An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. Patients frequently develop problems with impacted third molar (wisdom) teeth. These teeth get “stuck” in the back of the jaw and can develop painful infections, among a host of other problems (see Wisdom Teeth under Procedures). Since there is rarely a functional need for wisdom teeth, they are usually extracted if they develop problems. The maxillary cuspid (upper eyetooth) is the second most common tooth to become impacted.
Dental implants have been available for several decades. However, for most patients, they are still a relatively new concept. When considering the cost of dental implants and comparing quotes, there are several important points that should be kept in mind. When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth replacement methods such as dentures and bridges, it is important to take into consideration the longevity offered by dental implants that is not always afforded by other, more traditional methods. While dentures and bridges are initially less expensive, their affordability can be short-lived.
Dr. Peter Lyu was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 1999, he graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. After graduation, he started his 6-year residency training at the University of Kentucky, School of Dentistry and at the Chandler Medical Center. Upon completion of his residency training in 2005, he relocated to the Bay Area. He has been in practice at 450 Sutter for the last 10 years developing relationships among the local dentists in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue. Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues profusely, please call for further instructions. Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery.
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