Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are your last set of molars that typically come in around your late teens to early twenties. These teeth are usually removed because they come in misaligned and can cause more harm to your mouth than they would benefit it. However, in rare cases, they come in perfectly aligned and can even be a valuable asset. If you’re feeling pain or tenderness in your gums or jaw, you are likely getting your third molars. If they are coming in at an angle, usually horizontally, or are impacted (partially erupted) you are likely to encounter problems in the future if they are not removed. What are third molars?
If you have lost teeth due to decay or infection, implants can be a great way to restore your smile. They offer several benefits such as; improved speech, protection for your other teeth, permanent solution, and many others. However, dental implants are not for everyone. They have to directly fuse with your jawbone, so if you have poor health (such as gum disease or bone deterioration) it is unlikely that implants would help you. In addition to poor health, smoking and alcohol consumption could also prevent your implants from fusing with your bone. Can dental implants help you?
Are you one of those who like to pick their Halloween costume out in the middle of summer? Do you get all antsy waiting for Halloween to finally come? How about decorations – you’ve got thousands of them around your house? The wait is over! Halloween is tomorrow and if you’re looking for some extra fun to add to your day – we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves!
There are different stages of gum disease; from gingivitis to periodontitis. It all begins with poor oral hygiene, resulting in plaque and tartar getting under your gum line. Once your gums are infected, they will be inflamed and uncomfortable. If left untreated, gingivitis can then get into the bones of your teeth and jaw, and this is when it turns into periodontitis (or periodontal disease). To avoid gum disease, you want to have good oral hygiene habits – cleaning your teeth (brushing and flossing) at least twice a day. Do you have gum disease?
Preventive dentistry is caring for your teeth in order to avoid possible health risks down the road – such as gum disease. Preventive dentistry offers a multitude of benefits; overall health, reduces risk of getting cavities, gingivitis and ultimately periodontitis, and lastly, it saves you money in the long run. Children especially benefit from this type of care because their adult teeth will grow in strong and healthy. This is why dentists will recommend that you see them annually or biannually – to maximize your health benefits. What is preventive dentistry?
Orthodontics are increasingly needed among us, but braces cannot do everything. This is where TADs or, Temporary Anchorage Devices, come in. TADs have become revolutionary for orthodontics, offering a different treatment plan for patients who otherwise would need surgery. Temporary anchorage devices are most commonly used for patients with an overbite because they are implanted into the jawbone to correct the patients’ teeth. These implants can work with braces to take an alternative route into correcting your bite. Although it sounds complicated, the procedure is extremely simple and offers more benefits than its’ alternative treatments. What are the benefits of TADs?
There are many reasons why you may need oral surgery – wisdom tooth extraction, to extract decayed teeth, getting dental implants, treating facial trauma, or other reconstructive or cosmetic surgeries. Depending on your situation, your oral surgeon may recommend different things prior to your surgery or afterwards. However, there are several other things you can do to prepare for this type of surgery to save you some hassle including plans to and from your surgery, the diet you’ll want to stick to following your surgery, etc. It’s important that you be prepared to ensure a smooth recovery, even if you are only recovering from general anesthesia as that is usually what is used throughout most oral surgeries. So, how do you prepare for oral surgery?