Correcting Jaw Balance with Orthognathic Surgery

The significance of balance is paramount throughout many aspects of your dental health. If your teeth are not straight, then they can cause problems with your whole bite’s alignment, which in turn can lead to a host of subsequent issues, like tooth damage. If your jaw is out of alignment, then the consequences can be more pronounced and more serious than crooked teeth. If not treated, you may require orthognathic surgery to correct your jaw’s symmetry and improve your smile’s function and appearance.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is essentially corrective jaw surgery. Depending on the case, it may mean fixing an issue that disrupts your bite’s symmetry, correcting abnormalities resulting from an injury, or treating obstructive sleep apnea. Often, an imbalanced jawbone can noticeably affect the rest of your facial features, and orthognathic surgery may help improve your overall appearance by restoring harmony to your oral health.

Reasons for Jawbone Imbalances

Jawbone deformities are often congenital, meaning they are present even before birth. Even if you were born with a strong, healthy, even jawbone, however, you might experience a number of situations that could call for corrective jaw surgery, such as;

  • A serious injury that has broken or fractured your jaw
  • Deterioration in your jawbone, either from an oral disease or as a consequence of tooth loss
  • TMJ disorder is present, and is too complicated to alleviate through general dentistry measures

The Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

Once your jawbone is corrected, you may enjoy a number of benefits to your quality of life, including a more appealing smile and more symmetrical structures around it. If you haven’t already developed more serious subsequent issues, then your risks for doing so will decrease, and your bite’s function will improve significantly.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARTK ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the experts at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery are ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles across the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Understanding Oral Pathology – Oral Cancer

In the realm of dental surgery, oral pathology describes detecting, treating, and educating patients on serious oral health concerns – one of the most significant being oral cancer. As experts in complex oral health issues, we help explain the importance of oral pathology, particularly oral cancer detection, and how it can help you overcome the long-lasting effects of oral diseases on your overall health.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a collective term that can involve cancer of the lips, gums, tongue, and other mouth tissues, and is part of a larger group of illnesses described as head and neck cancers. Though they differ in the area they affect, oral cancers are typically treated in the same manner, and share many similar risk factors, including tobacco use, too much sun exposure on your lips, and the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV), among many others. The exact causes are unclear, but the early warning signs are often easily identifiable, although sometimes hard to detect without a professional examination.

What You Can Do

During a regular dental checkup appointment, your general dentist will carefully inspect your oral cavity for signs of oral cancer and other abnormalities. Routine oral cancer screenings improve your chances of detecting the disease early, which in turn improves your chances of successful treatment, if treatment becomes necessary. As oral surgeons, we can also perform biopsies on suspicious tissues to more accurately diagnose oral cancer. In the meantime, however, you should also perform a self-screening at least every month by checking for signs of trouble, such as red or white patches, lumps, growths, sores, or rough areas on your tongue, cheeks, or roof/floor of your mouth.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Are Dental Implants a Necessity?

When you lose a tooth, or several of them, you might realize that replacing them is necessary to restore your bite’s function, not to mention your smile’s healthy, youthful appearance. However, you might not realize the necessity of securing your replacement teeth to an appropriate number of dental implants. Because your teeth consist of more than just the crowns that reside above your gums, prosthetics that only replace these crowns cannot fully restore your lost tooth/teeth’s functions. The point of dental implants is to provide the stability that your dental crown, partial denture, or full denture will need to more closely mimic your healthy, natural teeth.

What a Tooth Consists Of

Underneath your gum tissues, the root of a tooth extends into your jawbone, anchored into a socket and held in place with the help of strong periodontal tissues. The root’s purpose is two-fold; to supply the tooth’s nerves and tissues with nutrients, and to stabilize the tooth as it’s exposed to the pressures of biting and chewing.

What Dental Implants Provide

When a tooth root is lost and the socket in your jawbone is left empty, the bone becomes reabsorbed so that your body can utilize its minerals and nutrients elsewhere. Over time, the lack of a root to stimulate the jaw can lead to bone degradation, which in turn can lead to further tooth loss. In addition to stabilizing your dental crown or denture, dental implants also provide the stimulation that your jawbone thrives on, thereby helping it maintain a healthy supply of nutrition.

Tailoring Implant Placement to Your Needs

Each dental implant is created as a single post. The number of implants you require will depend on several factors, including how many teeth you’ve lost and how large your prosthesis is. For instance, a single dental implant capped with a crown can be utilized to replace a single lost tooth. If you require a partial denture or complete denture, we can recommend the optimal number of implants after evaluating the state of your jaw and oral health.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEON:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Questions About Bone Grafting

Jawbone grafting describes a variety of surgical techniques designed to strengthen the upper and/or lower jawbone, often in preparation for dental implant placement. By adding density and volume to the bone, your jaw can better support the implant posts and the restoration attached to them. However, bone grafting does more than prepare your jaw for implant placement; the procedure improves the structural integrity of your smile, reducing your risks of further oral health problems in the future.

What is bone grafting?

The point of a bone graft is to add bone, or a biocompatible bone-like material, to your maxilla (upper jawbone), mandible (lower jawbone), or both. In most cases, it is preferable to utilize your own bone, such as from your chin or other area of your body. Donor bone and synthetic bone materials can also be utilized as an alternative.

How can a jawbone graft help me?

A stronger, denser jawbone is beneficial for many reasons, though you may not realize you need one until you’ve been examined by an oral surgeon. If you’ve suffered from severe gum disease, or if you’ve lost a significant amount of teeth, then your jawbone may have deteriorated, which can lead to further tooth loss and a sunken appearance in your surrounding facial features. Bone grafting may also be recommended if;

  • You have a congenital jaw deformity (meaning you were born with the condition)
  • You suffer a certain type of crack or break in your jawbone
  • You still retain your natural teeth, but the bone around them has grown weak and you are at risk of losing one or more of them

Are bone grafts and sinus lifts the same thing?

Though bone grafting is a broad and general term, a sinus lift is performed particularly on your upper jawbone, or maxilla. Thinner than the mandible, the maxilla may not have sufficient room between the bone and the maxillary sinuses that rest above it. A sinus lift involves “lifting” the sinus floor so we can graft bone to the maxilla, making it longer, wider, and stronger.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEON:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often require removal once we enter adulthood. What are wisdom teeth? What dangers do they pose to our smile? Our team can help you preserve the health and beauty of your smile by extracting your third molars before they erupt.

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Quiz: Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

 

Do you have missing teeth? A recent study conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons shows that 69% of patients between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least 1 permanent tooth. When you lose a tooth you develop an increased risk of further tooth loss, misalignment, and other oral health concerns. In order to replace missing teeth we may recommend dental implants.

Who qualifies for dental implants?

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Local Oral Surgeon to Volunteer in Medical Triage at CDA Cares Pomona

Pomona, CA (November 18, 2014) – Nearly a quarter of adults between the ages of 20-64 have untreated tooth decay or cavities. Considering the serious impact that oral health has on overall well-being, it is critical for people to understand the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Christopher S. Daniel, DDS, MD, FACS, consistently conveys this message to all of his patients at Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, and will further support the ability for patients to get the help they need at this year’s CDA Cares Clinic in Pomona, CA.

Dr. Daniel will volunteer in the medical triage area at the second CDA Cares Clinic to be held in Southern California, which will take place November 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex. He will provide patients with a thorough examination to help determine whether their state of health is optimal enough to undergo oral surgery procedures.

“It is necessary for people to undergo a thorough history and physical with medical treatment, and optimization where needed,” said Dr. Daniel.

Each year, the CDA Foundation hosts CDA Cares Clinics in various locations across the country to provide care to approximately 2,000 patients at no cost. Even further, CDA Cares Clinics support continued health and wellness by educating the public, media and policymakers about the significance of good oral health, and the necessity to determine long-term solutions for patients.

Dr. Daniel will not only provide care to those who are healthy enough to undergo surgery, but he will also assist in preventing those who are not fit to undergo surgery from getting treatment until they get their medical conditions under control. Conditions that may be harmful to routine dental and oral surgery patients include uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and others.

“I often see patients who need oral surgery, but they are simply ineligible to undergo any procedure safely before they get control of their other existing medical conditions. The risk for complications during and after dental procedures and/or surgery are just too high,” said Dr. Daniel. “This goes to show just how important it is to take care of every aspect of your health – especially your mouth.”

The CDA Foundation held their first Clinic in 2012, and have since provided $7.5 million in care to more than 10,000 patients. The CDA Cares Clinic in Pomona this week will provide patients with teeth cleanings, fillings, extractions, education, and resources for continued care.

To learn more about Dr. Christopher Daniel and Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, visit www.santarosaoralsurgery.com.

About Christopher S. Daniel, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. Daniel joined Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in 2008, and enjoys treating patients in both the Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa offices. He is also on staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and is an active member of the trauma service, caring for patients who have suffered maxillofacial injuries. Dr. Daniel is a member of the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Dental Society. Although Dr. Daniel enjoys all aspects of oral surgery practice, he specializes in extracting wisdom teeth, bone grafting and placing dental implants. In addition to his active oral and maxillofacial surgical practice, Dr. Daniel is involved in healthcare information technology development.

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Sonoma County Oral Surgeon Initiated into American College of Surgeons

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Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery celebrates the esteemed recognition of a member of their surgical staff into the College

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1402961277441{margin-bottom: -30px !important;}”]Santa Rosa, CA (June 9, 2014) – Dr. Christopher Daniel, DDS, MD, of Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery was among the handful of Initiates from around the globe to become Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation Ceremony at the College’s annual Clinical Congress.

Dr. Daniel received a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California in Davis, studied Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, earned a medical doctorate degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and is currently practicing at both the Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park office locations. Although Dr. Daniel enjoys all aspects of oral surgery practice, he specializes in extracting wisdom teeth and placing dental implants, and holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS), the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA), and the Redwood Empire Dental Society.  He is also on staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital taking part in the care of trauma patients.

By meeting the College’s stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of “FACS” (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant for Fellowship must fulfill the following requirements in order to earn the FACS title:

  • A degree from an approved medical school
  • Completion of basic surgical requirements
  • A valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the country they practice
  • Completion of three years of surgical practice
  • Current hospital appointment
  • Current surgical practice

The surgeon’s acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of the Board of Regents.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.

About Christopher S. Daniel, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. Christopher Daniel attended University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. He then went on to study Dentistry at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, where he also completed his Residency. Dr. Daniel is an active member of the trauma service, caring for patients who have suffered maxillofacial injuries. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Dental Society.  Although Dr. Daniel enjoys all aspects of oral surgery practice, he specializes in extracting wisdom teeth and placing dental implants.

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Northern California Oral Surgery Practice Unveils Innovative New Website with Dynamic Educational Videos for Patients

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Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery provides a state-of-the-art way for patients to receive post-op instructions, details on procedures and more at www.santarosaoralsurgery.com or www.rohnertparkoralsurgery.com

Santa Rosa, Calif. (April 29, 2014) – In today’s digital world, videos are becoming increasingly popular for communicating information, especially when it comes to health care. Since videos are likely to increase an individual’s understanding of a service by up to 74 percent, according to Digital Sherpa, utilizing this medium can be highly effective for oral surgery practices to deliver critical information to patients. The board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons of Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery understand this new mode of learning and are announcing today that they launched a comprehensive website that showcases videos on pre- and post-operative instructions, information about wisdom teeth extractions and dental implants, tutorials from real-life patients, and more.

The goal of the practice’s new website at https://www.santarosaoralsurgery.com is to provide current and prospective patients with detailed information on procedures directly from the health care professionals performing the surgeries. Additional content, videos, graphics, and articles offer visitors testimonials from past patients, extensive information on maintaining proper oral health and upcoming events hosted by the team.

“We’re thrilled to provide our community with this new resource, giving them all the information they need in order to feel good about the procedure they’re coming in for,” said Leonard Tyko, DDS, MD, FACS. “More common than not, people experience anxiety before undergoing major surgeries, so this is one of our ways to help put patients at ease, ensure they have pre- and post-op instructions, and help them better understand what to expect.”

Three oral surgeons treat patients throughout Sonoma County between two offices, including one in Santa Rosa and another in Rohnert Park, Calif. Their mission is to earn and nurture a relationship with their patients, dentists and physicians that is built on genuine care, respect and non-judgmental consideration of their needs and concerns. As a progressive oral and maxillofacial surgery practice that pays special attention to excellence, compassion and proficiency, Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery strives to deliver high-quality, comprehensive care to their local and extended communities.

“Patients seeking information about general tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, exposure and bracketing of impacted teeth, sinus lift, bone grafting, and various other procedures can find informative short-format videos that explain everything in detail,” said Christopher S. Daniel, DDS, MD, who primarily practices in the Rohnert Park location.

What is especially important for patients to understand is the primary reason they are referred to an oral surgeon for certain dental procedures. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo a significant amount of specialized training as part of their residency so they are qualified to administer a range of anesthesia options, ensuring patients are pain-free and safe during their procedure. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are also the only recognized dental specialists that are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and a number of other specialty areas.

For more information about Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, visit www.santarosaoralsurgery.com or www.rohnertparkoralsurgery.com

About Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery

Leonard M. Tyko II, DDS, MD, FACS
Dr. Leonard Tyko earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Riverside, attended Dental School at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed Medical School and Residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Tyko joined Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in 2000. He is Chief of Dentistry at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Vice President of the Board of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and previously serving as Editor of the state association’s newsletter, member of several association committees, and President of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Health Foundation.

Christopher S. Daniel, DDS, MD
Dr. Christopher Daniel attended University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. He then went on to study Dentistry at the University of Texas in San Antonio and Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, where he also completed his Residency. Dr. Daniel is an active member of the trauma service, caring for patients who have suffered maxillofacial injuries. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Dental Society. Although Dr. Daniel enjoys all aspects of oral surgery practice, he specializes in extracting wisdom teeth and placing dental implants.

David Trent, DDS, MD
Dr. David Trent earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois before going on to study Dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco. He studied Medicine at the University of California, Davis and completed a Residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Trent completed additional fellowship training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery. Dr. Trent maintains a full scope surgical armamentarium, including dentoalveolar surgery, wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, and pathology management.

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Santa Rosa Location: Santa Rosa Oral Surgery
1174 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 545-4625 https://www.santarosaoralsurgery.com
Rohnert Park Location: 1350 Medical Center Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 584-1630 http://www.rohnertparkoralsurgery.com

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