring. Often, neck lift surgery is also combined with face lift, eye lift and eyebrow lift procedures.

Our team of experts at Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery is committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. If you would like to find out more about neck lifts, we will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.

What Are My Options for Reducing the Appearance of Scars?

The process of aesthetic laser correction procedure of scars and stretchs on the body in the medical clinic.

Any kind of injury to the skin can cause a scar. If it’s just minor scarring or somewhere unnoticeable, it’s not generally a problem. However, if you have a large scar and it’s somewhere very obvious — such as your face — this can understandably make you feel self-conscious and have serious effects on your self-esteem. If this is the case, there’s no need to worry. There are procedures that can reduce the size of your scar and make it barely visible.

Scar Revision/Dermabrasion

Frequently, scars are at the same level at the surrounding skin, which makes them easy to disguise with make-up. But sometimes, they may be raised or shallower than the surrounding skin which leaves a shadow and makes them difficult to hide. A scar may also be more noticeable if its texture is uneven or shiny.

Scar revision is a very individual procedure and you will need to consult with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options. One of them may be scar revision or dermabrasion. This generally entails:

  • Excision, or the removal of the scar to make it tighter and smaller with redirected scar lines
  • Topical treatments, such as OBAGI/Retin-A
  • Injectable treatments, such as Voluma, JuveDerm, Radiesse, and steroids
  • Dermabrasion, (Sanding the scar) a procedure that evens out the top layer of skin to reduce imperfections

Whether you have a scar from an injury or from acne, the before and after results of these treatments are quite astonishing. You’re bound to regain your confidence and self-esteem in no time.

If you have some scar tissue you’d like to minimize, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the best cosmetic surgery in northwest Georgia. We will be only too happy to address your questions and concerns.