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    Everything You Need to Know About Botox Injections

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Many individuals today choose to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to combat the signs of aging, and while surgery is a great way to turn back the clock, some of us would prefer a less invasive approach to anti-aging. That’s why the Center For Facial & Cosmetic Surgery offers Botox injections and other cosmetic injectables. Read over this article for more information on Botox.

    Uses and Indications

    Botox injections utilize a purified form of botulinum toxin to temporarily block the nerve signals that allow for the contraction of certain facial muscles. For this reason, Botox is typically used to eliminate or reduce the look of lines that are created when making facial expressions, rather than those wrinkles that are always apparent. If you are in good general health with moderate to severe wrinkles between your eyebrows, forehead creases, or crows feet at the corners of your eyes—Botox injections may be right for you.

    Treatment Process

    After cleansing the areas to be treated, your surgeon will inject the Botox solution into specific muscles—however, the number of injections needed will vary based on the severity of the wrinkles and your other facial features. In some cases, your surgeon may utilize a topical anesthetic or use a Botox solution that already has an anesthetic mixed in for more comfortable treatment. The treatment itself usually takes 15 minutes to complete.

    Recovery and Results

    Most patients do not require any downtime or recovery following Botox injections. The results will typically start to become noticeable within a few days and become fully apparent after one week. In most cases, the results should last three to four months—but repeated injections may actually help postpone the development of new wrinkles.

    Find out if Botox injections are right for you by contacting the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery at (619) 312-4417. You can also visit us online for more information on dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, and our other San Diego services.

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    Understanding the Causes of Gum Recession

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Have receding gums compromised the health of your smile? This video discusses why gum recession occurs and what can be done for it.

    A number of factors can contribute to gum recession. Some individuals may be predisposed to this condition because of genetics. Others might suffer an accident that induces receding gums. In many cases, though, the presence of periodontal disease causes the gums to retract from the teeth and induce tooth loss. Good oral hygiene is key to avoiding gum recession, but in the event that tooth loss has already occurred, an oral surgeon can administer dental implants to restore your smile.

    For over 85 years, the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has been helping residents in the greater San Diego community. Call us today at (619) 312-4417 to learn more about our services.

    The Dental Patient's Guide to Bone Grafting

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Tooth loss is not an isolated problem. If you lose a tooth from trauma or disease, it can have a residual effect on your surrounding teeth and gums. Gum recession and tooth instability often occur in response to tooth loss, which is why an oral surgeon may recommend dental implants. Aside from their evident aesthetic benefits, dental implants can reinforce tooth, bone, and gum tissue and prevent the occurrence of future tooth loss. In some cases, however, bone grafting may be required prior to the insertion of dental implants.

    Why Is It Necessary
    Unless tooth loss happens due to sudden trauma, it typically is the outcome of periodontal disease, a condition that may take its toll over months or years. By the time that tooth loss occurs, bone adjacent to the site of the missing tooth might also suffer considerable deterioration. If the natural bone is not strong enough to provide support for a dental implant, an oral surgeon might recommend bone grafting to reinforce the foundation of the dental device.

    How Can It Be Done
    Bone grafting has come a long way since the days when a patient’s own bone was required for the procedure. Instead of subjecting an individual to the inconvenience of harvesting his own bone, an oral surgeon can typically use alternate resources, including synthetic, cadaver, or bovine bone. This allows the bone grafting procedure to occur swiftly without additional time given to using the patient’s own bone tissue.

    What Happens During the Procedure
    An oral surgeon can implant the supplemental bone in just one visit. He may then recommend that a patient wait a few weeks or months for the bone to fuse with the surrounding tissue and become strong enough to anchor a dental implant. Once the bone graft has assimilated with the rest of the jawbone, the dental implant process can commence.

    Do you have more questions about the bone grafting process? Call (619) 312-4417 to schedule a consultation at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. To learn more about our range of services, including wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants, please visit our website.

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