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Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease with Wisdom Tooth Removal

Written by : Posted on October 8, 2019 : Comments Off on Reduce the Risk of Gum Disease with Wisdom Tooth Removal

wisdom teeth removal CarrolltonDid you know that retaining your wisdom teeth could significantly increase your risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease? It’s true; foregoing wisdom tooth extraction increases a person’s risk for many oral health conditions. Wisdom tooth removal will significantly lower the risk for gum disease and improve oral function and quality of life.

The emergence and retention of wisdom teeth is problematic to gum health for a few reasons. First, it is important to know that wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars. This third set of molars came in handy for our ancestors, many of whom lost their first and second molars before adulthood. Wisdom teeth are no longer biologically necessary; so having a wisdom tooth extraction will not negatively affect oral function.

Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Since modern humans keep their second molars much longer than their ancestors, there is rarely enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to come through the gums in healthy positions. Instead, due to the crowded situation, they partially erupt – leaving some of the tooth exposed and the rest concealed by the gingiva.

Partial tooth eruption means that debris and bacteria can easily collect beneath the exposed portion of a tooth and the gingiva. With no way to dislodge trapped debris, the gums can become easily infected. Moreover, the location of wisdom teeth at the very back of the mouth makes keeping the gums and exposed portions of teeth clean.

Gum Disease and Your Oral Health

Periodontal disease is a major threat to oral health and quality of life – especially when this condition is not treated quickly. Gum disease, when left undiagnosed and untreated, can quickly progress into a systemic health condition that can destroy the gums, teeth, and bone. Since gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, it is important that patients of all ages practice proper oral hygiene and receive routine professional care.

Our team offers gentle wisdom tooth extraction. We utilize advanced surgical techniques to reduce invasiveness and promote expedient recoveries. Call Bliss Dental today to reserve an appointment.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs

Written by : Posted on March 7, 2019 : Comments Off on Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs

wisdom teeth removal EulessDid you know that your wisdom teeth pose risks to your oral health if they are retained? It’s true. Having your wisdom teeth removed by your dentist could save you permanent damage to your oral health, money spent on corrective dental treatments, and discomfort.

If you’ve ever wondered why wisdom teeth removal is necessary, read on for answers to frequently asked questions.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that tend to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people will have between one and four wisdom teeth emerge in early adulthood.

Why do we have third molars?

In the past, people didn’t have access to effective oral hygiene tools or professional oral healthcare. As a result, they lost their first and second molars quite early in life. Since their other molars were gone, having a third set emerge wasn’t as problematic as it is now. This is because we retain our molars far longer in life than our ancestors due to increased access to professional care and oral hygiene tools.

How can wisdom teeth affect my health?

Keeping your wisdom teeth could have far-reaching effects on your health and your comfort. Wisdom teeth cause crowding, which leads to teeth shifting out of place. They also increases a person’s risks for tooth decay and gum disease because cleaning between crowded teeth is difficult.

Another way that wisdom teeth affect oral health is due to the fact that they rarely erupt through the gums upright. Since there isn’t enough room for their arrival, wisdom teeth tend to become impacted in the bone and gums. This means that only portions of wisdom teeth emerge, with the majority of their structures stuck beneath the gingiva. Impacted teeth greatly increase a person’s risks for tooth decay and gum disease.

The emergence of wisdom teeth presents quality of life issues, too. Many people suffer with facial pain and headaches as a result of their third molars.

Will I be comfortable during wisdom teeth removal?

Oral healthcare providers take every measure possible to ensure patient comfort during treatments. They administer pain-relieving and sedating medication to keep patients physically and emotionally comfortable.

Call Bliss Dental today to reserve a wisdom teeth removal consultation with our dentist.

How do I avoid dry sockets after my wisdom teeth removal?

Written by : Posted on April 10, 2017 : Comments Off on How do I avoid dry sockets after my wisdom teeth removal?

wisdom teeth removal CarrolltonWisdom teeth removal is very common because most people don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate four more large molars. It’s important to take good care of your mouth after removal to avoid uncomfortable side effects like infection or dry socket.

What is Dry Socket?

When a tooth is removed, it leaves behind an empty socket. This leaves nerves and bone tissue unprotected and vulnerable to infection. To protect the socket, a blood clot develops that fills the empty space where the tooth root used to be. Dry socket occurs when this clot become dislodged. Your oral surgeon will provide you with instructions on how to prevent this from happening, including:

  • Eat only soft foods for a few days
  • Avoid using a straw
  • Don’t brush the area where the tooth was removed
  • Rinse carefully with warm salt water to prevent infection
  • Avoid smoking

If you experience any unusual symptoms after your tooth extraction, be sure to talk to your dentist. Symptoms that you may have developed dry socket include:

  • The empty space where the tooth was looks white instead of dark red
  • Persistent discomfort that can radiate into the jaw and ear
  • A bad taste in the mouth or persistent bad breath

If left untreated, dry socket can develop into severe infection, so if you notice any symptoms, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Treatment for Dry Socket

If you have developed dry socket, your dentist or oral surgeon will treat it by cleaning the area and placing a special paste or a medicated dressing in the socket to help it heal. You’ll probably have to make frequent visits to the dentist to have the dressing changed over the next few days, until healing sets in. You may also receive a prescription for antibiotics, and you might need to use a prescription mouthwash.

Once the socket has healed sufficiently, the bone and nerves will be protected by the new gum tissue that fills in the hole where the tooth was. As long as you receive treatment and are careful to follow your dentist’s instructions, your dry socket should heal successfully.

Do you have more questions? We’re here to help! Contact our office today to get more tips about wisdom teeth removal.

Why Do We Get Wisdom Teeth?

Written by : Posted on May 9, 2015 : Comments Off on Why Do We Get Wisdom Teeth?

wisdom teeth removal carrolltonWisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure. In fact, most people’s wisdom teeth cause sufficient problems to the extent that they must be removed. So if wisdom teeth are usually removed, why do we get them in the first place? No one is really sure, but there are some theories.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth is a term used to refer to the very last set of molars, which usually arrive when we are in our late teens or early twenties. Because they arrive later in life, the teeth earned their unique nickname.

Unfortunately, by the time these teeth arrive, we usually don’t have sufficient room for them. The teeth commonly become impacted, which leads to infection, crowding, and other problems. 

Unfortunately, by the time these teeth arrive, we usually don’t have sufficient room for them. The teeth commonly become impacted, which leads to infection, crowding, and other problems.

If the teeth cause any of these problems, wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary. Sometimes they can be extracted in your dentist’s office, but other times they must be removed by an oral surgeon. If your wisdom teeth become uncomfortable, or if there are any signs of infection, talk to your dentist as soon as possible.

What Purpose Do Wisdom Teeth Serve?

For modern humans, wisdom teeth actually serve little to no purpose. There is rarely enough room in the jaw for them to erupt properly. However, some scientists have theorized that they had a purpose at an earlier time in our evolution. They are considered a vestigial organ, which is a bodily structure that has, essentially, outlived its usefulness from an evolutionary standpoint.

It’s thought that, at one time, humans needed their wisdom teeth. By the time they came in during early adulthood, primitive humans had probably lost at least some of their teeth to wear and tear, trauma, or decay. This tooth loss made extra room in the mouth, so the last set of molars could emerge without difficulty. They would take the place of missing teeth, making it easier to eat and thereby possibly extending the lifespan of early man. Today, however, we keep our teeth much longer, so there is no real need for this last set of molars.

To evaluate your set of molars, call 972-307-7777 to schedule an appointment with the friendly team at Bliss Dental.

Why has my dentist recommended wisdom tooth removal?

Written by : Posted on March 12, 2015 : Comments Off on Why has my dentist recommended wisdom tooth removal?

Why-has-my-dentist-recommended-wisdom-tooth-removal-dallas-txHas a medical professional recommended that you have your wisdom teeth extracted? Perhaps you are wondering whether this procedure is necessary. Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the most frequently extracted teeth because they pose many threats to one’s oral health. Removing third molars is often a precautionary measure that helps reduce a patient’s risk for gum disease, dental caries, and abscesses. Our team offers comprehensive oral health care including gentle wisdom tooth extractions.

Why are wisdom teeth a threat to my oral health?

Third molars are a threat to oral health for a few different reasons. First, their placement at the back of the mouth makes them difficult to keep clean. Secondly, wisdom teeth rarely have enough room to come through the gums properly. This means that wisdom teeth become stuck in the gums and if any of the tooth’s crown erupts at all, it is normally only a portion. Partially erupted teeth increase the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. With only a part of the crown exposed, food and bacteria collect under the gums. Lastly, since adult teeth are already well established, wisdom teeth can cause existing teeth to shift out of alignment. In many cases, wisdom tooth eruption will cause teeth to crowd and even overlap.

Are there other complications associated with retaining third molars?

Yes, in addition to an increased risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and unhealthy tooth movement, there are other complications associated with keeping wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly produce uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and facial pain. Discomfort caused by third molars affects quality of life, often on a daily basis.

How will I know when it is time to have my wisdom teeth removed?

The best way to determine when to have a wisdom tooth extraction is by consulting with a dentist. During oral examinations, our team can monitor the progress of wisdom tooth eruption through a physical examination and diagnostic technology. When wisdom teeth require removal, we will develop a treatment plan that suits your unique needs and situation.

To schedule a free wisdom tooth consultation, call our friendly team today.

Can Pregnant Women Have Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

Written by : Posted on November 7, 2014 : Comments Off on Can Pregnant Women Have Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

wisdom teeth removal carrolltonDuring pregnancy, it is generally best to avoid any major dental work, including wisdom teeth removal. This is particularly true if you will need to have general anesthetic. However, if your dentist feels it’s very important to have the oral surgery done, he might recommend that you go ahead and have the procedure.

Dental Work During Pregnancy

While you’re pregnant, your first priority is to protect your growing baby. Some types of medical and dental procedures are best avoided while your baby is growing. This includes dental X-rays and most forms of anesthesia. Even local anesthesia is best avoided if at all possible. Wisdom teeth removal often requires X-rays and always requires some sort of anesthesia. If a tooth is impacted, general anesthesia might be required to remove it.

If you have any questions or concerns about any type of dental procedure, talk them over with your dentist and your OB/GYN. If the tooth removal is an emergency, you can work with your doctors to determine an approach that will keep both you and your baby safe. If the tooth has become infected, removal might be recommended to keep the infection from spreading, or you and your doctor might decide to treat the infection with antibiotics. If the tooth is extremely uncomfortable, you might also decide to go ahead and have the extraction performed. The best-case scenario is to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist before your pregnancy and have any major issues dealt with at that time.

Why is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?

The majority of people have to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their adult life. This is because most people don’t have enough room in their mouths for the teeth to properly emerge. They often become impacted, wedged against adjacent teeth and unable to move completely into place. This can lead to severe infection. When wisdom teeth come in, they can also move other teeth out of alignment, leading to malocclusion, clenching and grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Set up an appointment with our dentist by calling 972-307-7777 to discuss wisdom teeth removal options.