How to Prepare for a Dental Implant Procedure

Thanks to advances in modern dentistry and oral surgery, getting dental implants is frequently less invasive, requires fewer office visits, involves less pain and requires less recovery time than was expected just a few years ago. That being said, implants still require a bit of advance preparation. If you’re about to receive implants, here’s a quick guide on how to prepare for a dental implant procedure.

Preliminary antibiotics

In advance of your procedure, your oral surgeon may prescribe a round of antibiotics for a few days prior to surgery as a preventative measure. Make sure you take your medicine exactly as the surgeon prescribes it. You may also be asked to use an antibiotic mouthwash just prior to surgery.

Don’t smoke

Refrain from smoking for a minimum of 24 hours prior to your surgery. In fact, this is a great time to quit. Smoking depresses your immune system and makes you more prone to infection, and it’s often part of the reason smokers require dental implants in the first place. Also, do not smoke for 2 week after surgery.

Brush, floss and use mouthwash

Simply put, a clean mouth reduces the risk of infection.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid jewelry

To be comfortable during the procedure, wear loose clothing, preferably short sleeves. The surgeon and staff will do their best to make sure your clothes are protected from staining, but just in case, wear something you wouldn’t mind getting stained. Jewelry tends to get in the way, so just leave it at home for today.

Address any concerns or fears with your doctor

Dental implant surgery is fairly routine, but if you have any concerns or experience fear prior to the procedure, communicate these with your surgeon beforehand so he/she can make you as comfortable as possible with the procedure.

Arrange transportation home

You may experience a bit of physical weakness or trauma immediately following the surgery, or you may be a little woozy. It’s best not to drive yourself home after a dental implant procedure, so make sure you arrange for a ride home.

At Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer state-of-the-art dental implant surgery in a comfortable environment with minimal downtime. To have a conversation to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants

What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

People commonly use the terms cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery interchangeably, leading to a misconception that they are referring to the same medical specialty. In fact, while the two are related in some of the techniques used, they are two very different disciplines. Let’s look briefly at some of the primary differences between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery.

Face of woman and doctor hands. Plastic surengy concept.Plastic surgery is reconstructive; cosmetic surgery is elective.

Perhaps the most notable difference between these two surgical disciplines is the end goal of each. Plastic surgery deals with correcting and reconstructing parts of the face or body that are defective, whether by birth, disease or accident. Examples might include skin grafts for burn victims, reconstructing a broken nose or repairing a cleft palate. Plastic surgery is generally considered necessary and may even be covered by insurance.

Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, describes any surgical procedure that is aesthetic in nature, serving to improve physical appearance—for example, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast reduction/augmentation or any of a number of facial enhancements like eyebrow lifts or rhinoplasty. Because these body parts are functional prior to surgery, cosmetic procedures only change the appearance, and are therefore elective surgeries.

Different educational paths

In terms of medical education, plastic surgery is considered a specialty practice similar to other surgical specialties, meaning the surgeon goes through medical school and a general surgical residency before receiving specialized training in plastic surgery—a process lasting 6-8 years.

Cosmetic surgery requires a separate training path, either in addition to this process or alongside another path. Some plastic surgeons go on to become cosmetic surgeons, but any medical specialist may receive the training and certification for cosmetic surgery, not just plastic surgeons. Some specialists opt to incorporate cosmetic procedures that relate to their particular discipline. For this reason, it’s important to ask any doctor claiming to be a cosmetic surgeon about their credentials and board certification.

At Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, our surgeons are trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons — a medical/dental specialty discipline that incorporates both plastic and cosmetic surgical training for procedures of the face and jaw. As a result, we are highly qualified and board certified to perform necessary reconstructive facial procedures as well as elective physical enhancements. To learn more about the services we offer, call us today at 706-235-5570.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

One of the more common questions we get from dental implant candidates is “how long do dental implants last?” The answer to that question largely depends on the patient—but the short answer is they are designed as a permanent solution, and with proper care and upkeep, they may last a lifetime.

Comparing to other tooth replacement solutions

For decades, bridges and crowns were the “go-to” as far as tooth replacement solutions. Although bridges and crowns can last 10 years or more with proper care and good oral hygiene, eventually they will wear out and require replacement. Because these were the best options for many years, most dental patients assume replacement is inevitable, even with dental implants.

What these people don’t realize is that our dental implants are the closest substitute to your real teeth that has ever been available. In theory, with proper hygiene, your original adult teeth can last throughout your entire life span. In effect, the same holds true with dental implants. The better care you take of your new teeth, the longer they are likely to last.

Tips for extending the life of your dental implants

For best results with your new implants, we recommend the following:

  • Brush and floss at least twice daily. If you weren’t in the habit of brushing and flossing your original teeth, get in the habit now. Use a brush with soft bristles and tartar control toothpaste. Brush and floss carefully to cover as much of the surface of your teeth as possible. Optimally, you should brush after meals. Ask your dentist to show you the best way to brush and floss.
  • Use antimicrobial mouthwash daily. Plaque, gingivitis and mouth infections pose the greatest risk to your implants. A germicide mouthwash will kill the germs that cause plaque and help you keep clean the parts of your teeth you can’t reach by brushing and flossing.
  • Visit your dentist every 3-6 months for cleaning and tooth exams. Early detection of issues is the best source of prevention. Regular visits to your dentist will help keep your teeth in optimum condition.
  • Contact your dentist at the first sign of trouble. If you’re experiencing tooth/gum/jaw pain or inflammation, don’t write it off as insignificant. Call your dentist to have it checked out.

woman having toothache

We can never predict the unexpected, but with proper care and oral hygiene, your new dental implants may never need replacing. To learn more about dental implants and determine whether they are right for you, call Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today at
706-235-5570.

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?”