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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!
Enhancing your smile can be as simple as covering up minor imperfections with porcelain veneers. Your dentists, Drs. Daniel Stevens, Christina Tsang, and Vahid Tabibzadeh, help patients at Omni Dental's San Diego office transform their smiles with these versatile restorations.
What are porcelain veneers?
No thicker than a contact lens, veneers are designed to hide imperfections in tooth enamel. They only cover the fronts of your teeth and don't require extensive dental work. Each tooth-shaped veneer is made of translucent porcelain, a material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel.
Before you receive your veneers, your San Diego dentist buffs off a small layer of enamel and makes an impression of your teeth. The dental laboratory that creates the veneers uses the impression to ensure that your restorations fit your mouth perfectly. Approximately two weeks later, you'll return to the dental office and receive your new veneers.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Veneers are a good option if you're concerned about:
- Oddly Shaped Teeth: Whether you have a snaggle tooth or just don't like the shape of a tooth, porcelain veneers offer a simple solution. After adding a veneer, your tooth will look just like neighboring teeth.
- Flaws: Do you have a small chip on the bottom of a tooth? Veneers cover chips, shallow cracks, bumps, and pits in your enamel.
- Gaps: Veneers keep gaps out of view, improving your self-esteem. Porcelain veneers work best for slight gaps. If you have larger gaps, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment.
- Discolorations or a Dull Smile: Porcelain veneers revitalize a dull smile or improve the shade of a single discolored tooth. Teeth whitening treatment has limits, but veneers don't. If you're using veneers for whitening, you can choose your ideal shade of white.
- Short Teeth: Teeth can sometimes become a little shorter if you grind or clench them while you sleep. Veneers extend the length of your teeth and improve your appearance. If grinding or clenching is the cause of your short teeth, your dentist will recommend that you wear a nightguard to avoid damaging your restorations.
Interested? Give us a call!
Upgrade your smile with veneers! Call your San Diego dentists, Drs. Daniel Stevens, Christina Tsang, and Vahid Tabibzadeh at Omni Dental, at (619) 224-5000 to schedule your appointment today.
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!