Given how they grow in at peculiar angles and lead to problems like cavities in hard to reach places, wisdom teeth are often painful and damaging to your oral care. The good news, however, is that the dentists at our San Diego office can help.
The Issue with Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can help with chewing more thoroughly, but only if they come in correctly. The molars usually come through at an awkward angle. They create crevices you can't reach when brushing or flossing, which leads to cavities or more serious issues, like gum disease. They can also be very painful, as they push against the rest of your teeth, gums, and cheeks, causing stiffness in your jaws, swelling, and overcrowdedness, especially if you have a small mouth. In other cases, wisdom teeth don't fully erupt, which can cause a cyst and impact the integrity of the other teeth and the bone supporting them.
Given all of these effects, extraction is often recommended to those with wisdom teeth, although each case is assessed through x-rays to determine if it really is the best method.
In general, the following are examples of when you need to visit your San Diego dentist for an examination:
- Damage to neighboring teeth
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
Note that wisdom teeth are sometimes removed because of other treatments. Someone in need of braces will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, for example.
If you decide not to have your wisdom teeth pulled out, the American Dental Association recommends constant monitoring of them to avoid future issues.
For more information about wisdom teeth extractions, contact one of your Omni Dental oral health care providers, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Tabibzadeh, in San Diego, CA, today! You don't need to continue living in pain or worry—call 619-224-5000!
Dental extraction is a procedure for removing teeth that have become more of a problem than a benefit for your smile. One of the most common reasons for dental extraction is a complication related to the wisdom teeth. See a dentist at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA to find out if it’s a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Also called third molars, the wisdom teeth are an extra set of four teeth that are located at the farthest reaches of the gum line, near the place where the upper and low jaws hinge together. They are evolutionary tools, designed to make it easier for human beings to thoroughly chew their food. However, wisdom teeth are optional for many patients. If they get in the way, they can be removed without any major effect on the patient’s dental health.
When to Have Them Extracted
Ideally, wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as they begin to present a problem and your San Diego dentist may suggest removal of one or all of them at the same time. Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
- Pain and aching at the back of the mouth
- TMJ disorder (jaw clicking, popping, and pain)
- A jawline that’s too small to comfortably support four more teeth
- The wisdom teeth won’t properly emerge from beneath the gum line, which can lead to infections
- The wisdom teeth have grown in horizontally instead of vertically, pushing against the other molars (also called impacted teeth)
The Extraction Process
Dental extraction sounds a bit scary for some patients, but it is actually a very straightforward and relatively fast procedure. The area is sedated with Novocain so that you won’t feel anything (conscious sedation may also be an option). After adding a few stitches to each quadrant where the teeth were removed, you’ll have a short recovery period. Your dentist will suggest anti-inflammatory pain medication to manage any discomfort and ice packs for swelling. In a few days, you’ll be as good as new and back to normal dental functions!
Get a Dentist’s Opinion
With X-rays, a dental exam, and information from you about your level of discomfort, your dentist can determine if it’s a good idea to have your wisdom teeth removed. Call 619-224-5000 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, or Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA.
Are you interested in straightening your teeth but aren't sure if you're ready to commit to wearing metal braces for a few years? Invisalign just may change your mind about improving your smile. San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh help their patients make over their smiles with Invisalign and other cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a wire-free orthodontic system that straightens your teeth using removable aligner trays. The trays are made of clear, comfortable plastic, which makes them practically invisible. Your San Diego dentist designs your trays using a 3-D image of your mouth produced with innovative CAD-CAM technology. Invisalign trays improve the position of your teeth by exerting constant pressure that gradually realigns them. You'll wear each set in the series for two weeks, then swap them for the next set in the series.
What advantages does the Invisalign system offer?
Invisalign offers a few benefits that traditional metal or ceramic braces don't, such as:
Upgrade your smile with Invisalign! Call San Diego, CA, dentists Dr. Stevens, Dr. Tsang, and Dr. Tabibzadeh at (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment
Even with relatively healthy teeth and gums, many people are still unhappy with their smile. While dull, stained and discolored teeth are usually the most common culprit, there are a number of cosmetic issues that can tarnish an otherwise attractive smile. Dental veneers are an affordable and effective solution for making major smile upgrades without undergoing major dental work. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, offer a number of general and cosmetic dentistry services to improve your oral health and give you a smile you can feel proud to show off every day.
A New and Improved Smile with Dental Veneers in San Diego, CA
Sometimes damaged or crooked teeth require more extensive dental work like crowns or orthodontic treatment like Invisalign. But in many cases, a little surface work is all that it takes to transform yellowing, chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth. That's where dental veneers come in.
What Can Dental Veneers Do?
Veneers are bonded onto the surface of a damaged or stained tooth and can be molded to change the size, shape, and color, making them a good option for some of the most common cosmetic dental problems facing millions of adults in the United States. Veneers are custom designed and made of a thin layer of porcelain or a combination of materials like plastic that make a good match for the color and texture of natural teeth. Some of the problems that porcelain veneers can solve include:
Stains and discolorations (some dental stains develop below the enamel at the dentin layer, and can't be removed with surface professional whitening treatments)
- Moderate spacing and gaps
- Chips and cracks
- Uneven or misshaped teeth
- Seal a tooth after root canal therapy
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
Ready to invest in a brighter, healthier looking smile? For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact Omni Dental at 619-224-5000 to schedule an appointment today.
You're starting with a new dentist. In fact, it's Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA. They believe your initial oral examination helps them understand you, your oral health needs and your smile goals. It's the first step in a long-term relationship with a dental team who cares about preventive dentistry and your well-being.
What your hygienist does
Of course, the team at Omni Dental greets you promptly with a smile. You'll complete some paperwork, and then, your hygienist will take you to your treatment room.
Once you are settled in the dental chair, you and your hygienist will discuss your medical history and any current dental issues. Then, she'll count and inspect your teeth and take digital X-rays (bitewing and panoramic views to reveal decay or problems with root and bone structure). Next comes your hygienic cleaning.
A dental cleaning involves a careful scaling of accumulated plaque and tartar from between the teeth and at the gum line. Your hygienist may use simple handheld scalers or ultrasonic tools. She'll also measure your gum pockets (the space between your gums and tooth surfaces) and chart those results.
Finally, your hygienist polishes your teeth with a rotary brush and mildly abrasive toothpaste to brighten tooth color and remove any residual plaque. Afterward, you'll feel that your teeth are super shiny and smooth.
What happens during the examination
Your San Diego dentist reviews your medical history and X-rays and asks if you have any immediate dental problems. He or she visually inspect your teeth, looking for:
- Tooth decay
- Symptoms of gum disease (redness, swelling, deep periodontal pockets)
- Problems with restorations (cracked or chipped fillings, loose crowns)
- How your teeth bite together
- Signs of oral cancer
Your dentist believes oral cancer screening is critical to your health and well-being. The check is painless and fast, taking just a few minutes, but it gives you and your doctor assurance that you are free of this potentially deadly malady.
Finally, your dentist will tell you about his or her findings and any needed restorations. He or she will ask you if you have any cosmetic goals and can detail how they may be achieved.
Dentists guide their patients on paths to total dental wellness, going beyond fixing immediate problems. So, your initial oral exam at Omni Dental gives your doctor valuable information on how to keep you and your smile strong and healthy for a lifetime.
Arrange it now
It's easy to do. If it's time for a dental examination and cleaning, contact Omni Dental in San Diego, CA for an appointment. We know you will be comfortable and happy with the experience. Call (619) 224-5000.
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