Differentiating Quality from Price in Oral Surgery

Differentiating Quality from Price in Oral Surgery

Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we know better than anyone that cost is one of the main concerns our patients have regarding oral surgery. It is no secret that medical care, particularly elective procedures, can be costly. For this reason, it is not uncommon for patients to search for the least expensive option possible to save money. Unfortunately, when it comes to medicine and dentistry, the least expensive option may often result in settling for less than the best care. While you may be able to find a general dentist or other professional who will perform your oral surgery procedure at a lower price, the reason why so many general dentists refer patients to oral surgeons is because oral surgeons receive more training and have more experience with these procedures.

Take some of the most common procedures performed in our office: wisdom teeth extractions. In addition to earning a dental degree, oral surgeons are required to complete a four- to seven-year residency program in a teaching hospital where they gain hands-on experience performing oral surgery. While other dental practitioners may obtain the same dental degree as an oral surgeon, they usually lack the experience and additional training required to extract wisdom teeth proficiently. Oral surgeons also routinely remove wisdom teeth and, therefore, have the experience that most patients want. Improper removal of wisdom teeth can lead to severe swelling, nerve injury, broken jaw, sinus exposure or a prolonged healing period following treatment. Beyond that, the majority of general dentists would not be comfortable offering IV sedation, which has been touted as the most comfortable way for a patient to have their wisdom teeth removed. Fortunately, oral surgeons train alongside medical anesthesiologists during their hospital-based residency to provide patients with a safe sedation experience.

Dental implants improve your oral health by restoring not only missing teeth but also your ability to properly chew, which consequently results in improvement of your digestion and overall health. Many people are unaware that missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and cause a myriad of other issues including painful TMJ problems. When done correctly, dental implants can last a lifetime, making it extremely important for this procedure to be completed by the most qualified provider, which is why you want to see the most qualified oral surgeon for this type of procedure. Ensuring that your dental implants are placed by an experienced oral surgeon could actually save you money because you are less likely to incur additional expenses caused by incorrect placement and subsequent prosthesis failure. Working with an oral surgeon ensures that you are receiving the highest quality possible for optimal long-term results.

Some patients resort to medical tourism, traveling to a foreign country, for the placement of dental implants in an effort to reduce the cost of the procedure. However, most qualified practitioners would advise against this for many reasons including the uncertainty of the person’s credentials and a lack of quality post-operative care. After dental implant surgery, it is vital to carefully follow all post-operative instructions and take all medications as instructed; medical tourism makes it difficult to follow up with your doctor should you have any post-operative questions or complications.

While it may be tempting to look for the most cost-efficient option when considering oral surgery, it is strongly advised that you refrain from selecting your provider based on cost alone. Doing so may put you at risk for complications during treatment caused by insufficient training or unsafe practice. If you are interested in obtaining more information about our oral surgery services and the level of training of the surgical team in our practice, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation with our experienced oral surgeon.

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5 Things You Can Do to Recover From Oral Surgery

5 Things You Can Do to Recover From Oral Surgery

At Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, orthodontist, or other healthcare professionals for a variety of reasons.

Whether your reason is a straight-forward, same-day wisdom teeth extraction or a more complicated jaw surgery, two questions are likely on your mind:

“How much will it hurt?” and

“How long will it take to recover?”

While our highly skilled surgeons will use every ounce of their expertise to ensure you recover as comfortably as possible, the answer to both questions lies in your commitment to following 5 simple post-op instructions.

There Is No Magic Pill for Recovery

When it comes to recovering from any sort of surgical procedure, there is no magic pill.

There is no mystical elixir you can drink that will cause the bone and tissue of your body to heal faster.

There is, however, is a lot of people waiting in the wings ready to offer you their advice on what you should do to expedite recovery…because their cousin’s brother-in-law’s best friend tried it and it worked for them.

While you must use your own judgment in discerning which pieces of advice to accept or social media remedies to try, your absolute best bet for helping your body to recover continues to lie with the instructions provided by Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center’s experienced team of nurses.

If you want to try out the strange foul-smelling home remedy your neighbour swears will help, that is up to you (although we strongly recommend contacting us or another qualified healthcare provider before doing so), if you truly want to increase the likelihood of experiencing an ideal recovery, you need to do these 5 things.

Stay Frosty

Medical professionals have long recommended the use of ice to aid post-surgical recovery.

The pain you may experience following your procedures is the result of inflammation and swelling in the bone or tissue that was affected. This is your body’s natural reaction to your surgery.

Consistently applying ice (whether in the form of ice packs or frozen vegetables) has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce this inflammation and reduce pain. It also aids in the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the affected tissue…something your body needs to heal.

So, following your surgery, make sure you consistently “chill out” by applying ice to the outside of your face for at least 3 days.

Elevate

As already mentioned, experiencing a more comfortable recovery means taking steps to minimize inflammation and swelling.

The advanced surgical techniques used by Indianapolis Oral Surgeon & Dental Implant Center’s surgeon is meant to cause as little trauma to the affected area as possible. Yet, every surgery regardless of the technique used is viewed by your body as an attack. Its natural defence is to create inflammation.

This inflammation causes the surrounding tissue to swell, pressing on the nerves and causing the discomfort you feel. The greater the inflammation and swelling, the greater the compression on the nerves and the greater the pain.

So, to minimize swelling in your jaw area, it is strongly recommended that you keep your head elevated for the first few days following your procedure.

Eat Well

This is one easiest and, yet, least followed ways to improve your overall post-operative recovery.

Icing and elevation both act directly to reduce inflammation and pain. However, the benefit of a post-op diet chocked full of essential nutrients is less obvious.

Simply put, the nutrients you eat are critical to the cell regeneration process, which is what we call “healing”. Studies have proved that proper post-op nutrition can reduce overall recovery time, lower your risk of infection (or other complications) and can even help in reducing inflammation.

As the saying goes, we are what we eat. If you eat more of the things that your body needs to aid in its recovery, it will heal better.

Your Post-Op Recovery Shouldn’t “Suck”

After your surgery, you will want to avoid drinking your favourite Starbucks Frappuccino or any other drink requiring the use of a straw for at least a week. Similarly, if you are a smoker, it may be a great time to quit because cigarettes, like straws, require suction.

What’s wrong with suction?

In addition to the fact that it causes the muscles of the face to contract which could be painful, you can actually suck out the blog clot that forms following your surgery leading to something called “dry socket”.

Dry socket can be extremely painful.

So, let yourself heal for a week and then you can go back to slurping up your favourite chilled caffeinated beverage.

Take It Easy – Healing Takes Time

If you were admitted to the hospital for knee surgery, you would likely go home, put your leg up, and rest.

You wouldn’t be walking the dog or using the stairs at work to reach your office on the 23rd floor.

Following your oral surgery, the same rules should apply.

The affected area needs rest. Eating and drinking are fine but take care when choosing what you are eating and drinking. You wouldn’t want your first post-op meal to result in greater inflammation and pain.

So, following your surgery, rest your mouth for the first 24 hours. Do not spit, swish fluids, rinse, clean your teeth or smoke during this time.

Your Recovery Is Up to You

If it were up to us, we would ensure all our patients experienced a fast and pain-free recovery. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t up to us.

Many different factors will influence the rate and ease of your recovery process. Fortunately, by following these 5 tips with enthusiasm, you will be going a long way towards helping to minimize the duration of your recovery and the amount of discomfort you experience.

Your recovery is up to you.

Note: If, during your recovery, you experiencing significant pain or conditions beyond what you were told to expect by your surgeon and/or nurses, please call our offices immediately.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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The Worst Thing To Do Is IGNORE Your Wisdom Tooth!

The Worst Thing To Do Is IGNORE Your Wisdom Teeth!

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and while most people have 4 wisdom tooth, some may have more or less. For many teenagers getting wisdom teeth removed is like a right of passage! However, do you actually know why it is a good idea to get your wisdom teeth checked when you are a teenager?

Since wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop, there is often limited space available in the jaws to properly accommodate them. In the majority of patients, these teeth are IMPACTED, while in others they may be PARTIALLY EXPOSED or ERUPTED.

What Causes A Wisdom Tooth To Get Impacted?

Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teen years through the mid-20s. While a small percentage of the population have wisdom teeth that are able to emerge into the mouth without a problem, in many cases these teeth become impacted. When there is inadequate space available for normal development and emergence into the oral cavity, wisdom teeth become impacted either in the bone, in the gums on partially in both. An impacted tooth is essentially a trapped tooth!

Impacted wisdom teeth tend to develop and grow at angles, pressing on to adjacent teeth and vital structures like important sensory nerves or sinuses.

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While most wisdom teeth are asymptomatic, when they become infected you may experience any one of the following:

  • Swollen or red gums around the wisdom tooth area
  • Jaw pain
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath
  • Radiation of pain to the ears
  • A foul taste
  • Swelling of your face
  • Pain on adjacent teeth

If you are experiencing any one of the above, make sure you schedule an exam with your dentist.

As mentioned before, in most cases wisdom teeth are asymptomatic. Unfortunately patients will take the lack of symptoms as being the same as having healthy wisdom teeth. The key point to take home is that PAIN FREE IS NOT THE SAME AS DISEASE FREE!!!

Wisdom teeth can lead to the development of serious disease and for the majority of times, they will do so without causing any pain or discomfort to the patient. As such, issues are often picked up by accident on a routine exam or x-ray. However, sometimes the problem may have progressed for a long time resulting in more extensive surgery, increased cost and lengthier recovery time.

Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth

1) Gum problems: because of their awkward position, wisdom teeth can lead to gum disease and bone loss that often extends to the adjacent 2nd molar. You will notice this as food trap, bad taste and odour.

2) Cavities: since they are so far back in the mouth, keeping them clean is often difficult. When wisdom teeth are erupted or partially exposed and not properly maintained, cavities can develop which again can extend to the adjacent teeth

3) Crowding: when wisdom teeth are developing, in order to create space for themselves, they may end up pushing into the teeth in front resulting in crowding

4) Cysts and Tumors: wisdom teeth are commonly involved in the formation of lesions that develop in the jawbone which can damage adjacent teeth, nerves, sinuses. Their removal may require extensive surgery

Summary

Wisdom teeth can be associated with numerous issues when they are partially or fully impacted. Even if they are fully erupted into the mouth, they can still lead to the development of gum disease and cavities. Unfortunately in a lot of cases, these problems slowly develop without resulting in pain or discomfort. However, PAIN FREE IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING DISEASE FREE.

A lot of the issues associated with wisdom teeth can be prevented by having annual clinical and radiographic exams by your dentist. When indicated, it is best to have these teeth removed when young as the surgery will be a lot easier and the risks and potential complications associated with wisdom teeth surgery are less likely to occur. If complications do occur, chances of full recovery are often best when you are young due to better healing capacity.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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