Procedures – Collins Oral & Facial Surgery https://facesurgeon.com Oral Surgery in Conway, AZ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:14:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.12 https://facesurgeon.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Favicon-32x32.png Procedures – Collins Oral & Facial Surgery https://facesurgeon.com 32 32 Wisdom Teeth Removal https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/wisdom-teeth-removal-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:59 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/wisdom-teeth-removal-conway-ar/ Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, develop later than the rest of the permanent teeth. Though some wisdom teeth grow in without issue, most people’s mouths are too small to accommodate third molars without complications. Often, it is impossible to detect wisdom teeth without an X-ray or 3D scan because they remain beneath the surface of the gums. We…

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, develop later than the rest of the permanent teeth. Though some wisdom teeth grow in without issue, most people’s mouths are too small to accommodate third molars without complications. Often, it is impossible to detect wisdom teeth without an X-ray or 3D scan because they remain beneath the surface of the gums. We recommend scheduling a consultation to identify wisdom teeth early and avoid oral health problems later on. Dr. Collins has been removing wisdom teeth at our practice in Conway, Arkansas, for over two decades, so you can rest assured that you or your child will be in excellent hands with our surgical team.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Most dental professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth early (usually by the mid-teen to late teen years) to avoid complications like impacted teeth, tooth crowding, and even infection. Early removal has also been shown to improve the patient’s experience and recovery time. Often, it is easier to remove wisdom teeth when they have not fully developed.

Your Wisdom Teeth Removal Consultation

Before your procedure, Dr. Collins will perform a thorough oral examination and discuss your options for anesthesia during the treatment. Dr. Collins will review your individual situation and may take additional scans to confirm the exact location and size of your wisdom teeth. He will also take note of the relationship your wisdom teeth have with the other structures of your mouth, such as your nerves and adjacent healthy teeth. He will use this information to create the best possible treatment plan for your particular situation.

Anesthesia and Wisdom Teeth Removal

As a medical doctor, licensed dentist, and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Collins has an extensive amount of experience administering anesthesia and monitoring his patients throughout treatment. Our office and surgical staff have all the necessary monitoring equipment and training to ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible. We also employ a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) to assist Dr. Collins in delivering your anesthesia.

A few of the anesthesia types we offer include:

  • Local Anesthesia, which completely numbs the area of surgery.
  • Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas), which can be used to reduce anxiety or calm the patient before the procedure.
  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation, which allows the patient to fall into a deep sleep-like state and wake up once the procedure is over.
  • General Anesthesia, which allows the patient to be totally asleep the entire procedure.

You may choose a single sedation method or a combination of anesthetic options for your treatment. IV sedation combined with local anesthesia is a preferred option for many patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Collins will take your overall health and your preferences into account when planning your treatment. You and your oral surgeon will determine an anesthesia option ahead of time, during your consultation procedure. Our CRNA, Dr. Collins, and the entire surgical team strive to make your experience as safe and comfortable as possible.

How Wisdom Teeth Are Removed

Wisdom teeth removal is an outpatient procedure, and the healing time is usually no more than a few days. The extent of your surgery will depend on the number of wisdom teeth present, the position of the tooth or teeth, and the stage of development. Dr. Collins will make a small incision into the gums and carefully remove any bone that is covering the tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, he will extract the tooth. Sometimes, the tooth will be extracted in small pieces to minimize the amount of bone and gum tissue that is removed. Once the extraction is complete, the gums will be sutured — usually with dissolvable sutures — and the surgery will be complete.

Wisdom teeth consultations and removal can be performed in the comfort of our operating suite in Conway, AR.

If your dentist has recommended you have your wisdom teeth removed, or if you would like to know whether your wisdom teeth pose a risk to your oral health, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Collins and our skilled team will ensure that you receive the best possible care from your initial appointment to your final post-operative visit.

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Full-Arch Restoration https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/full-arch-restoration-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/full-arch-restoration-conway-ar/ Missing all or most of your teeth can be a challenging experience, as once-easy tasks, such as chewing your food or smiling and speaking with confidence, are no longer as easy as they once were. Our practice in Conway, Arkansas, offers a life-changing solution to restore an entire arch of missing or damaged teeth: full-arch restoration, which replaces an entire upper…

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Missing all or most of your teeth can be a challenging experience, as once-easy tasks, such as chewing your food or smiling and speaking with confidence, are no longer as easy as they once were. Our practice in Conway, Arkansas, offers a life-changing solution to restore an entire arch of missing or damaged teeth: full-arch restoration, which replaces an entire upper and lower arch of teeth with a permanent set of beautiful replacement teeth in a single surgical procedure.

Benefits of Full-Arch Restoration

The benefits associated with traditional tooth restoration options, such as bridges or dentures, pale in comparison to the positive changes associated with replacing all of your teeth at once through full-arch restoration. A full-arch restoration utilizes dental implants for support, which offers several advantages to your overall oral health and appearance.

Dental implants promote good oral health and jaw bone stimulation. The jaw bone begins to deteriorate around the missing tooth sites following the loss of teeth. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like your natural teeth would, which fights bone loss and preserves your oral health.

You can start to enjoy your new smile immediately. After implant placement, you will immediately be given a temporary set of replacement teeth, which allows you to enjoy a beautiful arch of teeth while your restorative dentist fabricates your final set of teeth. Once the dental implant sites have healed, your new set of custom-designed teeth will be attached to the dental implants.

Replacing an entire arch in one procedure is cost-effective and minimizes healing time. Full-arch restoration requires fewer dental implants and surgical procedures for placement, resulting in a shorter overall healing period. Maxillary procedures such as sinus lifts and bone grafting can often be avoided as well. Full-arch restoration is incredibly efficient; it can restore an entire arch of teeth with as little as one surgical procedure.

You will be able to speak, smile, laugh, and eat with confidence. Once the dental implant sites heal, you will be able to eat almost anything you like; the foundation of dental implants that supports your new teeth will be extremely secure, so there is no risk of your teeth falling out when you bite something, speak, or laugh. Cosmetic changes can sometimes be addressed with full-arch restoration, such as showing more teeth when smiling, tooth shade, tooth alignment, etc.

The Full-Arch Restoration Treatment Process

Full-arch restoration is preferred by many patients because the treatment process is simple. Full-arch restoration uses four or more dental implants to rebuild your entire arch of missing or damaged teeth. The entire upper or lower arch of teeth are customized to fit your mouth and strongly supported by the dental implant base.

During your initial consultation in our practice, Dr. Collins will complete a thorough examination, take any necessary scans of your jaws and any remaining teeth, and take impressions to create the temporary set of teeth you will receive for the healing period. During your procedure, four or more dental implants will be placed into your mouth. During your recovery period, these implants will fuse directly with your jaw. Your temporary set of teeth attaches to the dental implants following the surgical procedure, allowing you to begin smiling again immediately. Your new set of beautiful permanent teeth will be placed when the dental implants have fully healed and integrated with your jaw bone.

We understand that is can be difficult to select the right restoration option. At Collins Oral & Facial Surgery, we will help you select the treatment that will allow you to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. If you have lost an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, we encourage you to contact our office in Conway. Dr. Collins will go over all of your options for full-arch restoration and work with you to treat your condition.

nSequence® Technique

In addition to traditional full-arch replacement, Dr. Collins offers treatment using the nSequence technique. This is a fantastic option for patients requiring a more extensive treatment process involving tooth extractions or bone grafting. The technique utilizes the latest in CT-guided surgery technology, providing patients with a host of benefits as a result.

  • More Predictable Outcomes: By performing surgery using the nSequence technique, our team can plan each step of the surgery in advance. Taking the guesswork out of surgery makes the outcome more predictable and minimizes the chance that complications will arise during treatment.
  • Faster Restoration: Extensive lab work is usually required to prepare your custom appliance for placement. With the help of the CT-guided device used for nSequence, Dr. Collins can ensure a shorter surgery time and that your temporary device is ready for immediate placement.
  • A More Comfortable and Stable Fit: With traditional restoration options, the creation of your custom-designed teeth often requires several appointments and fittings. This process ensures your new set of teeth fit properly and comfortably. With nSequence, Dr. Collins and your restorative dentist can provide the same perfect fit using the virtual diagnostic technology and largely eliminate the need for multiple appointments. In most cases, the final appliance created in the nSequence treatment is fabricated from zirconium and is more stable than a traditional appliance.

The nSequence technique is a significant technological advancement in an already revolutionary treatment. Patients who need a full-arch restoration and are looking for the most advanced treatment available should consider the nSequence technique. Dr. Collins will discuss your options for treatment with you when you visit our office for your consultation. Whether you choose the standard full-arch replacement or the advanced nSequence technique, you can feel confident that we will restore your smile and oral function.

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Bone Grafting https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/bone-grafting-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/bone-grafting-conway-ar/ Bone grafting procedures help repair and restore bone that has deteriorated as a result of tooth loss, genetic defects, disease, or facial trauma. Restoring the jaw bone can improve the appearance and function of the jaw, and bone grafting is often recommended to prepare the mouth for dental implant placement. Dr. Collins is highly trained to understand the delicate balance…

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Bone grafting procedures help repair and restore bone that has deteriorated as a result of tooth loss, genetic defects, disease, or facial trauma. Restoring the jaw bone can improve the appearance and function of the jaw, and bone grafting is often recommended to prepare the mouth for dental implant placement.

Dr. Collins is highly trained to understand the delicate balance of oral and facial bone structures, and he is an expert in a variety of different jaw bone and sinus bone grafting procedures. We use some of the most advanced bone grafting techniques available to expedite the healing process, and our surgical team will ensure that you are well cared for throughout the treatment process at our office in Conway, Arkansas.

Bone Grafting and the Placement of Dental Implants

Bone grafting is an excellent procedure for patients who wish to receive dental implants but lack the proper height and width of jaw bone to do so. Many people who were not candidates for dental implant placement in the past can now receive secure, permanent dental implants thanks to bone grafting.

There are a few different procedures available to restore jaw bone for dental implant placement. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Collins may recommend one of the following procedures to prepare your mouth for dental implant placement:

  • Socket Preservation: If you need a tooth extracted, sometimes restoring the extraction site with bone is necessary before the placement of dental implants occurs. Placing implants as soon as possible minimizes bone loss and socket preservation will promote quicker bone growth, allowing for faster implant placement.
  • Ridge Expansion: Parts of the jaw where teeth have been missing will deteriorate over time, and the jaw bone may not have the height or width of bone necessary for implant placement. A ridge expansion uses bone graft material to build up the region to the proper size for implant placement.
  • Sinus Lift: Over time, the sinuses can drift downward, and the walls of the sinuses can become too thin for dental implant placement. Dr. Collins can carefully lift the sinus membrane and place a bone graft to restore the lost bone.

How Bone Grafting Works

For most bone grafting procedures, Dr. Collins will carefully fold back the gum tissue and place the bone material into the region that requires regeneration. Your oral surgeon may source the bone from a tissue bank, collect bone fragments in a filter while suctioning during the procedure, or harvest your own bone from the jaw or hip region. After placing the bone graft, Dr. Collins may place a soft tissue graft or platelet-rich plasma to facilitate growth and bone healing. For more complex procedures, existing bone or structures may need to be moved before placing the graft material into the correct region.

We offer bone grafting procedures and consultations in our Conway, AR, office. If you are ready to start moving towards your new smile, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation. At Collins Oral & Facial Surgery, our staff will do everything we can to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared for your procedure. In fact, most patients report that bone graft procedures are less uncomfortable than they expected. Dr. Collins will examine your condition and discuss the bone grafting and dental implant options that will work best for your restoration.

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Jaw Surgery https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/jaw-surgery-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/jaw-surgery-conway-ar/ Proper jaw alignment is crucial to a healthy and balanced face, and improper alignment can lead to problems such as headaches, chewing problems, chronic jaw pain, breathing problems, speech impairments, and more. Sometimes an orthodontist can correct a misalignment using braces and other dental devices, but in certain cases jaw surgery is necessary to align the jaw properly. Whether your…

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Proper jaw alignment is crucial to a healthy and balanced face, and improper alignment can lead to problems such as headaches, chewing problems, chronic jaw pain, breathing problems, speech impairments, and more. Sometimes an orthodontist can correct a misalignment using braces and other dental devices, but in certain cases jaw surgery is necessary to align the jaw properly.

Whether your jaw has always been misaligned or your jaw was damaged as a result of facial trauma, Dr. Collins and our expert surgical team will be able to help you determine whether orthognathic surgery is right for you. Dr. Collins uses advanced 3D modeling techniques to get the best possible view of your mouth and plan your specific treatment. Dr. Collins will work together with your dentist and orthodontist to create the best treatment plan for your needs.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

Patients who undergo orthognathic surgery, also referred to as corrective jaw surgery, can expect to see a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Improved speech and respiratory function
  • Longer tooth lifespan and improved oral hygiene
  • Reduced snoring
  • Improvement in sleep apnea severity
  • More comfortable eating and less chewing problems
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Improved appearance and balance of the face
  • Decreased likelihood of future oral health problems

How Orthognathic Surgery Works

Our team at Collins Oral & Facial Surgery uses advanced technology to examine your jaw and plan the best possible treatment for you. Before surgery, your orthodontist will prepare the teeth for their new alignment using braces. Once the teeth are prepared, Dr. Collins will surgically separate the jaw, then fix it into its new position. Your orthodontist will then use your braces to do some fine adjustments to your bite. Once your jaw has fully healed, you will be able to chew and smile with ease and your braces can be removed.

We offer orthognathic surgery consultations and procedures right here in Conway, AR.

If you have jaw problems and would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office. Patients who receive jaw surgery are usually very happy with the improvements in function and appearance they see after surgery. Dr. Collins and our skilled staff will provide you with excellent care and ensure that you are well informed and comfortable throughout the process.

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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/tmj-disorders-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/tmj-disorders-conway-ar/ The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is located directly in front of the ears on both sides and acts like a hinge, allowing your jaw to open, close, and move side to side smoothly. It is not uncommon for patients to have pain and problems with their TMJ area or the surrounding muscles…

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The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. It is located directly in front of the ears on both sides and acts like a hinge, allowing your jaw to open, close, and move side to side smoothly. It is not uncommon for patients to have pain and problems with their TMJ area or the surrounding muscles that move the jaw.

The treatment for problems involving the TMJ and muscular facial pain are often related to an evaluation of the bite and jaw position. Typically, the treatment can be something minor, such as a night guard or some kind of oral appliance. Surgery is rarely needed. However, Dr. Collins has extensive training in TMJ surgery.

Dr. Collins does not actively treat most cases of TMJ that require an oral appliance, but he has tremendous expertise that allows him to thoroughly evaluate what may be actually causing the pain and problems. Many patients with TMJ problems have a jaw misalignment, and orthodontics and/or jaw surgery can sometimes benefit them. If you are having pain in your jaw joints with tenderness and soreness in the muscles around your jaw, you may want to schedule a consultation for a TMJ evaluation.

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Oral Pathology https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/oral-pathology-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/oral-pathology-conway-ar/ Oral pathology refers to a wide variety of diseases and cancers of the oral region. Oral and maxillofacial pathologies can affect the inner lining of the mouth, the salivary glands, the jaws, and other areas in the mouth and face. Many oral pathologies have no painful or uncomfortable symptoms in early stages, which makes regular oral examinations extremely important. While…

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Oral pathology refers to a wide variety of diseases and cancers of the oral region. Oral and maxillofacial pathologies can affect the inner lining of the mouth, the salivary glands, the jaws, and other areas in the mouth and face. Many oral pathologies have no painful or uncomfortable symptoms in early stages, which makes regular oral examinations extremely important.

While some more common oral pathologies, such as minor cases of strep throat, can be treated by your general physician, more serious cases may require the expertise of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Collins is an expert in identifying and treating a wide variety of oral pathologies, and many pathologies are easy to treat with early diagnosis. If you notice any irregularities in the color or feeling of your mouth, contact our office to schedule an oral examination at our practice in Conway, Arkansas.

Oral pathology symptoms to look out for include

  • A constant sore throat or hoarseness
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Strange discoloration of the mucosa (lining of the mouth)
  • Certain regions of the mouth becoming thicker or changing shape
  • New lumps, cysts, or structures in the mouth or throat region.

The Best Defense Against Oral Pathologies: Regular Examinations

Early and frequent oral examinations are widely considered to be the best defense against oral diseases, although a healthy diet and not smoking or chewing tobacco are also important preventive measures. It’s a good idea to examine yourself regularly so that you know what colors and structures are normal for your mouth. (In general, the lining of your mouth should be a mostly smooth, coral pink color.)

If you see any new structures or discoloration, get a second opinion from an oral surgeon. Look for strange red or white patches, cysts, ulcers, or any other irregularities. Oral surgeons can use more advanced detection techniques, such as scans or biopsies, to determine the nature of your condition and form a treatment plan.

The diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology are offered in our Conway office.

In general, patients with various forms of oral pathology are referred to Dr. Collins by their general dentist or family doctor. Dr. Collins will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and throat to ensure that you are oral cancer and pathology free. In the case of any irregularities, Dr. Collins will form a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.

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Facial Trauma https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/facial-trauma-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/facial-trauma-conway-ar/ A facial trauma injury can be caused by a variety of events, from accidental falls and auto accidents to assaults and sports-related injuries. Facial trauma injuries can vary widely in their severity, and the type and severity of the injury will determine the proper course of treatment. Whether your injury is minor or severe enough to require hospitalization, oral surgeons…

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A facial trauma injury can be caused by a variety of events, from accidental falls and auto accidents to assaults and sports-related injuries. Facial trauma injuries can vary widely in their severity, and the type and severity of the injury will determine the proper course of treatment.

Whether your injury is minor or severe enough to require hospitalization, oral surgeons are highly qualified to treat a variety of different facial fractures and injuries, including soft-tissue injuries, tooth injuries, bone fractures, and damage to other vital structures like nerves and salivary ducts. In fact, many oral surgeons are on call at local hospitals to treat emergency facial trauma cases.

Dr. Collins has undergone years of surgical training to gain an intimate understanding of the delicate balance of facial structures and muscles. As the only board-certified oral surgeon in Conway, AR, who is also a licensed medical doctor, you can feel confident that Dr. Collins will restore your oral function, smile, and facial aesthetics. If you experience a facial trauma injury, we will see you as soon as possible (usually the day you call) to diagnose and treat your condition.

Types of Facial Trauma Injuries

Facial trauma injuries vary in severity, and each case requires careful consideration and treatment. Some of the most common facial trauma injuries are:

  • Fractured jaws
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Facial or oral cuts
  • Fractured facial bones (nose, eye socket, cheekbone)

Receiving immediate treatment is crucial to proper healing. Leaving facial injuries untreated can lead to complications later in life, such as TMJ disorders, premature tooth loss, impacted teeth, chronic headaches, and other issues.

Collins Oral & Facial Surgery offers prompt treatment for facial injuries.

If you require treatment for a facial trauma injury, we will find the time to see you as soon as possible — in most cases, we will see you the day you call. Our team at Collins Oral & Facial Surgery understands how painful facial injuries can be, both physically and emotionally. Dr. Collins is an expert in restoring both the function and appearance of the face after a traumatic injury, and our entire staff will provide you with the most efficient, compassionate care possible.

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General Tooth Extraction https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/general-tooth-extraction-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/general-tooth-extraction-conway-ar/ Teeth can fail for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, dental crowding, injuries, and other oral health problems. If the health of failing teeth cannot be restored through fillings, root canals, and other procedures, tooth extraction is the only option. Many times it becomes necessary to remove teeth to preserve the health of the rest of the mouth. If you…

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Teeth can fail for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, dental crowding, injuries, and other oral health problems. If the health of failing teeth cannot be restored through fillings, root canals, and other procedures, tooth extraction is the only option. Many times it becomes necessary to remove teeth to preserve the health of the rest of the mouth. If you are in need of a tooth extraction, please contact our office in Conway, AR, to schedule an appointment.

Some of the most common reasons a tooth requires extraction are

  • Gum disease
  • Extreme tooth decay
  • Fractures or other injuries
  • Dental crowding
  • To make room for implants or dentures

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Collins is highly qualified to extract teeth with minimal swelling and recovery times. Before undergoing a tooth extraction, your mouth will be thoroughly examined by Dr. Collins your mouth and he will plan the best method for removal. He will also help you determine which form of anesthesia is right for you during this consultation. Dr. Collins has years of experience performing teeth extractions and has undergone extensive training to properly administer many different forms of anesthesia.

Dental extractions can be performed by Dr. Collins in our surgical-style operating suite in Conway, AR. If tooth extraction is recommended by your dentist, we will schedule you for the first available appointment and develop a treatment plan to meet your needs after performing a full examination and form a treatment plan.

Restoration After Tooth Extraction

Missing teeth can lead to a host of dental problems including jaw bone deterioration and the shifting of healthy teeth. That is why Dr. Collins recommends restoring your tooth with the proper restorative treatment. During your initial consultation, our surgical team will provide you with all of your restoration options for your missing tooth. If you select dental implants as your restorative treatment, we can often place the dental implant at the time of your tooth extraction.

To learn more about your extraction and restoration options, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation. We will provide you with all of the information needed to select the restoration option that is right for your mouth and smile.

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Impacted Canines https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/impacted-canines-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/impacted-canines-conway-ar/ Canines, like wisdom teeth, have a tendency to become impacted. The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth; they have the deepest and strongest roots of all the teeth, and they help guide the alignment of the other teeth. While an orthodontist can usually align the surrounding teeth to allow the canines to grow in normally,…

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Canines, like wisdom teeth, have a tendency to become impacted. The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth; they have the deepest and strongest roots of all the teeth, and they help guide the alignment of the other teeth. While an orthodontist can usually align the surrounding teeth to allow the canines to grow in normally, sometimes growths, other adult teeth, or primary teeth that haven’t fallen out yet can get in the way and cause complications. In these cases, you may be referred to Dr. Collins, who will work with your orthodontist to expose the teeth and guide them into proper alignment.

Benefits of Early Recognition of Impacted Canines

Seeking early treatment for impacted canines can make the procedural process much easier. Usually, the canines erupt around age 13, but having your child’s teeth examined earlier can allow for preventative treatments, such as the straightening of teeth with braces to create space for the canines to grow in properly. If you do not clear the eruption path before the age of about 12, or other complications exist, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for treatment.

For older patients, the canines may become fused in place, making proper eruption impossible. If this is the case, we offer tooth extraction and dental implant procedures to restore your oral function and smile.

How Canine Exposure and Bonding Works

In cases where the canines cannot erupt naturally, your oral surgeon will work with your orthodontist to expose and align the teeth properly.

First, the orthodontist will move the permanent teeth into their proper positions using braces or other alignment methods. Then Dr. Collins will surgically expose the impacted tooth or teeth by pushing back the gum tissue and removing any bone or baby teeth blocking the path of the tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, Dr. Collins will attach a small chain to the tooth. After the surgery, usually within a week or two, your orthodontist will attach this chain to a small band, which will apply a light pulling pressure and guide the tooth into place.

We offer consultations and impacted tooth exposures at our Conway, AR, office.

If you or your child suffers from impacted canines, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Collins. The canines are some of the most important teeth in the mouth because of their effect on your bite and tooth alignment. Our expert surgical team will ensure that you or your child are well cared for and well informed throughout the entire procedure.

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Sleep Apnea https://facesurgeon.com/procedure/sleep-apnea-conway-ar/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:21:58 +0000 http://facesurgeon.com/procedure/sleep-apnea-conway-ar/ Patients with sleep apnea can suffer from sleep disruptions, daytime fatigue, impaired alertness, hypertension, slow reaction times, and vision problems. Sufferers experience throat obstruction during sleep, where airflow is blocked for seconds or even minutes at a time. This can lead to low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, attention and memory problems, and even cardiovascular…

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Patients with sleep apnea can suffer from sleep disruptions, daytime fatigue, impaired alertness, hypertension, slow reaction times, and vision problems. Sufferers experience throat obstruction during sleep, where airflow is blocked for seconds or even minutes at a time. This can lead to low blood oxygen levels, which can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, attention and memory problems, and even cardiovascular complications.

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are the following:

  • Loud snoring
  • Obstructed breathing, which often leads to loud gasping or choking during the night
  • Waking up throughout the night with shortness of breath or dry mouth
  • Intermittent periods of sleep where breathing stops completely (witnessed by another person)
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness or grogginess
  • Attention problems

Sleep Apnea Treatment

While sleep apnea is often treated with measures such as the prescription of a CPAP air machine or weight loss, some cases are best treated by surgery to unblock the throat obstruction. Sometimes the throat or enlarged tonsils can cause sleep apnea, and surgery to alter the soft palate (UPPP procedures) can solve the issue. In other cases, jaw misalignment can contribute to sleep apnea, and jaw alignment (orthognathic) surgery may be needed to correct the disorder. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications — low blood oxygen can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

We offer treatment for sleep apnea in our state-of-the-art operating suite in Conway, AR.

Dr. Collins can perform a thorough examination, including oral and throat scans, to determine the level of airway obstruction. A sleep study may also be recommended to test the severity of the condition.

Dr. Collins has extensive training in jaw advancement procedures that actually have a very high cure rate for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Our team will ensure that you receive the proper care for your condition, and surgery will only be recommended if it would be the best course of treatment for you.

Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. We will gladly schedule you a consultation to determine the best course of treatment for your situation.

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