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What is Done During Endodontic Surgery?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Most people are not familiar with the term endodontic surgery They may guess that it has something to do with their mouth and teeth because of the term endodontic, but that is all they may know There are plenty of people that will need endodontic surgery, so it is a good idea for people to learn more about it. Reasons for Endodontic Surgery If a tooth has a cavity, a filling is put into place to save the tooth. If that is not enough, a root canal can help. When the root canal is not good enough, endodontic surgery could provide the answer. There are several reasons for the need for this type of surgery. The surgery can help with a diagnosis. When a person has a problem that we cannot diagnose through x-rays and other methods, the surgery could provide the answer to the problem. Surgery can also help widen the canal is too narrow for traditional instruments or when a root canal did not heal properly or becomes infected. The Most Common Surgery The most common form of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy. During this procedure the gum tissue near the affected tooth is opened up to provide access to the underlying bone. This allows for the removal of infected or inflamed tissue. It is also possible to remove the end of the root. Once that is done a small filling can be put into place and the sutures are put in place to help heal with healing. Other Types of Surgery While the apicoectomy is the most common type of surgery, there are other forms of endodontic surgery. These include dividing a tooth, repairing a damaged root or removing a root. Another procedure is a reimplantation where the tooth is removed, treated and reimplanted. Endodontic surgery is more common than many people realize. Learning more about it is the best way to know if it is something that can help you. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

How Recovery Differs When You Have a Surgical Extraction
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
There are typically two types of tooth extraction. When a tooth is fully exposed a simple extraction is often the right choice. For teeth that are broken or are in a difficult position, a surgical extraction is often necessary. While both the procedures end up with the same result of removing a tooth, the recovery from them is different. The recovery from a surgical extraction may require a person to do some different things. The Physical Differences A simple extraction procedure involves the use of an instrument called an elevator. This can help lift the tooth that needs removal up. Once that happens, forceps can remove the tooth from its socket. A simple extraction works when the tooth is visible and there are no small pieces that the forceps cannot grab. Surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth or parts of a broken tooth are not visible. In these cases, a small incision can help reveal all the pieces of the tooth for removal. If all the pieces are not removed, it can create problems later. Recovering from Extraction No matter whether it is a simple or surgical extraction of a tooth, there is a void left where the tooth once was. One of the biggest dangers after extraction is a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot that forms after removing the tooth comes out of the socket that was left. It can become a place where bacteria grow and can lead to infection and other problems. During recovery from any extraction, preventing this from happening is important. The biggest difference in a surgical extraction is the need for sutures to close the wound. There are different types of sutures used for this. Some sutures will dissolve on their own and do not require any extra care. Other sutures need removal in our office and will require a second visit for removal. The rest of the care for a surgical extraction involves paying attention to any signs of infection or excessive bleeding and pain. It is important to follow a good diet that protects the surgical site and provides the body with the nutrients it needs to heal. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any other oral health issue....

How Oral Appliance Can Reduce Sleep Apnea Problems
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
If you're suffering from sleep apnea, you may feel as if your life is falling apart. It doesn't matter how long you spend in bed every day, if you're waking up dozens of times an hour, you're not going to get any rest at all. Fortunately, you can make use of an oral appliance to reduce the issues you're having. These oral appliances will keep your airway unobstructed, allowing you to get a good night's sleep without worrying that you'll stop breathing. What Are Oral Appliances? An oral appliance is a small device that is similar to a retainer or a mouth guard. You only wear it while you're sleeping. This small plastic appliance is custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. It actually pushes your jaw slightly forward so that the airway remains open and unobstructed while you sleep. It may sound painful, but while using an oral appliance may be a little uncomfortable for a week or so, you'll soon get used to it. Because the appliance is customized to your mouth, it won't cause you any pain. If it does, you need to contact us right away because there's something wrong with the appliance. How Will My Sleeping Habits Change? Other than putting in the oral appliance in your mouth before you go to sleep and taking it out when you wake up, there are no other changes required. Unlike a CPAP machine, the oral appliance makes no noise and is very easy to use and clean. You can sleep any way you want to, and you can easily take the appliance with you wherever you go. What will change is how many times you wake up in the night. You'll sleep better, wake up feeling more refreshed, and have more energy. There's no time like the present to deal with sleep apnea. Contact us today to make an appointment....

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"I recently had to have a tooth extracted and was very nervous. Dr. Choyee and his staff went over and above to make me feel comfortable. It turned out to be an easy procedure and I was done quickly. I would definitely recommend Dr. Choyee for any oral surgery needs you may have. Dr. Choyee even called me that evening to make sure I was doing well and had no problems!"
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