Dr. Bahi

Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that the majority of people get in their late teens or early twenties. The problem with wisdom teeth is they are often misaligned. Poor alignment can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, and/or nerves. This is why they require removal.

Wisdom teeth become misaligned when they grow in:

  • Horizontally
  • Angled toward or away from the second molars
  • Angled inward or outward

When wisdom teeth are impacted, they are trapped within soft tissue and/or the jawbone. They may also only partially break through the gums. Partial eruption leaves an opening for bacteria to enter and cause an infection. The infection can then result in swelling, pain, a stiff jaw, and general illness. This can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease because the awkward positioning makes it very difficult to brush or floss properly.

How do I know if I have wisdom teeth?

Your dentist can take an x-ray, which will show if they are present. It will also show how they are growing in. Your dentist may also recommend that you see an oral surgeon who will be able to further evaluate your situation.

Will the surgeon want to remove my wisdom teeth?

If your teeth are showing signs of future problems, the surgeon will often recommend that they be extracted. If the procedure is put off too long, it could become more painful and/or complicated, so it is wise to get them removed sooner than later. As the saying goes “It is better to be proactive than reactive”.

Removal is easier for younger patients (ages 17 to 21), as the roots of the wisdom teeth are not fully formed yet. The bone is also less dense, as compared to older patients. As with other surgeries, younger people often heal faster as well.

Wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Infection of soft tissue
  • Gum disease
  • Tumors
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Extensive tooth decay

Call us for more information about wisdom teeth removal.

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10 Benefits of Dental Implants

Are you unhappy with your smile? Are your teeth hindering your daily life? The good news is that you don’t have to suffer! If you have damaged or missing teeth, you should seriously consider dental implants. They are the next best thing to having nice, natural teeth!

Dental implants are an excellent choice because:

(1) They are made to match your natural teeth. People will admire your gorgeous new smile, but it would not be obvious that you have implants.

(2) They are strong, stable, and durable.

(3) They feel, fit, and function like real teeth. You’ll be able to eat whatever you like.

(4) They do not contribute to the deterioration of your jawbone. Instead, they will preserve and strengthen your natural bone.

(5) They allow you to keep the shape of your face, jawline, and smile.

(6) Unlike dentures, they stay in place. You don’t have to worry about them falling out or getting loose. Plus, you don’t have to remove or readjust them, which can be embarrassing.

(7) They don’t interference with the way you pronounce words.

(8) It is not possible to get cavities in them.

(9) You care for them the same way as you would natural teeth. Brush twice a day (+ after meals) and floss daily. You would want to stay away from chewing ice, hard candies, and acidic foods just like with real teeth to protect them.

(10) They make people feel great! You’ll feel like a new person because you will have your confidence back. You won’t want to stop smiling!

Read more about the dental implant process. Don’t have enough jawbone volume for dental implants? We have a solution! Read more about bone grafting for dental implants.

Call us to book a consultation with our dental surgeon in Surrey & Vancouver today! Let’s change your life!

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Cheek Implants: The Permanent Solution for Instant Cheekbones

Many people desire to have high, prominent cheekbones, as they are considered by society to be a very aesthetically appealing feature. Some people naturally have higher cheekbones than others. Also, as people age, volume in that area often decreases. One way of adding volume back into the cheek area is through temporary facial fillers such as Juvederm. The permanent option would be with cheek augmentation.

If you are feeling somewhat hesitant or nervous about going ahead with this type of procedure, it would be a great idea to first start with Juvederm as a temporary option. This can give you the reassurance that you are making the right decision, that you like the look, and also a better idea as to the look you want. This can also make it easier for you to communicate your desired effects with your doctor, as well as also make the end result easier to adapt to because you would already be used to seeing yourself with cheek fillers.

Cheek augmentation consists of cheek implants being inserted into the face. There are many different sizes and shapes of cheek implants, as everyone has a different face and desired look. Some people want a very dramatic look, and some people may want a more subtle look. The end result also varies from person to person, depending on their current cheek volume and face shape prior to surgery.

You should consider cheek enhancement surgery if you:

  • Want a permanent solution for higher, fuller, more prominent cheeks
  • Want to improve your facial contour
  • Want to have a more balanced face with better proportion
  • Are interested in correcting face asymmetry or facial trauma
  • Wish to look more youthful and fresh
  • Feel that it would increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • Want a procedure with very low post-surgical risks

Call us to book a consultation for cheek implants today! At your consultation, Dr. K. Bahi will discuss your goals with you and explain what you can expect from this procedure. You may also want to bring images with you, which are reflective of the look you want to make it easier to communicate your desired result.

 

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Bone Grafting for Dental Implants

Not Enough Jawbone Volume to Get Dental Implants? Bone Grafting is the Answer!

Dental implants are the perfect solution for missing teeth. They replace missing roots and support the artificial replacement teeth, resulting in the ideal functional and cosmetic solution.

That said, in order to get dental implants, you must have adequate bone in the right location, of proper width, and height.  Some people do not have the necessary bone to support the implants.

Some factors that affect jawbone volume include:

  • Tooth Extraction – patients who have had teeth extracted may lose bone surrounding the extraction area during the next few years after. This loss of bone is what is known as a “bone defect”.
  • Periodontal Disease – also known as gum disease, a bad case of periodontal disease can affect and permanently damage the jawbone that supports the teeth. This can lead to instability of the teeth.
  • Dental and/or Physical Injury – Infections and blows to the jaw can cause the bone to recede.

However, if you have any of these problems, there is still hope! You can get a procedure called “bone grafting” to restore the receded or damaged jawbone. Bone grafting can increase the height or width of the jawbone and fill in voids and defects in the bone.

Bone grafting:

  • Stabilizes and helps restore the foundation of the jaw
  • Corrects deformities
  • Restructures the bone to provide added support
  • Can limit or prevent bone recession

Your dreams of natural looking teeth through dental implants can still be a reality!  Call us to book a consultation to discuss dental implants and bone grafting today and be one step closer to smiling with confidence.

 

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