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2 Reasons That Wisdom Teeth Should Not Be Left In The Mouth

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Although their name may suggest it, wisdom teeth do not have any special significance. They are simply the last teeth in the mouth to erupt. Positioned behind the second molars, wisdom teeth usually don’t present until a person becomes a teenager or an adult. Unlike the other teeth in the mouth, wisdom teeth are often targeted for routine extractions. The extraction of a wisdom tooth can be used as a preventive measure to stop the development of unsavory issues that typically accompany the presence of a wisdom tooth, or the removal of the tooth can be performed to treat issues that have already arisen. Here are a few reasons that wisdom teeth should not be left in the mouth: Wisdom teeth are more susceptible to decay. Wisdom teeth are not made from an inferior tooth material. Wisdom teeth are made from the same tooth material as the other teeth in the mouth. However, the positioning of the teeth can make it difficult to clean them properly. The head of a toothbrush is unlikely to be able to reach behind a third molar. In addition, flossing in that area can also be difficult. As a result, a wisdom tooth is more likely to develop cavities and other signs of decay. Once the tooth starts to develop cavities, the decay can spread to the other nearby teeth, especially to a tooth that is adjacent to a wisdom tooth. By having the wisdom teeth removed, you can prevent the decay of bordering teeth. Wisdom teeth may cause problems even if it never erupt from the surface. A wisdom tooth that never erupts may be growing in a misaligned configuration within the jawbone. This may not seem bothersome, since the tooth is not presenting. However, if a wisdom tooth continues to grow beneath the surface of the gums, it can cause a great amount of discomfort. A wisdom tooth may place pressure on the adjacent teeth as it grows. In addition, the patient may feel tenderness and discomfort each time he or she closes his or her mouth. The gums at the site where the wisdom tooth should have erupted may also become irritated and inflamed. To determine the positioning of a wisdom tooth that has not presented, your dentist can take a dental x-ray. If the tooth is not growing in a proper manner, the dentist can still extract it from beneath the gums. If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with a local dentist. Click here to learn more about wisdom teeth...

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How To Become An Orthodontist’s Mortal Enemy

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If you’re reading this it’s likely you’re the parent of a child who needs or is receiving orthodontic treatment. As with most things in life, seeing you and your child can be either a pleasure or a nightmare for the orthodontist you choose, depending upon your behavior. Here you will learn a few things that drive orthodontists up the wall, and how to avoid (or ensure) becoming an orthodontist’s mortal enemy. Making Excuses As a parent it is tempting to defend your child at all costs. You’d do anything to prevent them having to confront difficult problems, and that’s a hallmark of a caring parent. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, however, a lack of accountability on your child’s part can become supremely frustrating. Not only is it annoying to hear a parent say that there’s a good reason little Timmy isn’t wearing his rubber bands, has broken off another bracket, or has enough plaque build up to choke a walrus, it also makes treatment take a lot longer. Little could be more frustrating. Missing Appointments Some orthodontic patients are minors. That means it’s still a parent’s responsibility to get the patient to their appointment in a timely manner. If you’re failing at this you are succeeding at making enemies of everyone in the office. You’re wasting their time, and you’re wasting even more of your own time and your child’s time. Missing appointments means that treatment is delayed. Being late to appointments means you may have to reschedule, and that creates paperwork and delays all around.  Keeping Bad Habits When is the last time you told your little patient they couldn’t have that soda, taffy, or caramel? When is the last time you handed your kid a whole apple to munch on? When is the last time you nagged your kid to brush their teeth on their lunch break at school? If the answers to those questions are “never, today, and never” you’re on your way to a showdown of Superman v. Batman proportions (or maybe just a stern talking-to from the orthodontist). If neither of those things sound exciting it’s time to start encouraging healthy orthodontic habits in your child. Sure, making enemies is easier than making friends, but with your child’s oral health at stake are you sure you’re doing all you can to be on your orthodontist’s good side? Double check this list and get back to...

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Recently Get A Dental Crown? Know These Tips About Eating And Hygiene

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A dental crown may help give one of your teeth the added strength it needs to be able to chew with it again, but that doesn’t mean you can go back to those normal behaviors. Here is a list of 4 things to remember during those first couple days after getting your new dental crown Avoid Chewing With The Crown Chewing with your other teeth will feel more comfortable for those first few days as you get used to the feeling of a dental crown. It will also help prevent causing accidental damage to the crown as well. There may be some additional time needed for bonding material to completely set, so putting less pressure on the tooth will help it. Ask your dentist about when you should start chewing with the tooth that has the crown. Chewing along the same side for a prolonged period of time is not very healthy for the joints in your jaw. Avoid Crunchy and Chewy Foods The crown on your tooth was constructed with very durable material, like a resin compound or porcelain. Unfortunately, you can still damage the crown if you are not careful when it comes to the foods that you eat. You should avoid eating foods that are very crunchy, sticky, or chewy right after you get a crown installed. For example, gum, caramel, ice and tortilla chips should be avoided. Your dentist will let you know when you are able to resume your normal diet, or if you should avoid eating some specific foods due to your crown. Expect Sensitivity It is completely normal to experience sensitivity in your affected tooth once a crown is installed on it. This is true when consuming beverages or foods that are very cold or hot. Thankfully, the sensitivity will subside after several days. When it does not seem like the sensitivity is going away, visit your dentist to have the tooth looked at. Practice Proper Oral Hygiene Your tooth may have a new porcelain or resin covering over it, but that does not mean the tooth cannot get a cavity again. In fact, the tooth will be more difficult to clean. It’s possible for bacteria to get caught along the edge of the crown, and if not cleaned properly, a cavity can form on the side of the tooth. That’s why you must take extra care with brushing to ensure that the edges around the crown are very clean to avoid complications. Thankfully, your tooth should be able to function just like a natural tooth after several days. If you feel like something is wrong, talk with a  dentist like Dr. Robert...

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Snap, Crackle, Pop? How To Get Relief From Your TMJ

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Your eyes flutter open in the peaceful morning light, and you smile, stretching your arms above your head and yawning wide – crack. Most people, sometime in their lives, will have their jaw crack in the morning, but for people who clench their teeth, it can become so common that it would border on tedium if not for the discomfort and/or pain that accompanies the crack. If you’re looking for ways to not only prevent the pain and cracking but also to stop the damage to your jaw from getting worse, then here’s what you need to know. Guard Your Mouth Mouth guards are fantastic for many athletic activities, but they can also protect your jaw and teeth against the wear and tear that accompanies people who clench their teeth at night. However, you shouldn’t just go to the supermarket and pick up the first mouth guard that looks like it’ll fit; going to your dentist (who has probably already noticed that you clench during the night) and asking for a dental mouth guard ensures not only a perfect fit, but also a more comfortable experience than just shoving a hunk of plastic in your mouth. Change Your Pillow Your pillow won’t cause you to clench, per se, but it can definitely exacerbate your clenching tendencies if it doesn’t support your head and jaw. For best relief, try to learn to sleep on your back, and invest in a memory foam pillow. Memory foam will perfectly contour itself to your shape and support you without feeling obnoxious or bulky. Lots of the pillows can be heated or chilled as well, which can help you get more comfortable if sleeping on your back feels a bit unnatural. For even more help, consider a memory foam pillow with aromatics built in; smells like lavender and eucalyptus can help relax your muscles and your brain, leading to better and more restorative sleep. Up Your Magnesium You’ve probably heard that the majority of your health depends on your nutrition, and the health of your jaw muscles is no exception to this general rule. In order to relieve the tension in your jaw muscles from the inside out, try upping the amount of magnesium you ingest. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and purchase a ton of magnesium supplements – try including more foods that naturally contain magnesium, such as nuts, seeds (such as pumpkin or other squash seeds), avocado, and all types of fish. Click for more...

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3 Things Hypertension Sufferers Need To Know About Gingival Overgrowth

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Gingival overgrowth, also called gingival hyperplasia, refers to the abnormal growth of your gum tissues. This condition can occur as a side effect of a wide range of prescription medications, including the calcium-channel blockers you’re taking to control your blood pressure. Here are three things hypertension sufferers need to know about gingival overgrowth. How do hypertension drugs cause gingival overgrowth? Calcium-channel blockers work by widening your blood vessels to allow more blood to pass through them. However, these drugs also have other effects within your body, and researchers still aren’t completely sure how they cause gingival overgrowth. One theory is that the drugs affect your calcium metabolism, which plays a role in the replacement of your gum tissues. Normally, your gum cells are constantly dying off and being replaced with new cells, just like the rest of the cells in your body. When you take calcium channel blockers, this process appears to be interrupted; new cells continue to build up, but the old ones don’t die and slough off like they should. Another theory is that the drug interacts with your proinflammatory cytokines. In simple terms, proinflammatory cytokines are responsible for telling your other cells what to do. Under the influence of calcium-channel blockers, they may instruct your gums to produce more collagen, which makes them grow. Not everyone who takes calcium-channel blockers experiences gingival overgrowth. Poor oral hygiene is a major contributing factor, so while you’re taking these drugs, be vigilant about brushing and flossing. Frequent visits to your dentist for professional cleanings have also been shown to help stave off gingival overgrowth. What are the signs of gingival overgrowth? Gingival overgrowth is fairly easy to identify. You’ll notice that your gums are larger than they used to be—especially in between your teeth—and are now covering part of your teeth. This overgrowth can be asymptomatic, but your gums may bleed or feel sore. If you experience these symptoms, see your dentist right away and make sure to mention that you’re taking calcium-channel blockers. Can gingival overgrowth be reversed? Your dentist control your overgrowth by thoroughly cleaning your mouth. After your appointment, you’ll need to be meticulous about your oral hygiene routine. This may be the only treatment you need for your gingival overgrowth, but if your gums don’t recede, your dentist can surgically remove the excess tissue. If you’re taking calcium-channel blockers to control your hypertension and have noticed that your gums are growing, see a dentist at http://www.larsen-haslemdental.com right...

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Fixing Discolorations On Old Dental Implants: A Few Options To Consider

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Although there is evidence to support that the first dental implants may be thousands of years old, modern dental implants are only a few decades old. If you were one of the first patients to ever receive modern dental implants (in the seventies or eighties), then you may have had them long enough for these fake teeth to stain. Because you cannot whiten or bleach them like natural teeth, it may become painfully obvious to you and everyone around you (when you smile) that you have dental implants. You have a few options to cosmetically correct your older cosmetic teeth. Burnishing Dental implants from any era are made of some type of plastic polymer. Barring any issues, like old cracked or damaged implants, or implants that have lost a lot of surface area over the decades, you can renew their whiteness with burnishing. The dentist will take a grinding, sanding and polishing tool and sand away a thin layer or two off of your implants. This reveals a whiter surface underneath. It is not recommended that you repeat this process often, otherwise you would have no implant left, but you could have it done once or twice just for special occasions or when you cannot afford a more expensive option. Partial Implant Replacement This is more expensive than burnishing, but the effects are longer lasting. A partial implant replacement means that your dentist removes just the fake crown of each discolored implant and replaces it with a brand-new, very white crown. The results appear to make you look as though you have just had your teeth professionally whitened. If you do have your natural teeth whitened, then nobody is the wiser with regards to your implants. The surgery is also less painful, since your dentist only has to peel back the gingiva surrounding the tops of implant crowns to remove them. Total Implant Replacement A total implant replacement is the final, and most expensive, option. Your dentist removes all of your outdated and discolored implants, including the screws in your jaws and the abutments between the implants’ crowns and the screws. Then he or she replaces them with the brand new models of dental implants, and you are good to go for another three or four decades. Your dentist may only recommend total implant replacements for your old and discolored implants if there are also several other issues co-occurring with these outdated implants. For more information, go to...

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Three Possible Causes of Dental Occlusion Issues

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Dental occlusion is the manner in which your upper and lower teeth meet when you chew, or your mouth is at rest. Ideally, the upper teeth should be in maximum contact with the lower teeth when you close your mouth. Unfortunately, the fact that you have a proper occlusion now doesn’t mean it will be the case forever. Here are some of the things that may interfere with this arrangement: Missing Teeth When you extract a tooth and fail to replace it, you encourage the resorption of the jawbone. The sac-like bone that surrounds and supports the teeth, which is known as the alveolar, needs constant stimulation (that it gets from the teeth) to maintain its density. When a tooth is missing, the alveolar doesn’t get this stimulation and loses its form and density after some time. When this happens, the jawbone doesn’t rebuild itself and loses its form. This leads to distortion of the occlusion, meaning your upper and lower teeth may not make perfect contact. The only way to prevent this is to replace any missing tooth as soon as possible. You may consider turning to cosmetic dentistry for an implant. Bruxism Bruxism is chronic teeth grinding and clenching. In moderate to severe cases, it leads to excessive enamel wear, fracturing, and loosening of teeth. Of course, this harmful habit may also lead to failure of dental restorations, such as bridges and crowns. All these things may interfere with the symmetry and sizes of your teeth, which inevitably messes up with your dental occlusion. Apart from the physical wear of teeth, other symptoms of bruxism include: jaw pain facial soreness tight jaws increased tooth sensitivity Contact your dentist for a diagnosis. Bruxism can be treated via different techniques that include therapy, medication, and dental correction. Periodontitis Periodontitis is an advanced form of gingivitis (gum disease). It develops if the bacterial plaque spreads below the gum line and affects the tissues supporting the teeth, including the bone. As more bone tissue gets destroyed, the teeth lose their stability and become loose. The mobility of the teeth leads to occlusal collapse. The preventive measure is to avoid gum disease by observing a high level of oral hygiene. It also helps to treat gingivitis before it progresses to periodontitis. What if you have already lost your perfect dental occlusion? In that case, orthodontic treatment becomes useful in stabilizing your teeth and correcting your occlusion. Consult your dentist for further measures on preserving your occlusion or correcting your...

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Why A Root Canal Is Better Than Extracting A Problem Tooth

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When you have a tooth that has infected pulp, a root canal will be necessary to repair the tooth. Some people believe that having the tooth extracted is a viable alternative to having a root canal, and that it will be an easy process that fixes all of the problems for good. This could not be farther from the truth. Here are 3 reasons why root canals are a better option than tooth extractions. Root Canals Will Cost Less Overall Dental procedures can be expensive, so it’s understandable to look at the initial costs of the procedures and make a decision based on that. You must remember that an extracted tooth will need to be replaced. When the tooth is gone, your jawbone will not receive the stimulation it needs from activities like eating. It can cause that part of your jawbone to deteriorate, and start affecting the surrounding teeth. The root canal procedure will cost around $500 – $1,000 per tooth. Meanwhile. a tooth extraction procedure will cost anywhere from $130 – $400 per tooth. You can replace the tooth with a implant, which will cost $4,250 on average, or a dental bridge for anywhere between $1,100-$2,300. All three procedures require a crown, so the additional cost will be similar between them. No matter which direction you go with, the cost for replacing a tooth will cause an extraction to be much more expensive in the end. Root Canals Will Be Fast If time is a concern when dealing with your infected tooth, a root canal will be the fastest procedure to have done when compared to an extraction. This is because you will not be going through the steps of replacing the tooth once a root canal is complete. Expect to visit your dentist twice for a root canal for the procedure and follow-up visit, while an extraction should require three. One visit for the tooth extraction, a second for the tooth replacement, and a third to follow-up on how everything is doing. For those that have busy schedules, a root canal should cause you to spend less time at your dentist. Root Canals Are Less Painful A misconception about root canals is that they are a painful procedure, but the reality is that they are more uncomfortable than painful due to keeping your mouth open for the length of your procedure. Thanks to sedation dentistry, chances are that you will not feel a thing during your root canal, with you experiencing some soreness during your recovery An extraction should go much faster on the day the procedure is performed, but it causes significant trauma to your gums. You will feel more pain after the extraction is performed, which may be worse than the discomfort that you feel during your root canal procedure. Still have questions about the advantages of root canals? Schedule a consultation with a dentist like Mill Creek Family...

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4 Ways To Improve Your Smile Today

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Your smile makes a huge impact on the first impression that you give off, which is especially important on the job. When you meet with new clients or you are interviewing, a beautiful smile can make more of an impact than you may otherwise think. In order to achieve a beautiful, white smile, you may consider these four ways to help improve them: Teeth Whitening: Discoloration of the teeth is something that happens naturally as you age. Discoloration can also take place due to certain drinks that you consume, such as your morning coffee or tea and even red wine. If you feel that your teeth could be a bit brighter, you may consider using a teeth whitening kit, gel, or strips that help to improve the brightness of your smile. Of course, the best way to improve the whiteness of your smile is to visit a cosmetic dentist who will utilize special teeth whitening agents and a UV light to provide maximum results.  Teeth Straightening: Straightening your teeth is another way to make a huge impact on the first impression that you give off. This is because a straight smile is more visually appealing to look at. Of course, the best way to improve the straightness of your smile is to put braces on your teeth. However, this may not be the road you want to go down if you feel that it will make a negative impact in your workplace. Instead, you can choose Invisalign, which are removable. This means that you can take them off whenever meeting with new clients or attending events.  Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a great option if you have any gaps in your smile or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers are matched to the correct shade of your smile and will be shaped to fit into your smile where you need them so that your smile can appear fuller.  Implants: Implants are a long-term solution if you have any missing teeth that need to be replaced. Implants are surgically implanted to fuse to the jawbone. This is a great way to make your smile appear healthier and fuller. You won’t want to use porcelain veneers in this situation because they do not last as long and aren’t durable enough to replace a missing tooth or a whole set of missing teeth. Since implants fuse to the bone, they can work as your natural teeth would work to form correct speech and eat properly.  By knowing these four ways in which you can improve your smile, you can be sure that you know what options are best to discuss with your cosmetic dentist  to ensure that you are able to achieve a beautiful smile as soon as...

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3 Herbal Teas To Relieve Soreness After A Dental Implant Procedure

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Dental implants are useful for replacing broken or missing teeth. The implants can be shaped and colored to match your existing teeth. Installing a dental implant involves embedding a titanium post into the bone socket of the tooth it is replacing. Once the post bonds with the rest of the bone in your mouth, the replica tooth is then added. This entire process can leave your mouth feeling a little sore. Luckily, there are a few herbal teas you can drink in order to relieve some of the pain. Lavender Tea Lavender is regularly included as a relaxant in teas in order to relieve tension and soreness in the body. The plant contains analgesic and detoxifying properties that are beneficial for cleansing and calming the body. A natural lavender tea can be created by steeping the plant in hot water. Allow the lavender to sit for a few minutes. Once the water has cooled you can drink the tea. In order to notice a reduction in soreness, drink the tea several times a day. Clove Tea Cloves come from a flower bud and are used as spices. In addition, clove oil extracted from cloves is commonly used in dental care in order to alleviate pain caused by decay and dental surgeries. The herb contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that allow it to ward off infection while soothing any pain. You can create a clove tea by steeping the herb in boiling water. This will extract the oils from the herb along with its calming and soothing properties. The tea should be consumed several times throughout the day in order to notice a change in soreness. Spearmint Tea Spearmint is similar in taste to peppermint and is used as a natural pain killer. It contains antibacterial and analgesic properties that make it great for fighting off infection and reducing any aches and pains throughout the body. The herb can be converted into a tea by boiling it in a pot of water at low heat. Once a few minutes have gone by, cut the heat and allow the tea to cool. The taste of spearmint can be strong, therefore, adding lemon will help to balance out the taste. The soreness will go away if you drink the tea daily. A dental implant is often necessary for replacing damaged teeth, but the procedure can leave your mouth in pain. Therefore, use these tips to help reduce some of the soreness after a dental implant...

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