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Edmond Dentist: Wisdom Teeth

Edmond Dentist Explains Wisdom Teeth

The last set of molars that most people get in, also the third set, are the wisdom teeth. Most people will have these teeth come in during their late teens or early twenties. On rare occasion wisdom teeth will come in properly aligned, this rarely happens, but more often than not wisdom teeth will require removal. Poor alignment of the wisdom teeth can cause other teeth to crowd possibly damaging teeth next to the wisdom tooth as well as the jawbone or nearby nerves, in many cases, the Edmond Dentist will recommend removal of these teeth. Wisdom Teeth can also become impacted, meaning that they’re are encased in the soft tissue of the gum and/or the jawbone.

How Do I Know if I Have Wisdom Teeth?

When you go to the Edmond Dentist be sure to ask about the positioning of your wisdom teeth. Most often a dentist will take an X-ray to determine where your teeth have aligned and if your wisdom teeth are in need of extraction. If the teeth haven’t become impacted or misaligned your dentist may elect to wait and see how the teeth will come in. However, because of the issue with wisdom teeth coming in it is common for dentists to recommend having your wisdom teeth pulled before they cause problems. Often times removing the teeth before the issues require more painful and complicated removal. Removing the wisdom teeth is actually easier for young people as the roots of the tooth have yet to develop fully.

How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The position and development of your wisdom teeth will determine how easy or difficult the extraction will be. When the wisdom teeth have erupted through the gum they can be extracted like any other tooth in your mouth, however, a wisdom tooth embedded in the jaw will require considerably more work to remove.

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Edmond Dentist Gives Reasons Dental Sealants Are Applied

Edmond Dentist Shares Information About Dental Sealants

As soon as the first set of teeth begin growing in many damaging elements come into contact with them and the small fissures are susceptible to decay. Fissures are simply the grooves in the chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth. The small spaces can gather plaque which accumulates in these areas quite easily. This is a very good reason why fluoride toothpaste is recommended to help prevent the decay, but did you know that dental sealants actually provide a new level of protection? It’s true! In fact, our Edmond dentist makes use of these dental sealants to provide a smooth covering over the fissures.

One may not even notice the sealant is on the tooth, but it makes the surface smooth and clean. Dental sealants applied by our Edmond dentist are formed from a thin plastic coating which mold perfectly to the teeth. The wonderful part about the dental sealants is that they can last for many years. Of course, there is always the possibility for wear and chipping so with regular dental visits our Edmond dentist can make certain they’re still intact.

You may be thinking that dental sealants are only necessary as an adult, as it ultimately saves them money by not having to pay for root canals or crowns, but the truth is that all ages groups can benefit from having this extra barrier applied to their teeth. For example:

  • In some cases sealants may need to be applied to baby teeth if there are deep grooves or depressions and a child is prone to getting cavities.
  • As soon as the first permanent back teeth appear (six-year molars), sealants can help protect teeth any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16 years of age.
  • Adults without decay that have deep grooves or depressions can prevent damage with sealants.

The good news is that applying the protective sealant only take a few minutes per tooth. It is painted on in a thin layer and then hardens automatically or with a special curing light.

If you'd like to know more about this procedure during your next visit to see our Edmond dentist, don't hesitate to let us know! You can give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411 contact us online by clicking here.

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Edmond Dentist Discusses The Eruption Of Baby Teeth

Edmond Dentist Talks About Baby Teeth Coming In

For parents of a newborn baby, there’s so many health related concerns and issues to think about that it can often be overwhelming to learn about the things you really need to know and leave behind what you don’t. Dental care, including the eruption of baby teeth, and the future of an infant’s ongoing dental hygiene are surprisingly topics that new parents are often at a loss about. That being said, our Edmond dentist does receive a lot of questions about the growth process and about when to expect their baby’s teeth to start showing up.

The simple answer that our Edmond dentist would provide is that the exact timing of when baby teeth come in and shed (or fall out again) may vary, but on average there are typical age ranges when each area is expected to see growth. In general, your child will develop 20 primary teeth by the time they reach the age of three. The 5 different types of baby teeth are: Central Incisors, Lateral Incisors, Canines (or Cuspids), First Molars, and Second Molars. Here’s a chart to show their locations:

Baby Teeth Diagram

Now that you have a visual and a slightly better understanding of the location for these 5 primary types of baby teeth, our Edmond dentist wanted to provide a quick run down of the time frames in which you can expect to see your baby’s teeth start to come in:

Upper Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 8-12 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years old.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 9-13 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 16-22 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 13-19 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 25-33 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

Lower Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 6-10 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 10-16 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 17-23 months old. Sheds between 9-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 14-18 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 23-31 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

While it might be a while before you baby has his or her first tooth, it’s important to keep an eye out for the growth of your baby’s teeth! Our Edmond dentist would like to remind parents that protecting baby teeth by starting dental checkups early is recommended. In fact, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

If you need to make an appointment to see our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.