Dr. Bahi

Common Questions About Dental Implants

Considering dental implants? Here are the answers to some common questions… 

How did dental implants come to be?

Dental implants came to be when a scientist discovered that bone would naturally bond to titanium.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are permanently placed in the jaw bone, providing support for the replaced teeth. The bone grows around the implants and bonds with them as if they were bone. The titanium part is not visible. The part that is visible is the prosthetic tooth.

What is the prosthetic teeth made of?

The prosthetic teeth are made of porcelain.

What color are the prosthetic teeth?

Prosthetic teeth are custom-made for you, so they are color-matched to your existing teeth. This is great because then you don’t have to worry about the prosthetic teeth standing out

What is the biggest benefit of dental implants?

The biggest benefit of having dental implants is that once they are in, they function and feel like regular teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove them and they don’t shift around.

Will people be able to tell that I have dental implants?

No, people will not be able to notice that you have dental implants. The only way they would know is if you tell them.

Can I chew gum with dental implants?

Yes! You can chew gum just like with natural teeth. The gum will not stick to the implants.

Will I be in any pain during dental implant surgery?

You don’t have to worry about being in any pain during the surgical procedure of getting implants because anesthetic will be used. Your oral surgeon’s main priority is making your experience as comfortable as possible.

What can I expect right after my oral surgery for dental implants?

As with any surgery, there is recovery time and your mouth will need to heal. You can expect to feel sore and some discomfort.

Am I at risk for breakage with dental implants?

Just like with your regular teeth, you need to take precautions. If you chew ice, bite hard candies, or random objects like pens, yes, you could risk breaking them. Treat them as you would regular teeth, and you don’t have to worry.

Can dental implants stain?

Yes, dental implants can stain just like natural teeth from things like coffee and red wine. It is important to schedule regular cleanings just like you would if all of your teeth were natural.

How long will my dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants will last 25+ years! They really are the best “permanent” solution.

Still have questions about oral implants? If you are located in the Surrey area, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. We would love to book you in for a consultation as well to ease your mind of any concerns and conduct an evaluation of your needs.

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Do You Yearn for Beautiful Earlobes?

surrey earlobe surgeryOn a day to day basis, one doesn’t put much thought into their earlobes. However, it is one of the most common procedures requested to plastic surgeons, by both males and females.

There are 3 main types of earlobe surgery:

Repairing torn earlobes

  • Torn earlobes can happen over time from wearing heavy earrings, causing the lobe to stretch. Focus on buying earrings that are studs or lightweight.
  • Your clothing or hairbrush may catch your earring, causing a tear. It is easy to be unaware of your earrings because you can’t really feel them. Even if they are extra heavy, you just get used to them. The best thing you can do is get into the habit of taking them off before getting dressed or disrobing.
  • You may be holding a baby who latches onto an earring and yanks it. Babies can find themselves super intrigued by sparkly things, after all. If you are a new mother, it is a good idea to again, just stick to wearing small studs. That way you don’t even have to even think about it.

Earlobe reduction

  • Some people naturally have ear lobes that are abnormally large, which may draw attention to them and lead to feelings of insecurity.
  • Because cartilage of the ears continues to grow as people age, this can lead to larger earlobes.
  • Gravity can also be a key player in earlobes stretching and enlarging.

Surgical excision of keloids

The removal of keloids are a more complicated form of earlobe surgery. Keloids are abnormal scars that can form from any tear or break of the skin…even from something minor like an ear piercing.

That may not sound too bad…until you know that they can actually grow to grotesque dimensions and form painful deformities the size of a walnut.

The surgeon has to remove the abnormal tissue and then reconstruct the ear lobe by using and rearranging normal tissue. Cortisone medication can be injected to hinder any new abnormal scar tissue from forming.

If surgery is needed or desired, seek out the help of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

If you are located in Surrey, book a consultation with Dr. K. Bahi at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Confidence about your appearance is priceless.

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Chemical Peels Can Do Wonders for Your Complexion

Who doesn’t want a flawless complexion, right? It keeps us looking more youthful, vibrant, and gives us a healthy glow…not to mention, makes us feel more confident.

You have likely heard the term “chemical peel” before, but they have come a long way over the years. Back in the day, people may have found them to be more painful and possibly even leaving skin quite raw. Formulas have since been refined, thanks to technology, and are now easier on your skin.

The main goal of chemical peels today is not to just create a ton of visible peeling…but moreso to infuse the skin with rich ingredients to decrease lines, improve skin tone, and build collagen.

There are also different types and levels of chemical peels. Lighter peels are more focused on removing superficial wrinkles, whereas medium and deep peels are for more serious conditions that you want to correct. Deeper peels obviously take more healing time (and would cause more peeling), but your technician can advise you as to what level would work best for what you are trying to achieve.

Benefits of Chemical peels:

  • Are great for exfoliating skin to uncover a more even and smoother texture chemical peel surrey
  • Can help minimize sun damage
  • Can help minimize pigmentation from acne scars
  • Can soften lines

Chemical peels can also be an affordable option to pricey lasers if those don’t fit your current budget. You can also get impressive results in a single treatment, vs. having to make several appointments.

Have we piqued your interest? Call us to book an appointment for a chemical peel in Surrey today! We would love to get you on the right track to your new, healthy glow!


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Does Everyone NEED to Get Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The question that so many people have when the conversation of wisdom teeth comes up: Does Everyone NEED to Get Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted? does everyone need to get wisdom teeth removed

Your wisdom teeth are your third molars that don’t pop up from your gumline until late in adolescence…and possibly not even into your 20’s. With evolution, people have had less of a need for these specific teeth, so our jaws have compensated for this.

These molars get a bad rap because they are known for causing problems (not to mention, an extra expense if removed).

That said, not everyone will need to get their wisdom teeth removed. If your jaw is large enough to accommodate them and you have no problems when they erupt, it would not be necessary.

How can you have reassurance that you do not need to get them removed?

Well, for starters, if you have zero symptoms indicating a sign of a problem. Secondly, if your dentist looks at your x-rays and determines that your wisdom teeth are in a good, healthy position. Just because you may not have symptoms, it doesn’t guarantee that everything is ok. Get a proper x-ray to give you peace of mind.

The bad news? Well, few and far between won’t have to have their wisdom teeth removed. The majority will, so it’s best to be prepared and accepting of the possibility.

Ask questions at your next dental visit to know where you stand in terms of your wisdom teeth, as well as the removal options available.

If you are located in Surrey, book a consultation with us at New England Cosmetic Oral & Facial Surgery for wisdom teeth removal: 604-507-0514.



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The Link Between Cosmetic Facial Surgery & Success

Are you on the fence about whether or not you should proceed with a cosmetic facial procedure, such as chin implant or cheek augmentation? Well this information may just give you that extra push you need to take the next step. success and cosmetic facial surgery

There have actually been studies done of some of the wealthiest people, and what they had in common was strong and distinct facial features. These studies have concluded, that in many cases, strong physical characteristics often match strong personalities. This is why more often than not, it’s the people who have strong personalities that are the most confident, stand out, and have the most accomplishments under their belt. confidence facial surgery

Of course you need to have other skills such as ambition, drive, be self-motivated, and have an excellent attitude (just to name a few) to work your way up the ladder, but it’s interesting to think that your face could actually give you an extra advantage. It makes sense though, because the better you feel on the inside, the better you are going to carry yourself. Plus, other people can pick up on that too when they interact with you. Confidence is key in feeling your best!

So…if you are intrigued by a certain cosmetic facial feature and you think it would make you feel better, what are you waiting for? It may just give you that extra boost towards success in your career too! Who knew?!

If you are looking for a cosmetic facial surgeon in Surrey, call us for a consultation at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514.


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Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way of Your Oral or Maxillofacial Procedure

It’s normal to be nervous when you go to the dentist or the doctor…and especially when you need to have a surgical procedure done. The anxious feelings of the unknown are so much worse than the actual procedure though, because you don’t know exactly what to expect until you experience it. The same goes for anything new you encounter in life that takes you outside of your comfort zone.

That said, if you come to an oral & maxillofacial clinic like New England Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Bahi and the staff will make you feel as comfortable as possible and explain everything from beginning to end. No questions will go unanswered.

You will also be provided with in-office sedation, so you won’t feel a thing while the procedure is happening. You will literally fall asleep, and then before you know it, you will be awake again with everything done! It is then all uphill from there!

Does the thought of anaesthesia make you weary? Not to worry. Anyone who administers anaesthesia has extensive training and knows how to safely administer anesthesia. Risk factors are extremely limited, so you are in good hands when you need to have your wisdom teeth removed or when you want to get dental implants.

Learn more here about “before anaesthesia” and “after anaesthesia”.

Do you have any questions about any of our oral or cosmetic facial services? Want more details about anesthesia and how it is administered at our clinic? Feel free to call us today: 604-507-0514. We would also love to book you for a no-pressure consultation.


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Do You Need to Get Your Tooth Removed?

When a tooth is damaged, broken, or decayed, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling or other type of dental treatment. However, if it is not repairable, your dentist or dental surgeon will then proceed with removing / extracting it completely from it’s socket.  tooth removal surrey

What are some other reasons why people need to get teeth removed?

  • Baby teeth don’t always fall out in time for permanent teeth to come in
  • There may be a tooth that is blocking another one from coming in
  • People who are getting braces may need teeth extracted to make room for other teeth to move properly into place
  • People who are getting radiation treatment or taking cancer drugs may need to get weakened teeth removed
  • If teeth are infected
  • If your wisdom teeth are getting in the way (also known as third molars)

There are two kinds of tooth removal:

Simple tooth extractions – when the tooth can still be seen in your mouth, your dentist loosens the tooth and removes it.

Surgical tooth extraction – when a tooth has not erupted in the mouth or has broken off at the gums, your oral surgeon makes an incision in your gum to remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth

Key Things to Know About Caring for Yourself AFTER Tooth Removal:

  • To reduce and/or prevent swelling, place ice packs on your face, 20 minutes on…20 minutes off
  • Swish your mouth with warm salt water (24 hours after surgery)
  • Eat soft and cold foods (stock up before your procedure, as you likely won’t feel like going grocery shopping after)
  • Stay away from using straws or spitting, as this can create a dry socket (pull the blood clot from the hole where the tooth was)
  • Don’t smoke (if you do smoke, this is another great reason to quit)

Looking for tooth extraction in Surrey? Call us at New England Oral & Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514 to book a consultation.


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Wondering if You Have a Wisdom Tooth Infection?

The first thing you should do if you think you may have a wisdom tooth infection would be to contact your dentist or oral surgeon.  They will be able to give you a concrete diagnosis to see if it is definitely an infection or see if some other type of dental issue may be causing problems. They would then be able to start you on a course of treatment such as antibiotics.

This is nothing to take your time with, as it can get worse…not to mention, the pain can become unbearable and the whole experience can just make your days unpleasant.

The first sign that you may have a wisdom tooth infection would the obvious – pain in the area where the tooth is. You may also end up experiencing headaches, neck and throat pain, swollen lymph glands under the jaw, and jaw pain.  And if that wasn’t enough, add on the possibility of bad breath, bad taste in your mouth, pus drainage, and swelling of the face and jaw.

As you can imagine, it would also be very uncomfortable and difficult to eat, not to mention negatively affect your appetite.

In addition to antibiotics, your dentist or oral surgeon will also be able to recommend the best type of pain relievers and numbing gels that you would be able to buy at your local drugstore. You may also find some relief by gargling salt water.

Will You Have to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

An infection can get cleared up, however, if you are already having issues with like this, it would be a wise idea to have your wisdom teeth removed or you may find yourself dealing with recurring infections.

Looking for a top oral surgeon in Surrey for wisdom teeth removal? Give us a call at New England Oral & Facial Surgery and book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.



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What Do The Ingredients in My Moisturizer Do For My Skin?

You couldn’t go a day without water to hydrate your body, so you should hold moisturizer for your skin in the same regard. Both provide hydration for your body and keep you healthy – just in different ways.  Not to mention, it just feels refreshing applying it after getting out of the shower!

Moisturizer Ingredients

Why you need hydration for your skin:

  • To make your skin look healthy – smoother, softer, fresher looking
  • To attract water to your skin cells
  • For your skin to function at peak performance
  • For smoother makeup application
  • To prevent wrinkles and/or slow down the wrinkling process

When you are searching for a moisturizer, the labels can be overwhelming.  Let’s help you get to the bottom of what the different ingredients actually do:

  • Occlusives (such as dimethicone, petrolatum, paraffin, and lanolin) – form a barrier on the epidermis. This prevents the loss of water when skin is exposed to wind or dry air.
  • Emollients – fill spaces between rough or peeling skin cells. This smooths the surface of the skin. Mineral oil, lanolin, and petrolatum are occlusive agents that also act as emollients.
  • Humectants (such as alpha hydroxy acids, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, sorbitol, urea, propylene glycol, and sugars) attract water into the skin cells. This causes the skin surface to plump up (temporarily), which makes it appear smoother.
  • Caffeine – perking and plumping benefits. It helps with circulation and is also a powerful antioxidant, with the ability to calm red or irritated skin from rosacea and sun damage.
  • Vitamin Aencourages healthy skin cell production. Retinol, retina,l and retinoic acid are important to the production and growth or cells. It also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy.

  • Vitamin B5 – stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. Increases the skin’s hydration and improves its softness and elasticity. Ideal for the dry, scaly or rough skin.
  • Vitamin C –Treats dryness, age spots, wrinkles, and redness. Makes skin feel more firm. Brightens and evens your skin tone. Protects skins and fights skin damage.
  • Vitamin EBlocks free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the aging process. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots. Also known as a wound healer, protects skin, and fights skin damage.
  • PABA-Free SPF Sunscreens – help prevent premature lines and wrinkles by protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

So the moral of the story – moisturize every single day and protect your skin. No exceptions and no excuses! Be sure to read the ingredients before you buy.

Looking for high quality skincare? We carry some great product lines at our cosmetic and facial surgery clinic in Surrey. Call us for more information or come by to check them out yourself!



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Men: Botox is for YOU Too!

It is normal for everyone to want to look and feel their best – not just women. Anti-aging treatments are often thought of as something that women focus on to protect their beauty, but men want to keep their youth as long as possible too! Stats actually show that visible signs of aging are a common concern in counselling and coaching sessions of males. Women just talk about it more.

More and more, men are interested in skincare than ever before too, and this is a great thing. It’s not just about using a drugstore bar of soap and water anymore.

This is likely large in part because we are at a time when people are taking so many photos and posting them online. It makes people notice things about how they look that they may not have years ago. It can also make people feel self-conscious or insecure…and also make them start to compare themselves to others in the same age group.

Certain career paths can also contribute to this movement – body builders, actors, and public figures are more likely to look into ways in which they can preserve their looks and build their confidence.

So what can Botox do for you?

Botox not only softens the lines you currently have. It can also prevent wrinkles from forming. This is a great example of why it is good to be proactive instead of reactive.

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If it is your first time and you are apprehensive, start with one area instead of feeling like you need to target several areas of your face. It is also good to take a “less is more” approach in terms of the amount. “Rested and refreshed” should be the goal.

When people say others look “plastic”, this is only because it has been overdone. It takes a lot to get to that point, so don’t let that deter you from trying it.

This is also why it is so important to get this done by a professional in a reputable clinic with a lot of experience. Don’t go for “cheap” or deeply discounted offers. When dealing with Botox or any type of procedures on your face, you don’t want to take any shortcuts.

Plus, it’s a really quick procedure. You can pop in on a work break and head right back to the office. The only thing you should be aware of is to stay away from going to the gym for a day (a good excuse for a rest!). This is simply because it could cause the Botox to metabolize prematurely and you don’t want it veering off from the targeted spots.

So men…if you want to prevent fine lines and wrinkles or temporarily get rid of the ones you have, don’t delay, make an appointment for  Botox today! What have you got to lose?!

Located in the Vancouver area? Come see us at New England Oral & Facial Surgery for Botox in Surrey! We have lots of male clients. You will be in great hands!


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