Things To Think About If Are Considering Oral or Facial Surgery Now

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Here are some things you might want to think about if you are still considering Oral or Facial Surgery but are unsure the best next steps during the pandemic.

There are currently a lot of unknowns when it comes to when the nation will once again be able to pursue any elective surgery, whether it be a wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, or even cosmetic and facial surgery. What we do know for sure is that at some point, most likely within the next few months or sooner, the ban on elective surgeries will be lifted.

The question a lot of our patients are calling in and consistently asking is “What are my options? Am I a good candidate for oral or facial surgery now?  How can I be ready once the ban is lifted on elective surgeries?” Knowing there are still unknowns, to help with answering this question, we’ve put together a number of things to consider that you CAN take action on now, better preparing you for when elective surgeries become available again.

Do Your Research Now So You’re Prepared When The Ban Is Lifted

Knowing that once the ban is lifted, every person that was considering any form of elective surgery over the past few months will quickly be scrambling to learn what procedure they think is most likely to be the best fit for them, which doctor(s) they like, and then trying to get on our doctor’s calendar over the next few months. If you take the time to do your research now, you can determine the procedure(s) that you think make the most sense for your situation.  Our doctors are board certified with years’ of experience, credibility, and positive reputations.

SCHEDULE A SECURE VIDEO CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS

We are still holding patient consultations right now. We are just altering our approach when it comes to their consultations. The idea of telemedicine has been around and practiced for some time, but now, more than ever, it’s becoming increasingly important to use this more efficient service. During this time, talk to one of our associates to setup a secure video consultation using video telemedicine software that is HIPAA compliant and has at least 128-bit encryption security, so you can rest assured no one other than you and the doctor will be privy to the discussion.

Though, in many cases, an actual physical appointment will most likely still be necessary in order to fully confirm the best procedure for you, this virtual consultation with a doctor will allow you to ask questions, learn more about the procedures that are most likely the best fit for you, and even get on a wait list, so you don’t have to scramble to book an appointment once the ban on elective surgeries is lifted.

CONSIDER GETTING ON A WAITLIST FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Going back to our initial point of being prepared, once you have done your research and spoken with a doctor either via the phone or using a secure video consultation, you should have a good idea of the procedure you’d like to pursue. The main difference with what can occur now and what was available before the ban on elective surgeries is simply that in-person appointments cannot currently be conducted.

That said, most credible surgeons were already booking surgeries months in advance, prior to the U.S. Government ceasing the ability to perform elective surgery. For this reason, once there is confirmation regarding when the ban will be lifted, the teams at almost every credible oral & facial surgery practice will begin reaching out to their existing patients and people they have on a waitlist to book their appointment or procedure.

This is why we strongly recommend considering getting on a waitlist now since each of these waitlists will be on a first come first serve basis. The sooner you are able to confirm the procedure you are considering and be placed on a waitlist, the more likely you are to be able to book an appointment at one of our offices.  The likelihood is the demand for elective and cosmetic surgeries has not gone down, just the ability to perform this service has been temporarily put on pause. In summation, you should consider getting on a waitlist now so you aren’t potentially waiting until the fall or winter to have your procedure.

If you have any questions or would like to book a secure video consultation with our office, call us today or fill out the form on this page to set up your appointment.

Contact Our Phoenix Area Oral & Facial Surgeons

For 30 years, Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center has been Arizona’s leader for oral surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner are board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and dentists who are dedicated to changing the lives of their Scottsdale and Avondale patients. Focused on improving form and function, our team takes an all-inclusive approach to your health and aesthetics. Undergoing treatment at our state-of-the-art facility is a uniquely superb experience. With a relaxing environment and a kind, compassionate staff, Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are both top-of-the-line choices for a facial and oral surgeon. To schedule a consultation, contact our practice serving Scottsdale, Avondale, and the entire Phoenix area.

What Causes Dental Implant Problems?

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Dental implants have become the easiest and most reliable way of replacing damaged and missing teeth. These replacements consist of metallic screws and crowns that resemble natural teeth. They are screwed into the jawbone and tightened in order to give a permanent teeth replacement solution. The good thing about modern dental implants is that they are specially designed to fit in the space in your gum snugly so that they can restore your natural smile. However, at times these dental implants can develop complications, either shortly after the replacement procedure or a few years later. Here are some of the most common factors that can lead to dental implant problems.

Gum Infections

Before you undergo the teeth replacement procedure, your doctor should examine your mouth to see if you have any gum diseases. These are infections that leave the gum damaged and weak. If a dental implant is placed in an infected gum, the infection will develop around the implant and cause failure. Therefore, it is advisable to talk to treat the infection before you get the implants. Your oral surgeon should be able to analyze the extent of the infection and advise you on the best ways to handle it.

Insufficient Jawbone

Since the dental implants are planted into the jawbone, they require enough bone tissue to be able to stick. This means that if you do not have enough healthy none tissue, the oral surgeon won’t be able to place the dental implants into the jaw. And if they are placed into a weak jawbone, they will become loose and eventually fall off. Bone loss is mainly caused by osteoporosis, which develops when your bone density is decreased. It can also be caused by severe gum infections. With osteoporosis, your bones become weak and you face a higher risk of sustaining fractures. Your doctor should be able to tell if you have enough healthy bones to be able to receive dental implants.

Medical Conditions

If you have an autoimmune syndrome or other chronic diseases such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, then you face a very high risk of dental implants failure. These diseases weaken the body’s immune system, causing it to heal slowly. Delayed healing prevents osseointegration – the integration of the dental implant with the jawbone. Certain medicines can also cause implant failure. So, you have to go for the necessary medical tests before you can have your teeth replaced with dental implants.

Contact Our Phoenix Area Oral & Facial Surgeons

For 30 years, Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center has been Arizona’s leader for oral surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner are board-certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and dentists who are dedicated to changing the lives of their Scottsdale and Avondale patients. Focused on improving form and function, our team takes an all-inclusive approach to your health and aesthetics. Undergoing treatment at our state-of-the-art facility is a uniquely superb experience. With a relaxing environment and a kind, compassionate staff, Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are both top-of-the-line choices for a facial and oral surgeon. To schedule a consultation, contact our practice serving Scottsdale, Avondale, and the entire Phoenix area.

Zirconia Implants and the Evolution of the Dental Implant

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Many people are familiar with titanium dental implants. Some patients would prefer to avoid having a metallic implant placed and previously these patients’ desires were not able to be accommodated.

That has changed now with the Nobel Pearl Zirconia dental implant

Zirconia is a ceramic that is white in color and has been proven to be an effective dental implant material.  Advantages of a dental implant made of zirconia is natural aesthetics, improved attachment to gum tissue, and low plaque affinity.  

Dental implants are indicated to replace either a single tooth, or in some cases, multiple teeth. For anyone desiring a dental implant, whether constructed of titanium or zirconia, we would recommend a consult with us to evaluate the amount of bone present and space available for dental implant placement.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are uniquely talented at evaluating patients for dental implant placement. In some cases, bone grafting can be performed to build up lost bone to allow dental implant placement in areas that were previously too small for dental implant surgery. We work with your dentist who will build the tooth that attaches the dental implants once they are consolidated in your jaw. To learn more if you’re a good candidate for this implant procedure, schedule a consultation today.

Immediate Tooth Replacement

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Immediate Tooth Replacement


As we age, our teeth become more brittle. As a result, fracture lines can form and teeth can break, frequently at the gum line. This process is accelerated if you have had a root canal or your teeth have been veneered or crowned. If this happens, many times it is not possible to save the tooth.

As improbable as it sounds, it is sometimes possible to remove a single tooth, place a dental implant and within 2 days, have a natural appearing tooth attached to the implant. This is possible because of improved implant materials and design and our expanding knowledge of the biology of bone healing and implant integration.

What this means for you is that should you have the unsettling experience of breaking a front tooth, if everything goes as expected, you can have a replacement tooth that is both fixed and very aesthetic. This avoids the need for wearing a removable tooth replacement appliance that can be uncomfortable and negatively impact the long-term result.

Even though the tooth replacement can look much like the natural tooth it replaced, it is not ready to function like a normal tooth. It takes 2-4 months for the implant to integrated with the bone before you can use it normally. During that time, you will have to chew carefully and avoid biting in the area of the tooth.

If you find yourself breaking a tooth and don’t know what to do next, contact your dentist or give us a call and we can quickly determine if you are a good candidate for immediate tooth replacement.

Replacing Teeth In The Upper Jaw With Zygoma Implants

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Replacing Teeth in the Upper Jaw with Zygoma Implants


There are some patients who have had the unfortunate experience of losing some or all of their upper teeth.  Initially, the missing teeth can be replaced with bridges or a removable denture. This solution may work for a while but over time, bone loss occurs as a result of tooth loss. In cases where only a few teeth are missing and there is still sufficient bone, conventional dental implants work well to support new teeth.

The upper jaw, however, is different from the lower in that the bone is not as strong. There are also hollow sinuses in the back part of the upper jaw that slowly enlarge over time when upper back teeth are removed. When bone loss is severe, there may be insufficient bone to place standard dental implants. This is where Zygoma Implants can make all the difference.

Zygoma Implants are much longer than standard implants and are specifically designed to engage the cheek bone (Zygoma) from inside your mouth. The cheekbone is much stronger than the bone of the upper jaw (Maxilla) and is able to support upper fixed teeth. This can seem like a miracle for those patients who have been struggling with a loose, ill-fitting upper denture which is the result of severe bone loss.

Zygoma Implants have been thoroughly studied and have been found to be successful in the vast majority of cases. If you have been told that you are ‘not a candidate’ for implants in the upper jaw because of lack of sufficient bone, Zygoma Implants may be right for you. If you would like to find out more, please contact our office to schedule a complementary consultation.

Dr. Robert Guyette takes his staff to AAOMS meeting

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This past year the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, or AAOMS, held their annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. As a yearly opportunity, Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner took several staff members to the event. This was the 100th anniversary of AAOMS and the staff had a wonderful opportunity to hear about the history of AAOMS and the doctors who have worked in the OMS specialty. Dr. Guyette, Dr. Beehner, and the staff members had the opportunity to explore new techniques and applications related to the procedures that relate to Dental Implants and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Guyette and Dr. Beehner are committed to continuing education and growth as it relates to the Guyette Surgery Center. Our staff attended classes in anesthesia assistant skills, new procedures and techniques with Dental Implants and All-on-4 procedures, technology, leadership skills, communication and listening skills, and cyber security.

As an extra treat on this trip, our doctors and staff members had the opportunity to listen to the Keynote speaker for the event, General Colin Powell, who was the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States. General Powell’s discussion was centered on “Leadership Taking Charge”. He spoke of his experiences as a leader on the world stage and as an eyewitness to leadership in action. He talked about what it takes to “take charge” during times of great change. He discussed what it means to stay focused, take responsibility and to work hard to improve your life around you. All of our staff members came away from this special event with high praise for education that General Powell gave.

The physicians at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center are committed to excellence in patient care and strive to make sure that our patients know that they are getting the very best in patient care when they work with Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner.

“Teeth-in-a-Day”

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What is it and whom should I see?

Over the past 10 years, the “Teeth-in-a-Day” concept has exploded on the scene around the world. Conceived in Sweden and popularized in Portugal, this treatment has been as close to a miracle as we can get for people suffering from failing teeth. Failing teeth can take the form of decayed, broken, or  multiple missing teeth.  Traditional dentistry teaches that we should keep as many teeth as possible for as long as possible. In some people, however, there comes a time when spending more money trying to save their own teeth, without achieving a beautiful smile and the ability to eat what they want, no longer makes sense.

“Teeth-in-a-Day” allows a patient, in a single surgical procedure, to leave the office with beautiful teeth that are fixed to the jaw with dental implants.  For the right patients, this treatment has been a godsend and results in some of our most happy patients.

Because of the potential benefit for patients, many different types of doctors and companies have marketed this treatment.  But where do you go to decide if “Teeth-in-a-Day” is right for you?  Although this is a straight forward concept, it is a demanding surgical and dental restorative treatment that requires medical management,  coordinated effort, and routine follow up.  Although you can have this treatment performed in a dental office or corporate environment, we believe the best treatment is rendered in a suitable surgical operating room by experienced surgeons and dentists.

If you have questions or do not have a dentist, we would be happy to work with you to put together a team with the goal of excellent, long-term success and appropriate follow up care. As Oral Maxillofacial surgeons, both Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner have the unique medical and dental training that makes them experts in the “Teeth-in-a-Day” procedure.  Contact our office or call (480-657-7065) today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

All-on-4 Dental Implants: Get Teeth In A Day

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Has a dentist told you that you’d benefit from dental implants, but the idea of a weeks-long procedure and possibly months of awkward healing isn’t your idea of cutting-edge dentistry? At Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery, we offer the new All-on-4 dental implants where you can get “teeth in a day” that genuinely look, act, and feel like your natural teeth.

Traditional dental implants offer fantastic, often lifelong results, but the initial appointments can be intense. They require the extraction of a tooth that’s damaged beyond repair (if a tooth is still present) and the grafting of a dental post onto the jaw bone. Next, the mouth needs to heal for several weeks while patients are fitted with a temporary replacement tooth. Finally, sometimes months after the first invasive procedure, a second process fits them with their dental implant.

If that sounds like way too many days, weeks, and even months of frustration, you’re not alone. That’s what makes the All-on-4 brand’s teeth in a day approach so groundbreaking.

All for One! (Or All-on-4 as the case may be)

Not every dental, oral, and maxillofacial clinic offers the cutting-edge All-on-4 technology for teeth in a day implants. Actually, it can be pretty tough to find! Many patients at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery have never heard of the procedure before. Reserved for a full mouth restoration, an average of four implants are usually required in the upper or lower jaw to make you a great candidate for teeth in a day.

All-on-4 is still a relatively invasive and challenging oral surgery. But all dental implants are. However, teeth in a day offers instant results, and you couldn’t be in better hands with Board Certified Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Mark Beehner. In virtually one appointment, you’ll walk away with gorgeous, natural-looking teeth that can last up to a lifetime. There’s no waiting between multiple appointments. Patients enjoy instant results that improve appearance, self-confidence and optimize speech and function.

Are you a good candidate for teeth in a day? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Guyette today and find out. Patients must have an adequate amount of bone to qualify.

Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery has two locations in Arizona, including Scottsdale and Avondale, but patients come from around the world to take advantage of teeth in a day. The unique experience, training, and expertise that only a professional with both an MD and DMD can provide is just a phone call away. As leading facial and oral/maxillofacial surgeons in the nation, both Drs. Robert Guyette and Mark Beehner bring over two decades of experience to patients. Please call to schedule a consultation to learn if you’re a candidate – 480-657-7065.

Meet Your Facial Expert

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The Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery offices in Scottsdale and Avondale, Arizona are the country’s leading experts in facial and oral surgery. Board certified with over 25 years of experience, including 13 consecutive years voted Top Dentist.

Did you know that not everyone who offers microneedling, Botox or Dysport injections, laser hair removal, and a variety of Medi-Spa options is an MD? Or that even fewer of them are board certified? When you’re addressing facial issues and concerns, you deserve the very best. Dr. Robert Guyette is both an MD and DMD, which gives patients not only peace of mind but the absolute best experience, skills, and expertise from virtually every facial procedure from mouth reconstruction  to facelifts.

Time to Face the Facts

When your facial expert is trained as both a dentist and a board certified oral maxillofacial surgeon, you take advantage of his unique experience and training. Dr. Guyette is the inventor of the Silhouette Nitrous Oxide Mask, a revolutionary nitrous oxide nasal mask that makes procedures smoother and more comfortable for patients. Nearly invisible, it offers unprecedented access to a number of oral and facial procedures. With dual doctoral degrees, it’s only natural that some of the best oral and facial inventions are born out of this degree of passion and experience.

Have you ever visited a dentist and been referred to someone else for a facial procedure? Have you wondered if the person administering your facial filler is experienced, had proper training, or are facial experts equipped to handle any situation? Dr. Guyette doesn’t delegate any of our procedures, including dermal fillers and Botox and/or Dysport, to someone else. He performs them himself, so patients enjoy comfort and security.

Our top doctors have the training and experience you need whether you’re preparing for an All-on-4 dental procedure, a facelift to restore self-confidence and a youthful appearance, or removing a mole or  lesion. They perform all injections personally and work with patients to achieve the best and safest results.

It’s easy to put your best face forward when you have Arizona’s premium oral and facial surgeons on your side. Don’t trust just anyone with your face. It’s the first thing people notice about you, from your winning smile to that youthful glow. Guyette Facial and Oral Surgery is your facial expert team. Contact us now for a consultation – 480-657-7065.

Full Mouth Reconstruction Procedures

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When it comes to enhancing the overall health and appearance of your smile, the best option to consider is a full mouth reconstruction. This will involve the combination of multiple dental care procedures in order to restore and enhance the overall condition of a person’s mouth. When you meet with a Scottsdale oral surgeon and dental health specialist, you will be able to learn more about full mouth reconstructions in greater detail. Right now, we’d like to look at some of the basics of full mouth reconstruction treatment so you understand what to expect and how it can help you.

Custom Comprehensive Dental Treatment

We should note that every full mouth reconstruction is customized to the patient. Since each patient has different needs, we want to make sure that these individual needs are met. If you would like to learn more about how a customized treatment would work, the team at our Arizona facial rejuvenation and oral surgery centers would be more than happy to discuss these matters with you. Below are some basic treatments that can prove helpful to most patients.

Dental Fillings

For cavities (dental caries), the best solution is dental fillings. These will help restore any missing tooth structure and improve overall bite strength of the tooth in the process.

Inlays and Onlays

For tooth decay and tooth damage too severe for a traditional dental filling, the best option to consider is an inlay or an onlay. Inlays and onlays are like larger dental fillings designed for major portions of tooth structure.

Dental Crowns

When inlays and onlays are no longer viable options for addressing tooth decay, the best option to consider is a dental crown. These are caps that fit over the damaged/decayed tooth, improving its strength and protecting it from further damage.

Dental Bridges

When you are missing a few teeth, a great option to consider is a dental bridge. Dental bridges latch onto your remaining teeth adjacent to the tooth gap, allowing you to smile with confidence and eat just as you normally would.

Dentures

When you are missing many teeth in a row, a dental bridge is no longer a viable option. In such cases, the best treatment to consider is a denture. These are held in place by bracing around remaining gum and jawbone structure.

Dental Implants

For the most secure hold of dental bridges and dentures, it’s important to consider Scottsdale dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into a person’s jawbone and gum tissue. They provide a hold that is comparable to natural tooth roots.

Other Options for Aesthetic Enhancement

Having a great smile is not the only option out there for enhancing your overall appearance. In addition to undergoing a full mouth reconstruction, undergoing facial plastic surgery can give you the look that you’ve always wanted. We’d be more than happy to discuss all your options for enhanced aesthetic enhancement in greater detail during your visit to our practice.

Learn More About Advanced Enhancement and Rejuvenation Options

If you would like more information about full mouth reconstruction treatment and your many other options for enhanced aesthetic rejuvenation, contact our Scottsdale and Avondale oral and facial surgery centers today. The entire team here is eager to discuss all of your treatment options with you in greater detail so you can make the best possible decision about your dental care needs.