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It is possible for a canine tooth to fail to erupt from the gums. This condition is known as tooth impaction. The canine tooth is the second most common tooth to become impacted, following the third molar, and is necessary for the proper functioning of the dental arch because it helps with biting food. This tooth can become impacted even when there is enough room for it to emerge. When this occurs, the patient’s orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together to treat the condition. Treatment typically involves placing braces and then using surgery to help the tooth erupt. After the braces are placed, the oral surgeon will cut back the gums to expose the impacted tooth, place a bracket on the tooth, and attach a chain to the bracket that leads back to the archwire of the braces. Sutures are then placed, and the tooth is guided carefully into place.
The oral surgeons at the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery can help you if you have an impacted canine tooth or any other issue that can be addressed with oral surgery. Contact us online or at (619) 312-4417 to schedule a consultation.
Last updated 7 days ago
December 7th & 8th, our Doctors, along with several of our staff, volunteered at the CDA cares event which was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
CDA Cares is an event aimed at providing free dental care to Californians in need and educating the public and elected officials on oral health care and how the oral health care budget at the state level has been virtually eliminated.
CDA Cares is a collaborative effort among the California Dental Association, the California Dental Association Foundation and America’s Dentists Care Foundation. The CDA Foundation's mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs.
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Dry socket is a condition that can develop after a tooth extraction procedure. It is caused by the loss of the blood clot that forms at the extraction site. If you experience this condition after a tooth extraction, your oral surgeon can offer effective treatments. Watch this video to find out more.
Treatment options include medicated dressings applied in the socket, cold compresses or ice packs, and anti-inflammatory medications. Each of these can help to relieve your discomfort and promote healing. You should avoid tobacco use, as this can worsen dry socket.
Visit the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery when you need oral surgery services. Our San Diego practice offers a range of treatment services and will help you recover successfully from any procedure you undergo. Call us at (619) 312-4417 for more information.
Last updated 24 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 29 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.