What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Ever hear of impacted wisdom teeth? In this article, we will discuss wisdom teeth, and potential complications with them.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

A persons first permanent molars will usually erupt around age six or seven. The final set of teeth a person can expect to see are called third molars, or sometimes referred to as wisdom teeth. These will usually erupt between ages 17 and 21. In some cases, a person may see all for wisdom teeth, and sometimes perhaps none at all! Wisdom teeth can come in without any issues, and sometimes, they can cause some problems.

Wisdom teeth become impacted when they fail to fully erupt due to blockage from other teeth. This can sometimes cause pain, inflammation, infection, or damage to adjacent teeth. It is estimated that in the Swedish population alone, this condition affects up to 72%. Why do we even have these teeth if they cause so many issues? One speculation is that the diet of humans thousands of years ago wore molars down significantly. Wisdom teeth would erupt around the time the second molars would wear down, giving a person “new” teeth.

The most common method of treatment is wisdom teeth extraction, with approximately 10 million wisdom teeth removed each year. Most people will experience pain and swelling after surgery, with the first day post surgery being the worst. Most people are able to return to work after 2-3 days, and find that the level of discomfort will decrease to about 25% by day number seven.

It is important to make an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing any pain with your wisdom teeth, or you notice they have not fully erupted. Sometimes the idea of a procedure like tooth extraction can sound scary, but the folks at Wallace Family Dentistry will be with you every step of the way!

 

 

Dental Implants Edmond

How does an implant work?

Is there a better option to partial dentures? What if a person is just missing one or two teeth? In the following article, we will discuss how a dental implant works, and how this could be a better option

How does an implant work?

Have you ever seen partial dentures? Perhaps someone you know or even yourself have them. Partial dentures are just like full dentures and are removable for daily cleaning. They are definitely a more cost effective option, however, like full dentures, they can move in your mouth, effect the way you speak and what you eat. Implants are a great option to alleviate some of the typical issues of partial dentures if a person is missing one or a few teeth.

 

  • Implants begin with a cylindrical or tapered titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. As the healing process continues, the titanium post will literally fuse with the jawbone to create a strong base for the replacement tooth or teeth. This healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

 

  • After the healing process, a connector piece, called an abutment is place on to the implant to connect it to the replacement tooth or teeth. Then, the individual tooth, bridge or dentures with multiple teeth are then connected to the abutment. This option does require more of an investment from the individual, but it will produce better and longer lasting results that with full or partial dentures.

As always, if you have any questions about dental implants, or any other dental concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK!

Stress and dental health

Stress can come from many sources, and have many negative effects on your health. Did you know that stress can also affect your dental health?

Stress and dental health

Today it is common knowledge that stress can wreak havoc on a person’s overall health. We know that low energy, headaches, nausea, aches, pains, tense muscles, chest pains, and even rapid heartbeat are symptoms of stress. But, it can also negatively affect our general oral health. Here are a few symptoms of stress in your dental health.

  • Tooth Decay – Sometimes during tense seasons of our lives, routine goes out the window. Sometime due to demanding schedules, we make unhealthy choices about what we eat and drink. At the end of a crazy day, forget about brushing and flossing! This will increase our risk of tooth decay as time goes on.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease can be caused by the build up of bacterial plaque where your gums and teeth meet. As anxiety affects your health, it can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of infection in your mouth where bacterial is present.
  • Grinding Teeth – Most often, grinding of the teeth happens at night, and most people aren’t aware they are doing it. When you grind your teeth at night, it can cause damage to the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Teeth grinding can also cause headaches and jaw soreness. Sometimes dentists, will recommend that an individual wear a night guard, to protect from any further damage.

These are just a few of the ways that stress can negatively affect a person’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about your general oral health, contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK to schedule an appointment!

Dentist in Edmond: Work Habits that can hurt your teeth

Dentist in Edmond: How healthy are your work habits for your teeth?

Most of us spend close to half of our waking day at work. We can develop good or bad habits while there, here are some habits your Edmond Dentist recommends that you avoid while you’re at work.

Using your teeth to open things

It’s not all the uncommon for patients to come in with chipped teeth. It’s even more common for those chipped teeth to be a result of using them to open something while at work. Opening a package with your incisors might be convenient but due to the damage you can do to your teeth it can be a costly mistake.

 

Chewing on writing tools

Chewing on pens and pencils is common enough but it it’s another habit that could get you in to see the dentist. If you seem to have an oral fixation try keeping a healthy snack handy like carrots or celery. The money you spend will be cheaper than getting a cracked tooth repaired!

 

Coffe will stain your teeth and it’s not just you Edmond Dentist who thinks so:

If you drink coffee do your best to drink it quickly and not nurse it all morning. The prolonged exposure will stain teeth, give you bad breath, and dry out your mouth. If you looking to kick your coffee habit then you can drink green tea for the caffeine. If you can’t go without coffee consider going without the sugar.

Smoke Breaks are just as bad as you think

Your Edmond Dentist isn’t the only one preaching about the dangers of smoking are many and well known. Lung cancer, oral cancer, tooth loss, gum disease, and cavities are all possible as a result. Some people think that e-cigarettes are a way around these issues, however, the nicotine will still harm your gums.

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Edmond Dentist: Fighting Dry Mouth

Medications can Lead to Dry Mouth

This week your Edmond Dentist talks about Dry Mouth or known medically as xerostomia, can be caused by a number of different things. While the best way to fight it is to address the cause of what’s causing dry mouth we wanted to talk about some ways to help. Without further ado, here are some of our picks for releiving dry mouth.

Edmond Dentist: Relieving the symptoms

  • Sugar-free gum is recommended by the American Dental Association for the way it stimulates the flow of saliva. However when choosing a sugar-free product check to see if it has Xylitol in it. The Edmond Destist has seen some its patient have a sensitivity to Xylitol that causes diarrhea or cramps. Even when a patient has this sensitivity the side effects are only experienced when consumed in large amounts.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it causes the productions of urine, which can cause dehydration. If you trying to keep your mouth hydrated you’ll want to avoid caffeine for a little while.
  • Alcholhol can cause your mouth to dry out, which is why your Edmond Dentist recommends staying away from Mouthwashes that contain alcohol if you’re having problems stimulating saliva production.
  • Most dentists will recommend staying away from using Tobacco anyway, but it can also prevent salivation along with its other health risks.
  • Stay Hydrated! No really, sip water regularly and stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Over-the-counter-saliva substitutes like Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray can help keep your mouth temporarily hydrated.
  • There are mouthwashes designed for dry mouth, look for the ones that contain xylitol as they will help prevent tooth decay.
  • If you’re trying to tackle the symptoms of dry mouth your Edmond Dentist recommends staying away from antihistamines and decongestants as they can make the dry mouth worse.(Obviously, this may not be possible if you need these medicines for another condition.)

As always consult with your dentist or health professional if you’re experiencing dry mouth consistently as it can affect your oral health and the integrity of your teeth.

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Edmond Dentist: How to get the most out of your benefits.

As the end of the year draws to a close and your calendar fills up with obligations getting to the dentist may be the last thing on your to-do list. However, your Edmond Dentist wants to reinforce how important it can be to get in before the end of the year. If you have dental insurance chances are you aren’t taking full advantage of everything you’ve paid for.

What happens to your benefits at the end of the year?

You can save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the year ends. There are dental insurance programs run on a fiscal year(usually October to October), however, most of the dental insurance programs run on a calendar year, ending on December 31st each year. If you haven’t used your dental insurance plans then it’s sitting there with unclaimed benefits and will go to waste at year’s end.Dental insurance companies count on customers not claiming their maximum amount of benefits and in turn, they make millions of dollars off of patients.

Have you considered splitting up your big visits?

If you’ve used some of your benefits and know that you have a large procedure you need to get done, don’t hold off. Some procedures can be split into multiple visits, allowing you to schedule part of your visit before the end of the year and the final part in January the following year. This will allow you to use all the benefits you’ve paid for this year and maximize your use of benefits the following year. Not all procedures can be split up this way so make sure to ask your Edmond Dentist about how you can get the most out of your dental insurance.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to use your benefits. Call us today and schedule a meeting at 405-340-0411.

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Dentist Edmond: Thankful To Be Treating Families

Dentist Edmond: The Love Of Providing Good Dentistry

When you think about what you're thankful in the next week or so things that come to mind may include family, friends, and food! Our dentist in Edmond loves all of these things, too, but today our focus of gratitude goes to dentistry. It's the perfect time of year to reflect on what we all have to be grateful for in our lives. While our dentist in Edmond is thankful all year long for the opportunity to provide good dentistry to families, we've decided to take this week to talk a bit about why there's so much joy in this line of work.

Some people may not think that digging around inside of others people's mouths would be such a fun job to have, but truthfully the most satisfying thing about treating dental patients is making them leave their fear of the dentist behind! From the moment patients walk into the door at our dental office we love to make a difference.

Our dentist in Edmond loves being able to talk to the patients, get to know what makes them feel calmer, and work towards providing the best experience possible. Giving patients a positive outlook on coming to the dentist is the best way our dentist in Edmond can think of to make an impact for a lifetime.

Second to making people feel comfortable coming to the dentist our dentist loves being able to make patients happy with their own smiles. Our goal is to have patients leave the office feeling better about their smile before they walked in! We hope that your smiles are important to you and that if you've had the chance to be our patient that you're thankful the work we've been able to complete for you.

Our dentist in Edmond hopes you have a Happy Thanksgiving! Should you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment after the holiday, feel free to call our office at 405-340-0411 or click here.