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FAQs

FAQ’S ABOUT WISDOM TEETH:

What can I expect to pay for the removal of wisdom teeth?

Each patient’s needs are different. When you come in, our team will determine the specifics of your case and will estimate the cost for your treatment. Although each case requires different individual surgical needs and the difficulty of removal of each tooth may vary, on average, the cost for wisdom teeth removal is approximately $1,700.00 cash pay with no insurance.

How long is recovery?

For the first two days, it is recommended to limit your activity to allow your mouth to recover; no strenuous activity is allowed. Most people don’t feel like going back to their regular daily activities until approximately four days or 96 hours after surgery. The patient will still experience swelling and tenderness until approximately day 7 to day 10. Rinses are continued until day 30; however, from day 10 to day 30, there is typically no pain.

PAIN MANAGEMENT AND AN OPIOID FREE SOLUTION:

What is Exparel?

Exparel a type of local anesthetic that helps control your pain after surgery so that you can have a more comfortable recovery. Exparel is not an opioid or narcotic which affect the whole body. It works locally at the extraction site where you had surgery keeping the area numb for up to 72 hours. Because Exparel works over time, you may need fewer doses of other medications, including opioids.

FAQ’S ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS:

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With implant-supported replacement teeth, the appearance of the smile is more natural and the teeth function more like natural teeth. The result is increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking and eating.

What Is the Cost of Implant Treatment?

A little more than the cost of a bridge. An investment in dental implant treatment is an investment in overall health, appearance, and well-being. Dental implants pressure the integrity of facial structures, as well as replace missing teeth. The actual cost of implant treatment is based on a number of factors such as the number of missing teeth being replaced, the type of implant-supported teeth (treatment option) recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary to achieve the proper esthetic and functional result. There is often a misconception that there is a set cost for each implant. The fees are calculated based on the amount of time the dentist and dental specialist anticipate spending to complete treatment (implant placement, other surgical procedures, fabrication of replacement teeth) as well as the estimated cost of implants. Other components and materials are necessary to complete treatment along with dental laboratory fees. The only way to accurately estimate the cost for an individual patient is to have an examination and consultation with a dentist and oral surgeon. If a dentist and oral surgeon work together on a patient’s treatment, there is a separate fee for each of the doctors.

FAQ’S ABOUT CORRECTIVE JAW (ORTHOGNATHIC) SURGERY:

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

Patients whose teeth don’t bite correctly, underbites (class III malocclusion), overbites (class II malocclusion). open bite (where the front teeth don’t touch and can’t cut food or any teeth don’t touch when the teeth are biting together) and other bad bites (malocclusions) such as crossbites. Orthognathic surgery is also done to move the bones of the face to correct skeletal deformities which may be causing problems. One such problem is obstructive sleep apnea. Moving the jaws can open the airway and help the patient breath. It can also correct facial disharmonies such as lip incompetence or unaesthetic smiles.

What are the benefits?

Improvement in the occlusion (bite) of the teeth and function of the jaws is the most common benefit. Other benefits include improved airway, lip function, overall oral health, correction of obstructive sleep apnea, improved facial appearance and improved speech.

Does jaw surgery ever relapse?

Yes. There is a chance that a type of arthritis in the joint can cause loss of bone that will change the bite. Carefully following post-operative instructions and regular follow-up is important to prevent this

What are the restrictions of my activities after surgery?

Each patient varies depending on the surgery that was performed. On average, most patients require six weeks of bed rest. However, the bones will be fully mature at the two-year mark. Typically, with our patients, there are no restrictions after six months.

Does medical insurance cover it?

Depending on the case, medical insurance will sometimes cover costs of orthognathic surgery. We make exceptional efforts to help the patient retrieve insurance benefits.

How much does it cost?

Depending on the complexity of the case, it can cost $10,000.00 to $20,000.00 cash pay which includes all costs (facility, surgery, and hardware). We try our best to give you an accurate estimate of all the costs (several of which are not under our control). In general, we tell patients with insurance to anticipate satisfying their max out of pocket.