Welcome to the offices of Dr. Xusheng Mu, DDS, where we perform oral surgery and wisdom tooth removal in a clean and comfortable setting. Our San Diego oral surgeon is experienced in these and other conditions that can result from toothaches and other infections of the mouth. Toothaches usually signal the presence of a more serious condition within the tooth that should be treated immediately.
Most toothaches happen around the teeth, gums or jaws and are a result of a cavity or fractured tooth. Sometimes the tooth root has been exposed, which can be extremely painful. Gum disease can also infect the surrounding gums, causing pain, swelling and soreness. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can be aggravated by chewing or foods that are hot or cold, causing sensitivity. Wisdom teeth, the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of the mouth, sometimes cause problems such as crowding and improper bite. Should the problem persist, the wisdom teeth may become impacted, which is extremely painful. Our San Diego oral surgeon can check for the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, which include pain, inflammation and sometimes infection. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed to avoid future problems, because the teeth themselves do not get in the way of biting, speaking or eating. Other symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include swelling of the face, swelling of the gums, and moderate to severe pain in the general vicinity.
Most extractions are done due to impacted wisdom teeth, or when restoration procedures cannot save a tooth. However, extractions today are generally easy and quick. General sedatives and anesthetics help the process to be painless, with little to no discomfort. Minor bleeding is to be expected after a tooth extraction. Before oral surgery, the gum surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical and then an injected anesthetic. After the extraction, our San Diego oral surgeon recommends avoiding smoking, drinking through a straw, and any hard brushing or flossing in the area. This can hinder the healing process and cause the wound to possibly open back up, leaving the area at risk for infection. A cold compress helps to reduce swelling and to promote the healing process.