Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
The dental team at Scripps West Dental are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of head, neck, and mouth conditions, and are happy to help patients seeking help for these conditions:
– Tooth extractions
– Wisdom teeth extractions
– Bone grafting
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Tooth Extractions in San Diego are performed for a variety of different reasons.
In most cases, extractions are used as a last resort when the affected teeth cannot be saved through other measures. These situations often include:
– Decay of the exterior and interior structures of the tooth
– Widespread periodontal disease
– Eroded jawbone that can no longer hold the tooth in place
– Deep tooth fracture
In some cases, your dentist might recommend a tooth be extracted to improve the health of surrounding teeth.
Depending on the type of tooth extraction your dentist recommends, your procedure may be simple or require surgery. Either way, the team at Scripps West Dental is here to guide you through a successful tooth extraction experience.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars to erupt. They are located in the four back corners of your mouth. While it’s possible for your wisdom teeth to grow in without any issues, most adults experience swelling, discomfort, crowding, decay, and other problems with their wisdom teeth.
Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Call Scripps West Dental to schedule a consultation if you have started to experience any these symptoms of wisdom teeth complications:
– Trapped food and bacteria in the the back corners of the mouth
– Pain, selling, or stiffness in your jaw
– Shifting or crowding of surrounding teeth
– Damage to the roots of nearby teeth or bone
– An unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth
– Any difficulty opening your mouth
– Tender, swollen, or bleeding gums
In order to prevent the pain and infection associated with problem wisdom teeth, it’s important to see your dentist at least every six months and to schedule your wisdom teeth extraction in San Diego as soon as your dentist advises.
Bone grafting is often needed to successfully complete restorative dental procedures like dental implant placement or bridge work. Without strong bone of sufficient height, depth, and width, your dentist cannot successfully place dental implants.
If your jawbone has been affected by periodontal disease, tooth extraction, infection, or injury, the team at Scripps West Dental can utilize bone grafting to strengthen and rejuvenate the underlying bone.
The process of bone grafting in San Diego has a high success rate and is actually a relatively minor procedure. Your Scripps West bone grafting expert will make an incision to expose the bone of your jaw, then graft new bone material to it. Your body creates new bone cells around the grafted material, building up bone right where you need it. Over time, this creates bone mass that is strong enough to support dental implants.
As long as you’re healthy enough to undergo bone grafting, there is no better alternative to missing teeth and tooth deformities. Call the Scripps West Dental team to schedule an oral examination and begin your journey to a healthier smile.