Tooth decay is serious business. Left unchecked, it can lead to cavities, gum recession and can cause your overall oral health to plummet. Sometimes, a good dental hygiene routine is not enough. Some people are more susceptible to tooth decay than others. Hereditary factors and environmental influence can shape your oral health.Tooth decay is an…
We Can Remove Your Wisdom Teeth in a Comfortable Way
If you still have your wisdom teeth, call Eastside Dental to schedule an appointment and find out if you need to have them extracted. This is an important step to take because not everyone does. If your wisdom teeth are growing in straight and are not impacted, they can often remain in place without causing you any additional discomfort or concern. To find out, we will conduct a physical examination and take X-rays to determine their position.
Why wisdom teeth are removed:
In many cases, there is not enough room in the mouth for this third set of molars. They will push forward and put pressure on the other teeth or become impacted. This is a worst-case scenario because an impacted tooth will cause discomfort and create a small space that traps food.
Many wisdom teeth and back molars experience decay or become infected as a result. When this happens, we typically remove the wisdom tooth and restore the back molar. However, by this time, patients will experience unnecessary discomfort. Therefore, if the wisdom teeth are impacted, it can be better to have them extracted ahead of time.
If the patient needs a wisdom teeth extraction, then there are two ways the procedure can go. If the teeth come in straight, then we can pull them just like any tooth. If the teeth grow in impacted, then we will need to create a flap in the gum tissue so we can access the tooth. Sometimes, there is tissue and bone on top that will need to be cut away first.
Once complete, we will grasp the tooth and lift it out of the socket. If the tooth is particularly stubborn, we may need to cut it into smaller pieces and remove one piece at a time. Afterward, we will clean the area and suture the flap of gum tissue back in place. We will do all of this with the patient under anesthesia, so the patient does not experience any discomfort during the process.
Once we complete the procedure, patients can expect to be sore for a few days. Patients may also experience some swelling. Both can be controlled by taking ibuprofen and placing a cold compress on the face for 15 minutes at a time. Patients will also want to be careful with what they eat. We recommend sticking with soft foods like yogurt and oatmeal until the swelling has gone down and the gums and jaw are no longer sore. We will typically have patients come in for a follow-up appointment to ensure everything is healing properly.
At that time, we can let you know if you are clear to resume a normal diet. In general, the recovery process should not last any longer than a week and the worst of it only for a day or two. Plan on taking the first two days off of work if possible and then maintaining light activities for a week afterward (do not go out and play basketball, in other words).
An emergency dentist can help those with oral care concerns that require immediate care to get the treatment they need.While prevention is the best way to deal with dental emergencies, accidents can still happen even when proper precautions are taken. It is important to know when to visit an emergency dentist for treatment.Some minor mouth…
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Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, affects people of all ages. It comes in many variations: Some people grind their teeth in their sleep, while others do so during the day. In all cases, the grinding wears down the teeth. In more severe cases, bruxism causes pain and damage to the jaw.So, what causes teeth…