Oral Health

Oral pathology is the identification process of certain diseases or disorders of the mouth or jaw. Thorough examination and accuracy in diagnosis are extremely important to ensure the patient is treated properly. Our dentist in San Clemente have years of experience in oral pathology and treating disorders. Our detailed examination process allows our team to determine the cause of an issue, and provide the proper diagnosis and treatment.

What Are Examples of Common Oral Problems?

  • Misaligned jaw
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral ulcers
  • Infections
  • Prolonged pain
  • Cavities
  • Tooth Loss

Why Is Oral Pathology Important?

Finding out the true cause of your problem is very important. This allows our team to treat you properly. If we know what is causing the problem, we can treat the issue quickly. Our team will look at not only the physical symptoms you are experiencing, but your background and any existing medical conditions you may have. Oral health and your overall health are directly connected, and oral pathology evaluates the entire picture to provide the proper diagnosis.

How Can I Protect My Oral Health?

Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy can avoid problems and multiple trips to the dental office. Following good oral hygiene habits at home is essential to keeping your teeth and mouth feeling great. Make sure to brush and floss each day, and attend your regular dental visits twice a year. Stick to a healthy diet, and avoid foods or drinks that contain high levels of sugar. Stay hydrated and make sure to get proper sleep. Your overall health directly affects your oral health, and you can protect your oral health with good hygiene and lifestyle habits.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Pathology?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral pathology, or have a concern you would like to discuss, please contact Orange County Center. Your oral health is our priority, and we address issues promptly to help you get on the road to recovery. Come experience quality dentistry at Orange County Center, and join our dental family.

To schedule your appointment, contact Orange County Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Platelet Rich Fibrin or (PRF) is a by-product of blood plasma. This substance is rich in platelets, and is now used in many dental or oral surgery procedures. New technology allows the doctor to draw blood from the patient, and produce PRF to be used during surgery.

Platelet Rich Fibrin allows the body to heal at an accelerated rate. When our bodies heal, cells are sent towards the wound to start the healing process. Platelets help to form blood clots, and also help the body to heal and repair by stimulating stem cells and tissue regeneration. PRF is used to assist in healing, and helps you to heal quicker.

What Procedures Is PRF Commonly Used?

  • Bone grafting to prepare for dental implants
  • Sinus Lift
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Removal of teeth or cysts
  • Sinus cavity repair
  • Mouth repair

What Are the Advantages of PRF?

  • Promotes faster healing and increases tissue regeneration.
  • PRF is a by-product of our own blood and is safe to use.
  • PRF is convenient, and can be generated during a surgical procedure quickly and efficiently.
  • PRF is cost effective and can be done right at the doctor’s office.
  • PRF is easy to use and can be applied quickly.

How Does the PRF Process Work?

When you visit our office for a surgical procedure, we begin by taking a small amount of your own blood using an IV. The blood is placed into a centrifuge machine and spun down. In about 15 minutes PRF is formed, and is ready to be used during your surgery.

Interested in Finding Out More About Platelet Rich Fibrin?

If you are interested in finding out more about PRF, contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in Newport Beach have years of experience in oral surgery and using PRF. We always provide quality dental care, and make your oral health a priority. At Orange County Center, we use state of the art technology and equipment, and bring our patients the latest techniques in the dental industry. We provide a calm and relaxing environment, and welcome you to join our dental family.

To schedule an oral consultation with us, contact Orange County Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Foods to Eat after Oral Surgery

When you have oral surgery, the recovery is important to ensure you heal properly. During the healing process, it is important to eat the right foods. If you are well prepared at home your recovery will go smooth. We recommend patients plan ahead and purchase soft food items prior to their surgery, so they have choices ready to go when they return home from their procedure.

At Orange County Center, our team will discuss what to eat and what to expect during the recovery period. This allows our patients to ask questions, and ensures they are prepared for the healing process. We provide a detailed list of recovery tips and food items patients should have on hand at home during their recovery.

What Are Examples of Oral Surgery Procedures that Require Special Foods Afterwards?

• Dental Implants
• Sinus Lift
• Bone Grafting
• Ridge Augmentation
• Wisdom Teeth
• Impacted Canines
• Jaw Surgery
• Teeth-in-a-Day

What Are Examples of Oral Surgery Procedures that Require Special Foods Afterwards?

• Soups
• Juices
• Scrambled Eggs
• Jell-O
• Pudding
• Popsicles
• Applesauce
• Ice cream
• Smoothies
• Oatmeal
• Mashed Potatoes
• Rice
• Pasta
• Fish
• Soft Fruit

What Foods Should I Avoid After Surgery?

• Hard or sticky foods
• Chewy foods
• Spicy Foods
• Alcoholic beverages

On the day of your surgery, we recommend only drinking clear fluids. Patients can gradually move towards soft foods as they heal. It is important to make sure you eat during recovery to promote proper healing. Drinking out of a straw should be avoided, as this can disrupt the surgery area. To optimize healing, patients can increase their protein intake to help the healing process. Stay hydrated and avoid strenuous physical activity. Patients can resume brushing and flossing, but should be careful around the surgery area. Keeping up with oral hygiene and keeping the area clean is important.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and the recovery process, we encourage you to contact our oral dentist in Mission Viejo. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always provide the highest level of care to all of our patients. We provide a calm and welcoming environment, and use state of the art technology to make your experience exceptional. When you choose an oral surgeon, you want to know you are in good hands, and at Orange County Center, we provide quality dental care that you can trust.

To schedule your appointment contact us and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Dental Graft

A dental bone graft is typically used for patients that have jawbone issues. Bone grafts are a common procedure and have been done for years. The procedure is relatively minor and can be done quickly. If patients have lost a tooth or have severe gum disease, bone grafts can be used to help restore your gums and jaw. Over time gum disease can progress if not treated and cause bone loss. This can affect your appearance, and cause your jaw to sag or look sunken in. At this point there is no bone left to support your face. Bone grafting can help to restore the support needed.

How Does Bone Grafting Work?

Typically, the procedure is done before your implant is placed. If you need to have a tooth removed that is done first, and then we will prepare the area for a bone graft if the patient does not have enough bone present to support the dental implant. This graft will help to create a stable base for your new tooth. Bone grafts can be taken from your own body, and are commonly taken from the back of the jawbone. Another option is to use a bone grafting material. This option is common because the patient does not need a surgical incision to reach the bone.

The area is cleaned and the bone grafting material is placed. Once the bone graft is complete the patient will need to heal for a few months before you can come back to have your implant placed. This gives the graft time to heal and develop new bone around the graft area. The procedure takes a few hours and is relatively simple.

What Can I Expect During Healing?

Some pain is expected after a bone graft procedure, but should subside after a few days. Patients can treat the area with a cold compress and take over the counter medications to help ease the pain. We recommend a liquid diet after your bone graft procedure. Slowly patients can introduce soft foods, and eventually resume their normal diet. Patients should avoid any strenuous activity that may affect the bone graft area during healing.

Interested in Finding Out More?

At Orange County Center, we offer may procedures to help you get the smile of your dreams. Bone grafting can help create a sturdy base for dental implants, and is a great option for patients who have bone loss. Our dentist in Lake Forest have years of experience in oral surgery and we strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our patients.

To find out if bone grafting can benefit you, or to inquire about dental implants, contact Orange County Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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