Dr. George S. Lee

Why Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth the Best

Dental_Implant_Users_Eating.jpgStatistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) indicate that nearly 70% of U.S. adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one missing tooth as the result of an accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures. Many options exist to replace missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures. However, one option stands out as the best: dental implants.

In short, dental implants are replacements for the root or roots of a tooth. The implant is screwed into the jawbone and used to secure crowns, bridgework, or dentures.

What makes dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth? Here are some of the reasons why

1. They last.

With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. The crown—or the ceramic tooth that is fastened to the implant and looks like a natural tooth—may need to be replaced over time (10 to 15 years), but the actual abutment and screw will last for much longer. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Ways to Afford Dental Implants

Financing_Dental_Implants-Piggy_Bank.jpgAs you prepare for surgery, you experience mixed emotions. You are excited about the results and having the procedure behind you. You are a little anxious about anesthesia despite understanding how safe it is. You feel overwhelmed when thinking about the potential financial burden of the surgery.

When it comes to achieving your goals with dental implants, your focus should be on the smile you will have at the finish line, not on the payment.

While some payment options will have different requirements and prerequisites, there are several ways to affordably get the implants you deserve.

1. Medical Insurance

It’s important to call your medical insurance provider and see what your plan may cover. Some medical plans provide coverage for some dental related services. For example, many plans cover procedures that require extensive bone grafting, while other plans cover extractions. Once you know the scope of the surgical plan, reach out to your insurance representative before you schedule your procedure to find out what will be covered. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom-Teeth.jpgThere are lots of questions surrounding wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. While most people have wisdom teeth, they typically don’t feel them. Why is that? If you don’t feel them, why have them surgically removed? And, why are they called wisdom teeth in the first place?

At Cumberland Surgical Arts, we believe in educating our patients so that they can make fact-based decisions about their care and surgical plans. That’s why we developed the following quick-reference guide of the five must-know facts about your wisdom teeth.

1. What are wisdom teeth?

As the third and final set of teeth, wisdom teeth make up the last set of molars in the human mouth. For most people, these teeth start appearing in their late teens or early twenties. If the teeth are healthy and aligned properly, then they should pose no threat to the rest of the mouth. However, when the wisdom teeth are misaligned, they can become problematic. For instance, if they position themselves horizontally or are angled inward, outward, toward, or away from the second molars, they could crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. This is why many people choose to remove them before they become an issue. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Tips for Making the Most of Your First Appointment

Doctor-Patient-Consultation.jpgWhen you are headed out to a business meeting, you come prepared with extra copies of the presentation and a take-home document with follow-up information for the client. Often times, the success of the meeting is directly related to how well and thoroughly you prepared. The same goes for your first appointment regarding your dental surgery.

As discussed in some of our previous blogs, preparing for your procedure is just as important as taking an active role in your post-procedure care. There are things you can do ahead of time to make certain that you have a most successful and informative initial appointment at Cumberland Surgical Arts.

Here are 6 tips for making the most of your first appointment:

1. Coordinate your medical history.

Before your appointment, you should talk to your general practitioner or any other specialists involved in your healthcare. Find out if they have any concerns about your procedure as it relates to the healthcare they are providing.
Dr. DeFelice and Dr. Lee will talk directly with your healthcare providers about their concerns, which will be taken into consideration when crafting a surgical plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Office Anesthesia Is Different from Hospital Anesthesia

Cumberland-In-office-Anesthesia.jpgIf you are having a surgical procedure at Cumberland Surgical Arts, you will most likely be under anesthesia in some form. From topical anesthetics to general anesthesia administered by our surgeons and CRNAs, we select the method that will keep you safe and most comfortable through out your procedure.

Because of our extensive training and certifications, we are able to offer anesthesia in our office setting. There are 3 major advantages to office-based anesthesia for surgical procedures over hospital provided anesthesia. These advantages are boiled down to three C’s: convenience, comfort, and cost.

Convenience

We understand that time spent taking care of your health is important, and we appreciate that time you spend at appointments is time taken away from other responsibilities and commitments. Anesthesia in the office setting, versus in the hospital, is a more efficient use of your time and ours.

In our office, on the day of your surgery, you do not spend time waiting to meet with the anesthesiologist, giving them your medical history, or waiting for their teams to align with the surgical team before administering your medicines. Instead, you start your surgery day meeting with a team that you have come to know over the course of your appointments prior to the surgery. This team has already learned, studied, and adapted a plan to your medical history. All that’s left to do is put said plan into action. Read the rest of this entry »

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Expertise Matters for Dental Anesthesia

Cumberland-Dental-Anesthesia.jpgAnesthesia is one of the most important parts of dental surgery. Not only does anesthesia provide pain management, but it also keeps you safe from moving or interrupting the surgery. As such, it’s important to review this aspect with your doctor before the day of your surgery arrives. Understanding potential side effects, recovery expectations, and how to prepare is all part of your dental surgery process. But nothing is as important as feeling confident in your provider.

You want to feel comfortable and that you are in good hands from the moment you arrive on the day of your surgery to when you leave. To feel confident in the success of your surgery, expertise matters. At Cumberland Surgical Arts, our doctors and staff are trained to make sure that your anesthesia experience is safe and that you are most comfortable.

Here’s what we do to ensure your safety at every step:

Surgical Time-Out

This is practice is taken straight from hospital operating rooms. To ensure that the procedure team, patient, and physicians are aligned on the specific surgical plan, a short time-out is taken right before the anesthesia is administered and the surgery begins. As The Joint Commission states, “Taking a time out is actually a team effort, with every member in the surgical suite or procedure room accountable to the patient and his or her teammates.” Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways to Avoid Infections Post-Surgery

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In our previous blog, we discussed what Cumberland Surgical Arts does to avoid infection both prior to your procedure and during your stay in our office. We explained that it’s important to choose a provider that pays meticulous attention to detail and safety at every corner. We also looked into how you as a patient can help ensure surgical success by preparing ahead of your procedure.

With the completion of your surgery comes the time to recover. Taking an active role in your post procedure care is just as important as the surgery preparation and procedure. After all, you are still healing and taking time to rest is necessary to return to your normal activities quickly.

Here are 5 ways to avoid complications post-surgery.

1. Clean Your Mouth

The oral cavity is dark and warm making it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow from small cuts and leftover food. While your instinct may be to avoid the surgery site, you must keep your mouth clean. By rinsing with a warm salt-water rinse on the day of your surgery and following up with the prescribed Peridex oral rinse or peroxide rinses on the days following surgery, you will help keep infections away. Continue to brush your teeth and tongue to help remove bacteria and food debris. If extractions were part of your surgery, you may also be given a curved tip syringe for irrigating your surgical site following a meal. Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions if this is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Ways to Prepare for Dental Surgery

surgery_checklistAt Cumberland Surgical Arts, we do a lot to prepare for your big day. We make sure your preliminary appointments go as planned. We work to craft a surgical plan you and your doctors are comfortable with. We implement procedures that keep you safe from infection and ensure the most is made out of your time in the office. 

Making sure we reach your surgical goals is a partnership.  From disclosing your complete medical and surgical history to asking questions about the planned procedure, we encourage you to take an active role in your care. In fact, we will not proceed unless we are confident that you are fully informed of your surgical options and select the treatment that is best for you.

There are also things you can do to prepare for your surgery. Here’s how you can participate and make sure your experience goes as well as you’ve hoped.

  1. Rest Up – Dental surgery, like any other surgery, involves a healing process. The more energy you have going into the procedure, the more you are likely to have coming out. It’s important to pay attention to any uncommon signs of fatigue or lethargy prior to your procedure and reach out to our staff or your primary care provider (PCP) with questions or concerns.
  2. If You’re Sick, Let Us Know – Whether you just feel a little under the weather or are completely stuffed up, you should call before coming in. While it may just be everyday life affecting you more than usual, the chances that it’s a symptom of a more significant virus or illness are worth discussing. Remember, your body uses energy to heal. Make sure you are in a position to recover quickly, the way you should.   Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Ways We Are Serious About Infection Control

medical_hand_washing“Safety comes first” is not just a saying at Cumberland Surgical Arts. It is the basis under which we practice. We understand there’s a lot to cover when choosing a provider for your dental procedure. On your list of requirements, safety is at the very top. 

Bedside manner, training, education, and skills are incredibly important – but what you want most is to feel safe. We want you to leave our office thinking, “wow, that was great!” and not be left worrying about a possible infection.

Below are just a few of the ways Cumberland Surgical Arts works to keep you safe during your surgical procedure. 

We are meticulous about hand hygiene

The CDC division of oral health has a lot to say about routine hand washing. It is the most basic, yet most effective, practice in infection control when practiced at the right time in the right way. When visiting your provider, it’s important to see them wash their hands before putting gloves on for your examination or procedure and after removing their gloves. At our office, in addition to soap and water we also provide an alcohol hand rub station outside of our procedure room to reduce bacteria on hands. Our staff is trained on proper hand hygiene technique regularly. At Cumberland Surgical Arts, we take hand hygiene seriously and make it a part of our routine for every patient. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Ways to Feel Safe Heading into Dental Surgery

 

There are certain things you can do to bring a level of comfort to a nerve-inducing situation. When riding in a car with someone that you know has been in more than a few fender benders, you stay more awake and alert them of upcoming traffic signs and signals. Or, if you are going on an expert ski trail, you might check the weather religiously, rent special avalanche equipment, and bring a trained guide with you.

Dental surgery is no different. There are things you can do prior to the procedure to make sure that you are in a safe environment with a capable provider.

While there are inherent risks associated with any surgical procedure, minimize them early on by using this list:

  1. CDC Compliance

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a specific Division of Oral Health (DOH) dedicated to helping providers understand what’s most important for infection control and safe practices. The CDC’s mission is to improve the oral health of patients by making sure providers understand how to do just that. At Cumberland Surgical Arts, we follow the Center of Disease Control’s standards for infection control prevention in the dental office. From hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (gloves, masks), to regular monitoring of water supply and treating the water line systems that is used for irrigation, and cleaning of patient care areas we follow the most stringent rules and implement CDC best practices. Read the rest of this entry »

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