East Georgia Oral Surgery

What To Do If A Tooth Is Knocked Out | Avulsed Tooth

If your permanent adult tooth gets knocked out of your mouth during a traumatic injury, there is still a chance that it can be re-implanted back into place.  An “avulsed tooth” is a tooth that has been completely knocked out of its original position.  There is a short window of opportunity of about an hour for successful re-implantation, so you want to get evaluated by a dentist, oral surgeon, or emergency room/urgent care doctor as soon as possible.

You Have 60 Minutes To Save A Knocked-Out Tooth. Will You Know What To Do?

To help increase your chances of success:

  • Find your tooth and try to pick it up by the crown of the tooth and not the root.
  • If possible, place the tooth back into your mouth directly into the socket. If you need to rinse off the tooth, do so with saliva, saline solution, or milk. Do not use water, and do not scrub your tooth!
  • If you are unable to place your tooth back into your mouth, store it in milk or saline solution and immediately get evaluated by your dentist, oral surgeon, or the nearest emergency room/urgent care center.

If your dentist can re-implant your tooth back into place, a splint/brace will likely be placed for at least two weeks to help keep the tooth in position and allow for healing. You will also require a root canal on the tooth to help prevent infection.

The odds of saving an avulsed tooth is higher in children, but this can still be successful in adults too. Your dentist will continue to monitor the tooth for several years after your injury. Even if your tooth cannot be re-implanted or needs to be removed, there are options to help you get your smile back. A dental implant can be placed to replace your missing tooth. Your oral surgeon will place the dental implant, and your dentist will place the crown on top of the implant.

Losing a tooth from a traumatic injury can be devastating. We are here to do everything we can quickly and efficiently to ensure success and allow for you to keep smiling!

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Vaping and Oral Health

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are electrical devices that vaporize into an aerosol mist containing various concentrations of nicotine. Use of e-cigarettes is commonly known as “vaping.” E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular and represent a large proportion of nicotine use among all ages of the general population. However, the most significant rate of uptake is from the younger community, especially high school aged students.

Possible reasons why individuals choose to vape:
– To help stop smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes
– The thought that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes
– Circumvention of smoke-free areas
– Recreational use


There are no definitive studies to prove that vaping can help cigarette smokers to quit.

Vaping can also be more dangerous than smoking. One of the main concerns is that vaping is thought to be safer than consuming traditional tobacco products, and companies are adding flavoring to their products to attract younger consumers. Vaping can have numerous detrimental effects on your teeth and gums; including excess bacteria exposure, dry mouth, inflamed gums, bad breath, soft tissue irritation, gum disease, bone loss, and tooth decay. Nicotine is known to cause cancer, heart disease, and developmental delays. Additionally, e-cigarettes can overheat, catch fire, and explode during use, resulting in severe burns to the face.

Due to the dangers of nicotine consumption and the popularity of electronic cigarettes and vaping, it is essential that you disclose this information to your health care provider. It is also vital for parents to discuss with their children the harmful effects that vaping can cause to their development and health.



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FREE Oral Cancer Screenings!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, and East Georgia Center for Oral & Facial Surgery would like to invite you to join us in our national screening campaign to end oral cancer!


In hopes to raise Oral Cancer Awareness and the need for early detection in order to save lives, we invite you to visit us at our new location for a FREE Oral Cancer Screening, April 11, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (appointments not required).

1222 Brampton Avenue
(In The Market District)
Statesboro, GA. 30458

Oral Cancer Awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 53,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. One hundred thirty-two (132) new people in the US EVERY DAY will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness. 

Please, direct media inquiries to our media contact listed below. For all other questions, please call (912) 764-5435 and ask to speak with Chris O’Malley.

M. Stephanie Childs
S&J Marketing Solutions
[email protected]


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Let’s Celebrate Together: EGCOFS Ribbon Cutting / Open House Event

Ribbon Cutting / Open House 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Drop In From 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join Us In Celebrating Our New Location

1222 Brampton Avenue – In The Market District

Statesboro, Georgia

Tour Our New Facility & Enjoy Light Hors D’oeuvres & Refreshments!



Come Celebrate With US!


Additional Information

Dr. Suketu Patel, DMD, MD, announced in October 2017 a significant expansion of his practice, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, with the construction of a new surgery center in the Market District which more than doubled the size of their previous 6,000-square-foot office. Dr. Patel’s wife, Dr. Anjali Patel, DMD, who is a pediatric dentist is currently renovating the previous EGCOFS office at 613 E. Grady Street with plans to open a pediatric dentist office in May 2019.



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Brushing For Two – Keeping Your Mouth Healthy During Pregnancy

The benefits of good dental and general health begin well before your baby is born. Your baby’s teeth start developing between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. Brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for a healthy mouth. You should brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice daily and floss your teeth once a day. This is especially important when you’re pregnant because variable hormone levels may result in increased plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gums.

It is also recommended to help prevent gingivitis, that you get a professional dental cleaning during the second trimester of your pregnancy. Dental care during pregnancy is safe. X-rays can also be taken if necessary, and your dentist will cover you with a leaded apron to minimize exposure to your abdomen. Your dentist will also be certain to utilize anesthetics and medications that can safely be used during pregnancy.

Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy. It is important to maintain a well-rounded diet containing adequate vitamins and nutrients that will allow your baby to develop appropriately. While it is normal for a pregnant woman to have the desire to eat more, frequent snacking can increase your risk for cavities. While snacking, choose foods that have lower sugar content and are nutritious for you and your baby. For example, raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese are excellent choices for snacks. If you are dealing with frequent nausea, try eating smaller portions of healthy foods throughout the day. If you have morning sickness and are frequently vomiting, try rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water instead of brushing your teeth after every time you vomit. When stomach acids frequently come into contact with your teeth, it can eventually cause tooth enamel to wear away. Lastly, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself adequately hydrated.


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What is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon? | Types Of Dentistry


Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the mouth, face, and jaw surgery. They are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association who are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency program. The path to becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is quite rigorous, and the total length of education and training after high school is 12 to 14 years.

Typical training for an oral and maxillofacial surgeon includes:

  • Four years of undergraduate study.
  • Four years of dental school.
  • Four to six years of residency training (six-year training options include two additional years of study for acquiring a medical degree).

During training, some surgeons complete a supplemental medical school education to receive a medical degree (MD). They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, anesthesiology, plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ENT), emergency medicine, and trauma surgery.

Board Certification

After the completion of surgical training, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are encouraged to complete the board certification process. Like other Boards in medicine and dentistry, the objective of theAmerican Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is to elevate the standards of oral and maxillofacial surgery through a certification process. The ABOMS certification process assures the public that certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons have successfully completed a rigorous peer evaluation process by requiring surgeons to present and maintain professional credentials, and demonstrate the requisite training, experience, and knowledge. Patients find tremendous comfort in knowing that their oral surgeon has completed this process and are held to the highest standards in their field.

About Dr. Suketu Patel

Dr. Suketu Patel attended the University of Michigan where he earned his B.S degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Patel continued at the University of Pennsylvania where he received both his dental (DMD) and medical (MD) degrees. He completed his residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Patel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has extensive training in the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with particular areas of interest that include the extraction of wisdom teeth, dental implants, pediatric oral surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial pathology, and TMJ disorders. In addition, Dr. Patel is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Surgery and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Patel is proud to be on staff at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Georgia and Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro, Georgia; and is an active member of the Ogeechee River Medical Society and the East Georgia Physicians Group.



Dental School Graduate

Last day of residency!

Medical School Graduate

Dr. Patel and wife, Dr. Anjali Patel, celebrating the end of residency!



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When Do You Need a Bone Graft?

East Georgia Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Richard J. Hammond, DMD; and Suketu J. Patel, DMD, MD

Adequate bone is necessary when you are trying to replace missing teeth with dental implants. Bone grafts become essential when there is damaged or missing bone in your jaw. Dental implants are secured to the bone in your jaw, and the bone needs to be strong and thick enough to support an implant for a very long time.

After you lose an adult tooth, about 25% of your bone shrinks within the first year. When a tooth is missing, the constant bite force is no longer occurring, and the jaw bone becomes less motivated to stay healthy. This process continues if left untreated for an extended period of time. After a certain point, the bone levels become too thin to support a dental implant. At this point, a bone graft would be needed to regenerate this lost bone.

Teeth need to be removed for various reasons: infection, deep cavities, periodontal/gum disease or traumatic injuries. Often times, we will recommend that a bone graft is performed simultaneously with a tooth removal procedure. This sort of bone graft is frequently called “ridge preservation” or “socket preservation.” The goal of this type of bone graft is to preserve the existing jaw bone for a dental implant. A dental implant can typically be placed 3-6 months after a socket preservation bone graft, and it allows for more predictable healing and stability for the implant.

Dental trauma can occur when a tooth is displaced, or the jaw bone is fractured from an injury. Due to the nature of these injuries, sometimes bone can be lost, and a bone graft would be necessary to replace the injured teeth with implants.

Periodontal disease or “gum disease” can cause a significant amount of bone loss. Periodontal disease can result from inadequate oral hygiene at home, failure to receive dental cleanings every 6 months, or genetics. Certain bacteria colonize under your gums and on plaque around your teeth. These bacteria then eat away at your bone causing bone loss and loosening of your teeth.

The surgeons at East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery have a high level of surgical expertise and a vast knowledge of the advanced technology for bone grafting procedures. If you are considering dental implants or have been told that you require bone grafting, please trust one of our expert surgeons to deliver the specialized care that you deserve.

Contact East Georgia Center for Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule a consultation:

Statesboro Office: 912-764-5435
Swainsboro Office: 478-419-2100


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Guide for Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery

Once your dental implant surgery is over and has gone well, you’re going to want to comfortably recover and follow your surgeon’s advice to ensure maximum healing. Below are a few tips to keep in mind after you leave our office upon undergoing a dental implant surgery.


After your surgery, your surgeon will place a gauze pad over your surgical site. Place gentle pressure on the gauze pad and remove it after about 60 minutes. If bleeding is persistent, replace the gauze with a new piece moistened with a few cool drops of water. You can replace the gauze every 30-60 minutes until the bleeding has stopped. Some mild bleeding and redness in your saliva is normal up to 24 hours after your surgery.


Swelling is normal after surgery and can peek at about 48 hours after your procedure. To minimize swelling, place an ice pack or bag of ice on your cheek adjacent to your surgery. Apply ice for 20 minutes and then remove the ice for 20 minutes before applying again. After the first 24 hours after surgery, a heating pad or warm towel can be used to help reduce swelling.

Pain Management

Once the surgery is completed, you will be numb in the area of the surgery. Implant procedures do not typically cause a significant degree of discomfort. However, you will still likely be prescribed medications to help control soreness after surgery. It is best to stop by your pharmacy to pick up your prescriptions immediately after surgery. Consider taking your pain medication prior to the numbing agent wearing off to help better manage your discomfort.


Drink plenty of fluids after your surgery. Try to avoid any overly hot foods as this may cause bleeding or discomfort at the sensitive surgical site. Liquids and soft foods should be consumed on the day of your surgery. Try your best to resume your regular diet thereafter unless directed otherwise by your surgeon. Nutrition is key to healing. Furthermore, you’ll be less likely to deal with side effects such as nausea caused by pain medication or antibiotics if these medications are taken on a full stomach

Oral Hygiene/Brushing Your Teeth

Good oral hygiene and a clean mouth is very important for healing. Brushing your teeth and over your implant healing abutments is not a problem. You may also receive a prescription for Peridex mouth rinse. Please follow the directions provided by your surgeon. You will typically rinse with the mouthwash for 30 seconds twice per day.

A dental implant will be one of the best and smartest investments that you will make. You will have the opportunity to feel confident, smile, eat, and speak like you may not have previously been able to do. Please call our office to set up your dental implant consultation.

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An Exparel Update from East Georgia Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Welcome to East Georgia Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Richard J. Hammond, DMD; Suketu J. Patel, DMD, MD

Last year, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery introduced a new medication, Exparel, into our practice. Exparel is a non-opioid medication that provides longer-lasting pain relief so patients can reduce or avoid opioid medicines after surgery. Exparel is injected adjacent to the incision sites during your surgery. The medication utilizes time-release technology to deliver pain relief to the surgical sites over the next 72 hours.

The response that we have received has been quite remarkable. Patients who choose to include Exparel with their treatment have been very pleased. They have recommended it to others, and we often receive hugs and gratitude during follow up visits. There have also been many times when parents of patients wish that Exparel was available when they had their wisdom teeth removed.

The most common procedure that Exparel is being administered for is Wisdom Teeth Surgery. However, we have also utilized the medication for dental implant surgery, TMJ surgery, and multiple tooth extraction procedures. Patients seem to recover a bit quicker and do not have to be exposed to some of the side effects of heavy pain medication.

We are very proud to offer Exparel in our practice. Dr. Suketu Patel and Dr. Jeremy Hammond are available to provide their expertise to provide a pleasant experience for you.

Feel free to call our office at 912-764-5435 to a schedule consultation for your oral surgery treatment.

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