For many people, getting their wisdom teeth removed is a pretty painless, simple process. But, there are a few cases when wisdom teeth removal is performed not as a preventative measure, but because of a severe, unpleasant infection. A condition called pericoronitis can develop when the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth become infected and inflamed. Although treatable, the condition can continue to recur if the teeth are not removed.

What Causes Pericoronitis?
Pericoronitis occurs when a tooth only comes in part way and when a portion of gum tissue is left over the tooth. The gum tissue often has an opening that is the perfect place for food to become lodged and for bacteria to accumulate. The bacteria are what are responsible for the infection. As they multiply, the gum becomes more and more inflamed. An abscess can form, which is usually filled with pus. If not treated in a timely way, the pus can spread to other areas of the mouth, spreading the infection. Continue reading

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Do Your Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are usually are removed between the ages of 17-25. Some people put off this procedure or do not have it done at all because of fear, or they think it is not necessary.

What Are Wisdom Teeth, And Why Remove Them?
Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars that are the last teeth to develop. Getting them does not mean immediate removal is necessary. Wisdom teeth can be beneficial if they come in properly aligned.

Wisdom teeth often come in aligned horizontally or positioned away from the other molars, which can cause pain and make eating or drinking difficult. These teeth also make it harder to brush or floss because the misalignment makes them more difficult to reach. Therefore, wisdom teeth are likely to get dark spots, cavities, and other dental problems. Continue reading

Need for Bone Grafting

For some, bone grafts are required before dental implants because of inadequate bone. A dental implant is a titanium root replacement. It is inserted into the jaw, and as the bone heals, it fuses the root into the mouth structure. However, you have to have a good foundation for the titanium root to be placed, otherwise the restored tooth will not look or feel natural, and the implant will fail. Adequate bone structure is needed for an implant to integrate properly. This is where bone grafting comes in. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure used to replace the missing bone, and provide the needed support for a dental implant to be successful. Continue reading

Smoking and Increased Risk of Dental Implant Failure

A dental implant is one of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution to restoring your teeth to their natural look and feel. Because dental implants treatment requires oral surgery, special care must be taken to ensure implant success. Smoking is known to be a major contributor of implant failure.

Smoking and Increased Risk
Dental implants are screw-like titanium posts, surgically placed within in the jawbone. As the bone heals around the implant, a permanent bond is created. After the bone completely heals, a dental restoration can be attached to the implant. Like all surgeries, Implants carry some risks. Smoking can increase the likelihood of complications.

Slow recovery
Smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal by reducing the oxygen supply in the blood. Smoking can make it difficult for the jaw bone to heal around the implant, putting the smoker at risk for implant failure.

Peri-implantitis is a common complication seen amongst smokers who have undergone implants. Peri-implantitis is a condition in which the area around the implant becomes inflamed and a deep mucosal pocket develops. The mucosal pocket prevents the bone from healing and bonding around the implant, leading to implant failure. Continue reading

Refusing Dental Implant Treatment Can Be A Self Confidence Killer

Dental Implants: What Happens Without Treatment?
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. A beautiful smile is a sign of health and youth. Missing teeth, however, can have a negative effect, impacting your appearance and harming your confidence.

Treatment Options For Replacing Missing Teeth
Common treatments to replace missing teeth include partials, dental bridges or full dentures. When you do seek appliances to replace your missing teeth, the characteristics of the chosen treatment method will influence its longevity. Patients should discuss their options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment, thoroughly before coming to a final decision. Continue reading

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital

Millions of people in America have experienced the loss of one or more of their permanent teeth. Whether caused by poor oral care, injury, old age or professional extraction, tooth loss can change every aspect of your daily life in a number of negative ways. While missing back teeth may not be the first thing people see when you smile, they are key to maintaining good oral and physical health.

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital
If you do not replace your back teeth, you will lose the bone that supports them. You run the risk of bite collapse as well as a decrease in your chewing efficiency thus impacting your dietary choices. Losing back teeth causes your face, cheeks, and lips to sag. This slack appearance serves to make the individual seem years, if not decades, older than their biological age. You can also experience excessive wear or erosion of remaining front teeth because they are receiving more stress as fewer teeth are handling the workload. Continue reading

When Young Adults Should Have Wisdom Teeth Evaluation?

Our bodies continue to grow through our teenage years as we approach adulthood. Most adult jaws can comfortably support 28 teeth. When our third molars begin to appear they often cannot fit comfortably and may be forced to grow in unhealthy positions, impacting other healthy teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you consult with an Oral Surgeon about whether your wisdom teeth are likely to be problematic.

When Young Adults Should Have An Evaluation
Recovery from wisdom teeth removal takes time. You will probably need to take a couple of days off from school to rest after the teeth are taken out. For this reason, many parents of young adults choose to schedule wisdom teeth removal during summer vacation or winter school break. This long break from school or college is the perfect time to take it easy during recovery from wisdom teeth removal. Continue reading

Best Time to Schedule Removal of Wisdom Tooth

wisdom-toothWhen considering the removal of wisdom teeth, one cannot help but wonder when would be the best time to schedule the surgery. Not only the date for the surgery needs to be taken into consideration but also the recovery time.

Firstly, a comprehensive dental examination should be performed to determine if a referral to an oral surgeon for further evaluation of the wisdom teeth is indicated. If so, the oral surgeon will evaluate the wisdom teeth and discuss what is needed to be done pre and post-surgery and also inform the patient about what to expect during recovery.

Patients need to be closely monitored by their general dentist in order for the dentist to be able to determine if, at some point, a referral to an oral surgeon is advised. The dentist will be able to foresee eminent problems and refer to a qualified oral surgeon in case the early removal of wisdom teeth may prevent serious pain and infection or even damage to nearby molars in the future. Continue reading

Possible Complications After Wisdom Teeth Removal

wisdom-toothThe removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures performed in dentistry on a daily basis. While most people will undergo this surgical procedure and do very well, a few people may suffer complications. Severe complications are rare. Following your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions is the best way to prevent them.

Pain: Any surgical procedure comes with a certain degree of discomfort but pain is well managed with the use of analgesics. Your oral surgeon will prescribe the appropriate medications for your case to keep you comfortable. The first 72 hours after surgery are the most critical and pain needs to be controlled with medications. After that, pain will subside significantly and you will start to go back to your regular activities. It is important to start eating solid foods slowly and returning to physical activities gradually as well. Listen to your body. If pain and soreness are increasing after three days rather that diminishing, call your oral surgeon because that is a sign that you may be developing complications. Continue reading

Reclaim Your Smile with Implant Supported Dentures

implant-supported-denturesWhen a person is missing many teeth, it can have a major impact on his or her overall dental health and wellness. Tooth loss has an effect on the appearance of the smile, the function of the teeth, and even the structure of the jaw bone. While many dental restorations can address some of these areas of concern, only dental implants improve the health, esthetics, and function of the teeth while preventing the deterioration of healthy jaw bone. For patients who have experienced significant tooth loss, dental implants can even secure dentures, so that they become a retained fixture that looks and functions much more like natural teeth than a traditional denture.

What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are able to support different kinds of restorations. These artificial roots are surgically implanted into your jawbone, which provides a level of strength and stability that is just like natural tooth roots. Continue reading