As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked. Why does it take so long to replace a tooth with a dental implant? Well, it’s because your body has to do a little bit of the work too. When we replace a tooth a missing tooth with a dental implant and its final crown a couple of things have to happen. One we’ve got to let the area get healthy and allow the area to heal completely so we can have a stable area of bone in which to place that dental implant. Once we have that stable area of bone, we can only make bone heal so fast. It takes its amount of time. It’ll take two to three months. Then when we place that dental implant into that area, well it’s also now got to go through that same healing process to that same bone. So it’s going to take another eight to twelve weeks for it to fuse or basically firm up.

As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked. Is it beneficial to have a specialist do this? Well, my answer is I think it is. And the reason why is because as a specialist this is all you do. You do it every day all the time. Therefore, your outcomes tend to be much more predictable, your options become much better, and then we can then do things to help minimize post-operative healing that, well, others might not be able to do. So with that being said, if you’re gonna have something done, do you want the person who does it all the time or do you want the person who doesn’t. And you should ask that question because by doing so, then you can find the right person to take care you.

As an oral surgeon I want to share with you a question that I often get asked. Do you have all the latest technology? Well I’ll answer that very simply. The answer is we have all the latest technology that helps us treat you better. And I think that’s a really important thing. There is lots of new technology out there. There are lots of new gidgets. there’s less than you’ve gadgets. There’s lots of new materials. But what’s more important is to understand how do they work what are they trying to achieve and how do you use them properly in the right situation. If you can have that combined with the right surgeon and the right team, then your outcomes can be better. So in my world it’s not only about having the best technology. It’s also about understanding how to use it and when to use it properly.

As an oral surgeon I want to share with you a question I often get asked. What would you do if you had a missing tooth? Well that’s very easy. If I had a missing tooth, I would definitely want to have a dental implant to replace that space. That dental implant will allow me to basically replace that one missing tooth with a one-tooth solution. It avoids the chance of me compromising the other teeth in that area. It allows me to return to function, and it preserves the health of the gum tissue and the bone, Well as I put it simply it’s a second chance of the tooth. Is it a perfect solution? No it’s not a perfect solution, but is it the best solution that we have available.

As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked. What are therapeutic drugs? Well, therapeutic drugs are pretty straightforward. If you’re asking that question, it’s because you saw it on one of your claim forms or you heard about it mentioned by different doctors. But therapeutic drugs are medications that can be given at the time of a procedure that help improve the long-term outcome and healing of that patient. It’s not directly related to something that they need for that procedure itself. So they’re therapeutic and that they help us improve your postoperative healing, minimize your swelling, or to decrease your risk of nausea. They’re not necessary, but i’ll tell you that without them it sure makes the postoperative phase so much more difficult than it needs to be.

As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked in my recovery room. Why do you give such detailed post operative instructions and why do you have such a detailed post operative kit? Well, I’ll put it to you simply this way. If I tell you everything you need to expect and everything you can do to help yourself heal, all you’re going to do is complement what I did surgically. If I can use all the best instruments, if I use all the best techniques, if I use all the best materials, but you don’t take care of it afterwards, you won’t heal as well. But, if I take all that effort and you do all your things that you can do, then guess what? We’re going to have a much better outcome and you’re going to be much happier when it’s all said and done.

As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked – Why does it take so long for me to replace this tooth with a dental implant? Well, the simple answer is because we’ve got to allow your body to heal twice. What I mean by that is once we remove that tooth and placeour bone graft in that area your body’s first got to heal that bone graft. I wish we’d figured out a way to make bones heal faster, we just haven’t. We still have to place your arm in a cast when you break it, we still have to put pins and rods in places and then we’ve got to let that bone mature, that typically can take between two and three months. Once that bone heals and matures now it’s ready to accept the dental implant, which is just an artificial root. It needs to be placed into that bone and then just like the bone originally needed to heal it needs to cure and set to that dental implant, which can take another two or three months. At the end of that four to six month period we’re finally ready to have a tooth placed but the only reason it took so long is because wewanted to make sure you had healthy bone and that it had time to get strong enough to support that tooth so later in your life you can have that tooth for a long long time.

As an oral surgeon, I want to share with you a question I often get asked, why do you have to wear protective gear or dress up the way you do to treat me? Do you think I’m sick? No, I don’t think you’re sick. We in fact we go through screening steps to make sure that you’re not but the bad news is that in today’s day and age with COVID-19, we don’t know who is sick and who is not sick. But just as importantly we want to treat everybody exactly the same because we want to make sure that every person is kept as safe as possible. We’ll go to the length of even sterilizing and decontaminating the air, the surfaces of everything that’s touched and the room itself. We will make sure that we’re protecting you from us and us from you and more importantly we want you to know that we have done everything we can to create an individual environment for you so that you can be safe and know that nothing that’s being spread from anyone else can come to you and nothing you might have can spread to anyone else. Our goal of Sharma Oral Surgery is to make sure that the environment you’re in it’s as safe as possible and it’s as individual as possible so that there is absolutely as small a chance as possible to basically spread the virus from one person to the other and in doing so if that means that we have to dress up for everybody if that means that we’ve got to decontaminate the air every time that’s exactly what we’re going to do because your safety matters.

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