The Benefits of OMS

Dental Implants
The bone that makes up the upper and lower jaws is stimulated by the force placed on it through the teeth as we bite and chew. After the loss of one or more teeth, the force that was placed on the bone is drastically reduced. The result of this is that the bone starts to disappear (also known as “resorption”).

Even though the resorption starts to occur immediately, it begins to become more apparent about 12 months after surgery. Since the placement of a dental implant depends partly upon a sufficient amount of bone, any bone loss that occurs before implant placement may necessitate placement of a bone graft. The graft procedure may significantly increase the cost of implant placement.

Wisdom Teeth
Third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, are meant to grow into the mouth just as the first and second molar teeth do. Their purpose is to chew food along with the other teeth. When there is not enough room to erupt into position, the condition is known as impaction. If these impacted teeth just sat there and did no harm, there would be no reason to remove them. However, this is not the case.

In the 20 and 30 year old age group, they can be the cause of a very painful infection. In the 40 year old age group and older, they can be the source of cysts and tumors, which can cause loss of the surrounding bone in the jaws. They can also cause decay and bone loss on the second molar teeth next to them in later years.

The recommendation of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is to remove impacted teeth between the ages of 15 and 25. The reason to remove them early is to reduce the number of post-operative complications that can occur more often in older patients. As a general rule, the most common occurrence when wisdom teeth are removed in the mid-teens to mid-twenties is swelling in the cheeks and tightness of the jaws. After age 25, the number of complications and the chance of having them are significantly increased.

Temporomandibular Joint Disease
There are many diseases that may involve the Temporomandibular Joints (Jaw Joints) but there are two of them that predominate. The first of these is internal derangement, which involves the cartilage inside of the joint and generally responds to surgical procedures. The second is myofascial pain, which involves the muscles of the jaws and generally responds to medication and non-surgical treatments.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are the specialists that can benefit patients that suffer from internal derangement. The important consideration in treating pain from internal derangement is that if the pain is not treated early, it becomes what is known as chronic pain, or pain that is present for a long period of time. The longer that pain is present, the more difficult it is to treat and eliminate.

Skin Wrinkles (Rhytids)
As we age, and as our skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays from the sun, the collagen that support the skin becomes damaged and wrinkles start to appear. Ultimately, without treatment, the numbers and depth of wrinkle becomes overwhelming. Even though there is no permanent treatment to stop this process, there are treatments that can turn back the hands of time and slow the process for return of wrinkling.

Reducing ultraviolet light exposure and a program of daily skin care is the foundation for reducing rhytids. Other techniques ranging from microdermabrasion for surface damage to CO2 Laser treatment for deep rhytids are available as well as chemical techniques for intermediate damage.

Needless to say, the sooner that a regular program of skin rejuvenation is started based on the individual needs of the patient, the more effectively that rhytid formation could be controlled. The same is true for male patients as for females.

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