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Most often patients turn to jaw surgery to correct their appearance, or to improve speaking and chewing. Many don’t realize that jaw surgery can also help patients that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is when a patient stops breathing while sleeping and tends to gasp for air. This happens when the muscles and jaw bones aren’t working together to support the airway. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include fatigue, loud snoring, headache, and constantly feeling sleepy.

How Can Jaw Surgery Help And Who is a Good Candidate?

Jaw surgery can help patients and realigns the jaw and teeth. This opens up the airway and allows the patient to sleep soundly. Many patients wonder if they are a good candidate for jaw surgery. We recommend patients go through our consultation process which includes a detailed examination of your mouth, teeth, and jaw bones. Our team will take x-rays to evaluate the details of your jaw and mouth.

Common Factors That Indicate You Are a Good Candidate

  • People suffering from sleep apnea
  • Jaw deformities
  • Underbite issues
  • Other bite issues
  • Jaw asymmetries

How Does Jaw Surgery Work?

Corrective jaw surgery is done using general anesthesia. During the surgery our doctor will make an incision in the gums and around the jaws. This gives access to the bones underneath. The bones are then repositioned appropriately using splints. Small plates or screws are used to stabilize the bones in place. The area is then stitched with dissolvable stiches.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, jaw surgery may be right for you. Many patients come back after surgery and rave about how their life has changed, and they can sleep peacefully.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

After jaw surgery we typically require patients to stay overnight in the hospital. They then return home to recover and relax. We recommend patients follow a liquid diet for six weeks after the surgery. This will help the jaw and mouth to heal properly. Heavy lifting of anything is not recommended, and normal everyday tasks are perfectly fine.

After two weeks patients can begin light exercise, but should refrain from heavy exercise until six weeks after surgery.

What Can I Do To Prevent Sleep Apnea?

With sleep apnea weight is a common risk factor. We recommend patients exercise daily and eat a healthy diet. There are nonsurgical treatments such as the continuous positive airway pressure machine or CPAP mask to help limit symptoms. This is not a permanent solution, but another way for patients to alleviate symptoms at home.

Looking to Find Out How Jaw Surgery Can Benefit You?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are interested in finding out how jaw surgery can benefit you, contract our office to schedule a consultation. Our detailed consultation process will allow our team to determine a treatment plan, and answer any questions you may have. Your health is our priority, let our team help get you on the road to better sleep.

To schedule your consultation please contact our office and our staff will be happy to assist you!

dental implant process

Patients that choose to move forward with the dental implant process wonder how painful the procedure will be. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and are a great restorative solution for those that have missing, cracked, or broken teeth. Our customized treatment plans work for each patient’s needs, and we work closely with our patients every step of the way.

Overall, the implant process is not painful. Many patients say that the dental implant process is less painful than having a tooth pulled. To keep patients comfortable we use local anesthesia and numb the gums around the implant area. Our team also checks to make sure each patient has enough bone present in their jaw to support their new implants. If necessary, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required in their jaw. This is an extra step in the process and does require additional healing.

How Is the Implant Healing Process?

The healing process for dental implants takes between 4-6 months. Antibiotics may be recommended to patients, as well as pain relievers to help with the healing process.

After Your Implant Procedure You May Have the Following

  • Minor bleeding that should subside after a day or two.
  • Minor swelling or bruising around the face and implant area.
  • Some pain or sensitivity around the implant area.

If patients notice any pain, swelling, or bleeding that does not subside, or gets progressively worse we encourage you to contact our office immediately. You will need to be seen in our office as soon as possible. During the healing process soft foods are recommended, and patients should stay away from foods or drinks that may stain your teeth.

Dental implants can last up to 25 years or a lifetime if they are cared for properly. The pain associated with the dental implant process can be kept at a minimum by following the at home care instructions. Implants are a great choice for patients seeking a beautiful smile that is permanent and will last for years.

Interested in Finding Out More?

To find out more, scheduling your implant consultation is the first step towards a beautiful smile. Our team is available to answer any questions, and our detailed consultation process allows our team to take a close look at your mouth and teeth. We will build a customized treatment plan and get you on the road to a beautiful smile.

To schedule your implant consultation contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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When you have oral surgery, the recovery is important to ensure you heal properly. During the healing process, it is important to eat the right foods. If you are well prepared at home your recovery will go smooth. We recommend patients plan ahead and purchase soft food items prior to their surgery, so they have choices ready to go when they return home from their procedure.

At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, our team will discuss what to eat and what to expect during the recovery period. This allows our patients to ask questions, and ensures they are prepared for the healing process. We provide a detailed list of recovery tips and food items patients should have on hand at home during their recovery.

What Are Examples of Oral Surgery Procedures that Require Special Foods Afterwards?

  • Dental Implants
  • Sinus Lift
  • Bone Grafting
  • Ridge Augmentation
  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Impacted Canines
  • Jaw Surgery
  • Teeth-in-a-Day

What Are Examples of Soft Foods I can Eat After My Oral Surgery?

  • Soups
  • Juices
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Jell-O
  • Pudding
  • Popsicles
  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Fish
  • Soft Fruit

What Foods Should I Avoid After Surgery?

  • Hard or sticky foods
  • Chewy foods
  • Spicy Foods
  • Alcoholic beverages

On the day of your surgery, we recommend only drinking clear fluids. Patients can gradually move towards soft foods as they heal. It is important to make sure you eat during recovery to promote proper healing. Drinking out of a straw should be avoided, as this can disrupt the surgery area. To optimize healing, patients can increase their protein intake to help the healing process. Stay hydrated and avoid strenuous physical activity. Patients can resume brushing and flossing, but should be careful around the surgery area. Keeping up with oral hygiene and keeping the area clean is important.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and the recovery process, we encourage you to contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always provide the highest level of care to all of our patients. We provide a calm and welcoming environment, and use state of the art technology to make your experience exceptional. When you choose an oral surgeon, you want to know you are in good hands, and at Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center we provide quality dental care that you can trust.

To schedule your appointment contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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A dental bone graft is typically used for patients that have jawbone issues. Bone grafts are a common procedure and have been done for years. The procedure is relatively minor and can be done quickly. If patients have lost a tooth or have severe gum disease, bone grafts can be used to help restore your gums and jaw. Over time gum disease can progress if not treated and cause bone loss. This can affect your appearance, and cause your jaw to sag or look sunken in. At this point there is no bone left to support your face. Bone grafting can help to restore the support needed.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

Typically, the procedure is done before your implant is placed. If you need to have a tooth removed that is done first, and then we will prepare the area for a bone graft if the patient does not have enough bone present to support the dental implant. This graft will help to create a stable base for your new tooth. Bone grafts can be taken from your own body, and are commonly taken from the back of the jawbone. Another option is to use a bone grafting material. This option is common because the patient does not need a surgical incision to reach the bone.

The area is cleaned and the bone grafting material is placed. Once the bone graft is complete the patient will need to heal for a few months before you can come back to have your implant placed. This gives the graft time to heal and develop new bone around the graft area. The procedure takes a few hours and is relatively simple.

What Can I Expect During Healing?

Some pain is expected after a bone graft procedure, but should subside after a few days. Patients can treat the area with a cold compress and take over the counter medications to help ease the pain. We recommend a liquid diet after your bone graft procedure. Slowly patients can introduce soft foods, and eventually resume their normal diet. Patients should avoid any strenuous activity that may affect the bone graft area during healing.

Interested in Finding Out More?

At Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we offer may procedures to help you get the smile of your dreams. Bone grafting can help create a sturdy base for dental implants, and is a great option for patients who have bone loss. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery and we strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our patients.

To find out if bone grafting can benefit you, or to inquire about dental implants, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

how long do stitches last after oral surgery

If you recently had oral surgery and are recovering, or just found out you need oral surgery, you may wonder how the healing process will go. Many ask how long the stitches will last after the procedure. Whether you had a tooth extracted, or have had another type of oral surgery, taking care of yourself after recovery and following the post-procedure instructions is important.

What Can I Expect After My Oral Surgery?

After any oral surgery, you will notice swelling or inflammation around the mouth or area involved in the procedure. This is normal and will last 3-4 days after the surgery. After this time the swelling should subside. Stitches are a big concern to patients, and many do not realize the stitches are typically dissolvable. Most sutures will dissolve or fall out on their own after 2-7 days.

 

Depending on the procedure and the number of stitches required will determine how long they will take to dissolve. Different types of sutures may take up to two weeks or more to dissolve. Before you begin your surgery, our team will discuss what your procedure requires, and what you can expect during recovery. Our team will review what type of suture is required for your procedure, and let you know how long you can expect the stitches to last.

What Other Things Should I Watch Out for During Recovery?

After any oral surgery, you may also notice some bleeding around the area. This should subside after 48-72 hours. We recommend using gauze with pressure to help stop the bleeding, and repeat as the bleeding continues. If the bleeding does not subside after 72 hours, or you have prolonged pain we encourage you to contact our office right away. If pain medications are prescribed, patients should make sure to take their medication as directed to help with the recovery. Nausea is common after anesthesia, and if you start to feel nauseous, please try eating. If eating does not help along with the medication you are taking, please call our office.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Surgery?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery and welcome new patients to our practice. We create a comfortable and relaxed environment for our patients and always provide the very best care. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our doctors offer the latest techniques and surgical procedures to our patients. When you visit Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, you know you are in good hands.

To schedule an appointment with us, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

medicare cover oral surger

Medicare is a common dental coverage option for many patients and may cover oral surgery if the surgery is medically necessary. Surgeries that are medically necessary help to treat a condition, disease, or injury. If your surgery is for cosmetic reasons Medicare typically does not cover this type of procedure. Examples include crowns, dentures, or bridges. Patients usually must pay full cost for these types of treatments, unless they have another dental insurance such as Medicare Advantage.

What About Wisdom Teeth Surgery or a Tooth Removal?

If you require a tooth to be extracted, or you need wisdom tooth surgery, Medicare will cover both of these items if the surgery is medically necessary. Otherwise, an alternative insurance plan must be used that includes dental coverage for tooth extractions.

What Dental Procedures Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare only covers procedures that are medically necessary, but the Medicare Advantage plan includes dental benefits and covers other dental services.

Dental Services Covered by Medicare Advantage

  • Cleanings and exams
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • X-rays
  • Diagnostics
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Dentures

How Much Does Oral Surgery Cost With Medicare?

Medicare Part A requires a $1,408 deductible for each benefit period. Once the deductible is met, there is no coinsurance required for the first 60 days of a hospital stay. If you require oral surgery this type of procedure is typically outpatient. In order to receive coverage, you must enroll in Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B has an annual deductible of $198 per year before oral surgery costs will be covered. Typically, patients are responsible for 20 percent of the approved surgery. Medicare Advantage plans may cover routine procedures and oral surgery.

If you have questions about Medicare coverage and what plans you should enroll in, we encourage you to speak to a licensed Medicare agent to discuss your coverage. Our team at Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center can also provide information, and help answer any questions you may have.

Ready To Find Out More About Coverage for Oral Surgery With Medicare?

If you have questions about your insurance coverage, we encourage you to contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our team is always available to answer any questions you have and can help point you in the right direction. We accept many insurance plans and always work with our patients to ensure they can receive the dental care they need.

To schedule an appointment, or to speak to one of our team members, contact Wellesley Oral Surgery & Implant Center and we will be happy to assist you.