Last updated 14 days ago
Platelet rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a revolutionary treatment method which uses the platelets collected from your own blood to accelerate the healing process. While originally used in hospital settings, platelet rich plasma now has a number of applications for outpatient surgery and dental procedures. Continue reading to learn more.
How It Works
During the natural healing process, your body delivers cells and platelets to the wound to initiate the healing process, create blood clots, and release growth factors that stimulate stem cells to regenerate new tissue. By harvesting blood from your own body and producing a large quantity of platelets, platelet rich plasma therapy can be used to boost your body’s natural healing abilities for faster, more efficient recoveries.
Platelet rich plasma has a number of applications in the field of dentistry. For example, patients who require bone grafting before the placement of dental implants can receive PRP treatment to help speed up the amount of recovery time needed before the implants can be surgically placed. Additionally, platelet rich plasma can also be used to help promote healing for onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation, and closure of cleft lips and palate defects. Dental patients may also undergo PRP therapy to repair bone defects that were created by removing cysts or teeth, as well as fistulas that develop between the mouth and sinus cavity.
In addition to promoting faster healing and tissue regeneration, platelet rich plasma offers several other benefits. As a by-product of your own blood, PRP offers no risk of rejection or disease transmission and is therefore extremely safe. Furthermore, PRP therapy is much more convenient, easy to use, and cost effective when compared to other procedures.
For more information on the uses and benefits of platelet rich plasma, contact the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery in San Diego at (619) 312-4417.
Last updated 18 days ago
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that an x-ray should accompany a dental examination for all patients around the age of seven. This allows dentists to determine early if there will be problems with tooth eruption. Without this early detection, an impacted tooth is unlikely to erupt naturally as the patient ages. If the impacted tooth is discovered early, however, the dentist can treat it with a series of interventions, including braces or a surgical extraction of baby and/or adult teeth that are blocking the eruption. If the eruption path is cleared, the tooth is more likely to erupt naturally.
Center for Oral & Facial Surgery is the oldest practice of our kind in San Diego County. We provide a range of services including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, oral surgery, bone grafting, tooth extractions, and more. Visit our website or call (619) 312-4417 to schedule an appointment today.
Last updated 25 days ago
Pericoronitis is a dental disorder that occurs when gum tissue around the wisdom teeth becomes swollen and infected. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that most people grow in their late teens and early twenties. Read on for more information about pericoronitis.
This disorder can develop when wisdom teeth only partially break through the gum. When this happens, bacteria can enter through the opening in the gum and surround the tooth, causing an infection. Food and plaque can get trapped beneath the flap of gum around the tooth, which can also lead to pericoronitis. If pericoronitis becomes sever, swelling and infection can spread to the jaw, cheeks, and neck.
Diagnosis and Symptoms
The dentist can determine if a wisdom tooth is partially erupted when examining the growth process. He/she may periodically take an X-ray of the mouth to monitor wisdom teeth alignment. If the dentist notes a gum flap, swelling, or infection, they will diagnose the disorder. A patient with pericoronitis will experience pain in the gums around the tooth, infection, swelling in the gum tissue, and difficulty opening the mouth. The patient will also have a bad taste in the mouth, which is due to pus that is leaking from the gums. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are another symptom.
If the pericoronitis hasn’t spread beyond the tooth, it can be treated by rinsing the mouth with warm salt water. The patient will also need to check the gum flap regularly to ensure there is no food trapped beneath it. If the tooth, jaw, and cheek are swollen and painful, the dentist will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can also be taken. If the pericoronitis is severe or recurs, the dentist may suggest oral surgery to remove the gum flap or wisdom tooth.
Center for Oral & Facial Surgery serves San Diego as the oldest and largest oral surgeon practice in the county. We provide a variety of services, including dental implants, bone grafting, tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, and more. Visit our website or call (619) 312-4417 and schedule a consultation.
Last updated 1 month ago
Wisdom teeth become impacted when they erupt, or grow in, without enough time to properly do so. This can lead to several complications and can result in decay and gum disease. Read on for information on the causes and complications of impacted wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth typically emerge in the late teens and early twenties. Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge normally without any complications. In these cases, wisdom teeth line up with the other teeth located behind the second molars. In other cases, however, the mouth is too crowded to allow the wisdom teeth to develop normally. When the teeth are too crowded, the wisdom teeth become trapped, leading to them becoming impacted.
An impacted tooth might partially emerge through the gums, making some of the crown visible. This means it is partially impacted. If the tooth is fully impacted, it never breaks through the gums. Partially and fully impacted wisdom teeth can grow in a variety of directions. They can grow at an angle toward the second molar, grow toward the back of the mouth, grow at a right angle toward the other teeth, or grow straight up or down similar to other teeth while staying trapped within the jawbone.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several problems in the mouth. They can damage other teeth by pushing against them or making them more vulnerable to infection. Impacted wisdom teeth can also create cysts in the mouth. The wisdom tooth grows within a sac in the jawbone. This sac can fill with fluid and form a cyst that can damage the jawbone, teeth, and nerves. Other risks that impacted wisdom teeth present are decay and gum disease.
Are you considering having your wisdom teeth removed while on Thanksgiving or Christmas break? You probably aren’t alone! These appointments fill up fast, so please call Center for Oral & Facial Surgery of San Diego today to reserve a date. In addition to wisdom tooth removal, we provide dental implants, bone grafting, tooth extractions, and more. Call us at (619) 312-4417 or visit our website to learn more about our practice.
Last updated 1 month ago
When canine teeth are in a position that doesn’t allow them to enter the mouth properly, they are called impacted. When undergoing canine surgery, the goal is to bring the impacted tooth down into the correct position so it is aligned with the other teeth in the mouth. Before surgery, it is important for the mouth to be clean, so patients should brush and floss as usual. The doctor may advise restrictions on drinking and eating before sedation for the procedure. The patient should also wear loose, comfortable clothing. The surgery takes about 45 minutes. Watch this helpful video to learn more about impacted canine surgery.
Center for Oral & Facial Surgery serves San Diego with a variety of treatments and surgical procedures. Among these are wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, impacted tooth surgery, tooth extractions, bone grafting, and more. If you are in need of dental care, visit our website or call (619) 312-4417 to schedule an appointment.