The wisdom teeth, or third molars, frequently do not appear until between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, misalignment or lack of sufficient room for these teeth to erupt prompts extraction in order to avoid pain and future dental problems. Your oral surgeon will use X-rays and other diagnostic methods to determine whether your wisdom teeth require removal.
Complications of Wisdom Teeth Most adult mouths don’t have enough room to accommodate a full set of 32 teeth. A lack of room often causes a condition known as impacted wisdom teeth, in which the four wisdom teeth are unable to enter the mouth normally. The teeth may only partially break through the gums or remain beneath the gum tissue entirely. Impacted wisdom teeth cause dental complications such as pain and infection that can negatively affect the health of neighboring teeth. Only a dentist or oral surgeon can determine whether complications related to your wisdom teeth require them to be removed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Even if no pain is present or your wisdom teeth have fully erupted, your oral surgeon may decide that wisdom tooth extraction is needed. He will discuss the extraction procedure with you beforehand to address any concerns or questions you may have. Depending upon your specific needs, you will be given local or general anesthesia during the procedure. After the wisdom teeth are removed from your mouth, stitches are placed in the gums to facilitate healing. You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days following your surgery. Extraction aftercare includes rest and a liquid or soft diet as the gum tissue heals over the extraction site.
Contact the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery of San Diego at (619) 312-4417 for the answers to your questions about wisdom teeth and tooth extraction. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can provide you with the information you need to ensure a happy, healthy smile. You can learn more about wisdom tooth extraction and how it can benefit your dental health on our website.
Bone grafts provide added structural support to areas of the jaw that may have suffered from injury or deterioration. A bone grafting procedure is commonly performed preceding dental implant surgery to replace missing teeth. Today, your surgeon can use synthetic or donated bone material to improve the strength of your upper or lower jaw.
Minor Bone Grafting During use, forces are transferred from a tooth into the roots and surrounding jaw bone. This action naturally maintains strength and density of the jaw. After the loss of a tooth, the area of the jaw where the tooth once was slowly begins to shrink due to a loss of outside pressure. Dental implants, which replace both the root and the crown of a tooth, require sufficient jaw bone density in order to anchor the post. In cases of minor bone loss due to resorption, gum disease, or osteoporosis, a bone graft is used to reinforce the implant site before the implant is placed. In some cases, bone grafting and implant placement can be performed in the same procedure. Minor bone grafting procedures are done on an outpatient basis under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Major Bone Grafting In cases of more severe bone resorption, previous tumor removal, traumatic injury, or congenital defect of the jaw, a major bone grafting procedure may be required. This type of jaw surgery replaces a significant amount of bone in either the upper or lower jaw. Months of healing are then required to allow the bone graft to fuse and reinforce the existing jaw bone before implants can be placed. Major bone grafting procedures are performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting; your surgeon may keep you overnight or longer for observation following the graft.
The Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has been providing quality oral and maxillofacial care since 1927. We are the largest such practice in San Diego, with two convenient locations in San Diego and El Cajon. Check out our blog or call (619) 312-4417 to learn more about our surgeons and our services.
Botox is used for a variety of purposes, both as a cosmetic and medical treatment. This injectable treatment offers a fast, safe, and effective way to rejuvenate the face by erasing the fine lines and wrinkles that form with age. The Center for Oral & Facial Surgery is pleased to offer cosmetic Botox treatments in addition to our maxillofacial surgery services to help you love the way you look.
How Botox Works: Botox is a brand name for the substance botulinum toxin. This toxin is a paralytic protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. When injected into the muscles beneath the skin of your face, Botox interrupts the nerve impulses that travel between your brain and these muscles. This causes a controlled relaxation of the muscles lasting four to six months following the injection. As the muscles relax, the dynamic winkles formed by repeated expressions smooth over, creating a more youthful- and relaxed-looking face. Repeated use of Botox is safe and acts both to erase current lines and to prevent future wrinkles by limiting the movement of facial muscles, thereby reducing the creation of new dynamic creases in the skin.
What You Can Expect from Botox Treatment: Treatment with Botox is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia to perform the procedure. Botox takes very little time to administer and the results are immediate. There is no downtime associated with the procedure, and possible side effects include minor bruising and redness. The effects of Botox are temporary and retreatment is needed to maintain the look of your skin. Botox can only address wrinkles caused by muscle movement and cannot be used to address sagging skin or lost facial volume.
If you’d like to learn more about Botox and the many other services offered at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, call us today at (619) 312-4417 to schedule your appointment. Our practice has been providing a variety of dental and facial surgery in San Diego County since 1927. You can also find more information about facial rejuvenation and oral surgery, including dental implants to restore your smile, by clicking through our online blog.
After you receive dental implants and they fuse with the bone of your jaw, what is the next step in the healing process?
Your oral surgeon will place a special attachment to encourage the gums to heal around the implant posts. Once this process is complete, your dental specialist will create a crown that fits smoothly over the implant to prevent plaque buildup around the area. Watch this entire video to learn more about the importance of preventing periodontal disease during and after the dental implant healing process.
You can get the answers to all of your dental implant questions from the oral surgeons at the Center for Oral & Facial Surgery. Call us today at (619) 312-4417 for information about dental implants, tooth extraction, and other procedures to enhance and restore the look of your smile. Check out our website for information about our oral surgery services in San Diego.