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Crooked or misaligned teeth can prevent you from feeling comfortable showing off your smile in public and can stop you from feeling comfortable in social situations. Invisalign is an easy and effective way to straighten your smile. Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh of Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, can determine if you’re an eligible candidate to straighten your smile with Invisalign.
Straightening Your Smile with Invisalign
Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners to straighten your smile in anywhere from nine to fifteen months. The number of aligners you use and the length of treatment will be determined by the severity of your case. The aligners will slowly push your teeth into the proper position to give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed of. These aligners are clear and are practically invisible on your teeth, giving you a sense of privacy when straightening your smile.
You’ll switch out your aligners every few weeks to continue the treatment and progress with your straightening. You’ll also visit your dentist a few times during your treatment to ensure that you’re progressing as expected and so they can make any adjustments that may be needed. You’ll have to wear your Invisalign aligners for twenty to twenty-two hours a day, only taking them off to brush, floss, eat, and drink. You’ll even wear them while sleeping, making straightening your teeth completely effortless on your part.
Invisalign can also make it easier to brush and floss once treatment is done because your teeth will be easier to clean when they aren’t crooked or overlapped.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Straighten your smile easily today! Contact Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh of Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Call today at (619) 224-5000.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Sometime around the late teens or early twenties, people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly — meaning they are correctly aligned — they offer more chewing power. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned, crowd other teeth, and need to be removed. This is when you'll need the expertise of Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh. They are the top-tier dental team here at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
It is thought that we have wisdom teeth because — back in the day — we ate a diet that consisted of more rough foods, like roots, leaves, and meat, all of which required more heavy-duty chewing power.
Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed
While there is no clear-cut rule that says every single person needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, there are certain situations where one or more wisdom teeth are causing a problem or have a strong likelihood that problems will eventually arise in the future that warrants their removal.
1. Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is “impacted”, it means that the tooth is covered by gum tissue, thereby preventing it from erupting through the gum. This often occurs when the mouth is too small to allow enough room for the tooth to emerge. Because bacteria, food, or other mouth substances can be lodged under the gum that covers the wisdom tooth, it can lead to an acute abscess, known as pericoronitis.
2. Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, meaning the tooth partially emerges from the gums, it almost always is advised to be removed. Because of its location in the very back of the mouth, a partially erupted wisdom tooth is more susceptible to not only decay and cavities, but also gum disease.
3. Other Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
If you experience any of the below dental issues or changes in your dental health, removal of your wisdom tooth (teeth) may be necessary:
- Pain at or surrounding the wisdom tooth site, including the jaw or cheek area
- Repetitive infections
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay (extensive)
- Damage to surrounding teeth
It is important to know that the decision to have a wisdom tooth removed isn’t always cut and dry. It is essential to talk to Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh about the alignment of your wisdom teeth if they have already erupted, the health of your wisdom teeth if impacted or partially impacted, and your overall dental health to determine what is best for your situation. Contact Omni Dental in our San Diego, CA, office to schedule an appointment today! Call 619-224-5000.
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.
Schedule a Visit Today
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.