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22/Aug/2019

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects numerous individuals, disrupting their lives and health. For many, receiving help with their sleep apnea usually just consists of a breathing apparatus that ensures they kept breathing while asleep. Luckily, nowadays there is a variety of surgeries available that can fix the underlying cause of their sleep apnea. Let’s briefly discuss sleep apnea, and then the operations available to treat it.

Sleep Apnea

The condition of sleep apnea involves the individual’s inability to breathe for either a few seconds or minutes while they’re asleep. There are three different versions of sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is known as obstructed sleep apnea or OSA. This involves an actual physical blockage in the airways that keeps the individual from being able to breathe while they sleep. Central sleep apnea, or CSA, has to do with a problem residing in the brain’s control center for respiration. Finally, mixed sleep apnea involves breathing problems that stem from the two previous versions.

Some of the more common surgeries to reduce sleep apnea are:

  • Maxillomandibular Advancement – Perhaps one of the most effective surgeries that have been introduced to treat sleep apnea is maxillomandibular advancement. This surgery adjusts the bone structure in both the lower and upper jaw. In turn, this helps the soft tissue of the palate and tongue and can keep the airways clear.
  • Soft Palate Surgery – A doctor will operate on the soft palate. They may remove part of the palate, or it will toughen it to keep it from blocking the airway passages.
  • Nasal Surgery – For those who have a deviated septum, sometimes the best option is to fix it. Nasal surgery can repair the deviated septum as well as correct the nasal passageways, so blockages no longer occur.
  • Tongue Reduction Surgery – While it isn’t always effective, in some individual cases, it may be prudent to have the tongue reduced in size. This can also help prevent blockages of the airways.

Sleep apnea can keep a person from receiving restful sleep. This can affect the rest of their health. Consider one of these surgeries to find lasting relief.

Finding the Right Oral Surgeon in New Jersey

Getting any surgery is nerve-wracking, which is why it is essential to see the right oral surgeon. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has served the New Jersey community for over 25 years and was rated one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists in 2016. Call 201-601-9262 or fill out our contact form to learn more about your options in treating sleep apnea.


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22/Aug/2019

Whether it is genetic or just a bad habit of not brushing regularly, you may be facing oral and maxillofacial surgery. The best person to talk to is your dental professional. The surgeon’s office is happy to answer any questions you have, as their goal is to make sure you’re informed before you sit down for any medical procedure.

Just like any surgery, there will be a certain level of pain and discomfort. Your doctor will give you a strict regimen as you get ready to go under the knife. It’s vital to your health to follow your specialist’s advice. If you have any other health problems, you should let the medic know so that they can prepare you properly. Only your MD can tell you if you’ll need antibiotics before or after.

When is Oral Surgery Necessary?

Typically, it is given to treat specific diseases, injuries, and other defects in the oral region, including the mouth, head, neck, face, and jaw. In some cases, you may require maxillofacial surgery if your teeth are difficult to remove or extract. This condition could be a result of an injury to your face or jaw. In other cases, it may be for a cosmetic benefit, mainly if you’re looking to improve your cheek structure or are interested in a lip injection. One other reason you may seek oral and maxillofacial surgery is if your jaw is malfunctioning and causes conditions like sleep apnea or other problems.

The Choice of Antibiotics

Antibiotics serve to fight back against infection and bacteria that may be lurking in your mouth. After all, mouths are packed full of bacteria. While a significant number of these bacteria help the mouth break down food, some of them can become invasive and make your body ill. As a result, antibiotics are brought in to fight that infection and keep the bacteria from further causing harm to your body.

Regarding oral and maxillofacial surgery, the use of antibiotics is not always necessary. If you have certain health conditions, then your surgeon may suggest that you take a prescribed amount of antibiotics before the surgery. People who have heart conditions will likely have to take meds before going under the knife.

Talk With Your Surgeon

If you are a healthy individual, you might not need to take antibiotics. Taking medicine before your surgery may end up causing a bit more harm than good. Since bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, the more you flood your body with antibiotics, the more likely it is the bacteria will become immune to it. By speaking with your surgeon, you can determine whether antibiotics will be necessary.

Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience performing oral surgery and can give you trustworthy care advice regarding your follow-up care and the use of antibiotics. Call our office today at (201) 601-9262 with your questions regarding oral surgery and aftercare requirements.

We are happy to discuss your dental health needs and set up an appointment for you with one of our experienced staff members. You can also get more information about our surgery group and conveniently make an appointment online here.


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22/Aug/2019

If your dentist has recommended removal of a diseased or damaged tooth, you’re probably concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance. When your tooth gets removed, the procedure leaves a small hole in the gums and jawbone that can lead to oral health complications. Fortunately, you may be a candidate for an advanced socket preservation procedure that prevents recession of the jawbone and may facilitate the placement of a dental implant or traditional bridge.

Benefits of Socket Preservation

The roots of your teeth have multiple functions. In addition to holding your teeth in place, they signal your jawbone to produce new bone cells. If a root is infected, your jawbone and the bony ridge behind your gums will begin to deteriorate. Without treatment, this problem changes the structure of your face, alters the fit of your dental bridge, and may make it impossible for your dental surgeon to place implants.

How Socket Preservation Works

After clearing away your tooth, the surgeon will graft new bone onto your jawbone to immediately ward off damage. He or she will place a fibrin membrane into the bone, which includes platelets that stimulate the healing process. Next, natural or synthetic bone is put into the socket and possibly treated with a platelet-rich plasma to further stimulate healing. Small sutures may be added to hold everything in place once the gum tissue closes over the incision. This treatment not only helps restore the jawbone but also prevents a painful condition called dry socket that occurs when the nerve is exposed.

Recovering from Socket Preservation

The grafted bone tissue will gradually integrate with the surrounding jawbone over a few months. Once this process is complete, you may be a candidate for stable, durable dental implants. You need a healthy jawbone with enough tissue to support the implant for a successful implant procedure. When you follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions carefully, you will likely recover from socket preservation without significant complications.

If you need to have a tooth removed and are concerned about your long-term dental health, visit a socket preservation specialist at Union City Oral Surgery as soon as possible. These surgeons can take the necessary steps to restore the health of your jawbone after an extraction. Call us at (201) 601-9262 or schedule an appointment today on our web page.


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22/Aug/2019

Correct jaw alignment makes a significant impact on someone’s health. Some people are born with a misaligned jaw, while others may have developed a misaligned jaw after an accident. Luckily, a great oral surgeon can help you regain your confidence and your health with corrective jaw surgery.

12 Signs You May Need Corrective Jaw Surgery

A realignment surgery can restore a person’s confidence. Most importantly, it allows individuals to regain their chewing capability. Some signs that determine whether an individual needs corrective jaw surgery include:

  • People who have difficulty in chewing or biting their food
  • People who could not swallow their food properly
  • Chronic pain felt within the jaw area, sometimes accompanied by an extreme headache
  • Breathing problems, excessive snoring when sleeping
  • Those who experience a fast wearing of the teeth
  • Chronic mouth breathing, resulting in dry mouth
  • There is a space located between the lower and the upper teeth when trying to close the mouth
  • Difficulty in making the lips meet
  • People who have protruding jaw and a receding chin
  • Major facial trauma and congenital disabilities
  • Those who have an unbalanced facial appearance

People who have these symptoms must work with oral and maxillofacial surgeons to determine how they can fix the jaw.

Is Corrective Jaw Surgery Dangerous?

Correcting any bones in your body sounds risky, but because of technological developments in the medical field, corrective jaw surgery has never been safer. New technology helps surgeons figure out how to proceed throughout the operation with amazing precision. With more accurate results and less pain experienced by clients, more oral surgeons are licensed to perform this type of medical care.

Although most patients do report a moderate amount of pain after this procedure, the results far outweigh any negatives. Recovery lasts about 12 weeks. After getting corrective jaw surgery, doctors usually stabilize the jaw with wires. Patients are able to talk, although it can be difficult. A doctor will take off the wires after two weeks, and after that, individuals can start to enjoy the benefits of corrective jaw surgery.

Find a Great Oral Surgeon in New Jersey

There are oral and maxillofacial surgeons who have passed the board located in leading clinics and hospitals all over the United States. If you live in New Jersey and have a misaligned jaw, you can visit the Union City Oral Surgery Group. Our experienced team will be more than happy to assist you with having your jaw corrected. Let us take care of you, so you can start a better, healthier, future! Contact our office at (210) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.


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22/Aug/2019

When a person has experienced a facial trauma, it may have caused significant damage to their appearance. Trauma can result from a car accident, assault, or accident involving fire. There are many different reasons why a person would need surgery. Facial reconstructive surgery could be an essential part of restoring a person’s appearance.

Healing And Bone Restoration

Once it’s established that there’s a benefit from facial reconstructive surgery, the first step is an assessment. An experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon will assess the type and level of damage to a person’s facial bones after a trauma.

It is possible for someone in this situation to require bone grafts. They could be made of a synthetic material or taken from an area on their body. It is possible to place these grafts could in a person’s jaw or any bone in their face requiring it. This procedure is also possible if a person’s facial trauma needs a screw or plate to anchor any of their fractured bones.

Replacing Missing Teeth

A person who has experienced a facial trauma could have lost some teeth. Or, teeth could also have been loosened because of an accident and need removal.

Teeth that are damaged and unable to be repaired can have dental implants put in their place. This type of facial reconstruction is done right after initial surgery. A person may have to wait until their jaw heals if it was damaged.

Facial Implants

A person may need to wait until their bones heal from surgery before knowing if facial implants will help. Once the initial facial swelling recedes, doctors will gauge the damage. At this time, a surgeon will know if a person will benefit from facial implants. If so, they will be able to determine the most useful size, shape, and location for each implant.

Reestablishing Shape

After facial surgery, it is possible for an individual’s face to appear flatter than before the injury. It’s important to realize this is normal. This effect is because of the loss of bone structure decreasing an individual’s facial volume.

If a person’s reconstructive surgery benefits from facial implants, a doctor will identify where to place those implants. A person’s cheek or chin is usually the most common.

Surgeons will shape a person’s face using hard silicone facial implants. During this procedure, small incisions are made on the inside of a person’s mouth. Facial implants are then inserted as necessary to reestablish facial shape.

When an individual experiences an injury resulting from facial trauma, reconstructive surgery can be a huge benefit. It has been able to free many people from severe emotional stress. It’s important only to have facial reconstructive surgery done by experienced professionals who appreciate how much this impacts a person’s life.

The team at Union City Oral Surgery uses high-quality technology and techniques to aid the reconstructive process and make surgery go smoothly. Dr. Nancy Herbst has over 25 years of experience and was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. We can help outline the best course of action to heal your facial trauma. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about how we can help you today.


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22/Aug/2019

Teeth are very durable when properly cared for, but infections can still happen in the blink of an eye. When the interior pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a patient may notice a wide variety of symptoms ranging from severe pain to increased sensitivity. To prevent the infection from spreading, a root canal may be necessary.

Here is a closer look at how root canals are carried out and three of the most common signs of a tooth infection.

Lingering Tooth Pain

Chronic tooth pain is a serious oral health issue that you should not ignore. Sudden or sharp tooth pain is usually the result of damaged roots or infected pulp. Gingivitis or periodontal disease can also cause it. Depending on the severity of the infection, it might only hurt when eating or brushing one’s teeth.

Sensitivity

Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages generally occurs when the interior of a tooth becomes exposed. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, and those individuals aren’t necessarily suffering from an infection. Patients who notice any unusual issues with their teeth should schedule an immediate dental checkup. Sensitivity can be caused by many different oral health problems that are treatable as long as they are in their earliest stages.

Inflamed Gums

Any germs that infect the interior of a tooth might also damage the nearby soft tissue. When left untreated, a tooth infection can result in sensitive and swollen gums. Infected gum tissue sometimes appears shiny or discolored as well. To treat those side effects, dentists often prescribe specialty mouthwash.

Understanding Root Canals

With advanced techniques and modern dental tools, most root canals can are done in under an hour. This procedure is typically carried out with a local anesthetic, but some patients prefer a general anesthetic that puts them entirely to sleep. After the anesthetic kicks in, the dentist will remove the damaged pulp and disinfect the interior of the tooth. The final step in this process is to fill and seal the tooth with a rubber-like material.

With an ignored infection, the damaged teeth often have to be removed entirely. That is why it is so crucial for patients to contact a dentist as soon as they notice any unusual issues with their teeth or gums.

It’s essential to find a reputable oral surgeon in your area to perform a root canal. Union City Oral Surgery has experience providing New Jersey patients with top-notch care during root canal procedures. We use only the latest and greatest in oral technologies and techniques to give our patients an efficient and effective experience. Contact our office at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about how we can help you today.


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22/Aug/2019

If your child has a damaged tooth that goes beyond just a cavity, a dentist may recommend getting a root canal. You may wonder why it’s necessary to get a procedure done for a baby tooth or think the problem will resolve itself. However, early damage to the teeth can result in further complications down the road and can affect the development of your child’s mouth. Learn about why children need root canals.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal procedure saves millions of teeth each year. Root canals can help relieve pain and eliminate harmful decay that has built up inside the tooth and gums. Oral surgeons can complete modern root canal treatments in just one to two visits and without any pain.

Root canals are typically needed when there is deep decay or infection in the tooth. Usually, bacteria infect the pulp inside the tooth, possibly due to an untreated cavity.  A tooth can also become infected due to an injury.

Your child may need a root canal if they show any of the following symptoms:

  • Toothaches
  • Sharp pain in the tooth or gum
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverage
  • Broken tooth with exposed nerves

Dental issues do not typically disappear on their own. In fact, the longer they are left untreated, the more damage is likely to occur. If you suspect that your son or daughter is experiencing mouth pain, set up an appointment with an oral surgeon or dentist.

Root Canal Treatment for Permanent Teeth

It is essential to protect the development and eruption of your child’s permanent teeth. Though you may think that your child’s mouth pain is from an adult tooth growing in, it could also be a sign of a more severe problem.

If your child needs a root canal in one of their adult teeth, treatment is necessary to ensure their oral hygiene in the future. If a tooth is not treated, your child can experience significant pain and end up with a much worse infection.

Root Canal Treatment for Primary Teeth

It may be easy to dismiss a root canal treatment in your child’s baby tooth because it is not permanent. However, an infection in the tooth can cause significant pain, and a root canal treatment is typically recommended unless the tooth is about to fall out.

If your child does not get a root canal to treat the tooth, they may have problems with the adult tooth moving in. If the tooth breaks or falls out due to decay, other teeth may shift into the space prematurely. This shift can cause issues when the permanent tooth underneath tries to grow in.

Does My Child Need a Root Canal?

If your child is showing signs of a toothache and pain, it’s wise to seek advice from an oral surgeon or dentist. Your child may need a root canal, but the sooner decay is detected, the easier the procedure.

It’s vital to seek the advice of a reputable oral surgeon that has experience working with children. Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry. She was also named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016. Contact us today at (201) 601-9262 to schedule an appointment for your child.


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22/Aug/2019

Thinking about dental procedures can often be confusing and intimidating. There are many myths and phobias regarding visits to the dentist and thinking of them can give butterflies to people of all ages. By taking the time to learn about the most common dental procedures, you can help alleviate your fears and know what to expect the next time you go in for a visit.


Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Nancy Herbst, DDS

311 33rd Street
Union City, NJ 07087

Phone: 201-601-9262

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