Posts for: December, 2016
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
What your dentists in Ajax, Ontario want you to know
There are many tales about root canals which can make you fearful. The truth is root canals have become the state-of-the-art dental treatment to relieve tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Not too long ago, your only choice to relieve pain from a badly decayed tooth was to remove the tooth.
Now, thanks to modern techniques, materials and tools, you can save your painful tooth. The answer is root canal therapy. Your dentists at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax, Ontario want to share with you why root canals are nothing to be afraid of.
Many dentists agree your best choice is to keep a tooth whenever possible. If you have a tooth removed, you are faced with:
- Living without the tooth, giving you an incomplete smile
- Replacing the tooth with a removable partial which can move around, making it difficult to eat or speak
- Replacing the tooth with bridgework, requiring restoration of the adjacent teeth to support the bridge
- Replacing the tooth with a dental implant which can be expensive
Why not keep your tooth with root canal therapy? Your dentists in Ajax, Ontario can perform root canal treatment using the latest anesthesia procedures to make you comfortable. When the treatment area is completely numb, your dentist will remove the diseased tissue from inside your tooth, replacing it with a sedative material. This material calms the tooth down, relieving pain and pressure. When your tooth is no longer painful, your dentist will place an inert, rubbery material called gutta-percha into the tooth. Your dentist will close the tooth with a filling, or place a dental crown to protect the tooth and your treatment is complete.
You may need a root canal if you have deep dental decay or tooth trauma from an accident or injury. Whatever the cause of your tooth pain, when you visit Ajax Dental Centre, you can be assured of the best experience before, during, and after your root canal treatment.
If you need a root canal, don’t be afraid. Let your dentists at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax, Ontario take away your pain. Help is just a simple phone call away, so call today!
From birth to young adulthood, your child's teeth gums and other mouth structures steadily grow and mature. Sometimes, though, problems arise and get in the way of their oral health. It's important we detect when that happens and take action.
We can sort these potential problems into three broad categories: developmental, disease and injury. The first category includes such problems during their childhood years as teeth erupting out of position or the jaws growing improperly and becoming abnormally long, short, wide or narrow.
The possibility of developmental problems is a primary reason for regular dental visits, beginning around your child's first birthday. If we can detect a growing problem early, we may be able to minimize or even reverse its impact to your child's oral health.
Regular dental care also helps control disease, particularly tooth decay and cavity formation. Our primary aim is to treat decay, even in primary (baby) teeth: losing a primary tooth to decay could adversely affect the incoming permanent tooth's jaw position. Besides treatment, we can also help prevent decay with topical fluoride treatments (to strengthen enamel) and sealants.
Although not as common as disease, dental problems due to injury still occur all too frequently. Blows to the mouth can chip teeth, loosen them or even knock them out. For any type of visible tooth injury you should visit us or an emergency room immediately — time is of the essence especially to save a knocked out tooth. Be sure you recover and bring any knocked out teeth or chip fragments.
We can also help you on the injury prevention front as well. For example, if your child participates in contact sports or similar activities, we can fashion a custom-fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth and soft tissues.
Keeping a vigilant eye for these potential problems will help ensure your child's future oral health is the best it can be. The sooner these problems are detected, the better and less costly their outcome.