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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!

 

 

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Edmond Dentist: When Pain Leads To A Root Canal

Edmond Dentist: Reasons A Root Canal Is Needed

No one likes to think about having a root canal. In fact, the very mention of those words makes many patients recall the many horror stories about root canal therapy. Dental patients have been haunted by the idea of root canals for far too long. What they don’t realize is just how helpful this procedure can be to someone with chronic pain. Today, our Edmond dentist will give a few details about what types of pain could mean that a root canal is necessary and how we take care of the problem.

No one should ever feel ongoing pain in their teeth! The pain can feel different depending on whether the tooth is still alive or if it is abscessed (the tooth’s nerve is dead or dying). Our Edmond dentist, Dr. Mike, will clarify the differences for you.

The Pain Felt When A Tooth Is Alive:

Often, the patient will experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. This sensation will often continue even after the hot or cold item has been removed for a period of time. Some people may even experience severe headaches as a result of the extreme tooth pain.

The Pain Felt When A Tooth Is Abscessed:

Most patients will feel pain when they chew or put any type of pressure on the abscessed tooth. The abscess can produce swelling and bleeding around the tooth, as well. Some people may also notice some swelling in the cheek, jaw, or throat.

In severe cases with swelling or bleeding it is very important to be examined for a proper diagnosis. In most of these cases root canal therapy is necessary. The truth is that the treatment is not quite as complicated as it may seem. Of course, our Edmond dentist would be able to rule out the need for a root canal if something else were the problem.

If you a root canal is necessary, rest assured that you'll be in good hands. Dr. Mike, your Edmond dentist will remove any infected and damaged material, sterilize the inside of your tooth, and then restore the tooth with filling material so that it will not become re-infected.

If you are in ongoing pain caused by a tooth, please do not hesitate to contact our Edmond dentist right away for an assessment. Book your appointment with Wallace Family Dentistry by calling us at 405-340-0411 or by clicking here.

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Edmond Dentist Explains How Fall Treats Harm Dental Work

Edmond Dentist Warns Of Sugary Sweets

Don’t get us wrong, our Edmond dentist understands that there is just something wonderful about fall that makes you want to indulge a bit more, but all that sugar, candy, and sticky food can harm your dental work.

In just two days it will officially be fall, but I’m sure you’ve noticed that all those sugary pumpkin spiced treats have already made their way out onto the grocery store shelves. In fact, many people (maybe even you) were quick to buy up and begin consuming their favorite seasonal treats the minute they arrived at their local shopping center weeks ago.

For adults that love their pumpkin spice coffee creamer it’s important to realize that certain bacteria in the mouth will feed on the sugar contained in the creamer and will create acid that destroys your enamel. Likewise, anyone who loves eating cookies, cakes, and other sugar filled foods will cause their enamel or shiny, protective outer layer of the tooth to decay.

Your dental work can only do so much to protect your teeth as over time it may even be chipped away by the sugar eating away at it. While our Edmond dentist would recommend using fluoride toothpaste to help repair weakened enamel, it can also only do so much to prevent the effects of sugar on teeth. Limiting your sugar intake is vital if you want to give your mouth a fighting chance to fix the damage.

The stickiness of candies is also a big problem for dental work as it can pull out crowns, bridges, and cause the need for more restorative work to be completed. Our Edmond dentist, Dr. Mike, surely does love seeing his patients, but it costs patients so much more money than necessary if they have to keep coming back to have dental work repaired due to refusing to ease up on the candy.

Our Edmond dentist encourages everyone to just be mindful about how much sugar you’re eating each day. Our Edmond dentist staff also encourages brushing away bacteria-filled plaque regularly and visiting the dentist for fluoride treatments to have the best shot at taking care of your dental hygiene.

To book an appointment with Wallace Family Dentistry, please give us a call at 405-340-0411.

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See The Dentist, Get Crowns In One Visit!

CEREC: A Single Trip To The Dentist

Have you ever needed a crown? Do you remember the entire lengthy process the last time you visited a dentist? A while ago the procedure would have went something like this:

The old ways of the first dentist appointment for a crown:

  • The dentist would start by preparing the tooth or shaping it to be ready to take the crown.
  • You would have to have a mouth full of goo so that the dentist could take the impression(s).
  • A temporary crown would be put on.
  • The dental impressions would be shipped off to the laboratory for the crown to be fabricated.

By the time of completion and scheduling the next appointment, two or more weeks usually passed. That was how things used to be just a handful of years ago. Luckily, the world of dentistry was changed quite a bit when CEREC was introduced a few years ago. This tooth restoration system allows our dentist to provide you with crowns in one visit!

How does this work so efficiently? Let us explain the magic of this machine. Instead of using the horrible impression gel that makes you gag, we approach the process in an entirely different and modern way.

Here’s how your visit may look now:

  • The dentist shapes your tooth to prepare it to take the crown (ok, so this step is the same as the old days).
  • Here’s the cool part! Next, your tooth gets scanned so that your crown can be made on site!
  • The scan is uploaded into the computer which allows us to digitally shape, size and contour the crown for the best fit.

The benefit to the patient is that, in most cases, no temporary crowns have to be made and within a few short hours they can walk out of the dentist’s office with a completely customized crown.

We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about any of our dentistry procedures. Visit us in Edmond, contact us @ 405-340-0411, or enter your comments online, right here.