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    Center for Oral & Facial Surgery Featured in "AAOMS Today"

    Last updated 3 days ago

    We are honored to report that our practice was recently featured on the “Names in the News” page in the March/April issue of ”AAOMS Today”.

    “AAOMS Today” is a national publication which is printed six times a year by The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and seen by thousands of Oral Surgeons throughout the US.  

    About AAOMS

    The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), is a professional organization representing more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States. AAOMS supports its members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.

    What To Expect from Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Your dentist may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction for many reasons. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure that can prevent many future dental health problems.

    Sometimes during a tooth extraction procedure, your oral surgeon is able to use local anesthetic. You will be numb, but may feel pressure during the extraction as your surgeon works to remove the tooth. Oftentimes, IV sedation is administered and you will feel as though you had a short nap and be completely unaware of the procedure. Check out this short video for to learn more about what to expect during a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in San Diego.

    The Center For Oral & Facial Surgery offers early evaluation and extraction of wisdom teeth at our two locations in San Diego and El Cajon. Call us today at (619) 312-4417 to schedule your dental evaluation and learn more about tooth extraction, dental implants, and jaw surgery. You may also click through our website to read more about common dental procedures. 

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    The History of Dental Implants

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Today, dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement technology. Dental implants consist of a titanium post placed surgically into the bone of the jaw, atop which sits a lifelike porcelain crown or denture. These tooth replacement options have been in use since the 1970s, offering patients a permanent and healthy smile even after the loss of one or many teeth.

    The Discovery of Osseointegration

    Osseointegration is the process by which the bone of your jaw fuses with a titanium implant post, creating a stable structure that replaces a natural tooth root. The concept of osseointegration was first discovered in 1952 when an orthopaedic surgeon inserted a titanium cylinder into a piece of bone to study how bones heal. The cylinder became impossible to remove from the newly-healed bone, laying the groundwork for the future concept of a permanent tooth replacement rooted in the jaw just like a natural tooth.

    Application of Dental Implants

    In the 1970s, dental implants came into use for a very small group of patients: those who could not tolerate normal denture wear because of significant bone loss due to missing teeth. During these early studies, it was discovered that dental implants work best when there is sufficient bone mass to support osseointegration of the titanium posts. Dental bone grafting techniques were perfected to provide sufficient jaw bone mass to support dental implants.

    Modern Dental Implants

    Over the past four decades, dental implants have seen use in a wider range of patients. Today, dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or many missing teeth, depending upon the patient’s needs. Implants are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering custom-tailored tooth replacement solutions for patients of any age.

    Could you be a good candidate for dental implants? You can find out by calling the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery at (619) 312-4417 to schedule a free implant consultation. Visit us on the web to learn more about dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction, and more in San Diego. 

    Wisdom Teeth - Why It's Wise to Remove Them

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The third molars are often called the wisdom teeth because they emerge in your late teens or early twenties. While healthy wisdom teeth are an asset to your mouth, problematic teeth may require extraction because they threaten your dental health. Keep reading to discover why wisdom teeth so often require extraction and when you should consider oral surgery.

    Why Are Wisdom Teeth Problematic?

    Studies suggest that up to 85% of wisdom teeth eventually require removal. The reason for such a high removal rate is the fact that the human mouth has changed over time as a result of evolution. Today, the average mouth can only hold 28 teeth; meaning the last four molars to erupt frequently cause pain and problems.

    What Problems Do Wisdom Teeth Cause?

    Impacted wisdom teeth may damage adjacent tooth roots or cause crowding of the teeth in your mouth, leading to cosmetic changes and a higher likelihood of tooth decay and periodontal disease. An impacted wisdom tooth may also cause the formation of a fluid-filled cyst in the soft tissue of your gums, which can eventually destroy the healthy bone of your jaw. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are harder to clean, and can trap food and bacteria that will increase your risk of gum disease and cavities.

    When Is the Best Time to Have Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

    The best time to have problematic wisdom teeth extracted is between the ages of 15 and 18. Patients in their teens and 20s often have shorter recovery times and less risk of complications than those having wisdom teeth extracted after the age of 35. Talk to your dentist to find out more about your wisdom teeth and whether you should consider having them removed.

    If you have questions about your wisdom teeth or other aspects of your dental health, call the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery today at (619) 312-4417. We are the oldest and largest oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in San Diego County, with two convenient locations for our patients. Click through our comprehensive website to learn more! 

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