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    Determining Whether You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

    Last updated 1 day 9 hours ago

    The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear in the adult mouth, typically in the late teens or early twenties. While healthy wisdom teeth are a positive addition to your mouth, in some cases your wisdom teeth may put you at risk for dental problems. Your dentist can perform a brief evaluation of your jaws and wisdom teeth to determine whether tooth extraction is the right procedure for you.


    Although your body creates a total of 32 teeth, your jaw may be too small to accommodate all of them. Because the wisdom teeth erupt much later than your other teeth, they may cause movement and crowding that result in cosmetic issues or an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Your dentist can examine the size of your jaws during a routine checkup to determine whether your wisdom teeth will have room to completely erupt without causing crowding of your other teeth.


    In some cases, your wisdom teeth may not be correctly oriented in your jaws. This condition is called tooth impaction. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they could cause damage to your back molars as they erupt. Damage to tooth roots or the enamel of your molars can result in pain, infection, and an increased risk of dental problems. A dental X-ray will show the orientation of your wisdom teeth inside the jaw to alert your dentist to the need for removal if they are not positioned properly.


    If your dentist is concerned about your wisdom teeth, the best time to have them removed is now. Wisdom tooth extraction is easier before the teeth have fully formed or have begun to erupt. Having your wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age will generally result in a shorter, simpler procedure and a faster healing time.

    The oral surgeons at the Center For Oral & Facial Surgery can help you evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine whether they should be extracted for better dental health. You can reach us by calling (619) 312-4417 or clicking on our web contact form.

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

    Last updated 6 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 11 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. 

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