Most forms of sedation dentistry simply help to relax patients while they are still awake, but general anesthesia is different. General anesthesia combines a sedative and pain reliever to place patients into an unconscious state during long, invasive, and complex dental procedures.
The experts at Sycamore Dental apply general anesthesia with a simple injection into the hand or arm, which makes it possible to complete any type of oral surgery without pain, fear, or discomfort.
You can expect to undergo general anesthesia for most common oral surgery procedures:
- Wisdom teeth removal
- Dental implant placement
- Jaw surgery
- Reconstructive treatments following facial trauma
Sycamore Dental professionals adhere to strict anesthetizing protocols to ensure patient safety at all times. All medication is carefully administered and its effects are continually monitored. Don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have regarding the use of general anesthesia.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to grow, usually in your late teens or early twenties. They emerge in the four back corners of your mouth, with two on top and two on the bottom.
While it’s still possible for your wisdom teeth to grow in without any issues, most adults experience discomfort, crowding, and difficulties with their wisdom teeth. Approximately five million people have their wisdom teeth removed every year.
Signs You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Call Sycamore Dental if you have started to experience any the following symptoms of wisdom teeth complications:
- Trapped food and bacteria in the the back of the mouth
- Pain, selling, and stiffness in the jaw
- Changes to surrounding teeth, including shifting and crowding
- Damage to roots of nearby teeth or bone
- Unpleasant taste or odor in your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth Tender or bleeding gums
By removing the damaged, infected inner structures of your teeth and replacing them with a safe material, root canal therapy at Sycamore Dental prevents tooth loss, eliminates pain, and keeps your smile whole.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It’s especially important to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are impacted. This means they don’t have enough room to emerge through the gums without damaging nearby teeth. They may get stuck in any of the following positions:
- Growing at an angle toward other teeth
- Lying down” within the jawbone
- Staying trapped within the jawbone
In order to prevent the pain, infection, and crowding associated with wisdom teeth, it’s important to see your dentist every six months and schedule your wisdom teeth extraction procedure as soon as your dentist advises.
The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
The wisdom teeth extraction process is a safe, standard procedure performed across the country every day. Here are the steps you can expect:
- Local anesthesia or conscious sedation prevents pain, discomfort, and anxiety remove the tissue and bone surrounding all four wisdom teeth
- Wisdom teeth are extracted from their sockets
- Stitches close each extraction site
Recovery lasts about three to five days. You can expect slight bleeding and swelling during the first 24 hours, and your jaw may feel stiff after the anesthesia wears off. Fortunately, standard over-the-counter pain medications can reduce your symptoms and provide relief. Your team at Sycamore Dental is here to provide the help and support you need every step of the way.
A tooth extraction is a relatively simple and standard procedure that removes a tooth from your mouth. There are a few different reasons your dentist may recommend that you undergo a tooth extraction.
In most cases, tooth 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 other cases, a tooth is extracted to improve the health of surrounding teeth, such as prior to placing orthodontic braces or when extra teeth cause spacing issues in the mouth.
Depending on the type of extraction you need, your procedure may be simple or require surgery. Either way, we here to guide you through a successful tooth extraction experience.
Simple Tooth Extractions
Simple tooth extractions can be performed without anesthesia or major surgery. If you are experiencing any of the following dental issues, the oral and maxillofacial surgery experts at Sycamore Dental can help:
- Loose teeth as a result of periodontal disease
- Extra teeth causing overcrowding
- A fractured or malformed tooth that needs to be removed
- Severe tooth decay that can’t be resolved with root canal therapy
Simple tooth extractions are relatively quick and simple. Using only local anesthetic, your dentist will remove the tooth from its socket and pack the empty gum tissue with gauze. Call the Sycamore Dental office in Vista, California today to learn more about simple tooth extractions and schedule your appointment.
Bone grafting is often needed to complete restorative dental procedures such as the placement of dental implants or bridge work. Without a strong jawbone of sufficient height, depth, and width, dental implants can’t be successfully placed.
If your jaw bone has been affected by periodontal disease, tooth extraction, infection, or injury, the team at Sycamore Dental can use bone grafting to rejuvenate and strengthen your underlying bone.
The bone grafting process has a high success rate, especially when using bone harvested from the patient’s own body, such as the chin or lower jaw. Once the bone is carefully removed from the donor site, it’s fused to existing bone in the area being treated. Over time, this creates stronger bone mass to support and anchor dental implants.
As long as you’re healthy enough to undergo bone grafting, this is a much better alternative to missing teeth and tooth deformities. Call Sycamore Dental to request an oral examination and begin your journey to a healthier smile.