Dental Surgery

Dental surgery is needed for many reasons such as a smile makeover, or to correct an injury. Other dental surgery may be a simple extraction such as wisdom teeth removal. Dental surgery allows doctors to correct conditions or to improve a patient’s smile. Typically, dental surgery is outpatient, and your dentist may have referred you to an oral surgeon nearby.

At Orange County Center, we focus on prevention and practicing good oral hygiene habits to keep our teeth and mouth healthy. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery, and always put our patient’s health first. Many people need oral surgery at some point in their life, and finding a good oral surgeon you can trust is important.

What Are the Common Types of Dental Surgery?

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular restorative option for patients seeking to correct their smile. Implants typically involve multiple appointments in our office. Dental implants are durable, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

During the implant process the post acts like an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. A healing process is needed to allow the implant to fuse to the jawbone, and create a sturdy and stable base for the crown. After the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office to have the crown affixed securely on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Implants restore the function of our teeth and look natural. If a patient does not have enough bone present in the jaw to support dental implants, bone grafting can be done. This is an additional step that requires a separate healing process before your implants can be placed.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals involve cleaning out the infected or inflamed pulp area of a tooth. Root canals can save a tooth and restore its functionality. This procedure can eliminate pain, and prevent future bacteria from entering the area. Root canals are extremely common, and can prevent the patient from requiring tooth extraction.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, and in some cases, they can be impacted. Often times wisdom teeth cause crowding, and if not removed can cause damage to the other adult teeth around them. To avoid issues in the future, wisdom teeth are extracted. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine surgery, and anesthesia is used to keep the patient calm and comfortable. Once the teeth are removed the area is stitched, and patients can begin the healing process.

Cosmetic Surgery

If a patient is unhappy with their appearance, or are ready to rejuvenate their smile, cosmetic surgery is an option. Cosmetic surgery involves multiple procedures that are combined to improve a patient’s smile. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, dental bonding, or orthodontics. Most procedures can be done right in our office and do not need an oral surgeon.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery is needed if a patient has an injury to their mouth or jaw. This type of surgery can help repair the jaw or teeth, and restore the functionality of your mouth. Other issues that may require reconstructive surgery include patients that have lost their teeth or have severe decay. The condition of your teeth will determine what surgical procedures are necessary to restore your smile. Procedures such as implants or bone grafting are examples of what may be needed to reconstruct your smile.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of dental surgery, contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in San Clemente has years of experience in creating beautiful smiles, and we strive to provide exceptional service. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a friendly and welcoming environment. Let our team help you restore your confidence with a new smile.

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

Underbite

An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some feel like this resembles a bulldog and many are self-conscious about their smile. Unfortunately, there are no devices that can cover an underbite. Underbite cases can be mild or severe, and the good news is this condition is treatable. Severe cases may cause oral health problems such as problems eating, speaking, or moving the jaw. If you have an underbite it is always important to contact a professional for help.

What Causes an Underbite?

Many things may cause an underbite where your teeth do not align properly.  During childhood, many kids use their tongues to push on their teeth, use a pacifier, or suck their thumb. All of these habits can cause the teeth to misalign. In most cases an underbite is genetic, and another person in the family also has an underbite. Other reasons could include an injury, tumor, or a defect such as a cleft lip or palate.

What Treatments Are Available for an Underbite?

Treating an underbite can help make your teeth easier to clean, and can prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting your bite can take the strain off of the jaw and facial muscles, and allow the patient to eat and speak normally without pain.

A common treatment for an underbite is orthodontics. Braces or other dental appliances can gently move teeth into place and correct an underbite. Depending on the severity of the underbite, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary. If the underbite is extremely severe, oral surgery may be necessary to correct the condition.

Interested in Finding Out More About Treatments for an Underbite?

If your child or a family member has an underbite, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Our dentist in Newport Beach can discuss treatment options, and treating an underbite as soon as possible can help the jaw and mouth function normally. Our team at Orange County Center has years of experience in treating underbite conditions and we love to help patients correct their smiles. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a calm and welcoming environment. Let our team restore your confidence, and help you get that smile of your dreams!

Contact Orange County Center to schedule a consultation, and to find out more about underbite treatment options.

How Long Do Stitches Last After Oral Surgery

If you recently had oral surgery and are recovering, or just found out you need oral surgery, you may wonder how the healing process will go. Many ask how long the stitches will last after the procedure. Whether you had a tooth extracted, or have had another type of oral surgery, taking care of yourself after recovery and following the post-procedure instructions is important.

What Can I Expect After My Oral Surgery?

After any oral surgery, you will notice swelling or inflammation around the mouth or area involved in the procedure. This is normal and will last 3-4 days after the surgery. After this time the swelling should subside. Stitches are a big concern to patients, and many do not realize the stitches are typically dissolvable. Most sutures will dissolve or fall out on their own after 2-7 days.

 

Depending on the procedure and the number of stitches required will determine how long they will take to dissolve. Different types of sutures may take up to two weeks or more to dissolve. Before you begin your surgery, our team will discuss what your procedure requires, and what you can expect during recovery. Our team will review what type of suture is required for your procedure, and let you know how long you can expect the stitches to last.

What Other Things Should I Watch Out for During Recovery?

After any oral surgery, you may also notice some bleeding around the area. This should subside after 48-72 hours. We recommend using gauze with pressure to help stop the bleeding, and repeat as the bleeding continues. If the bleeding does not subside after 72 hours, or you have prolonged pain we encourage you to contact our office right away. If pain medications are prescribed, patients should make sure to take their medication as directed to help with the recovery. Nausea is common after anesthesia, and if you start to feel nauseous, please try eating. If eating does not help along with the medication you are taking, please call our office.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Surgery?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Orange County Center. Our dentist in Mission Viejo have years of experience in oral surgery and welcome new patients to our practice. We create a comfortable and relaxed environment for our patients and always provide the very best care. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our doctors offer the latest techniques and surgical procedures to our patients. When you visit Orange County Center, you know you are in good hands.

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

Oral Surgery, Emergency Dentistry

If you have found yourself with a dental emergency you may wonder where to start. Doing research ahead of time to find an emergency dentist is important. This not only helps you to be prepared in an emergency, it also helps make the situation less stressful. Typically, your emergency dentist should be the one to call when you have a dental emergency.

Your dentist can handle an emergency and perform an oral exam to determine what is needed. If the situation requires an oral surgeon, your dentist will refer you to a great surgeon they recommend. Common dental emergencies include injury to a tooth or the mouth, prolonged pain or swelling, or an infection.

What is the Difference Between a Dentist and an Oral Surgeon?

Many patients are unsure what the difference is between their dentist and an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons receive different training and education compared to your dentist. An oral surgeon can offer different services that your dentist may not be able to perform.

General dentists can perform minor surgeries, but their training is focused on services such as exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and root canals. Visiting your dentist first is a great start if you have any emergency. Your dentist can evaluate the emergency and determine if they can treat your issue, or refer you to an oral surgeon.

An oral surgeon is required if your emergency involves a tooth extraction, concern with your gum tissue, or an issue with your jaw bone. Oral surgeons are trained in various surgeries such as impacted teeth, jaw concerns, bone loss, and wisdom teeth.

There are dentists available who can do both, and finding that perfect dentist can make your life easier. In many cases there is an oral surgeon in the same office and your dentist can refer you to them for a same day appointment. An oral surgeon can help patients that have suffered any traumatic injury.

Looking To Find Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about what emergency services we provide, we encourage you to contact our office. Our staff is trained to handle dental emergencies, and are available to answer any questions you may have. Calling our office is the first step when you have a dental emergency. We can take a look, and evaluate next steps to help get you on the road to recovery.

To get in touch with us or for more information contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

Root Canal

If you are dealing with persistent tooth pain you may be in need of a root canal. Root canals are typically needed when your tooth is severely damaged, or there is an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. Common issues can damage the pulp of a tooth including trauma, infections, or decay.

In some cases pain is not evident when the issue first happens. Over time, the pain may get worse and you will need to make an appointment at the dentist.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a common dental emergency to save an infected or damaged tooth. Root canal therapy includes removing the damaged tissue or pulp and sealing the area. This prevents future bacteria from entering. A filling or crown is then used to keep your tooth sturdy and secure.

How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Persistent Pain in or Around the tooth

This can be caused by an infection in the pulp area of the tooth. Patients should not wait to call the dentist, and should seek immediate attention.

Injury or Damage to a Tooth

If your tooth has been damaged from injury or trauma you may need a root canal to save the tooth. A crown can be used to restore your tooth, and make it look natural.

Tooth Discoloration

If you notice your tooth has white spots, or has changed color this may indicate the root of your tooth is damaged. Symptoms may include pain or sensitivity to hot or cold. Crowns can be used to restore your tooth, and can be customized to match the color and shape of your natural teeth.

Ignoring pain is something patients should never do. Our team is here to help, and making that call is the first step to help you become pain free. If your tooth is injured or your pain is persistent, this indicates something is wrong and you may need an emergency root canal. Root canals can save your tooth and should always be addressed right away.

Think You May Have an Emergency?

If you think you may have an emergency or are experiencing symptoms please contact our office. Our staff will ensure you are seen right away. We offer flexible and emergency hours to ensure we can accommodate any situation.

To schedule your appointment please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Dental team helps the patient

One of the most common questions asked is if oral surgery is safe during pregnancy. Naturally patients are concerned about the health of their baby and do not want to risk anything during pregnancy. This is a good question, and always something to discuss should you need oral surgery and you are pregnant.

Typically oral surgery is not recommended when a patient is pregnant, and we feel protecting your child’s health is extremely important. With pregnant patients we avoid general anesthetic as well as sedation, and will only use local anesthetic. A recent study in 2015 by the American Dental Association found that local anesthetics do not harm an unborn child’s health.

Does It Matter What Trimester I Am In?

Another factor we consider is how far along the patient is with their pregnancy. Usually first and second trimesters are safe for oral surgery that does not require the patient to be sedated. We avoid any procedures during the third trimester because any surgery when pregnant is risky during this period.

If you are in need or oral surgery our team works closely with you to determine what is really medically necessary, and we recommend postponing the procedure until after the baby is born.

Should Oral Surgery Be Done Before Pregnancy?

We always recommend if a patient is actively trying to get pregnant, they should visit our office to ensure you have no issues. This way we know if any issues need attention right away, and what can wait until after the baby is born. We encourage our patients to always take care of any oral surgery as soon as possible, so you do not have to worry during your pregnancy.

Should Oral Surgery Be Postponed Until After Child Birth?

If you are in need of oral surgery and are pregnant we always recommend waiting until after child birth. The only time oral surgery is recommended is when the mother’s health is in danger. During the third trimester we always avoid any surgeries and take every possible precaution. You and your child’s life and health is our priority. Most oral surgeries can be postponed, and there is typically no immediate need to perform surgery during pregnancy.

We recommend patients always come in for their regular exam and cleaning even during pregnancy so we can make sure all looks and feels great. During your exam we may use x-rays to take a closer look in your mouth and jaw. X-rays are safe for pregnant patients, and are at a low radiation level where there is no risk of harm to a developing baby. During any x-rays we ask our patients to wear a shield, and this provides an extra level of protection.

If you are actively trying to get pregnant or are currently pregnant your health is our priority. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect, and take caution and extra care during pregnancy. Our team works to keep each patient safe, and we are here support you every step of the way.

Do You Have Other Questions About Pregnancy and Oral Surgery?

If you think you need to be seen and are looking to make an appointment we recommend visiting our office. Our staff is available to take a look, and work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that works for you during your pregnancy. Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule a consultation please contact our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Root Canal

Root canals are a common procedure and have a success rate of 95%. There are procedures in place that can help your root canal last such as placing the crown immediately following the root canal. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene habits after your root canal at home.

There are some cases where patients do have an issue after their root canal is complete. Even though it is unlikely, root canals can fail. Failed root canals can be due to cracks in or around the root area, or from an obstruction that can make cleaning the area difficult.

There are symptoms you can look out for that may indicate you may have an issue. These symptoms include sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling, or pain while chewing. If you experience any of these symptoms we urge you to call our office as soon as possible.

How Does an Apicoectomy Work?

If a patient has a blockage around the tooth that is preventing access to the root canal they may need an apicoectomy procedure. This procedure involves creating a small flap in the gum to access the root. The infected area is cleaned out and sealed to prevent further infection. This is a great way for our team to access the root area that has the blockage and save your tooth.

Other Treatment Options

Retreatment

The most common option for failed root canals is retreatment. This involves removing the original filling, and cleaning and disinfecting the canal. The area is then resealed to prevent further infection. This treatment has the highest success rate.

Extraction

If both the apicoectomy and retreatment are not effective, removing the tooth is the last resort. With this option dental implants can be used to fill the empty space where the tooth was extracted.

Our team works closely with each patient to determine the severity and treatment options for a root canal failure. We want to choose the best option to save your tooth. Your health is our priority and we strive to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients.

Interested In Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about root canal therapy and treatment options for failed root canals, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing symptoms of a failed root canal please do not hesitate to call our office. You should be seen as soon as possible.

To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will assist you.

Oral Surgery

A normal bite is when both the upper and lower jaws align perfectly. The upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, and the jaw functions normally. If alignment is off this causes a malocclusion or issue with your bite. With an underbite the lower jaw protrudes further out than the upper jaw.

What Can Cause an Underbite?

An underbite can be caused by a child using a pacifier or thumb sucking. Most underbites are genetic and run in families. Irregularities in jaw size and shape cannot be prevented and require professional help.

An underbite can cause issues with chewing or speech, and can even cause decay. Tooth enamel can be lost where the teeth overlap, and jaw pain is common with patients that have an underbite. We want our patients to feel confident about their smile, and we are always happy to help each patient get that smile they have always wanted.

How Can My Orthodontist Help?

Orthodontic treatment for an underbite is common. Part of our detailed consultation process is to take a detailed look at your mouth, teeth, and skeletal structure. Depending on the severity of the underbite will determine the treatment plan. We look at severity, the patient’s age, and potential cause of the underbite.

If your child shows signs of an underbite, we recommend parents bring their child in by the age of seven. Early intervention is always best, and allows our team to get in front of any underbite issues at an early age.

In many cases braces can help reposition the lower teeth. Dental extractions may also be necessary to make room. Other appliances such as expanders can be used to help correct bone development. Unfortunately, braces and appliances are typically not enough for every patient that has an underbite.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

An oral surgeon can help correct an underbite by reshaping and repositioning the jawbone. This type of surgery is called orthoganic surgery. This surgery can help to lengthen or shorten the lower jaw depending on the severity. In some cases bone may need to be added or removed. Small plates or screws are used if necessary to stabilize the bone after surgery.

Surgery is usually recommended to correct an underbite for patients that are in their late teens or adults, and their jaw bones are already fully formed.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Our goal is to provide each patient with a healthy bite that functions normally. If you are interested in finding out more about how oral surgery can help your underbite, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. Underbite surgery can give you confidence, and make you happier with your appearance. Our team is here to help correct your smile and get you the results you want.

To schedule your oral consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you!

Oral Surgery

You may have been recommended to have oral surgery, and are concerned if you should go through with it or not. Oral surgery has many benefits, and patients need to weigh their options. Our staff will only recommend oral surgery if it is absolutely necessary, or if the patient is unhappy with their mouth, jaw, or smile.

Our team is here to work with each patient to address their goals, and to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and feeing great. We have an extensive consultation process to discuss all oral surgery options or recommendations. Our team will work with each patient to help them choose the best option.

Why Do You Need Oral Surgery?

When a patient is evaluating their oral surgery decision, it is important to think about why you need the oral surgery. If the surgery is to correct a serious condition or complex issue this should weigh into your decision. Oral surgery does involve recovery, but your oral health is more important than the time it takes for the surgery and recovery.

With our high end technology, our patients receive the very best care. Your surgery can be done quickly and with minimal recovery depending on what is required. Our staff is available to provide you with all of the necessary support and supplies for a successful oral surgery.

What Are Your Alternatives to Oral Surgery?

When deciding to have oral surgery many patients would like to discuss if there are any alternatives instead of surgery. Part of our evaluation process is to discuss what alternatives are available, and give our patients all of their options. For example, if you have issues with snoring we may advise you try a night time mouthguard to help before we explore corrective surgery.

In some cases there are no alternatives to oral surgery, and the situation is serious and needs to be addressed immediately. An example of this type of situation would be an impacted tooth or an infected tooth.

Will Oral Surgery Give Me a Better Quality of Life?

If oral surgery will give you a better quality of life and improve your appearance this is a good reason to go through with your decision. Surgery that corrects facial issues or replaces missing teeth to improve your appearance will benefit you immensely. In addition, if the oral surgery is to remove an infected or impacted tooth there is no alternative, and waiting is not an option.

Our team wants you to stay healthy, and if oral surgery is needed to keep you looking and feeing great, we will give you the very best care available. Our team uses the latest technology to help make your oral surgery a smooth process. We want our patients to remain relaxed and pain free. Our team is here for you every step of the way to ensure your oral surgery is a success! Patients can trust our team to help you make the right decision about your oral health.

Looking to Schedule an Appointment?

If you are interested in finding out more about your oral surgery options, or have a concern you would like to discuss, contact our office to set up your oral surgery consultation.

Our staff is happy to help schedule an appointment for you, and answer any questions or concerns you have about your oral health. We can help you take charge of your oral health, and get you on the road to a beautiful smile.

Milk teeth how to take care of them

From the age of six months appear the first teeth of milk. Their daily maintenance is essential to prevent the teeth from decaying teeth and unsightly stains.

how to take care of them

An annual visit to the dentist from 2 years

“It is also very important for the mother, as soon as she is pregnant, to have her teeth examined and treated if necessary,” explains dentist Catherine Chaussain. “This will avoid later transmitting to his child cariogenic bacteria, for example, by tasting the food. ” For his part, the pediatrician checks at each consultation the state of the teeth. He will advise, from the age of 2, an annual visit to the dentist to carefully check the dentition training. The child will be able to become familiar with the sometimes strange and frightening instruments of the cabinet.

The right gestures of brushing teeth

The first baby teeth come out around the age of 6 months. Clean each toilet with a suitable brush and a little water. For 2 years, you can use a pea toothpaste special teeth of milk. Start at the bottom. Clean the front and back of the teeth where plaque builds up the most. Proceed in a back and forth motion, twenty times, before moving to the upper jaw. Finish by rotating on the front teeth. A good brushing takes two to three minutes. Finally, ask your child, as soon as he knows how to do it, to spit excess toothpaste.

From 3 to 6 years old: supervise the brushing of the child

From the age of 3, he starts to brush his teeth alone. But make sure he does the right thing and does not put on toothpaste. Advice and help are not superfluous until the age of 6 years. Its teeth gradually pass, from 6 years, twenty teeth of milk to thirty-two permanent teeth. Even if he thinks that brushing has no more secrets for him, continue to supervise the operation. He is still struggling to reach his molars.

Dental products adapted to the child

It is important to choose products that are suitable for little ones so that they can acquire good dental hygiene very early.

  • Anti-bacterial microfiber toothbrush finger: to gently give baby good habits up to 1 year. 
  • Special toothbrush small mouth: choose a model 0-2 years then 2-6 years. To be changed every three months or so.
  • Electric musical brush: it allows a very complete and playful brushing.
  • Toothpaste: avoid those whose scent is reminiscent of sweets so as not to accustom your child to taste sweet.

Dental hygiene is the best prevention against cavities. Even on the baby’s teeth, they are painful and can interfere with the child to eat. Cariogenic bacteria may also spread throughout the mouth and damage permanent teeth already in place.

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