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1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. #311
Allentown, PA 18103
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Hellertown, PA 18055

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Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
Our dental office prides in keeping our patients educated on how to prepare for and what to expect pre and post oral surgery. There are times, when you may have questions prior to getting the surgery, that is going to help you determine when and how you get it done. One of the common questions we get asked about oral surgery is how to not only eat afterwards, but how to sleep and actually get some rest. In this article we will talk about the best position to sleep in following oral surgery. How Do I Sleep After Oral Surgery?We recommend that you rest and sleep with your head at a slight incline or slightly elevated. You can choose to lie on your back and use pillows to prop you up, or rest in your favorite recliner chair. Whatever you choose to do, it is imperative that you know that after oral surgery, there is going to be a bit of pain and swelling and in order to keep the swelling and bleeding down, your head needs to be slightly higher than the level of your heart. Bleeding from the wound is normal and is not reason for panic. It will typically bleed for 2 days post-surgery so it is recommended that you sleep on an incline and put ice packs on the affected area for 20 minute periods of time and then take it off. This will minimize the swelling and provide you a bit of numbness to the pain. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest so that you can heal properly. Do not try to jump right back into previous activities pre surgery, as they may cause significant bleeding and pain in the area that was treated. Follow our tips above and contact our office for a consultation so we can professionally discuss recommended treatment and post-surgery options....

How Your Oral Health Can Benefit from Getting a Bone Graft
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Ankur Johri
One of the reasons as to why teeth are so important is how they are invaluable in keeping the jaw strong and healthy. In case teeth are missing, you will often find that the resulting area becomes atrophied, weak or even diseased over time. In fact, we have seen that following a successful tooth extraction, the patient loses 40-60 percent of the bone volume in the first three years. And then another 0.5 percent every year after that. This deformity usually brings about further complications resulting in muscle dysfunction, speech problems, soft-tissue pain and even impaired chewing. To solve this, a bone graft is the most obvious solution. Why A Bone Graft Is Essential To Oral HealthThe jawbone is essentially the foundation on which most of the teeth stand on. Without it being healthy, rectifying some dental problems such as fixing implants become impossible. To solve the problem of a damaged jawbone, a bone graft is essential. You might need a bone graft if you have a significant amount of bone loss from prior tooth loss, a congenital birth condition, advanced gum disease or when you don't have sufficient bone density and proper thickness. Bone grafts are also crucial in instances where the patient requires a dental implant. Although the implants can be placed on the gums, they need a proper foundation should they look natural and stay strong for years to cum. The graft will allow for new bone to grow therefore allowing fusion. In instances where the jawbone has been significantly eroded, you will find that the patient can be experiencing a wide range of negative blowback. Once the bone graft has been done, you will see a significant change in various aspects of the patient's life. In instances where the person had trouble chewing, as the bone gets stronger, the problem will recede slowly and disappear entirely. In instances where TMJ is prevalent, the bone graft will do a lot in soft tissue regeneration which will relieve the pain and make the patient's quality of life that much better....

Do All Broken Teeth Require Extraction?
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
Some people may think that if they break a tooth, it means they will need to remove the tooth. While that is sometimes the case, it is not always the best approach. The reality is that there are a few different options available to us when you break a tooth. How we treat a broken tooth depends on many factors and we will look to find the best way to deal with the problem to correct it and prevent any problems in the future. It Depends on What Broken MeansA broken tooth can mean many different things. Some people think that if they crack their tooth or if they have a small chip in it, that is a broken tooth. For others, a broken tooth means that a large chunk of the tooth is gone. Because there are different meanings for a broken tooth, the ability to treat a broken tooth depends on what has happened to it. Types of Treatment The most common form of treatment for a broken tooth is extraction, but there are other options. It is possible to use a filling if there is a small chip in the tooth. Another option is dental bonding. A resin is used to fill in the broken section of the tooth and is sealed through ultraviolet light. These options work when the beak is very small. For larger problems with a broken tooth, options include crowns or caps and veneers. These are cosmetic procedures that cover up the broken tooth. For these procedures to work, the portion of the tooth that remains needs to remain healthy. If there is an infection or if there is any disease in the tooth or the gums, these techniques are not going to help until the problems with the tooth are treated. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

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Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
How Your Oral Health Can Benefit from Getting a Bone Graft
Do All Broken Teeth Require Extraction?
How to Tell if You Need Oral Surgery
Top 4 Reasons You Could Need Oral Surgery
Things to Make Note of If Your Jaw Hurts
Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
What Age Should Oral Cancer Screenings Start?
We Offer Several Sedation Options for Your Oral Surgery
Signs You Have Uneven Jaw Growth
If You Have Ringing In Your Ears, We May Have Solutions to Help
How to Track the Details of TMJ Pain
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
Signs Your Tooth May Need to Be Sectioned for a Dental Extraction
Sinus Infections Can Come from Oral Health Issues
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
Understanding What Comes with Cleft Palate
Types of Facial Trauma Oral Surgeons Help With
Treating an Infection of the Salivary Gland
Top 3 Reasons to Come See Us After an Auto Accident
Are There Reasons to Fear Bony Growths in The Mouth?
3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
How Do Salivary Glands Get Infected?
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants


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