Root canals involve cleaning out the infected pulp area inside your tooth root. During the procedure the bacteria is removed, and the area is sealed to prevent future bacteria from entering. Root canals can save your teeth, and in some cases a crown is placed on top to restore the tooth.
Any dental procedure involves recovery, and patients may experience some pain. At Lompoc OMS, we offer many endodontic treatments, and our doctors have years of experience with root canal therapy. We strive to provide quality dental care, in a friendly and relaxing environment. When patients visit our office, we want them to feel like family and know they are in good hands.

How Can I Sooth Severe Pain During the Recovery Period?

Once the local anesthetic wears off after your root canal procedure, you may have mild pain or sensitivity. The pain should only last a few days. If you experience severe pain, or think you may have a complication, we encourage you to come back to be seen right away.

Over the counter medications are usually recommended to help with pain during healing. Our staff will discuss at-home care, and we recommend a soft food diet after your root canal. Once you have recovered you can resume eating normally.

Tips to Soothe Pain During Recovery

In addition to over-the-counter pain medication there are some things patients can do at home to help sooth their pain during recovery.

  • Use an ice pack for immediate pain relief on your jaw near the tooth. This can also help with inflammation.
  • Patients can gargle with salt water a few times a day to help soothe pain.
  • Cucumbers placed on the area in your mouth can help the pain and feel refreshing.
  • Olive oil on a cotton ball placed on the area in your mouth can help reduce pain.
  • You can mix salt and pepper with a little water to form a paste. Applying this to the area can help sooth pain. Salt and pepper have anti-inflammatory properties.

If pain persists and does not improve after a few days we recommend contacting our office. We will have you come in as soon as possible to examine the area, and check for complications such as infection. Most patients recover normally and complications are rare.

Interested in Finding Out More About Root Canal Therapy?

If you are interested in finding out how you can benefit from root canal therapy, contact Lompoc OMS, and our staff will be happy to schedule your appointment.

Choosing the right dental insurance plan is important because dental work can be expensive. Even a simple filling can be costly. Knowing what to look for when choosing a dental insurance plan, and understanding what is covered can help you figure out what plan is best for you. Most dental plans will cover 100% or preventative care if you use in-network dentists. This includes exams, x-rays, and cleanings. Basic procedures are typically covered at 80%, and major procedures are usually covered at 50%.

What Should I Check for When Choosing My Dental Insurance?

Group Coverage

Check to see if your insurance company provides group coverage through your employer or programs such as Medicaid. These types of plans can be less expensive and have better benefits.

Check Individual Policies

Individual policies are always more expensive compared to a group policy. Most come with limited benefits, and patients should plan ahead if they need a large procedure. Many insurance companies require a waiting period before you can use the insurance coverage. If you wish to avoid the waiting period there are other plans that do not require you to wait before coverage is available.

Check for Dentists in Your Network

If you know a dentist in your area that you like, ask what insurance plans they accept. Certain policies allow you to go to the dentist of your choice. Other plans such as PPO or HMO require you to use a dentist in their network.

Understand Your Coverage

Dental insurance can be confusing, and it is important to really understand what is covered, and what your expenses will be. Research what procedures are covered and what is not so you are prepared. Some plans have benefits that are limited, and they also have waiting periods before coverage can begin. Knowing how your insurance coverage works can help avoid headaches, and help you choose the best plan available.

Most insurance coverage is great for preventative care such as exams, cleanings and x-rays. Visiting the dentist is important, and choosing the coverage that is best for you can help you pay for those expensive procedures you may need in the future. Talk to your insurance provider to really help you understand the different plans, so you can choose the plan that best works for you.

Do You Have Questions for Our Team?

At Lompoc OMS, we accept many insurance plans and offer alternative in house payment options for those patients that may not have dental coverage. Our goal is to ensure all of our patients can receive the treatment they need. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding insurance or financial options.

We care about our patients, and want you to have the best experience when you visit our office. Taking care of your oral health is important, and knowing what coverage you have can help reduce stress, and make your appointments go smoothly.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

If you are ready to schedule an appointment with us, please contact Lompoc OMS, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Dental Cleaning

Taking care of our teeth is important and can help avoid problems or unnecessary visits to the dentist’s office later in life. We recommend patients visit our office for their cleaning and exam at least twice a year. These appointments are crucial and can help maintain your oral health and detect issues before they become serious. Bacteria and plaque build-up over time and your toothbrush at home can only remove so much. Dental cleanings are easy and the typical dental cleaning and exam only take approximately 30-45 minutes. This depends on the condition of your teeth and if any problems are identified.

 

At Lompoc OMS prevention is extremely important. We help our patients review their oral hygiene routine at home and recommend changes to help keep their teeth and gums healthy. Many patients avoid visiting the dentist due to anxiety or fear. At Lompoc OMS we create a calm and relaxing experience and can help you get the dental care you need. Our doctors have years of experience and love to help patients achieve the perfect smile.

What Can I Expect During My Appointment?

When you visit our office, we create a calm and welcoming environment. Our treatment rooms are updated with the latest technology and equipment. During the visit, we thoroughly clean each patient’s teeth using special dental tools to remove any plaque or tarter. Our team will examine the condition of both your teeth and gums to ensure everything looks healthy. We take x-rays and create a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our team will perform an oral cancer screening by checking your mouth, throat, neck, and tongue for any areas of concern. Our doctor will meet with each patient to discuss any areas of concern and follow-up visits.

Why Are Dental Cleanings and Exams Important?

Getting comfortable visiting the dentist and attending your regular cleaning and exam appointments can help set the stage for the future. Dental exams allow our doctors to get in front of any issues early on, and this can help prevent serious issues from developing in the future. During your exam, we can detect broken fillings, cavities, or other oral concerns. Our team can remove plaque and tartar that brushing at home cannot reach. We recommend patients brush and floss daily at home to help keep their teeth and gums looking and feeling great. If you ever notice any pain or discomfort, we encourage you to contact our office right away, and we will ensure you are seen as soon as possible.

Are You Due for Your Regular Dental Cleaning and Exam?

If you are ready to schedule your dental cleaning and exam, we encourage you to contact us. Let our team help you care for your teeth and keep your smile looking its best. We provide exceptional service and quality dental care you can trust.

To schedule your appointment and join our dental family, contact Lompoc OMS, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Underbite

An underbite is a condition where the lower teeth extend out farther than the upper teeth. Some feel like this resembles a bulldog and many are self-conscious about their smile. Unfortunately, there are no devices that can cover an underbite. Underbite cases can be mild or severe, and the good news is this condition is treatable. Severe cases may cause oral health problems such as problems eating, speaking, or moving the jaw. If you have an underbite it is always important to contact a professional for help.

What Causes an Underbite?

Many things may cause an underbite where your teeth do not align properly.  During childhood, many kids use their tongues to push on their teeth, use a pacifier, or suck their thumb. All of these habits can cause the teeth to misalign. In most cases an underbite is genetic, and another person in the family also has an underbite. Other reasons could include an injury, tumor, or a defect such as a cleft lip or palate.

What Treatments Are Available for an Underbite?

Treating an underbite can help make your teeth easier to clean, and can prevent tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting your bite can take the strain off of the jaw and facial muscles, and allow the patient to eat and speak normally without pain.

A common treatment for an underbite is orthodontics. Braces or other dental appliances can gently move teeth into place and correct an underbite. Depending on the severity of the underbite, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary. If the underbite is extremely severe, oral surgery may be necessary to correct the condition.

Interested in Finding Out More About Treatments for an Underbite?

If your child or a family member has an underbite, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Our team can discuss treatment options, and treating an underbite as soon as possible can help the jaw and mouth function normally. Our team at Lompoc OMS has years of experience in treating underbite conditions and we love to help patients correct their smiles. We provide quality dental care you can trust in a calm and welcoming environment. Let our team restore your confidence, and help you get that smile of your dreams!

 

Contact Lompoc OMS to schedule a consultation, and to find out more about underbite treatment options.

If you recently had oral surgery and are recovering, or just found out you need oral surgery, you may wonder how the healing process will go. Many ask how long the stitches will last after the procedure. Whether you had a tooth extracted, or have had another type of oral surgery, taking care of yourself after recovery and following the post-procedure instructions is important.

What Can I Expect After My Oral Surgery?

After any oral surgery, you will notice swelling or inflammation around the mouth or area involved in the procedure. This is normal and will last 3-4 days after the surgery. After this time the swelling should subside. Stitches are a big concern to patients, and many do not realize the stitches are typically dissolvable. Most sutures will dissolve or fall out on their own after 2-7 days.

 

Depending on the procedure and the number of stitches required will determine how long they will take to dissolve. Different types of sutures may take up to two weeks or more to dissolve. Before you begin your surgery, our team will discuss what your procedure requires, and what you can expect during recovery. Our team will review what type of suture is required for your procedure, and let you know how long you can expect the stitches to last.

What Other Things Should I Watch Out for During Recovery?

After any oral surgery, you may also notice some bleeding around the area. This should subside after 48-72 hours. We recommend using gauze with pressure to help stop the bleeding, and repeat as the bleeding continues. If the bleeding does not subside after 72 hours, or you have prolonged pain we encourage you to contact our office right away. If pain medications are prescribed, patients should make sure to take their medication as directed to help with the recovery. Nausea is common after anesthesia, and if you start to feel nauseous, please try eating. If eating does not help along with the medication you are taking, please call our office.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Surgery?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral surgery and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Lompoc OMS. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery and welcome new patients to our practice. We create a comfortable and relaxed environment for our patients and always provide the very best care. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and our doctors offer the latest techniques and surgical procedures to our patients. When you visit Lompoc OMS, you know you are in good hands.

To schedule an appointment with us, contact Lompoc OMS, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Medicare Cover Oral Surger

Medicare is a common dental coverage option for many patients and may cover oral surgery if the surgery is medically necessary. Surgeries that are medically necessary help to treat a condition, disease, or injury. If your surgery is for cosmetic reasons Medicare typically does not cover this type of procedure. Examples include crowns, dentures, or bridges. Patients usually must pay full cost for these types of treatments, unless they have another dental insurance such as Medicare Advantage.

What About Wisdom Teeth Surgery or a Tooth Removal?

If you require a tooth to be extracted, or you need wisdom tooth surgery, Medicare will cover both of these items if the surgery is medically necessary. Otherwise, an alternative insurance plan must be used that includes dental coverage for tooth extractions.

What Dental Procedures Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare only covers procedures that are medically necessary, but the Medicare Advantage plan includes dental benefits and covers other dental services.

Dental Services Covered by Medicare Advantage

  • Cleanings and exams
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • X-rays
  • Diagnostics
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Dentures

How Much Does Oral Surgery Cost With Medicare?

Medicare Part A requires a $1,408 deductible for each benefit period. Once the deductible is met, there is no coinsurance required for the first 60 days of a hospital stay. If you require oral surgery this type of procedure is typically outpatient. In order to receive coverage, you must enroll in Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B has an annual deductible of $198 per year before oral surgery costs will be covered. Typically, patients are responsible for 20 percent of the approved surgery. Medicare Advantage plans may cover routine procedures and oral surgery.

If you have questions about Medicare coverage and what plans you should enroll in, we encourage you to speak to a licensed Medicare agent to discuss your coverage. Our team at Lompoc OMS can also provide information, and help answer any questions you may have.

Ready To Find Out More About Coverage for Oral Surgery With Medicare?

If you have questions about your insurance coverage, we encourage you to contact Lompoc OMS. Our team is always available to answer any questions you have and can help point you in the right direction. We accept many insurance plans and always work with our patients to ensure they can receive the dental care they need.

To schedule an appointment, or to speak to one of our team members, contact Lompoc OMS and we will be happy to assist you.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Removing impacted wisdom teeth is a little more involved compared to a simple tooth extraction for an erupted tooth. Taking care of yourself after surgery is very important. Our team at Lompoc OMS will discuss how to care for your mouth at home after your wisdom tooth removal, and give you post-operative care tips to keep you feeling great.

What To Expect After My Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Bleeding and Swelling

Many wonder why they feel nauseous after their wisdom tooth removal surgery, and do not know what to expect. After your surgery you may experience some bleeding or oozing and this is very common. We recommend you rinse gently or wipe the blood away. You can use gauze pads provided to help stop the bleeding. You may also experience some swelling around the cheeks or area where the teeth were removed. Ice can be used to help minimize swelling, and should subside after a few days.

Pain and Diet

After your wisdom tooth removal procedure, you may experience some pain. Patients may be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics after their surgery, or we may recommend over the counter pain medication. The pain should subside after a few days, but if you have any persistent pain that does not go away, we recommend calling our office right away.

Following a soft food diet is recommended after wisdom tooth removal while your mouth is healing. Patients should avoid straws and any sucking motions during recovery. Patients should eat balanced meals and stay hydrated.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common after wisdom tooth removal. In some cases, patients feel nauseous after anesthesia. To help your nausea you can sip coke or ginger ale to help the feeling subside. Typically, nausea should go away after 4-6 hours. If your nausea does not go away, we recommend calling our office. In some cases, patients can feel nauseous 2-4 days after their surgery. This is due to pain medication, or can be caused by dehydration.

What Are Other Complications?

Most patients recover easily, but if you experience any fever or feel dizzy, we encourage you to contact our office right away. Patients may feel stiff after their procedure or have a sore throat. This should also subside, but if these symptoms do not go away, we recommend contacting our office.

Taking Care of your teeth after surgery is important. Patients should still brush and floss gently after having their wisdom teeth removed. If you experience any prolonged pain, this should be addressed right away, and we recommend calling our office.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about wisdom tooth removal and the recovery process, contact Lompoc OMS. Our highly trained staff is happy to answer any questions or concerns you have, and we welcome you to schedule an appointment. If you think you may need wisdom tooth removal the first step is scheduling a consultation with us. Our doctors will complete a thorough exam, and create a customized treatment plan. Your oral health is our priority, and we always provide the very best care for all of our patients.

To schedule your appointment, contact Lompoc OMS, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

All-on-4 Teeth Implants

If you are looking at dental implants and want the process to be quick, then All-On-4 dental implants may be right for you. All-on-4 implants are also known as Teeth in a Day, and can be placed in a single appointment. All-on-4 implants are a fixed denture that is implant supported typically by 4 dental implants.

How Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Work?

All-on-4 dental implants can provide patients with dental implants in just one visit to our office. The implants are strategically placed in the top and bottom of the mouth. The benefit of this type of implant is that an implant is not needed for every tooth, making the process easier compared to traditional implants. All-on-4 dental implants are reliable and can last for years. During the healing process the implants fuse to the bone and this creates a stable base.

How Does the Healing Process Work?

Many patients wonder how the healing process works with All-on-4 implants compared to other options. The good news is the healing time is quicker with All-on-4 compared to traditional implants. Patients should still plan for a few months of healing as the implants fuse to the jawbone. Patients can experience the benefits of implants, and restore their smile in one day.

Once the implants are placed, we do recommend a liquid diet as the area heals. Patients can slowly incorporate soft foods into their diet, and be careful while chewing. Gradually patients can add normal foods back into their diet as your mouth heals. Patients are required to return for follow up visits to our office. This ensures the implants are healing properly, and allows our doctors to spot any potential issues. We also want to make sure the implants feel comfortable in the mouth, and listen to feedback our patients have about their new smile.

Interested in Finding Out More About All-On-4 Dental Implants?

If you are ready to take that next step towards a beautiful smile, contact Lompoc OMS. Our doctors have years of experience in implant dentistry, and love to give patients a smile they can show off. Dental implants restore confidence, and allow you to speak and eat normally. Implants are life changing, and can help you feel better about yourself and your smile. Let our team help you move towards that smile you have always wanted!

To schedule your implant consultation, or to find out more about the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants, contact Centers for Dental Implants, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Oral pathology is the identification process of certain diseases or disorders of the mouth or jaw. Thorough examination and accuracy in diagnosis are extremely important to ensure the patient is treated properly. Our surgeons have years of experience in oral pathology and treating disorders. Our detailed examination process allows our team to determine the cause of an issue, and provide the proper diagnosis and treatment.

What Procedures Is PRF Commonly Used?

  • Bone grafting to prepare for dental implants
  • Sinus Lift
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Removal of teeth or cysts
  • Sinus cavity repair
  • Mouth Repair

What Are the Advantages of PRF?

  • Promotes faster healing and increases tissue regeneration.
  • PRF is a by-product of our own blood and is safe to use.
  • PRF is convenient, and can be generated during a surgical procedure quickly and efficiently.
  • PRF is cost effective and can be done right at the doctor’s office.
  • PRF is easy to use and can be applied quickly.

How Does the PRF Process Work?

When you visit our office for a surgical procedure, we begin by taking a small amount of your own blood using an IV. The blood is placed into a centrifuge machine and spun down. In about 15 minutes PRF is formed, and is ready to be used during your surgery.

Interested in Finding Out More About Platelet Rich Fibrin?

If you are interested in finding out more about PRF, contact Lompoc OMS. Our doctors have years of experience in oral surgery and using PRF. We always provide quality dental care, and make your oral health a priority. At Lompoc OMS, we use state of the art technology and equipment, and bring our patients the latest techniques in the dental industry. We provide a calm and relaxing environment, and welcome you to join our dental family.

To schedule an oral consultation with us, contact Lompoc OMS, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Oral pathology is the identification process of certain diseases or disorders of the mouth or jaw. Thorough examination and accuracy in diagnosis are extremely important to ensure the patient is treated properly. Our surgeons have years of experience in oral pathology and treating disorders. Our detailed examination process allows our team to determine the cause of an issue, and provide the proper diagnosis and treatment.

What Are Examples of Common Oral Problems?

  • Misaligned jaw
  • Cleft lip or cleft palate
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral ulcers
  • Infections
  • Prolonged pain
  • Cavities
  • Tooth Loss

Why Is Oral Pathology Important?

Finding out the true cause of your problem is very important. This allows our team to treat you properly. If we know what is causing the problem, we can treat the issue quickly. Our team will look at not only the physical symptoms you are experiencing, but your background and any existing medical conditions you may have. Oral health and your overall health are directly connected, and oral pathology evaluates the entire picture to provide the proper diagnosis.

How Can I Protect My Oral Health?

Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy can avoid problems and multiple trips to the dental office. Following good oral hygiene habits at home is essential to keeping your teeth and mouth feeling great. Make sure to brush and floss each day, and attend your regular dental visits twice a year. Stick to a healthy diet, and avoid foods or drinks that contain high levels of sugar. Stay hydrated and make sure to get proper sleep. Your overall health directly affects your oral health, and you can protect your oral health with good hygiene and lifestyle habits.

Interested in Finding Out More About Oral Pathology?

If you are interested in finding out more about oral pathology, or have a concern you would like to discuss, please contact Lompoc OMS. Your oral health is our priority, and we address issues promptly to help you get on the road to recovery. Come experience quality dentistry at Lompoc OMS, and join our dental family.

 

To schedule your appointment, contact Lompoc OMS, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.