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!

 

 

Edmond Dentist: Denture Relines

Edmond Dentist and what you should know about Denture Relines

When you have your dentures first fitted and made they will typically fit your mouth securely since they’ve been molded to your mouth. However, as time goes on that shape of your mouth and gum tissue can change. When this happens you dentures will become loose fitting in your mouth and will move around. Coming into your Edmond Dentist to have your dentures relined will help your dentures stay in place and feel comfortable.

Having your Edmond Dentist do a Soft Reline

 

With some patients who are unable to wear ordinary dentures due to their having tender gums or sore spots. The Edmond Dentist can recommend relining the denture with a softer material that takes up to one or two years before it will need to be replaced. This softer material is less likely to cause irritation or sore spots in the patient’s mouth. If this issue persists patients may want to consider having implants put in so that they can have their dentures retained by the implants.

Considering Temporary Relines

If it’s been quite a while since a patient had their dentures serviced or looked at then they may be experiencing swollen, red, or misshapen gums. This can cause problems when a dentist goes to take an impression to fit new dentures, either for a soft or hard reline. Relining dentures this way would only continue the problem so in these cases your Edmond dentist might recommend doing a temporary, or palliative(material that is medicated) reline material in order to reduce the inflammation and soreness that a patient might have. Once the gums have returned to normal your Edmond Dentist can take a more accurate impression.

 

As always if you have any questions about what you’ve read in our article please give us a call at 405-340-0411.

Tooth Abscesses and You

What is a Tooth Abscess?

Edmond Dentist: Diagram of Abscess Tooth

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An abscess is what happens when a pocket of pus is created around the base of a tooth’s root and anyone, regardless of age, can get one. Unlike a few medical issues, a tooth abscess will not get better on its own you should seek treatment from your Edmond Dentist or an endodontist. Also, unlike some dental issues, a tooth abscess can lead to serious medical complications, as it is an infection and can spread from your tooth to your jaw, neck, head, and rest of the body.

 

What Causes It?

On the outside, your tooth is hard and prevent damage and contact with your nerves. However, the inside of your tooth isn’t just nerve tissue it’s also filled with connective tissue that keeps the tooth in places as well as blood vessels to keep all the tissue alive. Sometimes that living tissue can get infected by a deep cavity or tooth decay. Having a cracked tooth can also allow infection into the soft tissue inside the tooth. Lastly, gum disease can work its way down into the pulp that exists inside the tooth. Tooth abscess’ can also occur in more than one place in a person’s mouth, traveling through the bone and showing up in the more than one place.

How do you know if you have an Abscessed Tooth?

The Edmond Dentist listed some issues you might notice:

  • Tooth or Jaw Pain
  • Swelling or redness in the gums or mouth.
  • A persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Pain around a particular tooth when you chew
  • Fever
  • You may have Swollen lymph nodes

An abscess can form something that looks like a pimple on your gums that, when pressed, will ooze fluid. This is a sure sign that you have an abscess under the tooth.

How does the Edmond Dentist treat an Abscessed Tooth?

If the abscess has found a way to drain itself you may not have any symptoms, but the most common symptoms will be pain an swelling. Without symptoms, the only way to spot an abscess is for your Edmond Dentist to spot the area with an X-Ray. Treating the tooth can be as simple as a root canal and draining the pocket of infected tissue.

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Tooth Pain 2

Possible Reasons For Your Tooth Pain: Part 2

Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions

Do you have tooth pain? Is it causing you to be distracted? No one likes having pain in their mouth, especially if it interrupts their eating habits. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist staff explained how tooth pain stems from nerves inside a tooth's pulp chamber. We also spoke about 2 possible reasons for your tooth pain and a few things you could do to temporarily reduce the pain. While there is not a simple answer as to what may be causing your pain, today, our Edmond dentist staff is going to go over 2 more possibilities.

1.) Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and/or sinus are: Have you ever felt your upper gums hurt after crying? This is due to the fact that the sinus area uses the same nerves as the upper teeth. Similar pain can be felt when you have a cold, the flu, or allergies. It's possible your pain is nothing more than illness, but it's important to rule out the possibility of you being a teeth grinder. This can happen while one sleeps! If you don't already know this about yourself, scheduling an appointment with our Edmond dentist or your local dentist will help you determine if clenching or grinding is playing a role in your pain.

2.) Severe pain, pressure, or swelling of the gums: If this is the pain you're feeling, it could be the result of an infected or abscessed area that has spread from the pulp into the periodontal tissues and bone. Ibuprofen may help ease the pain until you can make it to a dentist. The best solution is to make an appointment with either our Edmond dentist or your local dentist. It may be important to note that a root canal may be necessary.

Sometimes circumstances prevent you from being able to make a dentist appointment right away and we understand that temporary pain relief is necessary. As mentioned in part one of this series, our Edmond dentist wants you to remain safe and we want you to know that you should never use aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Stay safe and take care of your teeth as soon as you can!

To book an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please call us at 405-340-0411 or click here.

Tooth Pain

Possible Reasons For Your Tooth Pain: Part 1

Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions

It can be difficult to concentrate on daily life activities when you're in pain, especially if it's from tooth pain. You may find that you tend to favor one side while chewing due to having pain on the other. This pain isn't actually the tooth itself, of course, but instead it is caused by nerves inside a tooth's pulp chamber. Unfortunately, one person's tooth pain may be for a completely different reason than the next. While there is no cookie cutter answer as to what may be causing it, today, our Edmond dentist staff is going to go over 2 possibilities for your tooth pain.

1.) Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages: This could be caused by debris sitting in a small decayed area of the tooth, a loose filling, or an exposed root surface. Until you can schedule an appointment with either our Edmond dentist or someone in your local area, the best thing to do is to keep your teeth clean from plaque, but only use a soft toothbrush. Consider using toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth.

2.) Sharp pain when biting down: This could be the result of a cracked tooth, deep tooth decay, or loose fillings. It could also be that something is lodged between two teeth. If it is the latter problem, paying attention to your routine teeth cleanings will help. If it's anything more serious, it's best to see a dentist. Our Edmond dentist is available if you need to schedule an appointment. Taking care of decay and fillings is important, because if left untreated the pain could worsen along with the damage.

While you wait to see the dentist, we know that you'll be trying to find methods to relieve your pain. Our Edmond dentist wants you to remain safe, therefore; as an important note it should be stated that you should never utilize aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Stay safe and take care of your teeth as soon as you can!

To book an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please call us at 405-340-0411 or click here.