Exploring Dental Tool Improvements

Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.

Wisdom Teeth: Taking Wise Action To Address Problems

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So-called wisdom teeth often emerge during the late teens and early twenties. In many cases, that is when young people become adults. Wisdom teeth can emerge at other times, however, and they might appear early or even in your thirties. Also known as third molars, these teeth may create so many problems that they have to be removed. Read on to find out more about wisdom tooth problems and how to deal with them.

When the More Is Not the Merrier

Just one or two more teeth should not cause the problems that wisdom teeth do, but they do. Take a look at some common issues with wisdom teeth.

  1. Crowding — Some don't have the gum space for emerging wisdom teeth. That can mean if the tooth is left to fully emerge, it can push against other teeth and make them crooked or loose.
  2. Impacted wisdom teeth — Unfortunately, some wisdom teeth remain stubborn and refuse to emerge. When that happens, the gums can suffer from an impact situation, which is not just painful but can cause permanent damage to the gums.
  3. Dental Hygiene — Wisdom teeth can rest too close to other teeth to properly brush and floss between them. When food cannot be removed, decay is sure to follow.
  4. Bacteria — Any opening in the gums can invite bacteria to enter and set up shop. With wisdom teeth being so slow to emerge, it sets up a perfect environment for bacteria growth and all the bad things that come with it: decay, bad breath, and gum diseases.
  5. Pain — Wisdom teeth may cause gums to become tender, swollen, and painful.

Treatment Options

Given that wisdom teeth serve no useful purpose and that they cause problems, removal is almost always recommended. The removal is considered minor dental surgery and various levels of pain relief may be used so that the entire procedure is pain-free. Not all wisdom teeth cause the problems shown above. If your teenager has no discomfort and practices good dental hygiene habits, the dentist may take a wait and see approach. Wisdom teeth that are in the midst of emerging bear watching closely so that action may be taken quickly to avoid an impacted tooth or an infection. Wisdom teeth that seemed to emerge without issue may one day cause issues with adults. The main thing to keep in mind is to get regular check-ups so your dentist can address any wisdom teeth problems right away. Talk to a local dental service to learn more.


27 January 2020