Dental Tips Blog

Sep
29

Do These 5 Things to Quickly Recover from a Tooth Extraction

You might not look forward to having a wisdom tooth or other tooth extracted, but you’ll probably find that the experience is more comfortable than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you bounce right back after a tooth extraction.

  1. Stay Away From Straws

Suction of any kind will put tension on the blood clot forming at the extraction site. Disturbing that clot will only cause more bleeding and delay the healing process.

If your mouth is swollen and sore after oral surgery, it may be tempting to use a straw. But it’s better to just sip carefully.

  1. No Smoking!

Smoking is another activity that creates suction in the mouth. But not only that, it constricts blood vessels throughout the body which slows down the delivery of nutrients to your gums. Avoid smoking after any type of oral surgery.

  1. Eat Healthy

Vitamin C is essential to healing as is protein. Make sure you stick to very soft food for the first couple days, however. Enjoy minimal-chewing-required meals of:

  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Soft pasta
  • Pudding
  • Scrambled eggs
  1. Get Lots Of Rest

Strenuous physical activity that gets the heart pumping raises blood pressure. That will only put more tension on the healing site and disrupt the blood clot. Take a break from hard work and physical exercise for a couple days.

  1. Put Off Brushing

Yes, you get to skip tooth brushing immediately after your surgery. On the following day, you can start gently brushing your other teeth. Just make sure to avoid the extraction site. Also, don’t swish your mouth with water or mouthwash too vigorously, since that can disrupt healing.

Follow your dentist’s other instructions for a fast and successful recovery!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

Sep
10

Recovering From Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It might have sounded like a scary experience when you first learned you would need to have your wisdom teeth extracted! But now it’s all over. It wasn’t as bad as you thought. Now, however, you’re concerned with making your recovery as comfortable and brief as you can.

Immediately After the Procedure

Your mouth will still be numb, so be very careful when talking that you don’t accidentally bite your cheek or tongue. Those spots will hurt once the numbing drugs wear off! Keep biting down on gauze pads with gentle pressure and change them out as they become saturated. The bleeding should taper off throughout the rest of the day. Avoid lying down. Sitting upright or reclining slightly will keep your head above your chest and should help reduce bleeding. Keep applying ice to your cheeks to help bring down inflammation and reduce bleeding.

Over the Next Few Days

Get lots of rest! Too much physical activity can raise blood pressure and disrupt the clotting process so vital to your mouth’s healing. Rinse as often as needed with warm salt water to bring down pain and swelling. At this point, it is ok to use moist heat on your cheeks to relieve discomfort. Avoid smoking or using a straw because the suction of those activities can also disturb the clots. Stick to soft foods that don’t require any chewing. Maintain a routine of brushing and flossing your other teeth, but take care to not bother the surgical sites with your finger, tongue, or toothbrush.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

May
4

3 Signs You May Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but a lot of people do. Wisdom teeth may cause severe pain or be completely asymptomatic. Here are a few signs your dentist will look for when it comes to whether or not your wisdom teeth need to go or stay:

Partial Eruption

Sometimes a wisdom tooth will only erupt partially through the gum tissue. This creates an opening in the gums that allows food and bacteria to pack into. Since areas like this are nearly impossible to clean, they often become a source of chronic infection. Pain, swelling and tenderness may be your first sign that something is wrong. 

Decay on Erupted Wisdom Teeth

Because wisdom teeth are the 3rd set of molars to erupt, they are typically very difficult to keep clean. Even if they erupt completely straight into the mouth, some people find that wisdom teeth easily decay. Treating cavities on these teeth may not be a good investment, as tooth decay may simply reoccur a year or two later. 

Impaction Against Neighboring Teeth

If the wisdom tooth is wedged into the next tooth, this pressure could create irreversible damage to the otherwise healthy tooth. Sometimes the tooth will experience nerve damage, movement, or decay due to difficulty maintaining oral hygiene in that area. Shifting of teeth throughout the rest of the mouth is usually evident.

Your dentist will take a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the development of the wisdom teeth and how they relate to the other structures surrounding them. Don’t wait before it’s too late – if your dentist recommends having your wisdom teeth extracted, early care can prevent problems from affecting other teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

May
2

Do Wisdom Teeth Hurt the Rest of My Smile?

A lot of people come into the dental office asking whether or not their wisdom teeth are causing any problems for the rest of their smile. Unfortunately there is no straightforward response, because the answer can change from person to person. Many people enjoy fully erupted wisdom teeth that are easy to care for and never cause any problems whatsoever.

However, wisdom teeth can create problems for other teeth when they are:

Infected or Decayed

Even fully erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to keep healthy, simply due to their location in the mouth. This means they are also more likely to get cavities or gum disease around them. Unfortunately those cavities or bone loss don’t just impact the wisdom teeth – they almost always create problems for the tooth right next to it.

Partially Erupted

If a wisdom tooth is only partially erupted through the gums, bacteria and food can become lodged down underneath the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. As mentioned previously, this makes the area difficult to clean and infections around the tooth typically develop. 

ImpactedLet’s say that the wisdom tooth never erupts at all. Instead, it is impacted at an angle against the other tooth, preventing it from going anywhere. Although this may seem harmless, the pressure caused by the wisdom tooth could actually damage the neighboring healthy tooth. Some common side effects include bone loss, cavities or trauma to the nerve.

Your dentist can evaluate your wisdom teeth by taking a large panoramic image of your teeth and jaws. This simple x-ray makes it easy to see exactly what is going on in your smile. Most patients should have a panorex taken every 3-5 years.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Mar
28

Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you are like many young adults, you may have noticed a third set of molars erupting in your late teens or early twenties.  These molars are called wisdom teeth because they are the last set of teeth you will ever get.

Wisdom teeth can generally stay in place if they are healthy and properly aligned.  For teenagers that had braces, wisdom teeth may have erupted after braces came off.  If this is the case, the orthodontist may be consulted to see if the new molars will cause any shifting or changing of the tooth pattern.

In some cases, wisdom teeth simply do not have the room to stay in place.  Signs that there is not enough room for your wisdom teeth include pain in or around the new tooth, infections or cysts at the gum line, or tooth decay on the wisdom tooth or between the wisdom tooth and the second molar.

Reviewing your past dental records, your dentist will determine if your wisdom teeth can stay in place or not.  If they need to be removed, he or she will schedule an appointment when this can be done.  Wisdom teeth extraction may require that you be placed under anesthesia, depending on how fully the tooth erupted.  Your dentist will explore all possible options with you prior to the appointment.

If it is determined that your wisdom teeth may stay in place, your dentist will continue to monitor them at each visit.  As we age, the shape of our mouth changes, and it may be possible that the wisdom teeth need to be removed at a later time.

If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment to see your local dentist.  He can determine the best course of action for you and your wisdom teeth.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Nov
14

Wisdom Teeth

Your final set of molars usually erupts between your late teens to mid-twenties, and are most commonly known as wisdom teeth. These teeth are the 3rd set of molars located just behind the set that erupted around the time you were 12 years old. While most of us don’t recall having pain or discomfort during the eruption of our other teeth, many people experience moderate discomfort associated with their wisdom teeth.

Because of their location and common jaw anatomy, wisdom teeth are at an increased risk to develop gum infections, bone loss and tooth decay. This is mostly due to the fact that their location makes them extremely difficult to keep clean, and they can be prone to allow food or bacteria to pack under the gums around them. Unfortunately it doesn’t just stop there. When dental diseases develop in one tooth, they also spread to the adjacent teeth. That means when you can’t keep a wisdom tooth clean, healthy and decay free, that decay jumps right over to the next molar sitting right beside it.

While extracting wisdom teeth isn’t always needed, the American Dental Association does recommend wisdom teeth extractions for the following reasons:

  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Some people have great oral anatomy that allows their wisdom teeth to erupt unobstructed, with wonderful access to keep them clean. Others on the other hand, may have shorter jaws that prevent the tooth from even breaking through, and cause it to become impacted against the roots of another tooth. In order for your dentist to determine the health of your wisdom teeth, a large panoramic x-ray will be taken. These films are taken once about every three to five years, which are often enough to properly evaluate the formation of wisdom teeth.

Sep
13

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Posted in Oral Surgery

Wisdom teeth are last set of molars to erupt.  Most people have four wisdom teeth: two upper and two lower at the back of the mouth.  Wisdom teeth usually come in when the person is in their late teens or early 20’s. Healthy wisdom teeth that come in straight are not a problem but in many cases, there is not enough room left for the wisdom teeth to erupt properly.  They can come in crooked, crowd the existing teeth, or get stuck and not fully erupt.  When this happens, the wisdom teeth are called “impacted” and must be removed.

Most impacted wisdom teeth are painful and removal is necessary for relief, but even if the impacted wisdom tooth is not causing pain or any other symptoms, it should be removed.  If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed, it can easily lead to infection.  Since the impacted wisdom tooth is only partially erupted, bacteria can enter under the soft tissue and around the gums and cause an infection.  The area is also difficult to brush or floss properly which leads to gum disease and tooth decay.

As a person ages, the jawbone becomes harder and denser and the wisdom tooth root becomes fully developed.  This makes the wisdom tooth extraction procedure in older patients more difficult and recovery times longer.  Oral surgeons generally recommend removing wisdom teeth when the person is in their early 20’s.

People who have reached the age of 30 with fully erupted wisdom teeth that do not cause any problems generally don’t need to have their wisdom teeth extracted.  At this point, it is unlikely that the wisdom teeth will cause any future problems and the wisdom teeth should be treated just like the rest of the teeth.

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