Is there a need for a pre-oral surgery consultation?

Although you may think obtaining a referral from your general dentist is enough to undergo oral surgery, it is always best practice to have a pre-surgery consultation with your oral surgeon. These appointments are important for both patient and doctor as they give the surgeon a first-hand assessment of your teeth and mouth before your surgery and to discuss medical history and anesthesia options. It is also an opportunity for the patient to ask questions and learn more from the doctor about what to expect during their surgery.

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Do I need to secure a referral from a dentist to set an appointment with an oral surgeon?

Many patients come to our oral surgery practice because they were referred by their general dentist. However, you do not need to have a referral from a dentist to see our oral surgeons. Many patients seek to contact us directly for issues including wisdom tooth removal, implants, bone grafting, and more. Contact our office today at at (214)572-8633 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Phan or Dr. Chan.

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How long is recovery from wisdom teeth extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction is among the most common of all dental surgeries. For the majority of uncomplicated cases, 3-5 days of minor pain and swelling will occur and our doctors can prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort during this time. Looking after the surgical wound properly allows a patient to heal as quickly as possible. Dr. Chan and Dr. Phan provide extensive after-care information to ensure our patients recover well from their wisdom tooth proceedures.

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How long is recovery from getting dental implants?

The average recovery time from a dental implant is 3-5 days for multiple teeth, and just 24 hours for single implant recovery. During this time you may have some minor pain and swelling. Further healing will take place over the next 4-6 months, which we refer to as your complete biological healing. This period of healing does not cause any pain or discomfort. Many state-of-the-art proceedures, like the All-On-4 approach, minimize the healing time for implant patients. For more information on the All-on-4 proceedure, please give us a call at (214)572-8633 to schedule a consultation with our surgeons.

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How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on each patients unique dental condition, surgical proceedures needed, and your insurance carrier. At Contemporary implant and Oral Surgery, we work with most major insurance providers and other financing options such as care credit to help cover the costs of dental implants. Contact us today to find out how we can work with you!

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Are dental implants painful?

In general, oral surgery patients only report minor pain and discomfort for about 3-5 days after surgery. Your oral surgeon will prescribe you pain medications to help with any discomfort and swelling that will occur after your procedure. Our Excellent team at Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery is dedicated to putting our patients at ease about their surgery, and to making your overall experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

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How do I know I should get dental implants?

Dental Implants can change a patients life. Candidates for dental implants typically have one or more missing teeth, or have been made aware that they have a failing tooth. It’s generally advised to get a Dental implant at the same time as extracting the failing tooth. Dr. Chan and Dr. Phan have extensive experince with both extractions and dental implant technology, and can discuss with you the many implant options we have available at Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery. Our Doctors have both completed dental school, medical school, and a rigorous 6 year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Due to this level of expertise, our doctors can advise you on which implant option is best for your particular condition, as well as discuss a full range on anesthesia options.

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What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are wisdom teeth that never errupted through the gum. In many cases, wisdom teeth do not have room to develop normally in the mouth to fully erupt through the gums. According to myoms.org, Nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. If left untreated, impacted teeth can damage other nearby teeth, become infected, or even cause bacteria to enter into the bloodstream. Although impacted wisdom teeth can be a serious problem, they are very common and can be carefully extracted by our experienced oral surgeons.

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Why are impacted teeth bad?

Some people with impacted wisdom teeth won’t notice any pain or problems in the short term, while others will have obvious symptoms. However, just becase there is no discomfort does not mean impacted teeth will not cause serious issues later on. Some common issues from impacted wisdom teeth include infection, cysts, and gum or bone deterioration. Some common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include Jaw pain, swollen, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, discomfort when opening the mouth, as well as an unpleasant tastse in the mouth. If you have been diagnosed with impacted wisdom teeth, we encourage you to see our oral surgeons for a consultation to explore your surgical options.

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What are side-effects of oral surgery?

Common side effects of oral surgery are related to the use of anesthsia, and include nausea, vomiting and headache. Other side effects may include swelling and minor pain and bleeding, depending on the proceedure. Dr. Phan and Dr. Chan will take great care to explain what you can expect in detail during your consultation.

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How much is wisdom tooth removal?

The cost of wisdom tooth removal depends on your provider. At Contemporary implant and Oral Surgery, we work with most major health insurance providers and care credit patients to help cover the costs of wisdom teeth extraction. Contact us today to find out how we can work with you!

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Why see an oral surgeon instead of a general dentist?

Oral surgeons can perform surgeries and proceedures that lie ourside of a general dentist’s knowledge and capabilities. Oral surgeons have extensive training in treating many of the conditions that effect the bones of the face and the oral cavity, as well as the gums, head and neck, mouth, and jaws. At Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery, our surgeons are also trained in the use of anesthesia. Dr. Chan and Dr. Phan have both completed dental school, medical school, as well as a rigorous 6 year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. This expertise is why our patients feel comfortable choosing our practice for a variety of oral surgery proceedures.

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How is an oral surgeon different from a dentist?

Oral surgeons have extensive training in treating conditions that effect the bones or the oral cavity, gums, head and neck, mouth, and jaws. Patients are typically referred to an oral surgeon by a dentist for tooth extractions, wisdom tooth issues, and for any other oral issues that lie ourside of a general dentists knowledge and capabilities.

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What is a preferred provider?

A “Preferred Provider” is a provider who has a contract with certain health insurers to provide services to you at a discount. As a preferred provider, Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery encourages potential patients to contact us and ask how we can work with your insurance plan to cover your proceedure.

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Should I see an oral surgeon for a tooth extraction?

A dentist will normally refer a patient to an oral surgeon for extractions such as wisdom teeth or for more complex extractions. The reason for this is that oral surgeons have extensive training on advanced techniques for issues involving gum and bone obstructions. Oral surgeons often tackle extractions that may be beyond the capabilities of a regular dentist, such as a tooth impacted inside the jaw requiring removal by making an incision. Teeth that are deeply decayed or fractured can cause further complications, therfore an oral surgeon should handle those types of cases. In addition, dental implant treatments are best done at the time of tooth removal. If you would like to speak with an oral surgeon rather than a general dentist, please give us a call at (214) 572-8633 to set up a consultation.

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What are the benefits of bone grafting?

Bone grafting is a generic term referring to procedures that both replaces and regenerates lost bone. A Bone graft is commonly performed to improve the success of dental implants. A bone graft may be required when a patient does not have sufficient natural bone to support the dental implant. Our surgeons have experience in many types of bone grafting and can discuss options with you.

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What is all-on-4?

Better than dentures or traditional implants, the All-On-4 proceedure fuses to your bone to promote stability using 4 to 6 implants to secure an entire bridge. Healing time for All-On-4 patients is significantly less than for traditional implant patients. Permanent and natural-looking, All-On-4 is an incredibly popular option among those seeking dental implants.

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What’s the difference between all on 4 and teeth in a day?

All-On-4 implants and Teeth in a Day are infact two terms that refer to the same procedure. The All-On-4 procedure uses to your bone to promote stability using 4 to 6 implants to secure an entire arch of teeth, making it a great alternative to dentures and traditional implants. Healing time for All-On-4 patients is significantly less than for traditional implant patients. Permanent and natural-looking, the All-On-4 procedure is very popular.

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What happens during my oral surgery consultation?

Your oral surgery consultation may vary depending on the reason for your visit, however in all consultations at Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery, our doctors will discuss your current dental and health history with you in order to determine what oral surgery an anesthesia options are best for you. This is a very important time with your surgeon to ask questions and learn more about the proceedure. You may also take xrays, photos or CT scans during your consultation in addition to a brief oral exam.

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How much are dental implants?

Almost all insurance companies now have dental implant benefits included in their plans, as implants are now considered the standard treatment for missing teeth. Our amazing patient coordinators at Comtemporary Implant and Oral Surgery will work with you to find the best payment options, and can discuss finance options with you if needed.

Should I see an oral surgeon for gum disease?

The most common and minor gum disease cases can be treated by a periodontist. However, for cases of gum loss that have led to major bone deteriation or loss of multiple teeth , we at Comtempory Oral and Impant Surgery can provide both hard and soft tissue grafting. Our grafting proceedure aims to encourage bone and gum tissue regeneration and reshape the tissue around your bones and teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and to learn more about hard and soft tissue grafting.

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What happens when I grind my teeth?

Teeth grinding causes more damage than you may think. In addition to keeping you awake at night, grinding your teeth can cause pain and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscle, known as TMJ. If left untreated, TMJ can lead to a worsened condition known as TMD, worn-down teeth, increased tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. Dentists can prescribe non-surgical treatments such as mouthguards to allieviate symptoms, however in severe cases oral surgery may be a viable option to restore loss of jaw function.

How much is wisdom tooth extraction?

The cost for wisdom tooth extraction varies depending on multiple factors, such as the degree of impaction, chosen anestesthia option, and your insurance carrier. Our doctors and excellent patient coordinators will work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan reflecting your cost. Give our office a call (214) 572-8633 to get scheduled for your consultation. 

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Does insurance cover dental implants?

Many patients have dental implant coverage through their dental plan but it does vary from policy to policy. The best way to determine if your specific policy has dental implant benefits is to schedule a consultation. At the consultation, one of our highly trained treatment coordinators will verify your insurance benefits and inform you of any coverage you may have along with an estimate for your out of pocket based on your insurance benefits. out of pocket range? our extrordinary patient coordinators can work with you to maximize insurance benefits and provide financing options if needed.

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When should I see an oral surgeon?

You should consider seeing an oral surgeon when your dental emergency requires a tooth to be extracted, or if it involves manipulating your bone and gum tissue in any way. You should certainly not put off an oral surgery if you are experiencing pain. Leaving a serious condition untreated may result serious complications, such as further gum or bone damage, as well as infection.

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What is a periodontist?

Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that studies the supporting structures of teeth, like gum and bones, as well as the diseases that affect these structures. Periodontics are different from oral surgeons because they have a much narrower focus on implants and gum health, while oral surgeons focus on a wider variety of surgical procedures within the mouth, jaw, and sinuses.

Why should I see an oral surgeon?

Oral surgeons are specialists in a variety of conditions that affect the mouth and face. Oral surgeons have extensive training that goes beyond that of a general dentist. An oral surgeon is also trained to administer anesthesia and provide complete care within an office setting.

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When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

A teenager’s wisdom teeth have incomplete root systems, making them easier to extract during the late teenage years than as an adult over the age of 25. Waiting too long to extract a wisdom tooth can cause complications with the roots reaching much deeper than those of the teenage tooth. This can make extraction of the tooth more difficult when the root reaches the depth of nerves residing the lower jaw. Another optimal time to remove wisdom teeth is before or immediately after a patient has had braces to realign their teeth. The reason for this is that impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the teeth that impacts the results of recent orthodontic work.

Downtime for wisdom teeth surgery?

Downtime after a wisdom tooth extraction is between 24 – 48 hours. Many parents schedule their child for wisdom tooth removal at our office on a Friday, as the child can then return to school, sports, and all other normal activities the following Monday.