Your Tooth Extraction Options

A diseased tooth will eventually get to a point where it is not possible to save it, and that is when your dentist will start to talk to you about tooth extraction. It can be quite upsetting to realize that there are no further treatment options, and we get very attached to the teeth that we have grown up with and had for years – but sometimes that is just the best course of action, especially if your dentist is concerned that the infection could spread to other teeth in your mouth. Many tooth extractions San Diego dentists perform are quite simple, and can be done in just one appointment without the need for you to stay in overnight.

Patients who are struggling with baby teeth that are not getting out of the way of adult teeth that are coming through, patients who need teeth removed in order to receive braces, patients who have a fractured tooth or a tooth that is so decayed that even a root canal would not save it: these are all examples of when you may need to have a tooth extraction. In order for your dentist to be absolutely sure that it is the right decision, they will perform an x-ray to see the entire problem. After they have decided on an extraction method, they will numb the area completely so that you do not feel a thing except pressure, and then go ahead and remove the tooth. In the rare occasions where the tooth does not want to leave the gum, it may be broken up in the gum and the pieces removed carefully.

Having a tooth removed is not the end of the world, and it will often lead to much greater dental health, so do not put off having a tooth extraction Dr. Woods can perform will little pain and discomfort at all.

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Tooth Restoration Measures

chipped tooth san diego patientIt is almost impossible to go through life without, at some point, cracking a tooth. In many cases you may not even realize that you have done it! It may only be at a check up with your dentist that they point out a hairline crack down the enamel of one of your teeth, and then you will have to wrack your brains to try and remember how you could ever have done it. For some people it is far more obvious than that: a sporting injury that is very painful, or a trip and fall that makes you taste blood and feel a crack along a tooth with your tongue. However it happens, for the best tooth restorations San Diego is the place to go.

If you have to wait until you can see a dentist, even though you should go to see them immediately, then the best way to prevent swelling and severe pain is to use cold. An ice pack or a bag of peas applied directly to the side of the face where the crack happened will help to cool down the inflammation, and hopefully make it less swollen for the dentist to examine. You may find that they recommend a tooth restoration, which could be a variety of different treatment options. Tooth restorations San Diego dentists, including Dr. Woods, often perform include a filling or bonding, a cap or crown, some extra enamel added to the tooth with sculpting, or even a veneer. Whichever treatment your dentist thinks is best, it will not only make your teeth stronger and healthier by preventing infection from getting into the tooth, but it will also look better from a cosmetic point of view.

The most important thing is to not leave it too late. As soon as you realize that you have a cracked tooth, then you need to go to your dentist.

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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.

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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.

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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.