• Preparing for Intravenous Sedation

    Many oral surgery procedures require intravenous sedation, and it is important to follow your surgeon’s preparation instructions closely so that you can avoid any potential delays in your procedure. Your oral surgeon in San Diego will provide you with instructions that are specific to your health needs. These are some of the preparation directions you are likely to receive. oral - surgery

    Avoid Food and Drink

    Before your surgery, you will need to abstain from eating and drinking anything, including water, for six hour prior to your procedure. Avoiding food and drink makes it less likely that you will vomit or experience pulmonary aspiration, in which the contents of your stomach enter your lungs. Although avoiding these complications is important, some patients cannot safely fast for an extended period and will need their oral surgeon to make adjustments. For instance, a patient with diabetes may receive instructions that allow him or her to eat a small meal a few hours before surgery to prevent low blood glucose levels. Keep in mind that fasting may also mean skipping your regular medications on the day of surgery. Talk to your surgeon about what is safe for you.

    Cut Down on Smoking

    You should avoid smoking completely for at least 12 hours before intravenous sedation, but your surgeon may ask you to cut back sooner. Being a smoker puts your heart and lungs in danger and can lead to complications during surgery. Nicotine and carbon monoxide can also change the way your body reacts to anesthesia, making it either more or less effective. Being a smoker can also delay your recovery.

    Report Any Illnesses

    Sometimes, having an acute illness, like a cold or a stomach bug, could undermine the safety of intravenous anesthesia. If you have come down with an illness right before your procedure, alert your oral surgeon. He or she may elect to go forward with the procedure or reschedule it for a time when you are feeling better.

  • Symptoms and Treatments of an Impacted Eyetooth

    Eyeteeth are the canines in the upper jaw that are right below the eye sockets. Occasionally, these teeth do not erupt through the gum properly and instead become impacted. When this occurs, it is usually necessary for an oral surgeon to expose the affected tooth or teeth to prevent complications. Often, a dentist will identify an impacted eyetooth during a normal exam, but it is also possible to experience symptoms before a diagnosis is made or after allowing the impaction to persist without treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms of an impacted eyetooth, see an oral surgeon in San Diego for treatment. eye - tooth

    Symptoms

    The most obvious symptom of an impacted canine tooth is that the tooth is not visible or that a baby tooth remains in position into the teenage years. If the impacted tooth is not treated, other symptoms may appear, including difficulties with chewing and speaking. Impacted teeth can also cause pain at the location of the tooth as well as referred pain the jaw and neck. The longer the tooth is not treated, the more symptoms may appear. In the long term, cysts, infections, and internal and external root resorption are possible. When these symptoms occur, an oral surgeon may have to remove the tooth completely, causing the patient to need a dental implant.

    Treatment

    The treatment of an impacted canine depends on a number of factors, including the age of the patient. If the problem is diagnosed early, braces may be used to create a space for the impacted tooth, which may erupt on its own when space is made or may erupt after oral surgery to remove any blockages. If the tooth does not erupt by itself, an oral surgeon may open the gum to expose the tooth, removing any remaining baby tooth, and attach a small chain to the tooth that is later attached to braces wires to gently coax the tooth into position. When this doesn’t work, it may be necessary to remove the tooth completely and replace it with a dental implant. The older patients are when they seek treatment for an impacted eyetooth, the more likely it is that the oral surgeon will have to remove the tooth.

  • Understanding Bone Grafting

    Sometimes, a patient wants dental implants but does not have a sufficient amount of bone to support them. When this happens, bone grafting can build up the affected area so that dental implants are possible. If you need bone grafting, your oral surgeon will review the procedure with you. This video will also help you understand what to expect before you have bone grafting in San Diego .