Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Swollen Lips after Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are routine at the offices of the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, but they are most successful when patients feel they understand what to expect. The most common issue for patients to encounter following extraction is swelling.  Although there is little to fear in the long-term from this, patients can take steps to make themselves more comfortable.


It is often necessary to numb an entire jaw when extracting a tooth from it. This creates an unusual sensation which leads some people, especially children, to experimentally bite down on their numbed lips. Swelling is likelier if the extraction was complex, and it is also likelier when the patient irritates their soft tissues by biting on them. Biting repeatedly on swollen tissue creates a risk of breaking the fragile skin and incurring an infection.


If tissue does swell up within 24 hours of an extraction, patients may relieve it by pressing cold packs against the affected area. But it is important to not leave the cold pack on for longer than 15 minutes at a time, and to wait 15 minutes before reapplying it.  After the swelling peaks, warm compresses are will be effective. This treatment will probably only be necessary if swelling is still significant after two days, which is more often the case with complex extractions.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

National Dental Hygiene Month

Good hygiene goes a long way toward preventing dental problems. For patients at the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, it is even more essential to ensuring successful procedures and maintaining the health of implants. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so we thought this would be a good time for a refresher on how to clean teeth effectively.


Babies’ teeth need to be brushed from the time the first one begins to erupt, and people with dentures need to brush just as thoroughly as people with natural teeth. If you are using a non-electric toothbrush, make sure it has soft bristles. There is specialized toothpaste available for dentures, but most peoples’ needs can be met with any of the toothpaste you see in the store. Brush twice a day for two minutes per session, and be sure to reach the parts of your teeth near the gum lines. You’ll have to switch from horizontal, round strokes to vertical strokes while brushing the inward-facing sides of your teeth.


Dentists recommend flossing with regular floss, flossers, or a Waterpik, but you should never pick your teeth with something that wasn’t made for them. When flossing, slide the floss all the way along the side of each tooth and scrape plaque of them by making a shoeshine motion. Don’t forget the backs of your back teeth. Mouthwash can help fight bad breath, but it isn’t very useful on its own. A better way to combat bacteria is by using a tongue scraper once a day.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CBCT Digital Imaging

Oral surgery of any kind can seem dreadful. It is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages that include removing a damaged tooth, preparing the jawbone for surgery, and waiting for the jawbone to heal. If a patient requires a dental implant, when it comes to placement, one of our doctors of Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania makes a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. With CBCT digital imaging software, this process causes less discomfort for the patient.


CBCT 3D imaging benefits include, but are not limited to, predictable implant planning, comprehensive 3D communication with the patient, optimal team communication, more precise wisdom teeth extraction, as well as immediate temporary restoration, and cost-efficient results. From dental scanning and planning to drill and implant placement, CBCT offers our Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania a comprehensive 3D system for accurate and efficient treatment.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral surgery or appointment scheduling, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Frenectomy

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or loosens the band of muscle tissue that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania perform this procedure right in the office. A frenum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding.


Before recommending a frenectomy, one of our doctors will consider several factors. One factor is whether the condition is likely to fix itself eventually without surgery. However, if a newborn baby is having difficulty feeding because of this condition, also known as “tongue tie,” then a frenectomy is needed. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation. If you or your child needs a frenectomy, the procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral surgery or appointment scheduling, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Smoking And Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania are dedicated to encouraging patients to make the best decisions for their oral health.  We care for patient’s teeth and perform many procedures on patients with various grades of oral health.  Many patients are still smokers, and despite all the known health risks, it is a notoriously tough habit to break.  We have seen patients at every stage of quitting smoking when they need a dental procedure.  Even if you can’t quit just yet, it is important to abstain from smoking after a tooth extraction or procedure on the gums.


We want you to abstain from smoking after oral surgery as long as you can, but we recommend waiting at least five days for your safety.  The sucking action used to inhale a cigarette can dislodge a blood clot at the surgery site, which we would then call a dry socket.  A dry socket is a serious risk for infection and can cause intense pain.  Smoking also causes blood vessels to shrink, so they deliver less oxygen and fewer nutrients to the wound area and it slows the healing process.  We want you to quit cigarettes for good, but after oral surgery you must wait for your safety!


To learn more about oral health and all the services we provide, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What Is TMD?

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull, in front of each ear.  A general term for any problem or issue with this joint is temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. The doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania can help patients prevent and recover from negative effects of TMD.


Patients that grind or clench their teeth often end up with a sore jaw.  Other patients experience injuries with facial trauma that cause jaw pain, or result in the patient feeling their jaw gets stuck or ‘locks’ in either an open or closed position.  A custom night guard keeps the jaw in a neutral position during sleep, and this helps many patients find relief from TMD symptoms.  For any pain, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller or warm and cold compresses.  To prevent further discomfort, you may be assigned stretches for your jaw. 


Whatever your symptoms, you don’t have to suffer with discomfort in your jaw.  To learn more about TMD and the services provided at the practice, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tooth Extraction Expectations

At Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, one of our doctors may recommend wisdom teeth extraction when they become bothersome. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that patients develop in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth can become misaligned, and when that happens they can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Additionally, if they are impacted (enclosed in the gum tissue) they can cause pain, swelling, and even an infection if left untreated. The idea of oral surgery is scary enough, but fortunately, our doctors will make you feel as comfortable as possible.  


To prepare you for the extraction procedure, our doctors may perform the following:



  • Expose the bone and tooth by making an incision in your gum tissue

  • Remove bone that's blocking tooth root access

  • Break your tooth into sections to make removing the pieces easier

  • Remove the tooth completely

  • Clean out tooth or bone debris once the tooth is removed

  • Stitch up your wound site if necessary to promote healing

  • Control bleeding by placing gauze over the extraction site



If you have questions or concerns regarding oral surgery or appointment scheduling, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141.