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    Recovering from Multiple Tooth Extractions

    Last updated 6 days ago

    There are several reasons you may undergo surgery to remove multiple teeth at once. In many cases, all four wisdom teeth are removed during a single visit. Alternatively, if you are receiving dentures or dental implants, multiple teeth may be removed prior to these treatments. Keep reading to learn more about what you should expect during your recovery from multiple tooth extractions in San Diego.

    Reducing Swelling
    Swelling is a common side effect during any tooth removal surgery. The swelling associated with multiple tooth removal is often slightly more severe than the swelling that occurs when only one tooth is extracted. Additionally, you may also experience swelling or bruising around your eyes. During the first 36 hours after surgery, apply ice packs to the outside of your cheeks to reduce swelling and pain. Never place ice packs directly against your skin—use a cloth as a buffer to prevent skin damage. After 36 hours, switch to using a moist, warm towel placed against your skin to reduce swelling and improve any discoloration around your eyes.

    Treating a Sore Throat
    After a multiple tooth extraction procedure, you may develop a sore throat. This is because the throat muscles are often affected by swelling that accompanies tooth extractions at the back of the mouth. Any throat soreness associated with your tooth extraction should subside within two to three days. Avoid drinking hot beverages or sucking on lozenges to relieve your sore throat, as these practices can negatively affect the extraction sites.

    Treating Dry Lips
    Your lips and the corners of your mouth may be dry after surgery. Dry skin can also become cracked and painful. Apply Vaseline, lip gloss, or other moisturizing ointments safe to use near the mouth to relieve any discomfort associated with dry skin after your tooth extraction procedure.

    If you’d like to know more about recovery after tooth extraction or oral surgery, your surgeon at the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery will be happy to answer your questions. Please call us at (619) 312-4417 or check out our blog for additional tips and information.

    Maintaining Your Dental Implants

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Dental implants replace missing teeth using a titanium post capped with a crown, which looks just like a natural tooth. After healing, maintaining your dental implants properly will ensure they remain healthy and stable for life.

    The long-term care required to maintain dental implants is exactly the same as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss your implants along with your natural teeth every night. Use a water flosser to remove any food or bacteria from your gums to keep your gums healthy and stabilize both the implant and your remaining teeth.

    Do you have questions about receiving or caring for dental implants? Contact the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery today by calling (619) 312-4417 to schedule a free personalized implant consultation. We also offer wisdom tooth removal, jaw surgery, and more in our El Cajon and San Diego offices—click through our website to learn more.  

    A Look at the Recovery Period for Wisdom Tooth Removal

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most commonly-performed surgeries in the U.S. Although it is usually a minor procedure, you should still expect to need a few days of recovery time after your wisdom teeth are extracted. Talk to your oral surgeon for a personalized timeline and recommendations to speed your recovery. 

    Immediately After Surgery
    Your recovery time immediately after surgery will depend upon the type of anesthetic used by your oral surgeon. If your procedure required only local anesthetic, you will be awake and alert both during and after your extraction. You may be able to drive yourself home after your surgeon has finished. If you received sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia prior to your wisdom tooth removal, you will be taken to a recovery room immediately following surgery. You will relax while your surgeon monitors your condition for an average of 20-30 minutes. After this time, you will need someone to drive you home.

    The Day After Surgery
    For the first 24 hours after surgery, don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or eat solid foods. Stick to a diet of soft, mild foods such as mashed potatoes, applesauce, and yogurt. Don’t brush your teeth or use mouthwash; instead, rinse your mouth gently with a saltwater solution. Take pain medication preemptively and drink plenty of water, but avoid using a straw or drinking hot or carbonated beverages.

    The Week After Surgery
    After the first day, you can begin eating semisoft foods, such as pasta and steamed vegetables. Continue to take pain medication as needed. You can also begin brushing your teeth normally, but take special care around the extraction sites. Full recovery after wisdom tooth removal generally takes a week or less. 

    The Center For Oral & Facial Surgery of San Diego specializes in wisdom tooth removal, dental implants, and more to help you achieve and maintain excellent dental health. We invite you to click on our web contact form or call (619) 312-4417 to schedule your appointment with any one of our experienced oral surgeons. 

    Symptoms of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

    Last updated 28 days ago

    When there is not enough room in your jaw for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly, they may become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can put your dental health at risk by developing an infection or an abscess. Impacted teeth can also damage nearby nerves or tooth roots. Some of the signs of an impacted wisdom tooth include pain, redness or swelling of the gums, and gums that feel tender, become swollen, and bleed easily. In some cases, you may experience persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth as the result of bacteria trapped by the impacted tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can also prompt headaches that have no other clear cause. If you experience any of these signs, schedule a visit with your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine whether they should be removed.

    If you need to schedule a wisdom tooth extraction procedure in San Diego or El Cajon, contact the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery by calling (619) 312-4417. Our oral surgeons will help you evaluate your options for a stress-free dental experience. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our surgeons and the treatments we offer.

    Understanding the Process for Replacing all Teeth in a Jaw

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you have lost most or all of the teeth in your jaw, there are many options to replace them for a full, healthy smile. Dental implants are ideal for replacing many missing teeth via implant-supported dentures or bridges. You and your oral surgeon will decide together which option is best for your dental health needs.  

    Treatment Planning
    Although the process for multiple implants is very similar to that for a single implant, treatment must be carefully planned and coordinated before the procedure begins. Your oral surgeon will perform a thorough examination of your dental health, including X-rays and a physical exam. He may also take impressions of your mouth if you will be wearing an implant-supported denture. If you have remaining teeth, they may need to be removed prior to implant placement; in some cases, this step can take place during implant surgery. Your oral surgeon will determine how many implants you need and explain the process in more detail so you will understand every step of your treatment.

    Implant Placement
    Dental implant placement is a short surgical procedure to place the titanium implant posts into the bone of your jaw. The implants will need approximately two to six months to heal before they can support your permanent bridge or denture. Immediately after your implant surgery, your oral surgeon may provide temporary bridges or dentures so you can maintain your lifetsyle while the implants heal. In some cases, a temporary fixed bridge can be placed directly atop the implants while they are healing. Your oral surgeon will explain which temporary solution is best for your needs. Once your implants have fully integrated with the bone of your jaw and your gums have healed, you will return to receive your permanent bridge or denture.

    Do you have questions about replacing one or many missing teeth with dental implants? Contact the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery by calling (619) 312-4417 to schedule your free implant consultation today. You can find out more about what to expect from the dental implant process on our blog

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