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When your schedule always looks full it can be easy to look at upcoming dental checkups and dismiss them, especially if you have been taking good care of your teeth and are not experiencing any current discomfort. But waiting until there is something wrong may be the wrong approach, more so when dealing with dental care. The earlier you treat a dental problem the less invasive, and often less costly, the treatment usually is. More importantly, many of these problems can be completely prevented with regular visits with your San Diego, CA, general dentist. Learn more about regular dental visits from your dental professionals of Omni Dental, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh.
Plaque is the sticky substance that builds on your teeth every day, and the bacteria that thrive within it is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular brushing and flossing can keep the majority of plaque under control, but it takes regular in-office cleanings to help manage it. There are often hard-to-clean spaces that are left with plaque and anything left behind can harden, making it impossible to remove at home with a toothbrush alone.
An office cleaning can remove difficult-to-reach plaque, which can reverse early gum disease, and help prevent plaque from accumulating again.
Although crucial, a visit to your general dentist goes beyond cleanings, your San Diego, CA, dentist also performs a dental checkup.
Your dentist performs a thorough checkup of your teeth, gums, and mouth as a whole. They can diagnose potential problems and even assess your risk for certain cancers. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing complications and avoiding more involved dental procedures whenever possible.
Cavities, for example, can be spotted during a checkup and treated with a dental filling. A filling can put a halt to the spread of decay and help you avoid a painful infection and a root canal, or worse, an extraction.
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Don't miss another dental checkup, schedule your visit with your San Diego, CA, general dentist today. To make an appointment with Dr. Stevens, Dr. Tsang, and Dr. Tabibzadeh of Omni Dental dial (619) 224-5000.
Experiencing excessive pain at the site of your tooth extraction? Perhaps it is time to let someone examine your gums to make sure they are healthy. Wisdom tooth removal can be a great solution to crowded teeth, but the road to healing does have its risks. The team at Omni Dental is well prepared to address your dry sockets following your wisdom teeth removal in San Diego, CA.
Why Do Dry Sockets Occur?
Dry Sockets usually happen when your dentist performs tooth extraction of the wisdom teeth. Sometimes the site of extraction will eventually show bone where gum tissue should be.
Sometimes sockets occur because the site of extraction did not heal smoothly. Food stuck in the area, brushing the site too soon after tooth removal, or smoking can cause difficulty with healing.
Signs of Dry Socket
- Stale breath
- Acute stabbing or throbbing pains at the site or in the jaw around the area
- Changes in the taste of your mouth
Other habits and behaviors to adopt when preventing dry socket are:
- Avoid using straws or toothpicks
- Steer clear of hard, crunchy foods
- Stay away from alcohol and tobacco products
- Do not pick at the site of extraction
Proper, thorough dental care is crucial every day, but it is a must when having had a tooth extraction. Catching complications stemming from a dry socket is key to preventing infections that can extend to the bone, as well.
Solutions for Dry Socket
Your dentist will examine the area, clean it, and make another incision so that another clot can develop in the space. After this procedure, it is critical to continue to adhere to your dentist’s recommended aftercare guidelines to ensure that dry socket does not occur again.
Contact the staff at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, at 619-224-5000 to set up an appointment.
The Reasons Why Most Wisdom Teeth Need Removal
Your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to appear. This usually happens during your late teens or early twenties. Although they can be oral allies if they are evenly aligned, wisdom teeth can cause a problem if they are misaligned. Dr. Daniel Stevens and his team at Omni Dental located in San Diego, CA can advise you on wisdom teeth removal.
When You Need Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your wisdom teeth have grown in fully, they are healthy and aligned correctly, you probably won’t need to have them removed. But they will need removing if:
- They have not completely emerged from your gums and are trapped within your jaw
- They have partially emerged from your gums but are difficult to clean
- They do not have enough room and are compressing nearby teeth
This is the time when San Diego residents visit Dr. Stevens for wisdom teeth removal. You will also need them removed if they cause pain, become infected, or become decayed.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
You may have one or more wisdom teeth removed surgically. Depending on how complex the extraction surgery is, you will be given a local anesthetic, a sedative anesthetic, or a general anesthetic. During the procedure your dental surgeon will:
- Make a small incision in your gum
- remove bone that is covering the root
- remove the tooth
- clean the site
- stitch the wound if necessary
- pack the wound site with gauze to inhibit bleeding and promote healing
After the surgery, you should rest for 24 hours, drink plenty of water, and eat only liquid foods. You should avoid drinking with a straw for at least seven days as sucking may draw the healing blood clot from the wound site. If you have stitches, they should dissolve in 2-3 weeks.
If you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth and you live in San Diego, call Dr. Stevens on 619-224-5000.
Once our permanent teeth grow in, we just assume we will have them for life—however, there are certain injuries and problems that can occur over time that may require our San Diego dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, to remove one or more of your teeth. Here are the most common reasons why a tooth extraction is performed:
While there is a lot our dentists can do to save a damaged tooth, sometimes if the damage is extensive enough, a tooth may be beyond repair. This usually occurs when decay has entered the inside of the tooth and infected the dental pulp. If the infection isn’t caught and treated with root canal therapy, it will continue to spread and create a detrimental effect on your oral health. In this case, the only way to stop the infection from spreading is to extract the tooth.
Severe Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious problem. In fact, according to numbers from the CDC, this condition affects as many as half of all American adults, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss the country.
Visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing, are key to both gum disease prevention and catching the disease before it causes loose teeth and other long-term problems.
Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to fully erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most common offender, as our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this third set of molars. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, this leaves an opening in the gums for bacteria to enter.
This opening in the gums can increase your risk of infection and other issues. More often than not, your dentist will recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed in order to prevent further issues with your smile.
Concerned? Call our San Diego Office Today
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or if your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for care when you need it most. Turn to the expert and compassionate dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, by calling 619-224-5000.
Find out how these clear braces can fix crooked smiles no matter how old you are.
Are you living with a gap in your front teeth? Do you hate that your smile is just a little misaligned? If so, then our San Diego, CA, dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, have a simple and nearly invisible solution that will fix these minor issues quickly and effectively.
What is Invisalign?
When you think of braces, you may think about the type of braces that require stainless steel brackets and wires to be bonded to the front of your teeth, however, Invisalign offers a completely different approach. No metal, no brackets, no wires—just clear, custom-made aligners, that resemble transparent mouth guards. These removable aligners fit against the teeth to help guide them gradually into the right position over time.
How does Invisalign work?
In order for aligners to work as effectively as they do, our San Diego dentist will need to map out a treatment plan to determine which teeth will need to move during the treatment as well as exactly how much they will need to move in order to get the results that you want. From there, we will take measurements of your teeth and send this information to an Invisalign-approved lab.
The lab will then create your very own set of aligners. The number of aligners you’ll need to wear will depend on the severity of the dental issues that you are looking to treat with Invisalign. Minor alignment issues will require fewer aligners than more serious dental issues will.
Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks at a time for about 20-22 hours/day. Aligners should only be removed prior to eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. After all, the more often you wear your aligners, the faster you’ll see results!
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is geared toward adults and older teens that are looking for a subtle and more discreet way to straighten their smiles without resorting to traditional braces. Invisalign is a great option for those patients looking to fix,
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
It is important to note here that Invisalign may not able to handle more complex tooth and jaw movements. Additionally, this clear orthodontic system is not ideal for children and young teens because their teeth are still growing.
Interested? Give us a call!
Are you an adult who is looking to get a straighter smile with the help of Invisalign? If so, call your San Diego dentists today at (619) 224-5000 to schedule a no-risk consultation. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you!