Dr. Bahi

Can I Get Dental Implants?

Well, this is an easy answer. Basically, if you are over 18 and have lost a tooth or several teeth, chances are high that you can be a candidate for dental implants. The reason we say you should be over 18 is because your bone tissue is not fully developed and your jaw is still growing.

That said, you do need to be in good general health, just like with any type of surgical procedure. This includes not having periodontal disease or tooth decay. Plus, you would absolutely need to take care of any oral health issues before a dental surgeon would even consider giving you implants.

Other health issues that may prevent you from getting dental implants include:

  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Immune system problems
  • Cancer
  • Drug abuse

You would need to discuss all health issues and concerns with your doctor and dental surgeon to confirm 100% whether or not you are a candidate.

Lastly, if you are a smoker, it goes without saying that smoking is bad for your overall health. When it comes to implants specifically, it could really slow down your healing. Smoking is also not good for the ongoing health of your gums and bone structure. The moral of the story is this: if you want a healthy mouth and a successful dental implant surgery, stop smoking, period.

Located in the Surrey, BC area and interested in a consultation for dental implant surgery? Call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today: 604-507-0514.

 

 

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? You need to focus on the importance of oral health 365 days a year, but October being dedicated to it, serves as a good reminder.

And it doesn’t matter whether you have real teeth, dental implants, or a mix of both. You still need to brush thoroughly twice a day for at least two minutes and floss to prevent problems from arising such as bad breath, bleeding gums, and cavities. Not to mention, poor oral health can affect your whole body and organs in a negative way. Good oral health cannot be emphasized enough.

Plus, time goes by so fast, you may think you were just at the dentist for a cleaning, when it could have literally been 9 months ago. Always book your next appointment before you leave your dental clinic, so that you can be sure not to lose track of when you need another checkup and professional cleaning.

You only get one set of teeth – and it goes without saying that dental implants are an investment that you want to protect, so take care of them.

If you are located in the Surrey, BC area, interested in a consultation for dental implants or wisdom teeth removal, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514.

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Looking for Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal in Surrey? Call us!

What are impacted teeth?

Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to erupt (come into your mouth). In other words, they are stuck in the bone of your  jaw.

What causes impacted teeth?

– Genetic changes

– Lack of space / overcrowding

– Unusual growths on the soft tissue of your gums

Not everyone has impacted teeth, but for those who do, it is most common for wisdom teeth to be impacted, followed by maxillary canines.

Wisdom teeth have no functional need and can fortunately be removed with virtually no impact, but the canine teeth can pose a greater challenge.

What are some signs that may indicate that you have impacted teeth?

– A gap where the tooth has not come through (erupted)

– Swelling and redness of the gums

– Ongoing headache or jaw ache

– Tenderness or pain around the mouth, jaw, or gums

– Unpleasant taste in the mouth

– Bad breath

What happens if impacted canines are left in the jaw bone?

This can cause problems. The roots of the adjacent teeth can start to disappear, and in extreme cases, the adjacent teeth can be lost as a result of this.

So as you can tell, it is very important to get this addressed.

Dr. Bahi at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery is an expert in the extraction of impacted teeth in Surrey. If you are located in the Surrey area, please call us to book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.

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Top 10 Reasons to Get a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a great “reboot” for your skin. If they are done in the comfort of your home, they will obviously be a lot more mild, providing superficial peeling and gentle exfoliation. On the other hand, chemical peels done by estheticians at a clinic will have a lower pH, enabling them to penetrate deeper into your skin.

You’re going to get more out of a peel done by a professional. No doubt about it. Yes, some may agitate your skin more in terms of redness and peeling, but the results will be worth it.

There are many different types of chemical peels, but the overall goal of the stronger peels is to dissolve the top layers of your skin, creating a controlled wound. This then allows the skin to regenerate.

Need more incentive to get a chemical peel?

Here are the top 10 reasons:

  1. Improve your skin’s texture
  2. Give your skin a glow
  3. Enable your skin to hold more moisture
  4. Promote the production of collagen
  5. Increase your skin’s cell turnover rate
  6. Reduce fine lines and hyperpigmentation
  7. Make your skin softer, smoother, and more even-toned
  8. Unclog your pores and help with acne issues
  9. Make your skin look more dewy
  10. Improve minor scars

So what are you waiting for? If you are located in Surrey, BC, call us to book an appointment for a chemical peel today!

 

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Wondering if Your Dental Implant Is Infected?

The success rate of dental implant surgery is extremely high, however, just like with anything, there is always a risk of something happening. However, this is usually because of reasons other than the fault of the implant.

Just like with your regular teeth, if you don’t pay attention to your oral health, you run the risk of getting an infection. This includes neglecting your at-home dental care, as well as your regular cleanings and checkups at your dental office.

When you get an infection around your dental implant, this is a form of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. Your dentist will be able to diagnose this very easily through a thorough examination. They will want to stop the progression of the infection to be able to salvage the dental implant.

What are the possible causes of this type of gum disease, other than poor oral hygiene?

  • Smoking
  • Weak immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Teeth grinding
  • Allergic reaction to the dental implant

What happens if I get an infection and it doesn’t get treated?

If the infection is left untreated, you will have to deal with progressive bone loss. The infection can also lead to a failed implant.

What are the signs of an infected dental implant?

  • Inflamed gums – red, puffy, and bleeding around the dental implant
  • Pus
  • The implant becomes loose
  • Unwelcome taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Throbbing
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Dull ache
  • Difficult to chew your food
  • Fever

It is incredibly important to have these types of infections treated as soon as possible. If left ignored, the gum disease can become very aggressive. Infected implants even have the ability to lead to systemic illness, meaning that they can even damage to your heart and other organs. Never underestimate the power that an infection can have on your whole body and overall health. Bacteria can spread like wildfire.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you suspect that something is wrong. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. And don’t just assume it will get better or go away, because realistically, it will just get worse.

Looking for a dental implant surgeon in the Surrey, BC area? Look no further than New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Call us today at: 604-507-0514.

 

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What is a Dry Socket?

After getting your teeth extracted, under normal circumstances, a blood clot forms in that area. The blood clot serves as a protective layer over the nerve endings and bone in the empty tooth socket. It also provides a foundation for the growth of new bone and development of soft tissue.

The problem lies when this blood clot fails to develop. Alternatively, the blood clot may have formed, but dislodged or dissolved before the wound healed.

This is when you may suffer from a dry socket. When there is no clot, the socket (area where your tooth was removed) gets inflamed and the bone and nerves are exposed. You will then suffer from intense pain, in both the socket and along the side of the face. Food and debris can also get lost in the socket.

A dry socket can also be caused from bacteria in the socket or trauma from a difficult tooth extraction, such as with an impacted wisdom tooth.

Aside from the severe pain, other symptoms include:

  • Bad breath
  • Visible bone in the socket
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth

Over the counter pain medication is not enough to treat this, so don’t just wait around thinking it will get better on it’s own. You will need to re-visit your dentist or oral surgeon for treatment. The sooner, the better!

For Surrey wisdom teeth extraction, call us to book a consultation at New England Cosmetic Oral & Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514

 

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How Much Do You Know About Retinol?

With endless products on the market claiming to prevent and minimize your facial lines and wrinkles, it can be difficult to decide which ones to try (and place your trust in). That said, it would be hard to find a skincare professional who wouldn’t have great things to say about retinol. It’s one of the few ingredients on the market that has been proven to actually work! And not only can it fight aging skin, but it can also help clear up pesky acne.

That said, you wouldn’t want to put it it to your skin without being educated as to how to apply it, how often, or if you have a skin condition that wouldn’t agree with it. People who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, for example, would not be good candidates. Retinol could lead to further inflammation and worsen symptoms. You also would not want to mix benzoyl peroxide, AHA’s, or BHA’s with retinoids, as this can compromise your skin and cause irritation.

What does retinol do?

Retinol exfoliates, helps produce collagen, and fights against free radicals. There is a myth that it makes your skin thinner, but it actually makes skin thicker, increasing cell turnover and collagen production. This results in more youthful-looking skin.

When should it be applied?

Retinol should be applied before bed, after you cleanse your face. It actually breaks down in sunlight, which is why you’ll notice that retinol products come in opaque packaging. Retinol can also make you more sensitive to the sun, which is why it is crucial to wear sunscreen daily. You’ll also want to apply a moisturizer after to seal it in and keep your skin more hydrated. Ideally, you would wait about half an hour before applying the moisturizer on top.

How much do I need to use?

A pea-sized amount is adequate. Think “less is more”.

How often should I use it?

To begin with, you may only want to use it once or twice a week at the most, as your skin will have to get used to it and develop a tolerance. Too much at once, and you’ll experience a lot of redness and flaking. There is also research which suggests that cell turnover in no longer increased after three months of retinol usage, so it is recommended to use for three months, then take a three month break. Ideally, you would time it so that your three month break is over the summer months.

What is the difference between Retinol, Retin-A, and Retinoid?

  • Retin-A is a prescription level retinoid, stronger in nature, that is used for acne as well as anti-aging.
  • Retinol is the over-the-counter version of Retin-A, which becomes the active Retinoic Acid when it is applied to the skin.
  • Retinoids are the family that Retin-A, Retinol & Retinoic Acid belong to. A chemical compound of Vitamin A.

How do I know which product to buy?

Medical-grade products are recommended. Consult with a skincare representative or a dermatologist if you have any questions about retinol and your skin type. They’ll also be able to explain the differences between brands. It is also a good idea to Google different products and check out the reviews from verified buyers. It’s important to note that just because a product has retinol, not all products are created equal.

Do you have more questions about retinol and your skin care? We can help! Give us a call at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery, located in Surrey, BC: 604-507-0514.

 

 

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Do Dental Implants Stain?

One of the key benefits of dental implants is that you don’t have to worry about getting cavities. You still need to care for them like real teeth though, of course, brushing and flossing twice a day.

But what about staining?

Staining can happen if the glazed finish on your implants wears off for some reason. It is a good idea to avoid toothpaste that contains ingredients such as silica or baking soda, as these can be abrasive to the implants. Even on natural teeth, overtime, there is a risk that they will strip your tooth enamel.

You could also have staining along your gumline, which is why it is important for to visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings so that they can clean and polish this area.

And also with natural teeth, you’ll be better off if you avoid certain food and drink such as red wine, coffee, tea, berries, and cola. Plus, it goes without saying that you should steer clear of smoking and chewing tobacco, not only for staining issues, but for your overall health and well-being.

Are you are considering dental implants? Come see Dr. K. Bahi at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery for a consultation. Call us today at 604-507-0514.

 

 

 

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Stay Away from Sugar to Protect Your Skin

When we think of indulging in our favorite sugary treats, we don’t want to think that they could have a negative effect on our skin. Unfortunately, when you consume a lot of processed sugar, it contributes to aging, irritation, acne, and even rosacea.

If you want to maintain your youth as long as possible, keep sugar to a minimum. Too much sugar makes your insulin spike, which causes inflammation in the body. When this happens, enzymes that are produced break down the skin’s collagen and elastin, which are both responsible for keeping your skin young and firm, as they attach your skin to the muscles in your face. Inflammation can also lead to broken capillaries.

And if that wasn’t enough, sugar can also lead to wrinkles, dark circles around your eyes, and dehydrate your skin.

Plus, if your diet contains a lot of sugary-foods, chances are higher that you are not intaking enough vitamins and minerals, both of which are needed to maintain a youthful complexion.

Tips for Removing / Reducing Sugar from Your Diet to Help Prevent Aging Skin:

  • Stay away from soft drinks, pastries, sweets, candies, cakes, and the like
  • Research foods that have a low Glycemic Index
  • Eat lots of antioxidant-rich foods
  • Use natural honey or Stevia to sweeten
  • When shopping for groceries, stick to the exterior of the store, as aside from the bakery, the majority of foods that are high in sugar are found in the aisles. In other words, don’t tempt yourself!

Less sugar intake plus physical activity, and plenty of water can make a huge difference in your health and appearance. Once you start to see how much better you look and feel, it will be that much easier to stick to a healthier diet!

For oral & cosmetic facial surgery, including dental implant surgery in Surrey, come see us a New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery! Give us a call to book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.

 

 

 

 

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The Aging Process from Your 20’s to Senior Years

When you’re in your twenties, you tend to think you’re invincible. The thought of getting older doesn’t really cross your mind. You indulge in drinking, smoking, and lots of sunbathing, all of which can start to take a toll on your skin.

Things to focus on in your twenties:

• Have a daily skin care routine for morning and night with quality products.
• Always wear sunblock, regardless of the weather. Just because it may be cloudy, doesn’t mean that you aren’t still being harmed by UV rays.
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Quit smoking
• Consider Botox and skin resurfacing in your later 20’s – it pays to be proactive!

In your thirties and for the remainder of your life, you want to focus on the same preventative measures as you did in your twenties, but the fact of the matter is, you’ll be faced with more stress and your skin will start losing collagen and elastin. You’ll notice more fine lines and other visible signs of aging. This is the age range where Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments start to become a necessity.

In your forties and fifties, you will start to notice a much greater change in appearance, especially if you have not proceeded with any type of cosmetic facial procedures. Your face loses volume, your skin will sag more, you’ll have to work extra hard in the gym to tighten up parts of your body, and your eyes and temples may appear more sunken. This is the best time to consider surgical procedures, not to completely change your look, but to make you look like a better version of your existing self. More refreshed and youthful with a confident glow!

As you enter the senior years (60+), you’ll have the same issues as your forties and fifties…they’ll just be more prominent. This is when more invasive surgical techniques will be required to make an impact.
The more you know about the aging process, the better off you’ll be, both in terms of aging gracefully, as well as seeking out certain procedures that can shed years off of your face. When considering any type of surgical procedure, ensure you are visiting a surgeon who is reputable and board-certified. They know all of the procedures inside-out, so they will recommend whatever is best to achieve your desired results.

Don’t fear aging. Fear not taking care of yourself to look and feel your very best throughout your life!

Looking for a oral or cosmetic facial surgeon in Surrey, BC? Look no further than New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery! Check out our services and give us a call to book a consultation: 604-507-0514.

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