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Dr. Patrick A. Abbey, D.M.D

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

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Dr. Patrick A. Abbey, D.M.D
  • TAMPA, FL
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I had a car accident that caused my bottom jaw to be out of place. Can surgery help me?

The short answer is "yes," but depends on exactly what happened at the time of the trauma.

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My wisdom tooth is piercing my gum. What should I do?

Try to keep the area as clean as possible to avoid an infection, rinse vigorously with salt water multiple times during the day. The only "cure" will likely be to have the wisdom READ MORE
Try to keep the area as clean as possible to avoid an infection, rinse vigorously with salt water multiple times during the day. The only "cure" will likely be to have the wisdom tooth removed.

Is there a follow-up required to the cleft lip surgery?

Yes. The team that did the surgery should be seeing her on a regular basis as she grows. Often there is a sequence of procedures that should be accomplished at the right times READ MORE
Yes. The team that did the surgery should be seeing her on a regular basis as she grows. Often there is a sequence of procedures that should be accomplished at the right times that are age dependent depending on the extent of the cleft that she had.

What does facial reconstructive surgery involve?

That usually is dependent on the injuries they suffered. Sometimes it is rebuilding something that is missing, or repositioning something that became displaced or out of position. READ MORE
That usually is dependent on the injuries they suffered. Sometimes it is rebuilding something that is missing, or repositioning something that became displaced or out of position. Often times the reconstruction is too involved to accomplish in a single surgery and must be staged.

What are the steps involved in maintaining good oral hygiene?

Sounds like you are doing a great job! You should see a general dentist once a year at your age for professional cleaning and X-rays to rule out any other issues.

After a root canal are there chances of an infection in the jaw?

Yes. The root canal gets rid of the infection INSIDE the tooth, but there is still typically infection in the bone that needs to resolve. Occasionally, this can continue in spite READ MORE
Yes. The root canal gets rid of the infection INSIDE the tooth, but there is still typically infection in the bone that needs to resolve. Occasionally, this can continue in spite of the root canal. You should return to the provider that did the root canal for them to evaluate.

What are the symptoms of dental problems in children?

Make sure you have a fluoridated water supply, and that she brushes after eating sweets. Even at that age, she should be seeing a Pedodontist (child dentist) once a year. Although READ MORE
Make sure you have a fluoridated water supply, and that she brushes after eating sweets. Even at that age, she should be seeing a Pedodontist (child dentist) once a year. Although they are baby teeth, she needs them to stay in place to avoid a bad eruption problem of her adult teeth.

Clicking in my jaw

They are likely looking to rule out a more severe TMJ (jaw joint) problem. Hopefully, the click is not causing jaw pain or headaches. The consult would be a good idea to help READ MORE
They are likely looking to rule out a more severe TMJ (jaw joint) problem. Hopefully, the click is not causing jaw pain or headaches. The consult would be a good idea to help avoid future issues.

Wisdom teeth pain after they're gone

No. They should take a panorex X-ray to evaluate the extraction sites and make sure there are no other complications that are happening.

What does recovery time look like for UPPP surgery?

My advice would be to get a second opinion. That surgery is a VERY difficult recovery, and the results are very mixed. Statistically, the best he could hope for is to be able READ MORE
My advice would be to get a second opinion. That surgery is a VERY difficult recovery, and the results are very mixed. Statistically, the best he could hope for is to be able to reduce the setting on his CPAP machine. The chance of him "curing" his sleep apnea with a UPPP is slim, and it is a significant procedure to undergo for the results. He should have a consult with a maxillofacial surgeon to evaluate if his jaw position is possibly the reason for his apnea, and there may be better options for a more positive result.

Risk of nerve damage during impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Yes, if they are lower teeth. The risk is typically low, but they should be able to tell how close the teeth are to the nerve with appropriate X-rays. The best way to view that READ MORE
Yes, if they are lower teeth. The risk is typically low, but they should be able to tell how close the teeth are to the nerve with appropriate X-rays. The best way to view that at this time is having a cone beam CT done, which are common in most good oral/maxillofacial offices. They need to balance the risk of the nerve injury with what the risk of NOT taking the teeth out would be.

Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

Go to your regular dentist for an evaluation. They may need to splint the tooth temporarily for it to heal. You will risk losing the tooth otherwise.

What can I expect after oral surgery?

Depends on the surgery and the surgeon. I would typically tell my patients to expect 2-3 days of soreness, mild swelling, but back to routine activity pretty quickly.

Is surgery helpful in treating sleep apnea?

Yes. If that is the reason for your apnea, going through the jaw repositioning surgery would essentially cure you of your sleep apnea. There should be an evaluation as to whether READ MORE
Yes. If that is the reason for your apnea, going through the jaw repositioning surgery would essentially cure you of your sleep apnea. There should be an evaluation as to whether the upper AND lower jaw should be moved forward for a better result, or just the lower. You will likely need an evaluation with an orthodontist along with the surgeon. Make sure you see someone who is board certified and that has a lot of experience with that type of surgery (does more than 30 a year) and experience treating patients with sleep apnea. The general term for that type of surgery is "orthognathic" surgery.

Fear of local anaesthetic allergy

With the type of local anesthetics we use today, and allergic reaction (much less an anaphylactic one) would be extremely rare. I have not had a patient in over 20 years with READ MORE
With the type of local anesthetics we use today, and allergic reaction (much less an anaphylactic one) would be extremely rare. I have not had a patient in over 20 years with a true allergic reaction to these types of local.

What are the possible treatments available for dental cysts?

Depending on what the reason for them are, they may be treatable with a root canal and no actual surgery. If they are developmental cysts, you should definitely get them treated, READ MORE
Depending on what the reason for them are, they may be treatable with a root canal and no actual surgery. If they are developmental cysts, you should definitely get them treated, as they need to be biopsied to determine what type of cyst it is. They could be a type that could require additional surgery, and this would keep getting worse if left alone.

I have a hard bump in my gums after my tooth extraction. What can I do?

They might be bony irregularities, and if not painful the advice would be to just leave them alone. You could have them smoothed down or removed, but that would require additional READ MORE
They might be bony irregularities, and if not painful the advice would be to just leave them alone. You could have them smoothed down or removed, but that would require additional surgery.

My son is allergic to milk. I am concerned about his teeth. What can I do?

Milk is actually a poor source of nutritional calcium, you should discuss this with his pediatrician and get their advice. This will likely not affect his teeth to any real extent. READ MORE
Milk is actually a poor source of nutritional calcium, you should discuss this with his pediatrician and get their advice. This will likely not affect his teeth to any real extent.

Are there any special oral routine for pregnant mothers and Infants?

Make sure you have a fluoridated water supply, or add it if you drink water that has none. See a child dental specialist once they have their full complement of baby teeth. Those READ MORE
Make sure you have a fluoridated water supply, or add it if you drink water that has none. See a child dental specialist once they have their full complement of baby teeth. Those are very important to maintain until the adult teeth come in!