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What to Eat and Not Eat Before Oral Surgery

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The most common reason for surgery is to extract impacted wisdom teeth. Oral surgery can also be performed to remove bacteria hiding beneath gums or to add volume to receded gums. If you are going in for oral surgery, there are a few preparations regarding what to eat and not to eat before. Eating Before Oral Surgery Food and drink ingested before oral surgery can significantly affect the way your body interacts with local or general anesthesia. It is crucial to follow these guidelines to ensure your safety during the procedure. Unless you are diabetic, it is advisable to avoid food or drinks 12 hours before surgery. If you are taking any medications, you are allowed to continue taking them but with a small sip of water. Eating Before a Minor Oral Surgery It is safer not to eat or drink anything before your scheduled oral surgery. This is because food and drink in your stomach can increase the risk of complications during anesthesia. For example, if your surgical appointment is to take place very early in the morning, you can avoid eating and drinking by midnight the night before. However, if your oral surgery will have you sedated but conscious, you could take a light snack a few hours before your surgery. A light snack means something simple like a small portion of yogurt or a piece of fruit. Avoid spicy foods or any other foods that could upset your stomach. Eating Before an Intravenous IV An intravenous IV delivers the heaviest level of sedation. It is often used in oral surgery procedures, and it can leave you unaware of your surroundings. It is recommended that you have an empty stomach before this procedure. Remember, your oral surgeon is your best resource for understanding your specific dietary needs before your surgery. They can advise you on what to eat and avoid and explain how eating beforehand might affect the procedure. Do not hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions or concerns....
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What Is Ridge Augmentation?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Ridge augmentation is a dental technique that aims to restore the original shape of the gums and jawbone after tooth extraction. It involves adding bone graft material to the alveolar ridge, the ridge bone supporting the teeth. This procedure helps create a solid foundation for dental implants and improves the appearance of the smile. When Is Ridge Augmentation Necessary? Ridge augmentation becomes necessary when there is significant bone loss in the jaw due to tooth extraction, gum disease, or trauma. Placing dental implants securely can be challenging without sufficient bone volume. Additionally, ridge augmentation may be recommended for aesthetic purposes to correct deformities in the gumline. Benefits of Ridge Augmentation Surgery Improved Aesthetics The purpose of ridge augmentation surgery is to improve the smile aesthetic by creating a natural gumline. It restores the contours of your jaw, giving your smile a fuller, healthier look. Enhanced Dental Implant Success When replacing missing teeth with dental implants, ridge augmentation is a crucial step that provides a stable foundation, increasing the chances of long-term success. Implants may not integrate properly without adequate bone support, leading to potential complications. Better Oral Health By restoring the ridge, you can prevent risks like misalignment or shifting caused by gaps in your smile. It also facilitates proper chewing and speech, improving oral function and comfort. Reduced Chance of Additional Bone and Tooth Loss A bone recession occurs rapidly following tooth loss or extraction, but your dentist can prevent it and preserve the jawbone structure through proactive measures. Ridge augmentation not only restores lost bone but also reduces the likelihood of further bone and tooth loss, preserving your oral health for years. Support for Facial Structure Beyond the oral cavity, ridge augmentation can have positive effects on the overall facial structure. Maintaining the integrity of the jawbone helps support facial muscles and tissues, preventing the sunken appearance that can occur with significant bone loss in the jaw. Ridge augmentation can be performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. It offers a simple and effective solution for smile restoration. Contact us for the best dental treatment if you are looking for a ridge augmentation surgeon....
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How Long Should You Avoid Exercise Following Implant Surgery? Get Back in the Game Safely!

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Picture this: you've just received your new dental implants, the culmination of months of planning and anticipation. You can't wait to sink your teeth into a juicy steak, smile confidently in photos, and finally enjoy the foods you've been missing. But before you break out the celebratory champagne and lace up your running shoes, there's one crucial question: how long should you actually avoid exercise following implant surgery? Fear not, fellow fitness enthusiasts! This blog post will guide you through the post-operative recovery period, helping you navigate the delicate balance between staying active and allowing your implants to heal properly. We'll delve into the science behind exercise restrictions, explore the different types of activities you should avoid, and provide a timeline for gradually returning to your workout routine. So, grab your water bottle, settle in, and let's dive into the world of post-implant recovery! Understanding the Healing Process: Why Rest is Key Implant surgery involves placing titanium posts into your jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots for your new crowns, bridges, or dentures. During this process, your body undergoes a complex healing process called osseointegration, where the bone grows around the implant, creating a strong and stable foundation. This process takes time, typically 3-6 months, and any strenuous activity during this period can disrupt the healing process, potentially leading to implant failure. Hitting the Pause Button: Activities to Avoid While your body is busy building a strong bond with your new implants, it's crucial to avoid activities that put excessive stress on your jawbone and surrounding tissues. This includes: A Gradual Return to Fitness: Your Post-Operative Timeline The good news is that you don't have to completely abandon your exercise routine. In fact, gentle activities like walking, swimming, and light yoga can actually be beneficial for your overall health and recovery. Here's a general timeline for gradually returning to exercise after implant surgery: Remember, Communication is Key Throughout your recovery journey, open communication with your oral surgeon is crucial. They will be able to provide personalized guidance based on your individual needs and the specifics of your implant surgery. Don't hesitate to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. Back in Action: Embrace Your New Smile with Confidence By following these guidelines and working closely with your oral surgeon, you can ensure a smooth and successful recovery from implant surgery. Soon enough, you'll be back to enjoying your favorite activities and showing off your beautiful new smile with newfound confidence. Remember, patience and proper care are key to maximizing the longevity and success of your dental implants, allowing you to bite, chew, and smile with confidence for years to come!...
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What to Eat and Not Eat Before Oral Surgery
6/15/2024
What Is Ridge Augmentation?
6/3/2024
How Long Should You Avoid Exercise Following Implant Surgery? Get Back in the Game Safely!
5/15/2024
After You've Had Multiple Teeth Extracted - A Roadmap to Recovery and Restoration
5/1/2024
Do I Need a Root Amputation Procedure
4/15/2024
Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
4/1/2024
Can Jaw Surgery Change Your Face
3/15/2024
Can Jaw Surgery Cause Sleep Apnea?
3/1/2024
How To Help Denture Mouth Sores
2/15/2024
How Long Does Facial Reconstruction Surgery Last?
2/2/2024
How Long Should You Rest After an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
1/15/2024
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?
1/2/2024
Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons Vs General Dentists
12/15/2023
The Role of Telemedicine in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
12/1/2023
Can Jaw Structure Cause Sleep Apnea?
11/15/2023
Cosmetic Dental Surgery, What You Should Know
11/1/2023
Oral Surgical Options for Receding Gums
10/31/2023
Dental Options for TMJ Disorders
10/15/2023
What is Hyoid Advancement Surgery
9/25/2023
Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause Future Dental Problems?
9/11/2023
Protocols for Prosthetic Surgery in OMS
8/21/2023
Dental Extractions in Elderly Patients: Ensuring Oral Health in Golden Years
8/7/2023
Common Questions from Our Dental Patients
7/24/2023
Should you think about getting dental implants?
7/10/2023
What Can I Expect at My Maxillofacial Appointment
6/19/2023
Why Do Dentures Stop Fitting?
6/5/2023
Cannabis Oral health effects
5/22/2023
Should I Get Sedation For Oral Surgery?
5/8/2023
Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
4/24/2023
Best Drinks for Toddlers To Prevent Tooth Decay
4/10/2023
Do Cavities Between the Teeth Do More Damage?
3/20/2023
Diseased Teeth Can Throb and Ache Nonstop
3/6/2023
Oral Piercing And Its Relationship To Oral Health
2/20/2023
Materials for Direct Restorations
2/6/2023
Can A Retainer Help With Jaw Pain?
1/23/2023
Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?
1/9/2023
Small Teeth? Crown Lengthening Will Make You Smile More
12/19/2022
How To Discuss Dental Concerns With The Dentist
12/5/2022
What Is Better, Old or New Tooth Cleaning Remedies?
11/21/2022
Why Do I Have To Get X-Rays If My Teeth Are Fine?
11/7/2022
Impacted Teeth: Fundamentals of an Expose and Bond Procedure
10/24/2022
What are Dental Implants Made of?
10/10/2022
What To Expect During an Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?
9/19/2022
Do Extra Teeth Need to be removed?
9/5/2022
What Is Oral Maxillofacial Surgery?
8/22/2022
Teeth extraction in the elderly
8/8/2022
Is Bonding as Good as Veneers
7/18/2022
Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay
7/4/2022
How long does it take to recover after oral surgery
6/20/2022
Clinical pathology in oral surgery treatment
6/6/2022
Common Reasons One Would Need to See an OMS
5/23/2022
Apicoectomy: Root End Surgery and How It Can Help You
5/9/2022
Why Are CT Scans Performed During An Oral Surgery
4/25/2022
What is dental plaque and how can I get rid of it?
4/11/2022
What are the different types of oral maxillofacial surgery
3/21/2022
Reasons To See An Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon
3/7/2022
How To Prepare For Oral Surgery
2/21/2022
Can people with bone loss get dental implants
2/7/2022
Things We May Do to Prepare the Jaw for Dental Implants
1/24/2022
Here Are The Common Signs of Tooth Decay
1/10/2022
Jaw Pain Following an Auto Accident Is Something We Should Check
12/23/2021
Can Dentures Help Restore Your Speech?
12/10/2021
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay?
11/22/2021
Main Differences Between Maxillofacial Surgery And Oral Surgery You Need to Know
11/8/2021
Enhancing Your Smile Through Gum Line Contouring
10/25/2021
Dental Emergencies Essentials
10/11/2021
Salt Water Rinses Can Keep You From Getting a Postoperative Infection
9/21/2021
What We Can Do to Help Remedy an Underbite
9/6/2021
Most Common Types of Oral Cancer Surgeries
8/23/2021
Dentures on Implant Abutments Can Make Your Teeth Feel Natural
8/9/2021
What Can Be Done to Treat Severe Bruxism?
7/26/2021
How to Make Brushing into a Fun Daily Habit
7/12/2021
Surgical Treatment for Bad Bite FAQs
6/21/2021
Chewing Can Increase Jaw Pain if You Have TMD
6/7/2021
Chewing Can Increase Jaw Pain if You Have TMD
6/7/2021
Habits Can Worsen Your TMJ Symptoms
5/24/2021
Habits Can Worsen Your TMJ Symptoms
5/24/2021
Lengthening Your Crowns Can Boost the Beauty of Your Smile
5/10/2021
Lengthening Your Crowns Can Boost the Beauty of Your Smile
5/10/2021
What Type of Mouth Cancers Do Oral Surgeons Treat?
4/26/2021
All About Antibiotic Prophylaxis
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Oral Surgery After-Care Tips
3/22/2021
6 Factors That Contribute to Long Term Success of Dental Implants
3/8/2021
What Does it Mean to Have Bone Loss in the Jaw?
2/22/2021
How Does Having Bone Loss in the Jaw Affect Your Oral Health?
2/8/2021
Teeth in a Day: Are They Right for You?
1/25/2021
Is It a Problem if Your Jaw Starts To Click?
1/11/2021
How Our Office Could Help Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms
12/21/2020
Symptoms You Need to Know of Oral Cancer
12/7/2020
What You Should Do If You Have a Single Missing Tooth
11/16/2020
How TMJ Can Increase When You Regularly Chew Gum?
11/9/2020
What Makes TMD Worse?
10/19/2020
How to Stop Clenching Your Teeth
10/5/2020
Does Juice Damage Your Gums or Provide Them with Nutrients?
9/21/2020
Where Do Bony Growths Come From Inside the Mouth?
9/7/2020
Gums Often Swell When You Have an Abscess
8/24/2020
Oral Surgeons Like Us Know How to Manage Dental Pain Better Than Most General Dentists
8/10/2020
If You Chew Gum, Are You Guaranteed to Have Jaw Pain?
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Why You Should Call Us for Facial Injuries
7/7/2020
Why You Should Call Us for Facial Injuries
7/6/2020
Times Where a Sinus Lift Surgery Could Improve Your Oral Health
6/22/2020
Procedures That Can Happen During Periodontal Plastic Surgery
6/8/2020
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction and When Its Needed
5/29/2020
Why Is Your Jaw Starting to Swell?
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Reducing Stress Can Help with Bruxism Problems
4/25/2020
Reasons Why Dental Implants Get Rejected By the Body
4/15/2020
How Gum Chewing Can Lead to TMJ Pain
3/25/2020
Do TMJ Disorders Impact Your Memory?
3/15/2020
Ways of Treating TMJ Pain Through Stress Reduction
2/29/2020
Signs Your Jaw Pain Is Something To Worry About
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Types of Oral Appliances That Protect Teeth from Grinding
1/25/2020
Top 4 Symptoms of TMD
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Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral Surgery
12/25/2019
How Common Are Jaw Fractures Following Auto Accidents?
12/15/2019
What Is an Uncomplicated Crown Fracture?
11/25/2019
Ways of Preventing Dental Implant Rejection
11/15/2019
Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
10/25/2019
How Your Oral Health Can Benefit from Getting a Bone Graft
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Do All Broken Teeth Require Extraction?
9/25/2019
How to Tell if You Need Oral Surgery
9/15/2019
Top 4 Reasons You Could Need Oral Surgery
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Things to Make Note of If Your Jaw Hurts
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Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
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Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
7/13/2019
Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
6/25/2019
What Age Should Oral Cancer Screenings Start?
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We Offer Several Sedation Options for Your Oral Surgery
5/30/2019
Signs You Have Uneven Jaw Growth
5/20/2019
If You Have Ringing In Your Ears, We May Have Solutions to Help
4/25/2019
How to Track the Details of TMJ Pain
4/15/2019
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
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Signs Your Tooth May Need to Be Sectioned for a Dental Extraction
3/20/2019
Sinus Infections Can Come from Oral Health Issues
2/28/2019
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
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Understanding What Comes with Cleft Palate
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Treating an Infection of the Salivary Gland
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Top 3 Reasons to Come See Us After an Auto Accident
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Are There Reasons to Fear Bony Growths in The Mouth?
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3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
11/20/2018
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
10/20/2018
How Do Salivary Glands Get Infected?
9/30/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
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Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants
10/30/2010
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