Dr. Bradley Hammond

Pre-Implant Bone Augmentation

Pre-ImplantSurgery

We are all unique, and so is your mouth! Sometimes, your jaw needs to be beefed up a little, and we’re not talking a hefty workout at the gym.
You may have lost teeth due to gum disease which has resulted in bone loss, or you could just have been “born that way” and need a little help expanding!

Don’t let life get you down! We’ve got these options for you;

Sinus Lift or Sinus augmentation:
A sinus lift is often performed on people who have lost teeth in their upper jaw or are lacking adequate bone density. This procedure adds bone between your jaw and the maxillary sinuses (which are on either side of your nose), the area of your molars and premolars. To make room for the bone, the sinus membrane has to be moved upward, or “lifted.”
The new bone means implants can be placed. This procedure does not affect speech, intonation or cause sinus problems.
Sometimes this procedure is required in the alveolar ridge. The alveolar ridge is the part of the gums immediately behind the upper front teeth. Alveolar ridges contain the sockets, or alveoli, of the teeth. You can feel it on the upper palate if you say words like “tight”, “dawn” because the consonants are made with the tongue tip or blade reaching for this alveolar ridge.

Ridge Expansion or modification: If your jaw isn’t wide enough to support dental implants, bone graft material can be added to a small ridge, or space that is created along the the jaw. Malformation in the lower jaw can result in not enough bone to place dental implants and it can also cause an unattractive indentation in the jaw line near the missing teeth that may be difficult to clean and maintain.

During ridge expansion, the bony ridge of the jaw is increased and bone graft material is inserted and allowed to heal before placing the implant.
Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. It can enhance your restorative success both aesthetically and functionally.

Whether you require a lift or expansion, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. However, in some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the ridge is modified.

What are you waiting for? Ask us today what your implant options can be!

BOTOX Cosmetic: “The Lunchtime Procedure”

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BOTOX injection time is quick; most visits only require about 10 minutes. You can schedule it during your lunch hour.

The process of aging and repeated contractions from frowning and squinting causes changes in the face, smile and even muscle movement. Skin is also affected by the elements of weather and lifestyle and sun damage plays a major role in the aging process. These processes create unwanted lines and creases in the skin.

By temporarily blocking the nerve impulses to the muscle, BOTOX injections will relax the muscles. That reduces muscle activity, temporarily smoothing out those unwanted lines.

Where can BOTOX help?

  • Erase those pesky frown lines between your eyebrows with injections of BOTOX into the forehead; years will be removed off your appearance.
  • To correct crow’s feet, injections are placed in the muscle around the eye causing a reduction in activity and lessening the appearance of the fine lines.

Precisely placed injections by a physician with medical expertise in facial anatomy like Dr. Hammond will ensure full ability to smile normally and still show emotional expressions.

What to expect after being treated with BOTOX injections:

  • Recovery is minimal and you can resume your day once treatment is finished.
  • Noticeable results may been seen within 24-48 hours after being treated on frown lines, even the moderate to severe cases of frown lines. In general, most results are apparent by the 5th day.
  • You will be able to wear sunscreen and makeup after your appointment.
  • It is recommended to stay out of the sun for a few days, allowing the treated areas to heal.
  • Results typically last 3-4 months and in some cases even up to 6 months, depending on area treated, physical characteristics and style of living.
  • If you discontinue treatment, the treated areas will ultimately return to the way they were before treatment was started.

Call NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery to find out if BOTOX is right for you!

Botox and Fillers for Summer

Botox has become a household name, an injectable treatment that smooths out wrinkles. Juvederm is a little less known than Botox, but it has a similar anti-aging affect on the face. Juvederm is another injectable treatment that adds volume to the face, often called a “filler.” Botox and Juvederm can help you feel summertime ready! Here are a few reasons to opt for Botox and Juvederm treatments heading into summer:

Crows Feet:
Some patients prefer to have a treatment in the summer to reduce crow’s feet. Botox can be a great guard against the tendency to squint into the summer sun.

Botox and Juvederm for Summer

Sweating:
Botox is versatile and has many uses, often used to get rid of hyperhidrosis, or extreme perspiring. Botox can be applied to problem areas such as armpits, palms, and the soles of the feet. Extreme sweating can be worsened by summer’s heat; Botox is an excellent option for addressing perspiring in the upcoming warmer months.

Ultraviolet Rays:
Summer’s rays can be hard on the skin, its ultraviolet rays taking a toll on the skin. These ultraviolet rays accelerate the aging process, resulting in wrinkles, sagging, and increased pigmentation. Botox and Juvederm are great tools for combating against the summer sun.

No Skin Resurfacing:
Botox and Juvederm are great options for summer because there is no skin resurfacing with the treatment. Numerous skin treatments involve resurfacing or peeling of the skin, leaving the skin defenseless to sun damage. Sun exposure after skin resurfacing can also result in darkening of the skin. Botox and Juvederm are a great way to look rejuvenated without risking the sun damage that comes with skin resurfacing.

If you’re interested in exploring Botox and Juvederm this summer, call NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery today!

On the Lookout for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer screenings are performed regularly at dental exams, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be paying attention to your dental hygiene between appointments. Taking matters into your own hands is the best way to maintain your oral health. Not sure how to screen for oral cancer? We’ll show you!

What is oral pathology?
This branch of dentistry involves the evaluation and treatment of diseases of the mouth. The most dangerous, but not always the most obvious, of these diseases is oral cancer.

On the Lookout for Oral Cancer

What should I look for?
Keep an eye out for these oral cancer symptoms during your self-screenings:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Lumps on the tongue or lining of the mouth
  • Mouth sores that won’t heal
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Chronic throat soreness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Mouth numbness

How do I perform an oral cancer self-exam?

  1. When performing your oral cancer self-screening, be sure to check all areas of the mouth, including the roof, floor, tongue, lips, cheeks and the back of your throat.
  2. Examine your face in the mirror for abnormal asymmetry and irregularities.
  3. Feel your neck and the back of your head with your fingers to look for any bumps or changes in texture.
  4. Examine your throat by placing your fingers around your thyroid cartilage (Adam’s apple) and swallowing.

How often should I perform a self-exam?
Self-exams should be performed at least once a month. Changes to your oral health can occur rapidly, so it’s important to stay on top of things. Treatment is most effective if we detect symptoms early.

Ask NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery about performing an oral cancer screening when you visit – we’re here to ease your mind and give you the tools you need to maintain your health!

3 Things You May Not Know About Botox

We all want to look and feel our best! In today’s day and age, that often means striving to maintain a youthful look. A popular solution is Botox. Botox has become one of the most well-known, safe, and cost-effective cosmetic procedures used to turn back the clock an achieve a desired youthful look since the 1980’s. There’s tons of information out there, and due to the its popularity, most of us know the basics behind Botox. Here are three facts you may not know about the cosmetic treatment:

1. Botox can help cure acne.

Though Botox has been FDA approved for wrinkle reduction, botulinum toxin can cause a chain reaction when injected into large-pored areas. With large pore areas, like the forehead, when injected Botox can reduce oil production, ultimately resulting in fewer breakouts!

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2. Hot yoga may cause Botox to wear off more quickly.

Hot yoga has become a very popular form of exercise. Botox patients who practice hot yoga, or those patients who live active lifestyles, need a Botox touch-up earlier than those patients who are less active. Heavy sweat sessions can prompt the body to metabolize more readily. We’re not encouraging you to give up your active lifestyle, but partaking in less sweat-heavy workouts can increase the duration between Botox refreshes.

3. Botox is a great preventative.

Botox is not just for those facing wrinkles, but also for those looking to prevent wrinkles and aging! Aging is not defined by a number, but my genetics, lifestyle and health habits. Before wrinkles get deep, Botox can be injected into crease-prone parts of the face. By playing offense against aging, you can prevent wrinkles from forming.

Call NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery today and explore if Botox is right for you!

Dental Implants: High Tech Teeth

What are dental implants? Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a foundation for both fixed and removable replacement teeth. Like roots, dental implants are secured within the jawbone and not visible once surgically placed. Teeth replacement is not new to dental technology. Early civilizations practiced teeth replacements; archaeologists have discovered skulls where teeth have been replaced by cast iron and sea shells. Despite their primitive methods, some of these implants were fused with bone like modern dental implants! However, unlike the ancient cast iron or sea shell implants, modern implants are composed of titanium. Titanium is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible.

Dental Implants-High Tech Teeth

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device — 98%. Dental implants are available in several designs that meet individual needs: single tooth replacement, multiple tooth replacement, implant supported prosthesis (removable), and an implant stabilized denture. Aside from meeting individual needs, there are a few other advantages to having dental implants:

  1. Improved appearance. Dental implants are designed to fuse with bone, and look and feel like your natural teeth.
  2. Improved comfort. Because dental implants become an extension of your natural mouth, implants remove the discomfort associated with removable dentures.
  3. Easier eating. Dental implants act as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without the pain and discomfort that often accompany slipping of dentures.
  4. Improved self-esteem. Dental implants give your best natural smiling, helping build self-confidence!
  5. Improved oral health. Dental implants are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth. The jawbone needs consistent chewing action to stimulate continual bone growth. Tooth/teeth replacement with dental implants offers a solution to prevent bone loss.
  6. With proper care, consistent brushing, flossing and routine dental visits, dental implants can last 40-years to life.

If you are interested in dental implants, or have any questions regarding the procedure, call NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery today!

Orthognathic Surgery: The Post-Surgery Diet

Orthognathic surgery, commonly referred to as “jaw surgery,” is used to correct a wide range of both minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, often the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Patients looking at undergoing orthognathic surgery are often faced with an extensive recovery period, as well as a restricted diet in the beginning of their recovery process. Post-surgery patients are discouraged from chewing to allow the bone to heal and stabilize. Due to the fact that adequate healing can take up to 8-12 weeks, patients will initially be on the “swallowing diet” for a number of weeks.

Orthognathic Surgery-Post-Surgery Diet

When it comes to the “swallowing diet,” the name of the game is high calorie, high protein, and low volume. Facing a large volume of liquid each meal that meets both the necessary caloric and protein needs can be overwhelming. Consuming enough calories, as well as enough protein is a necessity to heal in a timely manner. In order to get adequate volume of fluid and nutrition daily, it may require you to eat smaller meals 5-6 times per day, rather than the usual 3 times per day.

Patients who are well prepared for their surgery often have a smoother recovery. Here is an example of smoothie recipe a patient can consume following orthognathic surgery:

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • 2 chilled bananas, broken into chunks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups ice cubs
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste

Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Though patients are faced with a restricted diet post-surgery, it is important to remember to try and maintain a balanced diet. In particular, foods rich in vitamins A and C. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), plenty of vitamin C is one way post-surgery patients ensure a timely recovery!

No Teeth? No Problem!

Are missing teeth causing you difficulty, discomfort or embarrassment? Don’t worry – we have all the facts about tooth replacement treatments and the effectiveness of dental implants as a long-term solution for missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth made of titanium. They are composed of an artificial crown attached to a screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw for stability. Implants are an effective treatment for missing teeth because they maintain the strength of the jaw.
There are a few alternative treatment options, some more lasting than others:

No Teeth No ProblemFlippers are temporary, removable plastic teeth. They are attached to a retainer for easy removal. Flippers are one of the most cost efficient tooth replacement methods; however, they are the least durable alternatives to dental implants and are considered short-term solutions until a more lasting treatment can be performed.

Fixed bridges literally “bridge” gaps caused by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth, called a pontic, and two abutment teeth, which are crowns that anchor the bridge to the teeth on either side of the gap. Abutment teeth can be secured to both natural teeth and dental implants; however, anchoring them to natural teeth can cause damage.

Dentures are a common treatment for individuals missing all their teeth in one or both of their jaws. They are made of a removable frame that holds an entire set of teeth.

Removable partial dentures are removable frames that hold a partial set of teeth rather than a full set of teeth. This option is often considered for individuals who are missing some but not all of their teeth in one or both jaws.

Why choose dental implants?
Implants are the longest lasting treatment for missing teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last up to ten years or longer. Because they are surgically anchored into the jawbone, they function like natural teeth.

Smile Emergency: Facial Trauma and Cosmetic Dentistry

Accidents happen! Facial trauma can occur anywhere from sporting events and motor vehicle accidents, to work or home. Something as simple as an accidental fall could leave you with severely damaged teeth – but there’s no need to worry! Oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry offer a world of solutions for traumatic tooth injuries. Take a look at some common tooth injuries and available treatment options!

Tooth Injury:

Broken blood vessels in the tooth’s pulp can cause tooth discoloration. Tooth trauma causes blood to leak into the dentin layer and become visible through the enamel.

Treatment

Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve appearance. They’re designed to match the color of your natural teeth, making them a perfect solution for treating discoloration – chipped teeth, too! Veneers are durable and, if properly cared for, will only have to be replaced after 10-20 years of use.

Whitening is another treatment for trauma-induced discoloration. There are a variety of whitening options to restore your tooth’s natural color, from at-home whitening treatments to in-office bleaching.

Smile Emergencies Facial Trauma and Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Injury:
Chipped and fractured teeth are among the most common results of sports injuries and falls.

Treatment

As mentioned above, veneers don’t just treat tooth discoloration – they also fix chips and fractures. However, they’re not always necessary. Bonding is sometimes all it takes to fix minor chips. During a bonding treatment, we etch the surface of the tooth and place a plastic, tooth-colored resin with a bonding liquid to replace any missing tooth fragments.

Crowns are porcelain caps that are secured over damaged teeth and cemented in place to restore appearance and function. They also correct tooth decay and fractured fillings, stabilizing teeth after root canal therapy. Porcelain crowns resemble natural teeth and can last anywhere between 5 and 15 years.

Tooth Injury:

Avulsed (knocked out) teeth need to be replaced to maintain your jawbone health. Without teeth to support, the jawbone deteriorates from underuse.

Treatment
In some cases, the missing tooth can be reattached. However, this isn’t always an option. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are secured in the gum with a metal screw and serve as placeholders for missing teeth. They look just like real teeth and are equally functional.

Give NorthWest Valley Oral Maxillofacial & Facial Cosmetic Surgery a call if you want to transform your smile emergency. We are more than happy to discuss treatment options and get you back on track after your facial injury!

How to Check Yourself for Oral Cancer

How to Check Yourself for Oral CancerOral cancer is serious business. The good news is that you can do something about it. Regular self-examinations may help you pick up on warning signs in time to act on them. Oral health professionals are experts on mouths, but the only expert on you is YOU. If you notice something strange going on in your mouth, contacting a professional at our office is your best mode of action.

The first and most important thing to remember is oral cancer is often painless! The second rule to remember is that if you aren’t sure, ask! It’s better to ask now and be sure than to wish you had asked. There are no dumb questions when it comes to looking for oral cancer. And, most importantly: any suspicious area that doesn’t resolve on its own in 14 days should be checked out ASAP.

The key to eliminating oral cancer is to act on it early. Here are some things to check regularly.

Your Tongue
Look for lumps and bumps on the upper and lower surfaces of your tongue. Feel around for odd textures, bumps, discoloration or swelling. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth to peek underneath. Don’t limit your search to the red flags above. Use your fingers and your vision.

Your Cheeks
Gently feel your cheeks for bumps and swelling. You can do this by placing your finger on the interior and your thumb outside your cheek. Lightly squeeze and feel around for anomalies.

Your Lips
Take a good look at the interior of your lips with a hand mirror. Keep an eye out for the same signs. Lips are harder to be sure about because they are constantly drying, wetting, and being scraped as we eat and speak. Nonetheless, lips are prone to cancer given that they re always exposed to sunlight. Better safe than sorry.

Your Head/Neck Area
Closely examine your head and neck for lumps and protrusions. A bump or lack of uniformity is absolutely worth checking out. Ask us at your next visit to check out your throat too. Keep an eye out for sensitivity and soreness.

With oral cancer, the key is to keep your eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Anything that seems strange is worth noting and calling our office about.

Call us today for a check up!