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Wisdom Teeth Recovery Tips


Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group. Here in San Rafael, California.

Today, I want to talk about what to expect after a wisdom tooth extraction or any extraction for that matter. Say you have a wisdom tooth, like this one right here. It’s tilted, it’s impacted, or it has cavities on it, or you’re getting it extracted for another reason. The most important thing to remember is to leave that area alone, or all four areas if you’re getting all four wisdom teeth taken out. You want to not touch the clot. There’s a clot being formed in the socket. That clogs delicate.

Things that can dislodge the clot are rinsing, swishing your mouth, that could dislodge the clot. Suction, things like straws or cigarettes – especially cigarettes will delay healing. Or, even small particle foods like popcorn or rice those can get caught in the clot and can make the healing slower. Staying away from those things will help if you’re a lot faster. So, that’s the number one thing to look out for.

Some things to expect are soreness. The dentist will most likely prescribe you a painkiller such as a hydrocodone, Vicodin, thing of that nature. If you don’t want that, taking a Tylenol together (if you can take it and are not allergic). Taking ibuprofen and acetaminophen together is a very powerful pain reliever and won’t give you that head change your dizziness things sometimes get with Vicodin.

The next thing to expect is, there is possibly some swelling and bruising in the area. Most likely you’ll see that the morning after. So, you’ll go to sleep at night and fluids are allowed to rush towards your head because you’re laying down and that will give you swelling in the morning. What you can do is either use a couple extra pillows so your heads above your heart. Or, in the morning, just sit up put some ice on it. The swelling will go down very quickly, not to worry about that. At our office, we also give you some ice to put on your face, so you can feel better right away.

The next thing to think about is bleeding. Bleeding can occur after the procedure, usually will be biting down on some gauze. But, the dentist will give you some extra gauze to bite down on. What you can do is, bite on that putting pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding keeps kind of just oozing out slowly. It’s really easy to just put some green tea bags, a little tea bags, just grab that from your, from your cupboard, and bite down on that. And, that will help the bleeding stop as well.

One last thing that may happen, it usually doesn’t, is sometimes you’ll feel a little sharp edges. Like bony edges in your mouth, that’s actually pretty normal. Usually those will work themselves away. Your body will round those off or they’ll exfoliate if it’s a piece of some sort of piece of fragment or something. If the edge doesn’t go away and it starts to hurt or poking something like your tongue. Definitely go see your dentist right away. He or she can help you with that.

Another less likely thing to happen is jaw pain. A lot of times, taking out implants requires putting pressure on your jaw and your jaw might be sore afterward. Again, this is something you can ice. Ice is very helpful for and it should go away very shortly. If it doesn’t, again talk to your doctor about that.

Other than that, wisdom teeth extraction can go very normally. I know when I got my wisdom teeth taken out, I had almost no pain the next day. I was very sleepy.

Hopefully that’s some good information for those of you about to get your wisdom teeth taken out. If you live in the area along get more information please come to our office, Kantor Dental Group is San Rafael, California. And please subscribe, thank you.

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What are wisdom teeth and do I need them?

Odds are that you know a lot of people who have had their wisdom teeth removed. You may be wondering whether or not you’ll need to get your wisdom teeth out– and if it’s safe. So what are wisdom teeth? Do you need yours?


The reality is that wisdom teeth are a relic of when we ate more chewy foods. When our diets included sticks and other tough plants, our molars wore out faster. Wisdom teeth provided a replacement.


Nowadays, you don’t need wisdom teeth. Softer diets and better oral hygiene mean that our molars aren’t likely to wear out, so these replacements are redundant. In fact, wisdom teeth don’t really fit in our mouths. The average person’s mouth can only hold 28 teeth without overcrowding. Wisdom teeth make that number 32, which is why wisdom teeth often can cause bite problems, pain, and misalignment.


Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?


If you don’t need your wisdom teeth, does that mean they should be taken out? That really depends on your mouth. Some people can go their whole lives without any problems associated with their wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, many people do experience such issues, which is why you should visit your dentist regularly, especially in your teens and 20s (when wisdom teeth are growing in).


Your dentist will monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth for signs that they may be painful or problematic later in life. If they see potential issues, your dentist will recommend a surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. Some common reasons you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed include:


  • Impacted teeth: If there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt through your gums, they can become impacted, which can hurt! Impacted teeth also can develop cysts, which do damage to other teeth and your jaw.
  • Irritated gums: When wisdom teeth grow in awkwardly, they can irritate your gums. This inflames the gums and makes them more susceptible to infection. This inflammation can ultimately make your wisdom teeth more prone to cavities, too.
  • Sinus pressure: If your wisdom teeth push against the jaw uncomfortably, this can cause sinus pressure and pain as you age.
  • Misaligned bite: Wisdom teeth usually don’t fit in your mouth well. This can mean that wisdom teeth won’t always erupt straight. This can push teeth out of the way, ultimately misaligning your entire bite. A misaligned bite isn’t just a cosmetic problem, either. It can cause uneven wear on teeth and pain.
  • Cavities:Wisdom teeth are so far back in the mouth that they are very hard to fill.  So a moderate size cavity may be enough to condemn the tooth.


If you are worried about your wisdom teeth, the best thing you can do is talk to a dentist. At Kantor Dental, we have helped thousands of patients make informed decisions about their wisdom teeth. Let us help you do the same.

Which Teeth Whitening Method Should I Use?

You brush and you floss, and you brush and you floss, and still, your smile just isn’t as bright as you’d like it to be. The good news is, you’re not alone. Millions of people experience discoloration of their teeth for a variety of reasons. Even with regular visits to the dentist for your cleanings your teeth just may not be the pearly whites you’d like them to be. Luckily, there are many more options to whiten them than there ever have been.


You could go the DIY route (Do It Yourself) and try some over the counter remedies. After all they are the most affordable. They might also not be as effective as you are hoping they will be and can contain abrasives that may damage teeth over time. There are toothpastes, gels, rinses, pre-made whitening trays, and the ever famous strips. The toothpastes are typically the least effective and do not have the bleaching agents to really make teeth bright white. The gels and rinses can help but may also not be that effective. The pre-made trays can be uncomfortable and may cause some gum irritation. Of all the over-the-counter remedies, the white strips are typically the winners with experts and customers.


To be clear, your best bet for whitening your teeth starts with consulting a professional. Make sure you check in with your dentist to understand the full scope of what you’re trying to accomplish. The main reason for checking in with your dentist is that there can be a lot of confusion and possible misinformation about the whitening process. Most importantly though, professional, dentist-supervised treatment is safer and more dependable than doing it yourself. Talk with your dentist.


Another reason for talking with your dentist is that you could get a result you don’t want or no results at all. For instance, people with restorations such as crowns or veneers on front-facing teeth. Also, if you have intrinsic stains (stains below the enamel), extreme tooth sensitivity, or worn enamel, you might not be a good candidate. People with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) should also make sure to consult a dentist first.


For those that are good candidates, most dentists offer options for whitening in the office or in the comfort of your home. Side effects of whitening are rare and generally mild, while the treatment is easy and convenient.


In-Home whitening procedures are pretty straight forward and offer much more dramatic effects than the over-the-counter options. You would get a set of custom-made trays and the gel to put in them. The gel prescribed for home care is generally more mild than the in-office treatment and poses little risk of irritation. You’ll wear your trays for a while every day as prescribed by your doctor to get the results you’re looking for. Very simple, and still pretty cost effective.


Finally, there is the in-office treatment. This treatment typically makes the most dramatic impact. Sometimes using special lights optimized to work in concert with the gel, giving you a dazzling smile. On occasion, to get the very best result you might be encouraged to do a combination of in-house and home whitening.


The array of options available to whiten your teeth now is dazzling. As we mentioned before, if you really want the very best bright smile you can get, talk to a professional first. Book an appointment with Dr. Kantor and ask what your best options are to get your brightest smile as soon as possible.

How long does it take for anesthesia to wear off

It would be nice if there were a simple, clear answer to this question, however, the number of variables involved make it very difficult to be precise. To answer this question there are a number of factors that we need to consider. Is the question really about anesthesia, or is it about sedation? What kind of anesthesia are we talking about? Who is it being used on? And the list goes on and on, so let’s explore some of these questions in our search for an answer.

Many times when people are asking about how long it will take for anesthesia to wear off, they are really asking how long they are going to be groggy or “out of it.” In this case, what we’re really talking about is general anesthesia. Depending on the type of treatment being performed, you might be surprised to find out that dental work is not commonly done under a general anesthesia, but may be performed under something called sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a whole other topic that we addressed in another article RIGHT HERE

When it comes to anesthesia, this is a question of how long will something be numb. Anesthesia is about temporarily reducing the loss of sensation and as it turns out, there are a variety of ways to do this. Understanding that general anesthesia is more about allowing people to sleep, we’ll discuss the other two types; topical or local. When it comes to topical anesthesia, it is very common for dentists to use something like benzocaine or lidocaine in a gel or spray to make the area numb where they plan to administer an injection. This topical anesthesia typically wears off in as little as half an hour.

Local anesthesia is more complex than topical anesthesia. Local anesthesia is administered through an injection, typically very close to the area where the dentist will be working. The types of local anesthesia range from a nerve block, to infiltration, to other more technical procedures that are really unnecessary to go into for the purposes of our main question. How long does it take for anesthesia to wear off.

The challenge in guessing the duration anesthesia will last is that it not only depends on the type of anesthesia being administered, but who it is being administered to. Your own genetic makeup, body type, reaction to medications, time of day, metabolism and nutrients in your system are all contributing factors in how long the medicine will last. Given all of those variables and understanding that results will vary from person to person, however general rule of thumb is about 3 hours from administration. As always, please make sure to check with your dentist to get their professional opinion of what you can expect in regards to your procedure.

Two Types Of Dental Veneers – Which Is Right For You?

Dr. Kantor talks about the pro’s and con’s of the two types of veneers (composite or porclein) you can get in today’s video blog.


Hello, I’m Dr. Greg Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group. Aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Today, I want to talk about (dental) veneers.

Veneers can be either composite, meaning built up in the office, or made of porcelain, meaning the dentist takes an impression and they send it out to the lab.

They’re both very good and can give you a much-increased look in your smile. One however, veneers, I think will last longer. And, they also, initially, I think look better. The reason for this is the veneers are done in the lab. And, when they’re done in the lab they can be done outside your mouth. The dentist or lab technician can look at it. We’re not worried about time and create the perfect shape, color and lip line that will just be perfect for your smile.

Ones done in the office, time is of the essence. The composite ones in the office don’t keep their sheen as well. They have a more prone to staining and they may not be perfect in shape But, of course they will still look good. The price difference though, the composite ones are cheaper.

So, if you have any questions about this or would like to know more about veneers and the types that you go with, definitely give us a call here at Kantor Dental Group. Aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Please subscribe.

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How to make your teeth white in time for the holidays.

Here comes the holidays! Before you know it you’ll be up your teeth in pumpkin spice, presents, relatives, enormous buffets, and family photos! While the relatives might scare you more than the buffets do, you know you’ll want to look back on this holiday season and be happy with your shiny smile. Of course you will want to continue your comprehensive oral hygiene strategy of regular brushing and flossing, but maybe you owe it to yourself for a little upgrade with that smile and it’s not too late for the photos.

One of the greatest concerns associated with teeth whitening is whether or not it’s going to be painful. Because some products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s best to discuss your whitening with your dentist. For the most part, there’s no real pain associated with teeth whitening processes in our practice, though there can be some temporary heightened sensitivity afterwards, depending on the method used. The other primary concern is whether it’s safe or not. All of the methods described here are considered safe as long as they’re done under the supervision of a qualified dentist.

With all the running around you have to do for the holidays, you may want to take advantage of a product like Opalescence Go. With the pre-formed trays for both upper and lower teeth, you can use this product while running around in your car or just bouncing around the house putting together the next feast.

Another great option for whitening uses custom trays that are made for your teeth and are filled with a syringe. They’re pretty easy to use at home, maybe in the evening while you’re watching tv after a long day of shopping. The whitening trays will take about 7-10 days before you’re done and the results are really noticeable.

Finally, if you’re really pressed for time, you could take advantage of laser whitening. Using a 40% solution of carbamide peroxide with your laser treatment could result in as much as two shades of whitening in just one office visit. Again, you’ll want to make sure this is done by a certified professional for safety and the best results.

So there you have it. If you want to treat yourself to a dazzling smile for all of your seasonal family photos, you’ve still got time. Ask your dentist what the best option is for you and let your smile help you spread some holiday happiness!

What Causes Adult Tooth Loss?

Well, we’re all going to have to get dentures eventually, right? Surprise, you don’t have to! For the past few decades, dental science has actively and successfully promoted the idea of teeth for life. As with many health considerations, the greatest challenge is all about education. If you know what causes adults to lose their teeth, then you have the opportunity to keep it from happening!

These five points about adult tooth loss will help you keep your teeth well into your twilight years.

1. Regular Check Ups
Let’s get right to it. Putting off dental treatment can and does lead to tooth loss. Even with a proper oral hygiene regimen, regular check ups with your dentist are a vital strategy for keeping your teeth. The reality is that you just can’t properly clean every part of your teeth that will keep them healthy and strong. Your dentist or hygienist can clean those impossible locations and keep your teeth and the connecting tissue in top shape.

2. Good Oral Hygiene
The primary reasons for tooth loss are tooth decay and gum disease. The tissues around the tooth begin to recede and eventually can no longer hold the tooth in place. Brushing twice per day, and flossing once per day, is the prescribed recipe for successfully keeping your teeth. Make it a habit and stick with it!

3. Dietary Habits
Can you just hear your mother now? “You keep eating that and you’re gonna rot your teeth out.” Turns out Mom is right again. Too much candy, gum, or other sugar-loaded treats contribute to tooth decay in a big way. That sugar wraps itself around the tooth and wears away at the enamel. Do yourself a favor and eat some fruit. You know it will benefit you more than just keeping your teeth.

4. Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Studies have shown consistently that smoking cigarettes and using chewing tobacco products both contribute to gum disease which, in turn, leads to tooth loss. This shouldn’t be a secret by now. Clearly it’s not an easy thing to stop, but it really is in your best interest. Putting down the pack is a great way to increase your chances of chewing in your senior years.

5. Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth might sound like an innocent little problem, but it really can be quite damaging. Your teeth are literally grinding away at each other. You can eventually break down your enamel and open the tooth up to decay. If you’ve been told that you grind your teeth while you sleep, make an appointment with your dentist. They may be able to fit you with a simple device to keep this from happening. Better sleep, less headaches, and keep your teeth. Sounds like a good plan all around.

Keeping your teeth is not an instant-cure proposition, it’s a long term commitment. It’s a lifestyle. Have a great maintenance program, drop a couple of bad habits, be proactive, and you’ll get to keep smiling that bright toothy smile!

How Do Cosmetic Dentist Match Teeth Color And Shape

Dr. Ezra Kantor: Today, we are going to talk about matching the teeth we make to natural teeth. Before we do this, I’d like to… We thought we’d do a little dental humor. We’ll do some dental jokes. And what we’re going to do today is, we’re going to do a limerick, because Dr. Grey is an expert at limericks. So what we’re going to do is, I’m going to start the limerick and then he’s going to go ahead. Okay. Ready? Here it goes. There once was a dentist from Nantucket.

Dr. Grey Kantor: He had a tooth, who could tuck it.

EK: But the tooth was the wrong shade.

GK: It looked a little bit grey.

EK: So he had to tell the patient to go…

GK: I’m not going to answer that.

EK: Okay. I’m going to talk about… There was a lot of truth in that joke because it’s the patient who determines the shade of the tooth. We hold up a sample, and we look at it, and the patient has to pick the shade. A lot of patients say to us, “Well, why don’t you pick it? You’re an expert at this.” Well, we’re not, really. It’s the patient who’s the expert. Again, paid extra. We need the patient to accept it and frequently we like the patient to sign something. It’s about art and as we all know art is subjective. And sometimes a patient is seen in artificial light and sometimes the patient is seen in natural light. And the color of the tooth will change, so we have to determine that.

EK: All of you have watched various shows, television. And these people in show business, they’re under, frequently they’re under intense lighting. In the past, people like Johnny Carson, who was on a show every night that everybody watched and he was under intense lighting and he had all of his teeth and he looked very good on tv, but if you saw him on the street, his teeth would look extremely white and unnatural, but he didn’t care because he was a creature of show business. The shape of the tooth, the form, the way it’s compatible to your lip structure, the way your lip is supported, these are things that we do and will show to you. We don’t expect you to know a lot of these things. We just have to make that. And that compatibility is very important.

GK: One of the hardest things to do is match one tooth in the front, right, just the left tooth, just the right tooth can be very difficult to match. So what we do there is we can sometimes have you go to the lab to match it directly. And that way, we can get a better match there. It’s really hard to just… You’re looking… Two teeth side by side can be a very difficult match, but we’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years, I think. And we can definitely do a good job for you. So if you have anymore questions about matching a crown to your natural tooth or a veneer to your natural tooth, definitely give us a call, we can talk about it here at Kantor Dental Group, we’re located in San Rafael, California, and please subscribe.

EK: There once was a woman from Peru.

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Invisalign vs. Veneers: Which is right for me?

Everyone wants a beautiful smile. There are many options that can make your smile straighter, more cohesive, and all-around charming, but as adults, few people want to risk a braces-filled or otherwise less than ideal smile for months while waiting for them to do their job. Luckily, there are now options that straighten the teeth and improve your smile quickly– all without visible orthodontia. Invisalign and veneers are the most popular–and effective– of these options. When assessing Invisalign vs. veneers, however, how do you know which one is really right for you?

You may think comparing Invisalign and veneers should be easy since, on the surface, the two are very different. After all, Invisalign operates as a type of “invisible braces,” straightening teeth using clear plastic aligners. These aligners serve the same function as braces, only are less visible during the straightening process. Veneers, on the other hand, actually coat the teeth by bonding to enamel. Veneers totally remake the smile in just a few sessions, not by moving teeth, but rather by covering your existing smile with a more attractive version. In reality, however, they accomplish similar goals, and many people consider both.

The Benefits of Invisalign vs. Veneers

So which is really better for you: Invisalign or veneers? The reality is that the answer will differ from person to person. Not everyone has the same goals for their smile or the same problems marring it. Let’s look at some of the benefits of Invisalign and veneers, so you can answer the question for yourself.

The benefits of Invisalign are similar to those of braces, but Invisalign allows you to avoid the embarrassment, pain, and mouth sores sometimes associated with months or years of unsightly orthodontia. Invisalign simply moves your teeth, making it ideal for anyone simply looking to improve the alignment and placement of teeth. Invisalign preserves your tooth enamel, as well. Although Invisalign primarily solves fewer issues than veneers (only changing the spacing and placement of teeth), the procedure is less invasive and requires less maintenance than veneers, which need to be replaced at least once in a lifetime.

Veneers, on the other hand, bond to the teeth, which means they change more than their placement. Veneers eliminate other issues, such as discoloration, chips, and misshapen or damaged teeth. Your smile will look whiter and more attractive in just two visits to the dentist. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your teeth moving back to their original place if you don’t wear your retainer like you would with Invisalign. The downside, of course, is that veneers won’t last forever. You will likely have to do the procedure again. Plus, veneers tend to cost much more than Invisalign, especially if you do the procedure more than once.

Consider these benefits when deciding on the merits of Invisalign vs. veneers for yourself. Of course, the easiest way to better understand whether Invisalign or veneers will better meet your goals for your smile is to discuss your options with an experienced cosmetic dentist. At Kantor Dental Group, we regularly help patients achieve their goals with both. Call us today for your own consultation, and we’ll discuss all your options so you can make the most informed decision.

What Is The Right Toothpaste For You?

Hi, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California. I want to talk to you today about toothpaste and choosing the correct toothpaste for you. There’s a lot of toothpaste out there. One of the most important ingredients is the fluoride. Fluoride has been shown to be very protective for your teeth. It hardens your enamel and it can make your teeth last a lot longer. However, if you are averse to fluoride and would like to try something else, another one is Xylitol. It starts with an X-Y, Xylitol. Xylitol has been having a lot of studies done on it and showing a lot of support that it is protective for your teeth. What it does is, Xylitol is a sugar, it’s a sweetener-type sugar alcohol. And the sugar alcohol can trick the bacteria into thinking it’s real sugar. So you kinda stuff up the bacteria and make them slow them down a lot. And slowing bacteria down is really all you need for healthier teeth.

So those are the toothpastes I recommend. Overall, the actual brand of toothpaste I recommend, I do like Colgate, Colgate Total. That has triclosan in it which is helpful for destroying or killing bacteria in your mouth. And if you have sensitive teeth, a great way to reduce sensitivity is using a toothpaste with potassium nitrate or it says sensitivity on the front. The potassium nitrate takes two weeks to build up in concentration. So you have to be using that toothpaste two weeks, two times a day, to notice a difference. So it takes a little bit of time but that can really reduce your sensitivity. If you have anymore questions about toothpaste or would like to come talk to us about how to have a healthy smile. Definitely, come give us a call.

Kantor Dental Group Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. We’re located in San Rafael. Please subscribe.

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