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The Wisdom in Teeth

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that generally erupt between ages 17-25, when children pass into early adulthood.   This time period has previously been referred to as “the age of wisdom.”   Subsequently, the third molars have been dubbed wisdom teeth.  Most people have 4, but it is possible to have more as well as none.

Can I keep my wisdom teeth?

Some individuals don’t need to have their wisdom teeth removed.  There are a few factors that influence this:

  • Jaw and mouth size
  • The ability of the teeth to fully erupt
  • The angle in which they are erupting

Sometimes, a patient has room enough to keep 1, 2, or four of the teeth.  A panoramic x-ray will allow the dentist to see if there is room enough for you to keep some or all of them.

Third molars need to be extracted when the mouth and jaw are too small to accommodate the teeth,  or they are unable to fully erupt.  These situations can cause discomfort, swelling and sometimes even cysts.

Where do wisdom teeth come from?

Wisdom teeth were originally designed to take the place of lost or damaged teeth that resulted from a primitive diet of coarse food that contained sand and grit.   Now days, processed diets protect teeth, meaning less are lost and damaged.   There is usually not enough room for the teeth to come all the way in.

Will I need to be put to sleep?

Some patients prefer to be sedated while others are just fine with a local anesthetic such as Novocaine.  Either way extractions can be done right here in our office where you already know the staff and dentist.  Most patients do fine to head back to work or school the next day, but if you want to take an extra day off, we won’t tell.

So if you have been putting off the removal of your third molars, there is nothing to fear!   Dentistry has come a long way from the covered wagon and whiskey days of our parents!  We have a variety of solutions for patients apprehensive about extractions and the skill to make your experience the most comfortable  possible.

To your health,

Dr. Bob

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Our Newest Team Member

As you may know, over the years I have integrated the latest technology into my practice.  This allows me to treat patients utilizing minimally invasive dentistry.  It’s a win/win.  I am able to provide great care and patients are able to receive prompt treatment in the most comfortable and convenient way possible.

With that said, I am very excited to tell you about the newest addition to my practice!  I have installed Sirona Dental System’s three dimensional (3D) X-ray system, GALILEOS, the first ever such system in Santa Cruz!

Precision is the name of the game

This machine is precise!  Images taken in most dental offices are two-dimensional.  3-Dimensional images make the placement of dental implants safer, more predictable and accurate.  The Galileos system produces a three dimensional computer image of the patient’s jaw on the computer screen and the surgery can be “virtually” preformed before the clinical procedure even starts.

“GALILEOS represents the future of dentistry”

Galileos’ technology allows diagnostic X-ray imaging with the smallest amount of radiation possible, 10 times less radiation than a conventional CAT scan.  With astonishing anatomical detail, I can achieve more accurate dental treatment plan with improved results.  Dental implants can subsequently be placed with unrivaled precision and accuracy.

What that means for YOU

  1. The smallest amount of radiation possible (10 times less radiation than a conventional CAT scan)
  2. Fewer appointments (treatment can be expedited due to more accurate treatment plans with improved results)
  3. Convenience: This is the only unit of its’ kind in Santa Cruz (No need to go to the hospital for a CAT scan)
  4. Less invasive dentistry (because of the precision in determining the amount and thickness of bone before surgery, often there is no incision and no sutures after implant placement)
  5. Increased quality of care (Chronic sinus issues, malignancies of the jaws and dental lesions previously undiagnosed or unable to be seen on traditional 2-dimensional dental X-rays are frequently found in the new 3-Dimensional imaging)

Galileos literally changes everything.  I am extremely happy to be able to provide you with the latest technology that offers:  Increased quality of care, convenient treatment in fewer visits with the smallest amount of radiation possible.  It makes me smile, and I hope it does you too!

To your health,

Dr. Bob

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