The name “wisdom teeth” puts a positive spin on third molars. However, in reality, these teeth can quickly become problematic for dental patients. That is why our San Francisco wisdom teeth dentists recommend that patients undergo oral health assessments before wisdom teeth have a chance to do damage.

Wisdom teeth are the final molars to emerge in a patient’s mouth. They generally don’t come in until the patient is in his or her late teens or early twenties.

The reality is that few people have enough space along their jaw lines to allow wisdom teeth to fully emerge. So, instead, wisdom teeth get stuck in the bone, or they start to come in at odd and uncomfortable angles. Additionally, wisdom teeth can put pressure on your other teeth, causing your smile to become misaligned.

Our dental team has also seen, time and time again, how wisdom teeth can become prime spots for dental bacteria and plaque to accumulate. It is very difficult for patients to keep their wisdom teeth clean day to day, because the teeth are so hard to reach. As a result, patients with problematic wisdom teeth often develop hard-to-treat cavities as well as gum disease.

As your wisdom teeth first emerge, you may notice that you feel a sensation of tightness or sensitivity in the back of your jaw. Some patients also find that they develop persistent bad breath; this occurs because bacteria are colonizing around the patient’s wisdom teeth or within damaged gum tissue in the back of the smile.

Many patients will benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed before these types of problems pop up. The best way to get started is to call our San Francisco dentist to schedule a personal consultation. We’re here to give you all of the information you need to achieve an maintain a healthy smile for years to come.

There are a number of different things that can go wrong with a person’s tooth, but the final stop when it comes to many tooth pain issues is a root canal. Frankly, it’s a procedure that has such a bad reputation that it’s understandable why so many people would be afraid of it, but here at Dr. Robert Walley’s office we make sure the procedure is as quick and painless as possible. Nobody wants to get a root canal, but when the time does come, it’s nice to know that a professional exists to minimize the anxiety people usually associate with the procedure.

The question, then, is how do you know when it’s time to get a root canal? Obviously individual patients won’t make those decisions by themselves, but there are a few warning signs that suggest it could be time to schedule a visit with your dentist. If you experience the following symptoms, it could be a sign that you are in need of a root canal:

#1 Persistent, Shooting Pain

According to the American Association of Endodontists, the most common symptom that may indicate the need for a root canal is tooth pain. While cartoons might make it seem as though all toothaches are full-body experiences, the truth is that this pain could be anywhere from mild to severe, and it could lessen or grow more severe over the course of the day. It if is persistent, though, we recommend making an appointment with your dentist to find out what the problem really is.

#2 Food Temperature Sensitivity 

Another common symptom is sensitivity to hot and/or cold food and drinks. If you experience shooting pain every time you eat hot food or take a cool drink of water, there is a possibility that your nerves are exposed and you will need a root canal. If you no longer can enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea because of a lingering dull ache, that could be a sign that you need to be seen as soon as possible.

#3 Swelling Around the Gums

Finally, patients suffering from an infection of the tooth may see some swelling around the gums. That swelling, which also can come with some redness, signifies that something is wrong underneath the surface, and when it comes to the mouth that usually means an issue with the root and exposed nerves. Any type of swelling, especially in conjunction with temperature sensitivity and pain, could signal a need for this dental procedure.

We know you don’t want to get a root canal. Nobody ever does. However, the earlier we catch these types of symptoms the less painful the experience is going to be. Sometimes, a simple filling is enough, but if left alone too long, these little problems can transform into big problems that require a big solution. The good news is that Dr. Walley is quite skilled at this procedure, so if it is something you need, at least you know there’s someone you can count on to extract the root with expert ease.



If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your smile, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists are here to help you find the perfect treatment situation for your situation. Today we are going to be talking about two very popular aesthetic treatments in our office—dental veneers and tooth bonding.

Both dental bonding and veneers cover the patient’s natural teeth in order to achieve an aesthetic and structural change. You can use these treatments to cover damage, close gaps between teeth, and resurface discoloration or enamel irregularities.

If you choose dental bonding, you’ll be adding customized dental resin to your tooth; this treatment can generally be completed in just one appointment. You can come in with dental damage, and leave the same day with a refreshed and rejuvenated smile.

Dental veneers, on the other hand, are individually crafted from porcelain. Once the veneers are complete, our dentist permanently attaches the to the patient’s tooth structure. Prior to application, we shape the relevant teeth, to ensure that once the veneer is in place it looks natural and is not too bulky.

Both of these treatments are effective and convenient. Keep in mind that dental bonding can be repaired when it is damaged, while veneers need to be replaced. Generally speaking, veneers are more durable than bonding, and, with proper care, can last for years before they need to be replaced. At the outset, however, dental bonding is more affordable than veneer’s treatment.

The best way to move forward is to meet with your dentist so that your dentist can assess your current smile. Based on the health and appearance of your teeth, your dental team will give you a better idea of whether veneers or bonding will work best for you.

You can always give our San Francisco cosmetic dentists a call to schedule your own consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!

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