Finding A Head And Neck Surgeon | Plano, TX

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It may have started as a minor inconvenience – a little pain, a little discomfort, but only when you did certain things or moved in a specific way. You ignored it for awhile, but eventually you asked your Plano, TX doctor to look into it – and they determined that you needed to consult with a head and neck surgeon. While you’re likely relieved to be moving closer to a healthier life and body, you’re still bound to be wrestling with concerns, and maybe even fears, about your treatment plan.

While you may feel like your condition is rare or unusual, chances are that more people than you think understand the medical journey you’re on. Once you research the treatments and procedures in your plan, and have a chat with your surgeon directly, you’ll start to feel that tension melt away – unless, of course, it’s directly physically related to your initial problem!

“I need facial reconstructive surgery.”

Whether you’re facing issues from birth or injuries after an accident, reconstructive surgery from a head and neck surgeon can help restore everything from confidence to functional health in areas like the jaw, face, and neck. A skilled head and neck surgeon will be able to restore or repair considerations like facial symmetry, as well as help fill in voids or gaps to achieve a smoother, more natural-looking surface and silhouette to the face and profile. While this type of surgery will, as any other, need recovery time and care, the benefits it offers are lifelong and cumulative. Without proper reconstructive surgery, missing or compromised areas of the face and head can put too much pressure on existing, healthy structures for support.

“I have cancer in my head, face, or neck and need tumors removed.

Removing cancerous tumors is one of the best ways to keep cancer from spreading and recurring – combined with other proven therapies, it’s a big step towards getting and remaining cancer-free. These surgeries are typically done by a head and neck surgeon in conjunction with a care plan from a specialist or oncologist; the tumor(s) removed can also help target future treatment once they’re properly biopsied and examined. Timing is crucial for cancer-removal head and neck surgeries, due to the nature of cancer. Once you are recommended by your doctor or oncologist to a head and neck surgeon, be sure to follow-up promptly and schedule your surgery as soon as it’s feasible and medically recommended.

“I have an issue with my tonsils.

They’re a body part that seldom gets much attention unless things go wrong, but your tonsils tell a great deal about your health. Tonsils provide biofeedback to your body to prevent choking, they become inflamed in response to colds and viruses, and they help protect your immune system when they’re healthy and functioning. For some individuals, however, the tonsils become a frequent source of pain and discomfort, due to illnesses like strep throat that can open painful lesions on their surfaces. If your doctor has recommended that your tonsils be removed or altered, you’ll need the help of a licensed head and neck surgeon to do so. (And yes, the rumor about having as much ice cream as you like afterwards is true!)

“There’s a problem with my thyroid or parathyroid glands.”

Issues with these glands can have systemic results, negatively impacting your quality of life, energy levels, and comfort over time. Working with a head and neck surgeon can help speed up the healing process and have you feeling like your “old self” again, usually sooner than you thought possible. If your Plano, TX primary care physician has diagnosed you with thyroid or parathyroid health problems, surgery will help regulate your thyroid and bring your body back into balance. These types of surgeries may remove or partially remove the glands, reduce the size of a goiter (swelling around the glands) that is impacting your breathing or swallowing, or enable a biopsy of a suspected cancerous tumor in the region.

“I have a mass or cyst on my scalp that needs removal.”

The scalp is a complex region of skin, partly due to its thinness, its curved shape, and it’s wealth of oil-producing glands, designed to keep hair well-conditioned and soft. When a cyst or growth appears on the scalp, it can be extremely painfully and potentially even embarrassing, depending on where the blemish is situated. Your head and neck surgeon can pinpoint these areas and carefully reduce or remove them; often caused by clogged sebaceous (oil) glands or ingrown hairs, particularly bad cysts and scalp growths will become extremely swollen and painful without surgical intervention. After surgery and healing are complete, you’ll be able to brush and style your hair without the throbbing and pain of a cyst, shower more comfortably, and enjoy socializing without the self-conscious worry that your cyst is visible or unsightly.

I have a tongue injury or defect that needs repairing.”

Your tongue is a crucial part of the body’s processes for verbal communication, eating, and even breathing to a certain extent. If your tongue has suffered a traumatic injury – such as a piercing gone wrong – or you’re looking to repair a defect you’ve had for years, you’ll need a head and neck surgeon that also specializes in oral maxillofacial surgery in order to receive the best comprehensive care. As the structure, health, and alignment in the face and neck are also directly connected to the jaw, a “big picture” treatment plan is important to discuss when tongue surgery or repair is being considered.

Your medical journey is important and necessary, but it’s perfectly natural to feel hesitation or even fear at the prospect of an upcoming surgery. If you live in the area and you need reassurance, guidance, or explanations about your surgical recommendations, the patient-focused team at NextGen, including Dr. Eftekhari, is here to help you: contact us today!

Waiting Hurts: When to Call Your Plano, TX Oral Surgeon

Have you ever told yourself a “little white lie” about your health because it was easier? Maybe you tried to convince yourself you didn’t feel that little tickle in your throat when you suspected you were getting sick, or that you weren’t really squinting when you were actually overdue for new glasses. Dentistry is a part of healthcare that gets neglected far too often by those living in Plano, TX, particularly when the associated issues don’t feel dire enough to visit an oral surgeon

Here’s the uncomfortable truth: when dental damage, decay, or disorders have gotten bad enough to cause you discomfort, they’re well on their way to becoming rapidly worse, and you need the intervention of an oral surgeon. What is only a mild “twinge” one day may evolve into an extremely painful problem only a few short days later, leaving the patient unable to eat, drink, or even sleep without distracting levels of pain. 

My Jaw / Mouth / Cheek is Sore, Hot to the Touch, and Throbbing.

This likely means you may have an infection in your tooth or somewhere in your mouth. While you can use methods like an ice pack or anti-inflammatory medicine to address some of the symptoms, you’ll need to get to the root – no pun intended – of the cause to make the pain stop for good. A visit to a skilled Plano area oral surgeon will help repair or remove the offending tooth or teeth, potentially after a course of prescribed antibiotics, depending on the scope of the problem.

I Think I Can Fix it With a Remedy I Found on the Internet.

No home remedy can take the place of an experienced, licensed, professional oral surgeon when it’s needed: in fact, the DIY approach can cause more harm than good if the wrong techniques or materials are used on an active injury or infection. While we think it’s important to be in tune with the health and well-being of your own body, without an X-ray machine and a licensed oral surgeon at your disposal, making an appointment is always going to be the better choice for your overall health. 

I Lost, Broke, or Significantly Chipped a Tooth in an Accident.

Ignoring “cosmetic” tooth problems is a very common mistake – those with chipped or broken teeth believe they can simply be cautious and avoid chewing with those teeth. The problem with this approach is that the upper and lower jaw are ideally shaped to work as a unit. Just like a car couldn’t drive properly if a wheel was bent on an axis, that “harmless” chipped or broken tooth can actually cause jaw pain from misalignment over time. 

I Know I Need Oral Surgery, I Just Haven’t Gotten Around to it.

If you’ve been told by a dentist that you need oral surgery to repair or correct an oral defect, waiting will only end up hurting you. Referrals to oral surgeons aren’t given lightly, and they are generally only recommended when fast action is the best option for the patient. Waiting too long can, for example, make the shared x-rays outdated, requiring a new examination to reorient your dental treatment plan. Depending on your dental insurance clauses, waiting to have your surgery may also leave you with a larger out-of-pocket responsibility. If a dentist has insisted you book an appointment, make sure you do!

My Wisdom Teeth Should Be Fine. I Think.

Wisdom teeth may have a “smart” name, but sometimes people make questionable decisions about them. Depending on the angle they emerge, if they emerge at all, failing to have them removed by an oral surgeon in a timely manner can lead to painful impaction, sores, and pressure. In order for your working teeth and gums to have the space they need to chew food, move your mouth as you talk, and more, wisdom teeth usually need to be removed at a certain point. A licensed oral surgeon can make the procedure a smooth, virtually pain-free process, so there’s no reason to delay: if you’re feeling apprehensive, just ask your surgeon to go over your treatment plan with you and explain the benefits of removing your wisdom teeth – hearing the process from a professional puts many dental-phobic patients at ease. 

My Dentures Still Sort of Fit. 

Whether you’re hanging on to an old plate because you are reluctant to book your oral surgery appointment, or you are looking to move into dental implants, it all starts with a call. Your oral surgeon will need to review your specific x-rays and discuss your case with you in order to present a treatment plan. Don’t wait until your only pair of dentures is lost or broken to start the ball rolling on your replacement. 

I’m Worried it will Hurt More!

Dental-phobia happens to many people for many different reasons – thankfully, the right staff at our kind, caring, and patient-focused Plano, TX oral surgeon’s office can help. NextGen OMS offers transparent treatment plans (so you won’t feel out of the loop), available IV sedation (for when you want to be out of the loop), and a professional oral surgery team ready to answer all your questions. We understand your concerns, and we can’t wait to show you what the right approach to your oral surgery needs can do to quiet anxiety. 

If you’re ready to stop hurting and start enjoying eating, drinking, talking, and living your life to the fullest again, it’s time to call the professionals. At NexGen OMS, we’re proud to serve the residents of Plano, TX and offer our proven oral surgery skills for everything from wisdom tooth removal to biopsies of tongue and cheek tissues, as well as reconstructive options for those with damage to the mouth and teeth. When you walk into our oral surgery office, we want to give you a reason to smile – both during your customized treatment, and every day after to show off our handiwork.

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