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Adult Braces Become Increasingly Popular

adult braces san diego patientFor most of us, when we consider braces we think of them being given to children or teenagers – perhaps people in their late teens or early twenties if they have missed the boat, or had a dental accident late in life. What you don’t consider is that more and more adults are deciding to improve their dental health and get braces in their later years, but in fact this is such a growing trend that statistics show one third of braces are currently in the mouths of adults. Being able to align your teeth to make them straight when you think that it was too late is something truly inspiring, and so many people will want to take advantage of adult braces San Diego dentists are starting to offer.. along with information to all those over the age of 18 who are interested in learning more.

Although braces do have a huge number of benefits, they do have downsides. One of the downsides is that they are not particularly nice to look at, and for many people who work in San Diego adult braces will prove problematic for them in their jobs or relationships. That is why so many dentists, including Dr. Woods, are now suggested clear braces, which are almost invisible to the human eye, but are doing the same healing work that normal metal braces do. You also have the option of having fixed or removal braces, so that you can decide to take them out for an hour if you have that really important meeting.

It is never too late to consider braces, so even if you have completely written off your teeth as the part of you that you like the least, now is the time to take action and change the way that you look and smile forever by something as simple as braces.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods.

All On Four – A Superior Fixed Denture Solution

all on fourWhen you are starting to consider dentures, it can be a little overwhelming because there are just so many different types that are available to people out there. However, if you want to go for the type that are the most recent dental creation and in most cases the most beneficial to the patient, then you want to consider the all on four San Diego dentists are offering the majority of their patients. These are a type of permanent dentures, but unlike some types that require eight or sometimes even more dental implants to be created in the patient’s mouth in order to fix the dentures on, the all on four system does just that: puts the whole denture on four dental implants instead.

Aside from the fact that the all on four system requires less work on the patient, meaning that it is cheaper, quicker, and has less healing time, the all on four treatment goes to show that you do not have to make a dental procedure any more complicated than it needs to be. The increase in quality of life that all on four denture patients report is quite astounding: they are able to eat without any embarrassment or concern, chat and laugh with their friends without worrying that their teeth are going to come flying out, and get back to their real lives quite quickly after the treatment has been done.

This revolutionary work has transformed the way that San Diego dentists, including Dr. Woods, consider permanent dentures, and it has in turn transformed the lives of many patients. For permanent dentures San Diego is the best place to go, so make sure that you speak to Dr. Woods today about how the all on four denture design can completely change your life, even if you have never considered permanent dentures before.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.

Is A Dental Bridge Your Best Option?

If you are looking to learn about dental bridges San Diego is the best place to go, as the dentists there are true experts in this highly specialized field. You’ve probably been told about dental bridges because you have missing teeth: a dental bridge is a dental treatment that is a false tooth, often made of porcelain so that it will look exactly like the rest of your teeth, fitted into your mouth by ‘holding on’ to the teeth that are either side of the gap with crowns. These act as an anchor so that the dental bridge does not move around when you talk and eat.

Many people are good candidates for having a dental bridge, and they include people who have missing teeth, problems speaking or chewing, a smile that you are embarrassed about because of your gap, or an old fashioned and slightly out of date partial bridge that really isn’t doing its job properly anymore. Having a dental bridge fitted is a lot simpler than many people would think: you just need two dental appointments, and in the first one you’ll have a mold or cast made of your teeth so that the dental lab can make an absolutely perfectly fitting dental bridge for you. At the second appointment, the dental bridge will be glued in using special medical glue, and then your dentist will check to see whether the fit is right by asking you to talk or mimic chewing. It really is that simple.

For those who really care for their dental bridge they can last for almost a decade – as long as you are having regular checks with a San Diego dental bridges expert, like Dr. Paige Woods. Why not see whether a dental bridge could solve your dental problems?

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Wisdom Tooth Pain.. Time To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

wisdom tooth painIt is perfectly natural for there to be some pain when your wisdom teeth come through, typically from the ages of 17 to 21, but when the pain goes beyond discomfort and starts to really interfere with your life, then you need to consider that you may need to go and see a dentist about wisdom teeth removal. No one wants to consider this as it is often considered a frightening and unwanted piece of dental treatment, but in order to give you a healthy, happy, and pain free mouth, your dentist may just decide that that is the best course of treatment for you.

Dr. Woods recommends that if you are over the age of 20, then it is definitely time for you to have a wisdom teeth examination. Many people will be shocked to discover that they have come through if they have not experienced any pain, but for others it will be a welcome relief to discover that there is a simple cure for the dull pain and aches that they have been experiencing. Wisdom teeth removal can be completed in just one day, without you needing to stay overnight as an inpatient, and although it is impossible to prevent a little pain and discomfort after the surgery, you will quickly notice a difference in the coming days and be pleased that you had them removed.

Aftercare following a procedure such as wisdom teeth removal is critical and your dentist will probably advise you not to brush your teeth at all for at least 24 hours after the removal. This may seem a little counter intuitive, but it is so that you do not dislodge that clot that is helping your gums to heal. Just make sure that if you have any questions about your wisdom teeth removal that you speak to Dr. Woods.

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Amalgam Removal Goes More Smoothly When Homeopathic Remedies Are Used

Toxic mercury is one of the key components for dental amalgams, and that means that many patients who want to have a healthy mouth decide that they need to have it removed – and in some cases, it is a requirement of other treatment such as restoration. However, this could cause problems if the amalgam is disturbed, as it could release mercury into the patient’s mouth and then bloodstream.

That is why at our dental practice, we go the extra mile and make extraordinary safeguards to ensure that our patients are not exposed to mercury when they request that their amalgam is removed. Introducing the use of homeopathic remedies has been a brilliant way to help the process, both before and after, to remove any of the negative side effects.

We find it utterly bizarre that there are dentists at other practices that are still happy to give their patients mercury fillings, especially when it has been scientifically proven to be a toxic poison to humans – but although we cannot change what they do and what they have done in the past to some of our patients, we know we can prevent any further harm from happening.

Homeopathic Remedies Work

Homeopathic remedies can be taken the day before, the day of, and the day after your appointment to have your amalgam removed, and they are typically small pellets that you can take from a pill box. These remedies have been scientifically calculated to do the most amount of good possible for our patients, so that their treatment goes well and their body heals nicely. They also have the ability to fight off the mercury toxins, in the unlikely outcome that some is knocked from the main.

Arnica is one of our central homeopathic remedies, a substance taken for centuries to help with nerve pain and muscle pain, perfect for reducing bruising over the treatment. During your amalgam filling it is likely that you will experience bruising and redness, and perhaps even swelling, but the arnica will lessen that. Another useful remedy is hypericum.

As well as dealing with the physical side of the amalgam removal, we also prescribe homeopathic remedies for those who are frightened of the dentist in order to lessen anxiety, calming the mind, and helping them to prepare emotionally for the amalgam removal. Aconite and gelsemium are particularly good for this.

A Long History Of Effectiveness

Homeopathic Tablets

Homeopathic Tablets

Since the 1800s homeopathy has been used by medical practitioners, and it is excellent for supporting traditional modern medicine now. After all, there is only so much that modern medicine can achieve, and when using the medicine of similars which is a central part of homeopathy, we can offer additional treatments to patients who would really benefit from extra care. These possibilities are not just limited to amalgam removals, or even dental offices, but can be used in almost any medical setting.

Different medications have been developed over the 20th century, and this led to a decrease in the use of homeopathy – and yet many dentists and doctors, as well as patients, are starting to rediscover the amazing power of what homeopathy can do. This treatment option is widely accepted in Europe, and is starting to be better understood here in the US over time. In fact, you may already be using a homeopathic remedy like eye drops without even realising it.

Homeopathy will not make your mercury filling less toxic, so you should still have it removed by your dentist, but utilizing the power of homeopathic remedies will prevent any mercury that is disturbed during that treatment from harming you.

To learn more about how homeopathics can be used to improve your dental treatments, call (619) 359-6569.

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Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Dental implantDental implants can offer a huge amount to many patients, but are not always the very best option for everybody. The key things that a dentist will consider if a patient wants dental implants is the health and amount of the bone that they have in their jaws. For some, dental implants will not be a good option and so other treatment options will be given to them. For others, on the other hand, dental implants may be a good choice, and this opens up a whole new set of choices.

This is because not all dental implants are the same. Some will use different materials in their construction, and the most popular two are titanium and zirconia. Titanium has been used safely for yours, and is used in many other medical ways for treatments. The main downside of titanium is that it is a metal, and so can introduce traces of that metal into your bloodstream and your body over time.

Zirconia is an alternative that is proving very popular because it is much more biocompatible; that means that it is not going to affect your body as titanium would. That does not mean that zirconia is perfect, of course –as it is a relatively new treatment option, there are fewer companies making the implants, and they are much larger than titanium implants and so are more intrusive to put into the mouth through surgery. They will also require reshaping which can cause microfractures within the dental implant itself. That is why we do not offer zirconia dental implants at this time, though when they can be created smaller and therefore easier to implant, we will probably make the change over.

It was once believed that larger implants would be better for patients because people assumed that they would last longer, and be more reliable. However, current academic research is actually showing that the opposite is true, which is why dental implants vary in size.

Another option that you will need to consider is how the different components are going to fit together in your mouth. For some patients, the crown is cemented directly onto the implant, and in other patients it is screwed into the bone. For some, the crown just clicks on which is known as a cold weld.

For my patients, when a dental implant is the right decision for them, we often go with a very small and hence less invasive implant made from titanium, with a biocompatible ceramic layer over the top to prevent any contamination. This implant will be slowly allowed to integrate into the bone, and then and only then will the crown be placed upon it. This gives us a 95% success rate of good integration.

Other dentists will undoubtedly offer you a much larger implant, but research has demonstrated that the smaller ones are actually the most reliable and the ones that will last longer – and are much less invasive to place into the mouth. Sinus lifts and bone grafts are not necessary for this smaller surgery, giving you much less discomfort and pain in the process of receiving your dental implants.

To find out if dental implants are the best solution for you, call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation with Dr. Woods.

Oral Conscious Sedation To Alleviate Fear In Dentistry

At my dental clinic, this is the most commonly asked question of the lot, and I probably hear it about five or six times a week. ‘I’m terrified of the dentist, what do I do?’ ‘Is it possible for me to see you for just five minutes?’ ‘How can I get this filling sorted if I am too anxious to even come to the surgery?’ ‘I’ve fainted every single time I have tried to have a dental check up, and the last one that I had was ten years ago!’

I can completely appreciate the fears and anxieties that people have when it comes to visiting the dentist – trust me, even though I am a dentist myself! It is something about the unknown, and the lack of control that can often put people on edge, and for other people it’s the physical aspect of having someone else’s hands in your mouth! What I have spent a large portion of my career working towards, however, is a way that people who are often overcome with terror at the thought of the dentist to receive check ups and treatment without them being overwhelmed, because they are often the people who need treatment the most because they have left seeing a dentist for so long.

sedated patientSo what are your options if the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair makes you want to bring up your last meal? Well, one of the most extreme options is complete sedation, where you will be put under through a sedative and then brought back round when the entire treatment option is over. Now this is only something that would be offered to the most extreme cases, because it brings with it its own complications, especially for those who have weak hearts and those who are elderly. It is not a type of treatment that I would give to just any patient; I would need to discuss with them exactly how they have worked on processing their fears, and it would also depend on just how bad their dental problems have got because they have avoided seeing a dentist for so long.

At the other end of the spectrum is receiving psychological care and treatment, so that the fear of the dentist itself could be removed from the patient. This is something that can be an on-going treatment option, and can often delay any medical or dental treatment while this process is continuing, and is not therefore something that is generally recommended for those who require immediate or emergency dental care. By the time that the fear of the dentist has been conquered a huge amount of damage could have happened with their teeth – although after the initial dental treatment has been given, I will often recommend that my patients try to work on their fears head on, to make it easier for them to come back to me for a check up.

So where does this leave most people? Well, I find that the most common and most popular treatment to give my patients who have a real difficulty with visiting the dentist is something called oral conscious sedation. It may sound a little odd, but when it comes down to the basics, it just means that I would give my patient a small amount of sedation – not enough to completely put them to sleep, but enough for them to feel the effects – around the oral and dental area. This will allow them to feel quite sleepy and relaxed, so that the fear reflex is lessened, and they are able to almost remove themselves from the situation. This allows me to get in there and give them their treatment, without their bodies panicking and making it impossible for me to treat them.

In some cases, patients are actually able to fall asleep naturally because they are so relaxed, and that for me is the highest compliment. For a person who has up until now been completely unable to even sit in a dentist’s chair long enough for them to be examined to receive treatment without a traumatic experience is everything that I strive for, and it is so wonderful to see the beautiful and healthy smiles o my patients after they have received treatment under the oral conscious sedation technique.

If you, or someone that you know, finds coming to the dentist difficult because of fear and anxiety, then perhaps the oral conscious sedation could make a real difference for you or that person. It is never a good idea to leave seeing a dentist for more than a year in any case, and if you have not seen a dentist for longer than that then now is the time to act. I am very happy to talk to anyone who is feeling worried about their experience at a dental clinic, and together we can find a way to help you get here and home happily and healthily – Call (619) 359-6569.

Homeopathy at the Dentist

In many people’s minds, homeopathy is quite a controversial treatment options, especially for people who are in the medical profession. After all, how can a couple of tablets that do not have a huge amount of ingredients inside them make any difference to a patient, other than the very powerful placebo effect?

Homeopathic dentistry is one branch of holistic dentistry which is a way of thinking about a patient as a whole, rather than ignoring 90% of the body to focus on just their mouths. So how does homeopathy help dental patients?

Arnica Homeopathic Tablets

Arnica Homeopathic Tablets

One of the most commonly used homeopathic treatments is arnica, but there are many more that are just as useful. Aconite is used for shock, Zingiber for gagging and nausea; Gelsemium for nerves, Chamomilla for reducing numbness, and Ledum will reduce pain from injections. All of these and more can be useful for dental patients. Almost every dental procedure will involve the tiny tubules that you can find inside the root of a tooth, which is why sensitivity after a treatment or procedure is very common. Hypericum is very useful for this problem by reducing the pain to nerves, and so is often used after a root canal. Magnesium phosphorus is often used for pain, which is why it is commonly referred to as homeopathic aspirin. Sensitive teeth can use Plantago, which can also be applied directly to a cavity.

The advances in dental technology and research means now that a patient can achieve in one visit what would have taken five or six appointments twenty years ago. Everyone is going after that perfect smile, whether it be from crowns, whitening, veneers, or inlays – but all of these treatments involve holding your jaw open for a very extended period of time. Magnesium Phosphorus and Causticum are often used for cramping of the jaw, and Arnica is taken for soreness and bruising. For a soothing mouthwash after such procedures, you can use a couple of drops of Hypericum and Calendula in warm water.

Chamomilla is often given to teething babies, providing relief from the stress and pain – and homeopathic professionals also advise that if your child is happy to take solid foods, you should not give them any milk after midday. A rising temperature from the pain of teething can actually curdle milk inside the stomach of a child, causing even more pain and upset.

If your child – or yourself – suffers from anxiety to the extent that it can cause nausea or even vomiting, then Nux Vomica is the perfect solution. Ruta can be used for those who are experiencing discomfort from braces, and is also brilliant for putting around a tooth that feels loose. Staphysagria and Calendula are perfect if braces are cutting into the soft delicate tissue of the mouth.

If you want bone splinters to soften up, then use Silica 6C twice a day – but if this is due to implants, use Ruta instead as Silica can cause implant rejection. The two most common side effects of a dental procedure are pain and swelling, but taking Arnica before and after the procedure will greatly reduce them both.

If you are bleeding in your mouth and the blood is very bright, then you should use Phosphorus – but if it has a slight blue tinge, then use Lachesis. After a tooth extraction the area may become infected, but you can use gunpowder to ease the pain, and prevent the infection. Abscesses require Belladona, and Mmyristica will help if there is also swelling. Hepar Sulph 6C can be used if the abscess keeps recurring, and allow your body to remove the pus developing. Any ulcers can be treated with Feverfew, and if they continue to return then use Feverfew for a few days after it has disappeared. Cold sores will require Rhus Tox, and when having amalgam fillings removed, use Merc Sol to flush all of your body of the mercury.

There are several remedies for toothache.  If you have:

  • Sensitivity to heat – Pulsatilla
  • Pain accompanied by bruising – Arnica
  • Shooting pain – Magnesium phosphate
  • Sensitivity to cold – Coffea
  • Pain aggravated by clenching – Staphisagria
  • If rubbing the cheek helps – Merc Sol
  • Pain after being in cold, dry wind – Aconite
  • Pain with swelling or abscess – Silica
  • Throbbing pain – Belladonna
  • Pain that originates in the nerve – Hypericum or Chamomilla

Although some tooth pain will originally come from the tooth itself, in some cases gum disease is to blame. Treating gum disease with homeopathic remedies is much more complicated than the above health issues, so you will need to discuss your exact situation with a homeopathic dentist.

For cold sores, go with Rhus Tox.

For a consultation with YOUR Homeopathic Dentist, Paige Woods, call (619) 359-6569 today.

You Just Got New Dentures.. Now What?

Dentures are one of the best ways for an individual to replace unhealthy natural teeth, and although they come with a very wide range of benefits, that does not mean that they are easy to get used to at first! This adjustment period may include some difficulties with your dentures that you were not expecting, but this is a very natural part of the process, and can last between one month and three months, depending on the individual, their age, the health of their mouth, and what kind of dentures they have.

uncomfortable denturesThese are some of the more common changes that you may experience with new dentures:

Changes in your expression 

Your facial muscles will take a little time to get used to the dentures in your mouth, so don’t be surprised if your face looks a little different when you first get dentures.

Too much saliva 

Our body’s instinct when we put something in our mouth is to increase saliva output in case it is edible, and you may find that your mouth does this, but it will only take a few days for your mouth to adjust.


Our mouths are very sensitive, and the pressure and/or rubbing of new dentures can sometimes create sore spots. Your dentist may want to make slight changes to the shape and size of your dentures based on this, and so you must always make sure you have follow up appointments to check that the fit is just right.

Problems with speech 

Our teeth affect the way that we talk, and so it is natural that dentures will change this slightly. You will have to be patient and practice if this is you, and one of the best ways to do this is to read aloud to yourself, and repeat frequently any words that you find difficult.

Difficulty chewing 

If sore spots have developed, you may find chewing to be very uncomfortable, but there are easy ways that you can lessen this. Taking smaller bites and eating softer foods will immediately make a positive difference, as will chewing up and down rather than side to side at the beginning. As your dentures get more used to this, you can move on to more foods.

Kitchen sink syndrome 

Everything except the kitchen sink in your mouth? Don’t worry, it is natural for your dentures to feel strange and unnatural in your mouth. This feeling may continue for days or weeks, but it will subside.

Feeling loose 

When all of the adjustments have been made, your dentures will feel very natural, but until then you may find that natural movements by your tongue and cheeks may move them. This does not mean that they are necessarily loose, but it can be quite unsettling. If this happens, close your mouth, push your lips together, and suck gently on your dentures. This will make them stop moving.

Gagging or nausea 

Some people will find that their gap reflex is forced when they start to wear dentures, and this can cause nausea as well. Your dentist can reduce the pressure that your dentures are putting on your upper palate, which will reduce this.

Many, if not all of these problems can be lessened or reduced by using small diameter implants when you have your new dentures fitted.

For a free consultation regarding denture adjustments, call Paige Woods, DDS at (619) 359-6569.

comfortable dentures