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Treatment and Insurance:

Most dental benefit plans will assist you. Check your plan for specific restrictions and limitations.
Most often, we are able to request copies of the x-rays from your general dentist. Depending on the type of films taken, we can eliminate or reduce the number of x-rays necessary by our office.
It will depend on what type procedure is advised, but we do offer same-day treatment for simple procedures.
The examination time can vary, but most take approximately one hour.

Before Surgery:

Yes, provided you will not be sedated during surgery.
You must not eat or drink anything six hours prior to surgery. However, it is important to take your routine medication at least two hours before a morning procedure with as little water as possible. Do not drink any water two hours prior to sedation.
If you have been sedated for the procedure, you must not drive for the rest of the day. If you are taking narcotic medication, Dr. Hakimi recommends you do not drive.

After Surgery:

You may resume brushing and flossing on all teeth except the surgical area 24 hours after surgery. Avoid brushing the surgical area until your stitches are removed.
It depends on the time of your surgery. If your surgery occurs in the morning, take one tab in the afternoon and one before bedtime. Begin the next day as instructed by your prescription. If your appointment is scheduled for the afternoon, take one tab before bed, then take one tab three times a day after that.
Place damp gauze in the site and apply firm pressure for at least 15 minutes. Gently remove the gauze and make sure the bleeding has stopped. It is important not to spit. Instead, swallow normally. A small tea bag kept in the area under pressure will also help stop bleeding.
Some bruising or swelling is normal after surgery for 2-3 days. To reduce swelling on the 2nd and 3rd day, apply a warm compress for 20 minutes at a time. All swelling should be gone after the 4th day. If not, please call our office. To reduce the chances of swelling, apply two ice packs to either side of your mouth for 20 minutes at a time on the day of your surgery.
Typically after one or two days. If surgery was performed using IV sedation, you may not drive for 24 hours afterward.
We do not recommend running, jogging, or regular exercise until the fourth day after your surgery. On the fourth day, begin light activity for the first week to maximize healing.
Usually pain is present for 2-3 days following surgery. It also depends on your unique pain tolerance.
Since it can cause serious complications, you must not smoke for 30 days after surgery.
Eat soft foods like apple sauce, yogurt, or any other cold and soft foods within two hours of surgery. Please avoid crunchy foods such as chips and nachos or heavy chewing foods like steak until your stitches are removed.
Please take medications as indicated on the label of the bottle.
Please discard the dressing and return to office at scheduled time.
This is fairly uncommon, but loss of one or two sutures can be neglected. However, if bleeding persists in the area or more sutures fall out, please call our office.
If you notice one or two particles loosen in the area, it is fine. If you feel more particles come out at a greater frequency, please call our office.

Procedure:

We use sterilized cadaver bone. It is very safe and effective.
Crown lengthening is a procedure where a portion of bone and gum tissue surrounding a tooth is removed to expose more of the visible tooth structure.
Crown lengthening is necessary for several reasons: 1) to expose more of the tooth in order for your dentist to place a crown, 2) to expose an area of decay below the gumline to perform a filling, and 3) to remove gum tissue to expose more of the tooth for aesthetic purposes.
Gingival grafting surgery is a procedure where gum tissue is removed from a donor site, or when donor tissue is added to an area that lacks adequate gum tissue. It may also be used to create sufficient root coverage in an area of gum recession.
Gingival grafting is needed for a few different reasons: 1) to create thick tissue in an area that is too thin, 2) to acquire root coverage in an area of root exposure, 3) to create even gum line for aesthetic reasons.
Frenectomy is a simple, safe, and minor surgical procedure done to improve aesthetics and speech problems. It removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue, called frenum, which is connected to the lip, cheek, or floor of the mouth. By removing the frenum, we can free-up movement for the lip and tongue during speech.
A frenectomy is required when the muscle attaching the lip to the gums (called frenum) is too prominent, causing a heavy pull that can contribute to recurring gum recession. It’s also recommended when the lingual (or area near the tongue) frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth causing a person to be “tongue-tied."
Osseous Surgery is a surgical procedure done to reduce deep gum pockets around the teeth and to stop the progression of periodontal disease.
Osseous surgery is recommended due to an increase in pocket depth and infection that cannot be resolved using scaling or root planning.
Scaling and root planing are methods of removing plaque and tartar from teeth in pocket depths greater than 3mm.
Scaling and root planing is recommended when patients experience difficulty maintaining proper home care due to deep pockets between teeth.
Dental implants replicate the root of a tooth, allowing for a more natural, durable tooth replacement.
A sinus lift surgery is performed by creating an opening into the bone and raising the sinus membrane. A bone graft is inserted in the space in preparation for the placement of a dental implant.
Implants can only be placed into a solid bone foundation. Sometimes lifting the sinus is necessary to create a sufficient foundation.
Bone grafting is needed to create more bone mass to enable implant placement.

‘‘Dr. Hakimi's professional education is tip top, and she, Melissa, and her other staff work efficiently and professionally. I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes for an appointment. She explains the procedures in advance and gives the patient ample opportunity to ask any questions, never rushing. I heartily recommend family and friends to her and her staff.‘‘

Tina C., Pampered Patient

‘‘Dr. Hakimi's professional education is tip top, and she, Melissa, and her other staff work efficiently and professionally. I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes for an appointment. She explains the procedures in advance and gives the patient ample opportunity to ask any questions, never rushing. I heartily recommend family and friends to her and her staff.‘‘

Tina C., Pampered Patient

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Dr. Nicky M. Hakimi, a periodontal expert in Auburn, and her amazing dental team.
Dr. Nicky M. Hakimi, a periodontal expert in Auburn, and her amazing dental team.
Dr. Nicky M. Hakimi, a periodontal expert in Auburn, and her amazing dental team.

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