Dental implant technology has made a big impact on people’s lives. Implants are designed to provide the foundation for very realistic-looking artificial teeth that will serve in place of teeth that have been lost. These look and feel completely natural, and allow the patient to resume all normal functions. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Bone grafting is sometimes necessary for dental implants, depending on the integrity of your jawbone. Over time, the jawbone in the area where there are missing teeth begins to deteriorate and atrophy. Given enough time, it will reach a state where there isn’t enough bone of good enough quality to have dental implants placed. In those situations, patients are not candidates for implants but require bone grafting.

 Your wisdom teeth are the four extra molars that grown in when you’re around age 18. Your mouth is designed to hold a total of 28 teeth, but those extra four bring your total up to 32: 16 on top, 16 on the bottom. Those range from your incisors, canines, and bicuspids at the front of your mouth to the molars in the back. Since your mouth can’t quite fit all of those extra teeth, usually wisdom teeth removal is recommended.

 Stem cells are a unique avenue of medicine, because they have the power to drive the natural healing process. Stem cells differ from other cells in that they regenerate and can produce specialized cell types. They can be used to heal skin, bones, muscle, nerves, cartilage, and other tissues.

 Facial trauma are severe injuries to the face, and require a lot of specialized training and experience to handle. Dr. Shahriari HAS EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND EXPERTISE in facial trauma injuries, and we’re all well-prepared to handle an emergency if one happens. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly-trained to manage facial trauma: that includes everything from facial lacerations to knocked out teeth to fractured facial bones & jaws. Any injury to the mouth, face, and jaw can fall under the category of facial trauma

 Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, connects your jawbone to your skull by acting like a sliding hinge. You have one on each side of the jaw, and TMJ disorders arise when something goes wrong with this joint. Issues with the TMJ can cause pain in your jaw joint and the muscles that control it. 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a very serious condition that can even be life-threatening, if the case is severe enough. OSA causes disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels in patients. During sleep, the patient’s upper airway can be obstructed by the tongue getting sucked to the back of the throat, excess tissue, or large tonsils. It can cause airflow to stop entirely. When the oxygen level in the brain gets too low, the apnea occurs and initiates enough brain impulses for the patient to partially wake and clear the obstruction, usually with a gasp as air starts flowing again. 

Oral pathology is concerned with disease inside the mouth: the inside of the mouth is lined with a special kind of skin called mucosa that’s very smooth and pink. Assessment of oral pathologies will usually involve examining the mucosa for signs that something may be wrong.  While oral pathologies come in a variety of forms, the biggest thing we look for are signs of oral cancer. Your surgeon may ask you to undergo a biopsy to reach a specific diagnosis of the issue. 

The Botox treatment is revolutionary in its ability to affect and smooth facial wrinkles. Whether it’s crow’s feet, worry lines, frown lines, or other wrinkled areas, Botox has shown great results. All of these areas are highly treatable with the Botox procedure, administered via injection to the affected area.

Juvederm is a relatively new dermal filler in the United States. It’s been released by the same company that manufactures Botox, and is a hyaluronic acid based filler similar to Restylane. However, there are a few differences and advantages about Juvederm. It’s an injectable gel with a very high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid that produces very long-lasting results for patients. It’s the result of an advanced manufacturing process that also creates a smooth consistency gel that allows it to flow easily into the skin. The smoothness of the gel transfers to your body, giving your skin a smooth and natural look as well. 

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