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Washington DC Dental Implants + Oral Surgery

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Guest Speaker

Posted by Armando Retana

Nov 27, 2017 3:42:02 PM

This November the Hispanic Heritage Foundation reached out to me to be the guest speaker for the STEM Club of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. As the guest speaker, I had the honor to share my story with the students. I spoke about how I made the decision to go into both of my specialties starting with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and then Cosmetic Surgery. 

The high school students had a lot of questions after my presentation and a number of them reached out to me afterward for an opportunity to come shadow me in the office.  Shadowing medical professionals during my high school years is how I became interested in the field of surgery, so I'm excited for the opportunity to give back to my community in this way. 

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The Latest Developments in Dental Implants

Posted by Robert Emery

Jun 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

shutterstock_263793197.jpgAs you prepare for your dental implant surgery, you may wonder how this surgical procedure has evolved to achieve more predictable results with less discomfort for you. You’ll want to choose a dental surgeon that can provide cutting-edge care for the best results possible. Why not choose a surgeon that has developed the most advanced and accurate implant placement system in the world?

Recent developments in dental implant surgery are exciting—for surgeons and patients alike. In particular, implant placement developments have helped improve the esthetics and function of dental implants, which rely heavily on accurate placement. This is now possible with less discomfort and fewer visits to the doctor.

Surgeons have the ability to plan your surgery ahead of time with more accuracy, using CBCT’s. They can use these images to “guide” their hands and instrument during surgery. This is called “Image Guided Surgery”.  Image guided surgery allows the surgeon to be more accurate and make smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less pain after surgery.  Higher accuracy mean less time and expense for your dentist.

Presently, more than 90% of dental implants are placed “freehand” with large margins of error. These doctors do not use any form of image guided surgery. 

Dental implants need to be placed at the proper position, depth, and angle so that your bite is aligned correctly and the surrounding teeth are not crowded. The cutting-edge technology used by dynamic navigation, The X-Guide, provides the highest level of accuracy.

How the Revolution Began:
Computer-aided Surgery with Static Guides

Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) revolutionized the process of dental implant placement. Static navigation takes advantage of computed tomography (CT) data to generate static guides for implant placement.  The guides control the depth and angle of placement during surgery. These guides are called “static guides.” They are more accurate than freehand dental implant placement. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Static Guides

The main advantage of static guides is that they are more accurate than freehand dental implant placement. The main problem with static navigation is that your doctor’s plan cannot be changed during the procedure. Very often your surgeon needs to alter your original plan to perfect the plan for your mouth.  Your doctors would need to abandon their pre-fabricated “static” guide and proceed freehand.  We know that freehand equals less accuracy.

Static placement is also costly and time consuming. Producing the imaging guide requires lab work that can take up to 2 weeks. The pre-operative procedures needed to make the scans add to the overall cost of the procedure. The increase preparation time, cost, and inflexibility has limited the use of static guides. 

State-of-the-art Placement with Dynamic Navigation

Dynamic 3D Navigation is like a GPS for your dental surgeon. Think of Google Maps on your phone. The system uses your dentist’s CBCT and intraoral scanner equipment to make a map of your mouth that is then used like a GPS map to guide your surgeon’s hand during implant placement.

Dynamic navigation provides superior accuracy, at the micron level, while also avoiding the disadvantages of static navigation. With dynamic navigation, the surgical plan is developed before surgery and can be changed during the surgery if needed. Your surgeon is more accurate and can use small incisions which means less pain.

To summarize, after the preliminary scan, your surgeon uses a navigation screen to guide placement of your implant. Like a GPS, the X-Guide provides turn-by-turn guidance for your surgeon’s handpiece during surgery. Your surgeon does not need to see directly into your mouth, so this procedure can be carried out on patients who have trouble opening their mouths wide.

Benefit from Pin-point Accuracy 

The scan improves placement accuracy for a more successful and esthetically-pleasing result. Studies cited in Drs. Block and Emery’s article, Static or Dynamic Navigation for Implant Placement—Choosing the Method of Guidance, have shown that the margins of error for entry are about 0.4 mm and 4o for angle of placement, a dramatic improvement over freehand placement. Today the majority of doctors place implant the old fashion way: freehand!

As you prepare for dental implant surgery, you’ll want to discuss the latest developments in placement techniques to see if you can take advantage of dynamic navigation. When your dental surgeon chooses The X-Guide, Dynamic 3D Navigation, you benefit from the result of 230 cumulative years of medical and dental product experience. You benefit from increase accuracy, smaller incisions and less pain.

At CCOMFS, you have the added advantage of the expertise of Dr. Robert W. Emery, one of the inventors of X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation. 

Join the revolution in dental implant placement by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Emery today.

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How Do Surgeons Choose a Method for Dental Implant Placement?

Posted by Robert Emery

May 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Contemporary implant dentistry has moved into the digital world. CBCTs and intra oral laser scanning have given us the three dimensional tools to accurately plan our patients implants. Unfortunately, the vast majority of implants are placed freehand. Freehand placement can lead to poor implant placement. Poor implant placement means you, the restorative dentist, must spend more time optimizing the final prosthetics and in the worst cases perimplantitis and implant failure. We know image guided surgery is the more accurate than freehand. So why not guide every implant? (Somogyi-Ganss, 2013; Tahmased A, Wismeijer D, Coucke W, 2014) In referring your patients to a surgeon, you might want insight on cutting edge options for placement.

Today, there are 2 navigation methods available that significantly improve the accuracy of dental implant placements: static guides and dynamic image navigation. Two leading innovators in dental implant surgery, Michael S. Block, DMD, and Robert W. Emery, DDS, share their in-depth analysis of the benefits and limitations of both navigation methods in their report, "Static or Dynamic Navigation for Implant Placement—Choosing the Method of Guidance."(Block & Emery, 2016)

Not only is accurate placement important for cosmetic reasons, but it helps avoid injury to the patient and improves the success of the implant. Planning ahead ensures that the procedure goes smoothly for the best results.

Both static and dynamic navigation have their benefits and limitations. The choice between placement methods may come down to the specific situation, clinician preference, or level of experience.

Using a Static Guide for Implant Placement

Within the static placement of dental implants, position changes cannot be made during the surgical procedure. Instead, the implant position is determined ahead of time through a computer-aided design and manufacturing that creates stents to guide placement.

With static guidance, the angle of placement varies less than 5 degrees from what was planned. Not only is the accuracy of placement much higher than in freehand placement, but the size of the incisions can be minimized, reducing the risks and discomforts of surgery.

Static systems do require additional time and cost because of the laboratory work required. 

Using Dynamic Navigation for Implant Placement

Dynamic navigation uses optical technologies to track the patient and the surgeon’s handpiece, allowing them to be displayed on a monitor. During surgery, tracking arrays are attached to the patient’s arch and the handpiece so they can triangulate with cameras for more accurate navigation. The surgeon uses a navigation screen to guide the drill instead of trying to see the drill inside the patient’s mouth.

Dynamic navigation systems, like the X-Guide, allow the surgeon to use traditional anesthesia and minimally invasive incisions. Unlike static guide placement, dynamic navigation is cost effective and less time consuming. The implant size, system, and location can also be changed during the surgery.

This method of placement does have a learning curve. Developing proficiency may take anywhere from 10 to 20 cases, so you want to ensure your surgeon has that experience.

The Deciding Factor for Dental Implant Placement Methods

Both the static and dynamic placement methods are much more accurate than the freehand method and have similar indications for use. Choosing between the methods may come down to the patient’s condition.

Reading the report by Block and Emery will give you details about each guidance system procedure so you can let your patients know what to expect.

Learn more about these new dental implant placement methods by getting your copy of “Static or Dynamic Navigation for Implant Placement—Choosing the Method of Guidance.

Block, M. S., & Emery, R. W. (2016). Static or Dynamic Navigation for Implant Placement—Choosing the Method of Guidance. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 74(2), 269–277. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.09.022
Somogyi-Ganss, E. (2013). Evaluation of the Accuracy of NaviDent, a noval dynamic computer-guided navigation system for placing dental implants. Graduate Department of Prosthodontics.
Tahmased A, Wismeijer D, Coucke W, D. W. (2014). Computer Technology Application in Surgical Implant Dentistry: A systematic Review. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants, 29(SUPPL), 25–42. http://doi.org/10.11607/jomi.2014suppl.g1.2

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Post Op Has Never Been So Easy

Posted by Jeanne Perrotta

May 18, 2016 3:11:56 PM

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At CCOMFS we value your time, and your patients’ time. We understand that not every case, despite the potential similarities to others, requires identical levels of post-operative care. A healthy patient coming to us for an extraction or third molar surgery most likely will not need the same level of post-operative care that someone with extensive bone grafting and jawbone surgery will require. 

It is for these reasons that we treat every individual, well, as an individual. Our plan is specific for your patients is specific to their needs coming out of the procedure combined with medical history and notes from you.

Here’s how CCOMFS addresses post-operative care safely, and to make it as easy as possible for your patients. (Ogle, 2006)

Necessity Based Scheduling

If the surgical procedure has gone as expected and there are not medical factors at play causing concern about healthy recovery, we will not schedule a physical post-operative appointment. Instead, we will do a phone evaluation the week after the surgery to check in, review symptoms, and determine the best course of action.

Communication That’s Easy

We insist that your patients use the phone or email, or whatever form of communication they prefer, to let us know how they are feeling and address any concerns. We do not keep them coming into our office unless it’s necessary and we believe a physical exam is critical to recovery.

Explicit Instructions

We realize that even minor surgery will cause nerves and anxieties for your patients. We go through post-operative instructions and potential warning signs of infection very carefully with both the patient and their advocate to ensure everyone understands what’s considered normal healing activity versus signs of a complication.

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Ogle, O. E. (2006). Postoperative care of oral and maxillofacial surgery patients. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.coms.2005.09.005

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We Help You Avoid Dry Socket Before It Starts

Posted by Jeanne Perrotta

May 11, 2016 8:07:00 AM

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Dry socket is the name for a condition in which inflammation occurs in the jawbone (alveolar bone). Also known as alveolar osteitis, this uncomfortable complication is most commonly related to dental surgery for extractions of lower teeth. It can also occur when bone grafts are placed into tooth sockets after extractions. 

At CCOMFS, patient safety and comfort is at the heart of everything we do. Due to our optimized best practices and expertise, our patients do not suffer from dry socket. Here’s why:

Off-label Use of ARESTIN®

Through our research of the dental literature, we have determined that preemptively using ARESTIN® in the operative site eliminates the chance for dry sockets.(Bland et al., 2010; Dean et al., 2003; Kolokythas, Olech, & Miloro, 2010)ARESTIN® contains microspheres filled with minocycline hydrochloride, an antibiotic which is slowly released thus preventing the development of a dry socket.

ARESTIN® is placed in a tooth extraction site prevent the low grade infection that is the cause of dry sockets in the lower jaw. If you are unfamiliar with the use of ARESTIN® for avoiding dry socket, it may be because it is used primarily for the treatment of periodontal disease. Since the  use of this antibiotic is off label it is  not covered under many managed care contracts. We explain all options and methods to your patients so they can make the most informed decisions about their care. 

Preventative Instructions Are Part of Our Best Practices

At CCOMFS, we prepare your patients with the tools and clear instructions they need to avoid any complications, like dry socket. We explain that preventative measures—such as practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding smoking—will lead to an easier and faster recovery. Furthermore, we teach patients how to do a mouth rinse with salt water several times a day after eating to remove excess bacteria.

To dentists, these steps may sound like common sense, but patients do not deal with these things day-in and day-out. They need to be instructed against touching the wound and to avoid eating anything that can leave food particles in their mouth (e.g., popcorn or peanuts) for four days after the procedure. Instead, they should stick with softer and safer foods like soup or mashed potatoes.

Constant Care

One of the pillars on which we have built our practice is accessibility. We know that when your patients are uncomfortable with post-operative pain, their fears and concerns can exacerbate that discomfort quickly. Our mission is to address concerns before they turn into greater fears or larger problems. We explain to patients the most common warning signs for dry socket include:

  • Partial or total loss of a blood clot in the extraction site
  • Noticeably different taste or bad breath
  • Dull pain throughout the jawbone after the third day that radiates through other parts of the head and face

Often patients are referred to us that have dry sockets from extractions done at other practitioners offices.  If a patient does experience dry socket after their procedure, we can irrigate the socket, put analgesic medication within the socket to cover any exposed bone, and watch the socket carefully until we are certain it’s no longer an issue. As always, Dr. Emery is available 24/7 to help patients understand their symptoms and craft plans as needed.

Avoiding dry socket can be easy when armed with the right tools and information. Take a look at Your Smart Guide to Wisdom Teeth.

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References:

Bland, P. S., Goodson, J. M., Gunsolley, J. C., Grossi, S. G., Otomo-Corgel, J., Doherty, F., & Comiskey, J. L. (2010). Association of antimicrobial and clinical efficacy: periodontitis therapy with minocycline microspheres. J Int Acad Periodontol, 12(1), 11–19. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20593634

Dean, J. W., Branch-Mays, G. L., Hart, T. C., Reinhardt, R. A., Shapiro, B., Santucci, E. A., & Lessem, J. (2003). Topically applied minocycline microspheres: why it works. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, 24(4), 247–50, 252–7; quiz 258. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12769027

Kolokythas, A., Olech, E., & Miloro, M. (2010). Alveolar Osteitis: A Comprehensive Review of Concepts and Controversies. International Journal of Dentistry, 2010, 1–10. http://doi.org/10.1155/2010/249073

 

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When Making Referrals, It’s All About Communication

Posted by Jeanne Perrotta

Mar 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Dental-Surgeons-Communication.jpgAs a referring doctor, you have a lot to consider when sending your patients for further examinations or procedures. Which specialist will take care of your patients the same way you do? Which provider uses the latest technologies and advancements? Which doctors’ offices are the easiest to work with?

When it comes to referrals, the details are important. From providing patients with information regarding the referred practice, to scheduling appointments for consults and follow-ups, the referral process needs to be seamless. We at CCOMFS understand that your time is valuable and we want to make things easy for you, your staff, and your patients. Here’s how we get that done:

Communication for every preference

There are so many ways to coordinate with our office. From online referrals to simple emails or phone calls, we are responsive to whichever form of communication is easiest for your team. Making a referral is as easy as clicking into the CCOMFS referral form. You can also send us an email at info@ccomfs.com

Records are our responsibility

The CCOMFS staff will handle transferring patient medical history records from your practice and coordinating with any other specialists involved. We will make sure that everything is in order so that your patients and staff aren’t left worrying whether the practices are in sync.

Flexible scheduling for new patients

Every patient is important, especially when issues pop up suddenly and demand immediate attention. When these instances arise, we do whatever it takes to make an appointment.

State-of-the-art treatment planning, no more visits to the lab

Crafting a surgical plan for your patients could be simple or complicated depending on their specific needs. We will include you throughout the process through the use of video-conferencing from your office or directly from your phone. We can share images of plans, scans, CT scans, and merged data files. For planning restorative dental cases, we will use intraoral scanning and merged data files that allow you to avoid having to send physical models to CCOMFS or labs.

You can be assured your patients will treated with a the state-of-the art surgical approach. Dr. Emery is an innovator that developed the most accurate, flexible, and cost effective dynamic image navigation surgical system in the world: X-Guide. As one of the founders of X-Nav Technologies, his vision has helped guide the development of this important technology.

We can meet your patients anywhere, office or hospital

As explained in our previous blog, Dr. Emery has privileges at both Children's Hospital National Medical Center and the Washington Hospital Center. This means that scheduling and coordinating procedures will be simple. Furthermore, in the case of an emergency, we can easily coordinate care and handle whatever is necessary.

Whether you have a patient who is familiar with the upcoming surgery or a patient that is hearing of it for the first time, we have the skills and staff to make the referral process a nonissue. Instead of managing the referrals, you can work with us to craft the right surgical plan that will give your patients the results they are seeking. 

 

Call us to find out more about referrals at CCOMFS so your patients can stay with the best.

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4 Must-Have Elements of a Quality Referral

Posted by Jeanne Perrotta

Mar 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Service and attention matter. When you go out for a nice dinner, you can expect a certain level of personal attention from your server. When you stay at a hotel, it’s important that the staff makes you feel comfortable and welcome. When you refer a patient to another physician for their expertise, you expect that your patients will be well taken care of and given the attention they are accustomed to when visiting you.

To ensure that we are able to match the level of service your patients expect, we go to great lengths. Here are a few of the ways we excel at making your patients feel as valued as they truly are.

 

1. Hospital Privileges 

After a patient is first referred and seen, we will review their medical history and craft a personalized surgical plan. For most patients, this involves surgery in our offices using office-based anesthesia. For patients who have a medical history indicating a hospital environment would be safer, we are still able to perform that procedure.

Dr. Emery is on the staff of the Children's Hospital National Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center. Having privileges at both hospitals makes scheduling and coordinating procedures easy and worry-free. It also allows us to care for your patients no matter what their age.

 

2. Strong Communication

Because we have privileges at both hospitals, we are able to coordinate patient care amongst any other providers involved. Not only can we work with you, the referring doctor, we are also willing and able to discuss any concerns with your patients’ specialists, general practitioner, or pediatrician, in addition to coordinating that care in the office setting or the hospital.

 

3. 24/7 On-Call Availability

As a referring doctor, there may be instances where your patients call you urgently with issues that you would like a consult on. For these situations, our dedicated team is available 24/7, and Dr. Emery can come to the hospital if necessary. We believe that patient care is a full-time job, and we prioritize safety and comfort every step of the way.

 

4. Hands-on Care: From Consult to Recovery

As board certified surgeons with hospital privileges, we are able to provide trauma services and take trauma calls at the hospital. If you have a patient that needs to be seen urgently, we can meet them at the hospital and make sure their needs are met as quickly as possible.

We have the training and expertise to provide the special services that your patients need. In addition to that, we make a commitment to you, as a referring doctor, that we will provide excellent service. From helping your staff make appointments to seeing patients in the hospital, we strive to go above and beyond to make their experience at CCOMFS safe and pleasant.

 

Refer your patients to us, and rest assured that they will come back sporting a beautiful smile.

Let’s work together to ensure your patients get the highest quality care. Call us today to learn more about referrals at CCOMFS. 

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Your In-depth Guide to Guided Surgery

Posted by Jeanne Perrotta

Dec 16, 2015 10:55:20 AM

shutterstock_245557894-1You set out on a road trip that you’ve been looking forward to for months. The bags are packed, the kids are with their grandparents, the dog is boarded, and the house is locked up. About 50 miles in, you realize you didn’t follow the directions, made a slight wrong turn, and are now about 49 miles off course. While it may not be quite as drastic, successful dental procedures also start with good directions. 

Just like the driver should have checked the map before hitting the road, surgeries using guided techniques have a specific path outlined for the procedure. This type of surgery uses technology for an individually-crafted surgical plan specific to a patient’s jaw and anatomy. As a result of smaller, more precise incisions, this type of surgery helps reduce the patient’s recovery time.  

You need the best directions to get to your destination, and your doctor uses guided surgery techniques as their directions to get you the best results. Here’s a deeper explanation of image guided surgery, static guided surgery, and dynamic guided surgery using the X-Guide.

Image Guided Surgery 

Image guided surgery is the general technique of using preoperative, computer-based diagnostic tools to facilitate prosthetic and surgical plans and procedures. In the case of dental surgeries, a virtual surgical plan is created by Dr. Emery in collaboration with your dentist using low-radiation, three-dimensional X-ray machines and then implemented using either a static guide or dynamic guidance. By using image guided surgery the doctor is more accurate and is able to reduce the incision size. With guided surgery, accuracy equals safety and the smaller incisions are safer, less risky, and lead to a less painful recovery.

Static Guided Surgery 

Static guided surgery uses guide templates and drilling instruments fabricated prior to implant surgery. For example, after a beam computed tomography (CBCT) is taken to evaluate the implant site, a laser scan creates a virtual model of the patient’s jaw. The doctors then create a plan for the implant and send over the scans and model to a guide manufacturer. Doctors use the guide in surgery to place the implant with minimal or no incision. 

A static guide cannot be altered during surgery to further reduce the risk of complication and inaccuracy. Static guides help ensure that the result of a patient’s surgery matches expectations. 

Dynamic Guided Surgery Using X-Guide

Dynamic guided surgery using the X-Guide differs from static guide in that this system allows real-time image navigation and alteration of treatment during surgery. The technology, originated by neurosurgeons and other specialists, allows Dr. Emery to virtually see through the patient in real-time while operating and then guide their instruments accordingly. The doctors leverage the technology to place implants and perform other maxillofacial procedures. Since there is no need for a dental laboratory to fabricate a guide you can be treated quickly without delay. Dr. Emery also has the flexibility to change your plan at any time during surgery.  The X-Guide has all the advantages of a static guide with improved accuracy, minimal pain, reduced risk and improved aesthetics but with even more flexibility.

At CCOMFS, it is our #1 goal is to reduce risks for patients and improve their outcomes. By using these surgical strategies and technologies, we are able to do just that. When it comes to safety and preparation, image guided surgery creates surgical plans that work for your mouth and meet your goals.

Which guided technique would work best for your dental procedure? Click here to book your consultation with Dr. Emery today.

 

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With Dental Implants it’s No Pain, Lots of Gain

Posted by Robert Emery

Nov 24, 2015 7:30:00 AM

After appointments, consultations, and a thoughtful decision process, you have made the choice to go through with a dental procedure. At first, you are elated. The decision is made! Next, you feel relief. You are going to look and feel better and live life with more freedom after the procedure. But then, you start to worry and become anxious… it’s gonna hurt!

Although the popular phrase goes, “No pain, no gain,” in the case of dental implant surgery, it’s quite the opposite: No pain, lots of gain. Here’s why dental procedures, with the right doctor, can leave you focused on results, not in pain:

  1. Anesthesia – There are several methods of anesthesia that can be used for dental procedures. Dr. Emery will determine which is best based on the nature of the surgical procedure and your level of trepidation. Local anesthetic could be used for elective procedures, such as extractions. It leaves the patient completely conscious, but numb in the mouth. Nitrous oxide sedation combined with local anesthetic leaves the patient conscious, but slightly sedated.

    Office-based anesthesia is when intravenous anesthesia is administered in the doctor’s office versus in the hospital. This type of anesthesia allows the patient to fall completely asleep. A trained doctor monitors their vitals. This method can be used for implant procedures.

  2. Smaller incision – As discussed in our previous blog,  smaller incisions are made using guided techniques. By using 3D X-ray machines to plan the procedure accurately and the X-Guide (http://www.x-navtech.com), the smaller incision not only allows for a shorter recovery period, but also leaves patients in much less pain. 

    Typically, pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain meds, like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

  3. Anxieties can be addressed Despite understanding that the pain will not be significant and the procedure will go without a hitch, you could still have a hard time managing the anticipation of the upcoming procedure. On the day of the surgery, you can take a prescribed anti-anxiety medication to ease those last-minute nerves. They will help keep you calm as you make your way to the doctor’s office and procedure room. Most often, the provider will recommend a medication in the Benzodiazepine family. Benzos are known for their ability to decrease anxieties by reacting with those receptors in the brain that produce fears. You should feel comfortable talking about any anxieties or trepidations with your Dr. Emery and his staff.

  4. Easy scheduling means less headaches – Another painful part in the process has nothing to do with procedure day, but with making all of the arrangements beforehand. Patients have such anxiety and fear around the scheduling and coordinating processes that they stop before they even get started. Coordinating between their dentist offices and insurance providers is worth it. Dr. Emery’s knowledgeable staff is comfortable working with the other entities involved to make things as easy as possible for you. You’re the patient after all, don’t you have enough going on!

After the anesthetic wears off, the post-surgery discomfort varies, but typically is nothing more than what most people feel after a tooth extraction. Don’t let fear of a dental procedure stand in the way of taking on a “new chew” and trying different foods. There are several ways to make the procedure less painful. Talk to Dr. Emery about your specific concerns. Come up with a pre-surgery plan to offset your anxieties, as well as a surgical plan using anesthesia in the way you’re most comfortable with.

No pain means lots of gain with the right doctor as your implant partner. At CCOMFS we have the capabilities to provide office-based anesthesia and the compassion to make this process as painless as possible. Click here to set up a consultation with Dr. Emery. 

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Topics: Dental Implants

Dental Implant Recovery Time is Less Than a Face Lift

Posted by Robert Emery

Nov 17, 2015 7:47:00 AM

dental_implant_recoveryWhen you are recovering from a surgical procedure it can feel like you are living life from the sidelines. If you are getting over the flu, you have to sit far from everyone else at your kid’s soccer game. After a broken finger, you weren’t able to play in the annual tennis tournament. It’s frustrating and even a few days off from everyday life can quickly start to feel like an eternity.

Recovery time is one of the most common reasons people put off procedures. While they wish for the benefits of the surgery, they dread the recovery time needed to enjoy those benefits. But what if that weren’t the case and you could get the results you desire without the downtime? Sounds like a win-win right? Shorter recuperation can be traced back to how modern technologies are used to mitigate incision size and discomfort.

Better technologies mean more precise procedures

Take LASIK surgery for example. The technology has improved drastically over the last 10 years. Now, you are back to enjoying your improved eyesight typically within 48 hours of the procedure. Similarly, modern laparoscopic surgeries make smaller incisions, which reduce healing time. Dental implant techniques have also made come a long way over the last few years. By utilizing new technologies, patients are enjoying shorter recovery times and reduced discomfort. 

More precise means less recovery time

Specifically, the latest technology being used for dental implants is dynamic image-guided surgery. By using a low-radiation, three-dimensional x-ray machine and the X-Guide (http://www.x-navtech.com)  Dr. Emery is able to implement virtual surgical plans in real time. This technique allows Dr. Emery to minimize the incision size and in many cases no sutures. Because the surgery is so precise and less intensive, the amount of post-operative swelling, bruising, and bleeding are reduced – like the recovery time needed. 

Just because you are in less pain and look great doesn’t mean that the recovery process is over. It’s important to eat soft foods and see your provider often during this time. In addition to choosing a specific surgical technique for your procedure, each provider also has a unique process for follow-ups to oversee recovery. Consistent monitoring will help you to avoid any setbacks and leave you feeling confident that your implants look as great as you feel.

Less recovery time means you get back to life looking and feeling great

Procedures that can enhance your appearance are often put aside due to the fear of pain and an extended recovery time. In our blog titled No Pain, Lots of Gain, we review how the dynamic image-guided technique leaves you in less pain than more traditional implant surgeries and gets you back to feeling like yourself faster. Unlike a facelift that will leave you bruised, swollen, and in recovery for weeks, dental implant surgery can improve your appearance the way you hoped without the feeling like you are on the sidelines waiting to get called back into the game.

The old DuPont slogan, “Better Living Through Chemistry,” is a lot like saying better living through technology. Finding providers that are up-to-date with the most cutting-edge techniques and tools will guarantee that your procedure is done in the best way possible. 

Set up a consultation with Dr. Emery to start investigating how dental implants can help get the smile you dream of without spending time on the sidelines.

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