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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction can be necessary for various reasons. The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the four permanent adult teeth, located in the back corners of your mouth. An extraction is usually performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon if the tooth does not have adequate room to grow normally, or if it is infected. Wisdom teeth are the last adult, permanent teeth to erupt, and they usually appear between the ages of 17 to 25. Some people, however, never get wisdom teeth.

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, or does not have enough room to grow, or erupt normally, it may become painful, due to infection. Wisdom teeth that do not have room to grow, may also grow at an angle, damaging adjacent teeth, or even stay trapped in the jawbone. If wisdom teeth become infected, they will become painful from infection, a cyst may be formed around the tooth, there may be subsequent damage to the bone, or complications may arise with orthodontics, or measures attempting to straighten other teeth.

Preventative extraction is controversial. The medical field does not agree about whether the expense and possible risks of wisdom tooth extraction, justify the expected benefits. Some of the risks of wisdom tooth extraction could be dry socket, or blood clot, exposure of bone, infection, sinus damage, nerve damage, and weakening of the lower jawbone. If x-rays show that the wisdom tooth is growing in an angle, or if there are signs of overcrowding in your teeth already, then wisdom tooth extraction should be discussed with your dentist or oral surgeon.

If you experience swelling or numbness of the face, have a persistent fever, notice a bad taste in your mouth for several days in a row, or have blood in nasal discharge, these could be signs of an infected wisdom tooth. Infected, impacted teeth are very painful, and you should consult your dentist immediately. When the problem is diagnosed, we may suggest wisdom tooth extraction, or in severe cases, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

What You Need to Know About Root Canal Therapy

Losing a tooth does not just affect how you look but also how you chew your food and your overall mouth function. For a tooth that has a diseased nerve, it is not necessary to have it removed and patients can opt for root canal therapy; unless the disease has spread to a stage where the tooth structure will no longer support normal function.

Inside the tooth, there is a pulp that runs like a thread going down to the root. This pulp is the source of nutrients for the tooth, as well as the passageway for the nerves. When there is damage to the tooth such as decay or cracking, infection is likely to happen. To treat the infection and for the affected tooth to be saved, one treatment of choice among dentists is root canal therapy. This is done by the dentist by drilling into the pulp chamber, removing the pulp and then filing out the nerves. Afterward, the root canals are filled with inert materials and sealed. A crown is then placed over the tooth to make it stronger.

Root canal therapy is a simple procedure and we take great care to ensure the root canal treatment is performed properly and will last. The treatment itself can be painless since the dentist will usually use a local anesthetic while performing the procedure. However, there are instances wherein pain can be felt such as when there is a severe abscess in the affected tooth. There is little to no discomfort after root canal therapy, with only about one to three visits to the dentist.

There are several reasons root canal therapy is a preferred treatment for a diseased tooth. Aside from saving the tooth, it is also a safe procedure with a promising result. With proper oral care, the treated tooth can last for a lifetime. Regular visits to the dentist are necessary such that the tooth will be properly cared for. If it is taken care of, then there will be no problems with the tooth which was treated through root canal therapy.