Wisdom Teeth Q and A

Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to erupt. Usually, people get their wisdom teeth in during their late teens and early 20s. Although some individuals have no trouble with their wisdom teeth, many people end up having these teeth removed because they may become impacted and create dental health issues.

Learn more about wisdom teeth with this Q and A:

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing problems, you can leave them alone. Typically, wisdom teeth are crooked or impacted, which can generate problems with the surrounding teeth. Also, wisdom teeth can be harder to keep clean, so the risk of decay on these teeth is higher.

When should I have these teeth taken out?

For optimal results, most dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal for patients when they are between 16 and 22 years old. The formation of the roots isn’t complete, so you have fewer complications.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgery, you can have issues arise, but the biggest concerns are nerve damage and dry sockets. Older patients have a greater chance of nerve damage because the root has more fully developed. Dry sockets occur when the post-surgery blood clots dislodge.

Does my age matter?

Some adults don’t experience any symptoms until they are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. You can have these teeth extracted at any point, but when you get older, surgery is more difficult and the recovery takes longer. If you have trouble with your wisdom teeth, contact your dentist right away for a complete exam.

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Get Ready for Invisalign!

You have made the smart decision to improve your smile with Invisalign. Invisalign’s clear aligners make straightening your teeth both aesthetically appealing and easy to maintain. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure a successful treatment that results in a more perfect, new smile.

The most important step you can take is to find an excellent orthodontist with Invisalign experience. Your orthodontist should make time to answer all of your questions about treatment, and be vigilant and thorough with examinations and check-ups.

Once you start treatment, keep your aligners in place. For the first 48 hours your teeth will be adjusting to getting into new positions. They may be sore and sensitive, but this is a critical time for keeping the trays in as much as possible. Because the invisible aligner trays are removable, you may think it’s okay to remove them at any time. The success of your treatment depends on keeping the aligners in for the time recommended, usually at least 20 to 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and to clean the trays, but otherwise, they should remain in your mouth.

Brush your teeth and aligner trays on a regular basis. Aligners can get plaque build-up just like your teeth, so it’s imperative that you keep them clean. The trays can be cleaned with either Invisalign’s tool kit, or a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Invisalign trays should be removed from your mouth for cleaning.

By following these easy tips, you can help guarantee Invisalign will work to straighten your misaligned teeth and ultimately give you a beautiful new smile.

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At What Age Do I Need Dental Implants?

When you think about artificial teeth, most people automatically think of elderly people. However, false teeth are not only targeted toward seniors. People of all ages have a need for tooth restorations, and dentures are not always the solution. Dental implants have become a very popular choice for those in need of new teeth. They may be used to replace individual or multiple teeth, and can be considered at various ages.

Reasons for tooth loss

There are a number of reasons that people lose teeth. It can result from trauma to the mouth from an accident or sports injury. Tooth loss also may occur from damage caused by chronic bad habits like smoking or drug use. Another reason for tooth loss is decay that wasn’t treated in time. Decay is a common problem in all ages due to consumption of sodas, sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Eating items like these and not performing good oral hygiene is a recipe for tooth decay.

Advantage of implants

Implants are a more permanent restoration than dentures. Instead of being taken in and out of the mouth, implants are attached directly to the jaw bone. A younger patient might require a number of pairs of dentures in their lifetime, while a dental implant is usually a one-time procedure. Even if the crown on top of an implant requires replacement, that may be done without altering the implant itself.

Restrictions for implants

Since the implant is inserted into the jawbone, the jaw must be finished growing so that the implant doesn’t affect jaw formation. Therefore it is recommended that dental implants not be performed on boys under age 17 or girls under age 15, since most girls mature physically sooner than boys. Another consideration for implants is bone density. As people age, bone density decreases and can limit the success of an implant attaching properly to the jawbone. Dentists can determine good candidates for implants based on their age, growth, and bone density.

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Things to Consider with a Smile Makeover

Being unhappy with your smile can affect many aspects of your life. You may be embarrassed, have low self-esteem, be hesitant to laugh or smile around others, and experience dental care problems as well. If these characteristics describe you, it’s time to consider a smile makeover. A cosmetic dentist can turn your life around by transforming your smile.

Here are some things that your dentist may discuss with you about a smile makeover.

Tooth color

The color and shading of teeth are considered for various smile makeover procedures, such as bridges, veneers, bonding, and implants. The shade selected for use in restorations is evaluated to make sure it fits the tone and color of your face, hair, and other teeth. Since discolored or dark teeth imply an aged mouth, smile makeovers strive to give you a more youthful look with brighter teeth while maintaining a natural appearance. Also, silver and amalgam fillings may be replaced with tooth-colored composite fillings so they are not noticeable.

Alignment and spacing

Overlapping, crooked, or gapped teeth can be corrected with orthodontics or veneers.

Missing teeth

Replacing missing teeth is important not only for your appearance, but also to improve your bite and oral health. Dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures are options that may help.

Smile balance

Chipped or broken teeth can be bonded to improve your smile’s appearance and balance. Also, laser dentistry may be used to alter your gums so that your teeth and gums are balanced in a more appealing way.

Facial appearance

Several procedures, including oral surgery or orthodontics, can alter the look of your face to make it look more even and youthful.

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