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After oral surgery, your mouth may be numb and a surgical gauze pad will be placed over the surgical site. Keep the pad in your mouth for half an hour before discarding it and wait until all numbness has worn off before eating. The best foods to eat after oral surgery are soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, ice cream, pudding, and Jell-O. These foods do not require chewing and will not irritate your surgical site. Avoid foods that are very hot, very cold, or spicy. As your mouth begins to heal, you can add foods such as mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and boiled, shredded meats to your diet. Continue to drink plenty of fluids. Talk to your oral surgeon if you are still experiencing significant pain or bleeding a few days after your procedure.
At the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery, our goal is to offer experienced, comprehensive treatment of problems related to the teeth, mouth, and face. You can find out more about our San Diego practice by calling (619) 312-4417. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about oral surgery.
Last updated 3 days ago
Dental implants replace one or more missing teeth to restore your full and healthy smile. If you need a dental implant procedure but aren’t sure what to expect, this video will answer many of your questions. You will see how the implant is inserted into the gums, then allowed to heal for four to six months before a crown is attached. During the procedure, you will feel no pain, only pressure. If you have questions or concerns about the implant procedure, talk to your oral surgeon beforehand to get the answers you need to feel more comfortable.
The oral surgeons at the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery specialize in dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, and jaw surgery. You can find out what to expect from your procedure by calling (619) 312-4417. Call to make an appointment to talk to one of our experienced oral surgeon or clicking through the information on our website.
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When your wisdom teeth don’t have sufficient space to erupt from the gums, they can become impacted. This condition is sometimes painful, and oral surgeons recommend extracting the impacted teeth to prevent serious complications. For example, if the tooth exerts pressure against the adjacent molar, that molar can become damaged and susceptible to infection.
Since impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean, you’re more likely to develop gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and the loss of bone mass. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more likely to develop tooth decay. Additionally, you’re at risk of developing a cyst within the jawbone, which is a painful condition that can damage the nerves, jawbone, and teeth. In rare cases, a noncancerous tumor may form.
Having your wisdom teeth extracted can prevent these serious complications. Call the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery of San Diego at (619) 312-4417 to schedule a consultation for wisdom tooth removal.
Last updated 16 days ago
The development of dental implants is a significant step forward in the field of dental technology. They allow patients with one or more missing teeth to regain a beautiful smile and restore their oral health. If you are going to get dental implants, your oral surgeon will develop a customized treatment plan to suit your unique needs. He or she can advise you as to what you can expect from your procedure. In general, dental implant surgery is characterized by the following steps:
Some patients may not be able to have dental implants placed right away due to bone loss. If this is the case for you, you will require a bone grafting procedure. This may be necessary if you’ve suffered jawbone loss due to tooth loss, smoking, and other factors. For this procedure, your oral surgeon will likely use synthetic bone or bovine bone to replace your lost bone mass.
Once your jawbone is ready to hold your new dental implants, your oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum line. He or she will place the metal post of the dental implant directly into the jawbone, which anchors it just as it would anchor a natural tooth root. You’ll likely receive temporary dentures to wear while awaiting the next procedure. Your jawbone will need time to heal and fuse to the implant. This process is called osseointegration, and it may take as little as six weeks or as long as six months.
Once the bone has fused to the implant, your oral surgeon will uncover the dental implant. An abutment will be placed on top of the implant. This is a connecting piece that links the implant to the crown. The oral surgeon will close the gum tissue, leaving the top of the abutment open. Then, he or she will place your crown on top of the abutment. The crown is the portion that looks like a natural tooth.
The team at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery welcomes your questions about your upcoming dental implant procedure. Our oral surgery office in San Diego provides premier dental implant techniques and advanced bone grafting to suit every patient’s needs. Give us a call today at (619) 312-4417 and ask us how we can restore your beautiful smile!
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For good oral health and long-lasting dental implants, it’s important to follow a comprehensive oral care routine at home. After you receive the crowns for your dental implants, you can brush and floss them just as you would clean your natural teeth. However, some people find it tricky to clean their dental implants before the crown is placed.
Watch this video to see a demonstration of cleaning dental implants without crowns. This dental assistant explains how to angle your toothbrush to remove the maximum amount of plaque and food debris from the gum line. She also demonstrates the proper way to floss a dental implant.
If you have any questions about caring for your dental implants, call the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery at (619) 312-4417. Our oral surgery practice in San Diego is dedicated to providing an unparalleled level of patient care. You can find out more about us on our website.