Wisdom teeth are often referred to as the third molar. They are historically called wisdom teeth because they appear later in life – later than when the other teeth develop, and when young adults are presumably “wiser” than they were as a child. Your Smile Reef pediatric dentist will perform an initial evaluation of the wisdom teeth as early as age 16. All too often many mouths are too small for an additional four molars and tooth extraction is recommended.
When Should Wisdom Teeth be Removed?
Smile Reef Pediatric Dentistry has provided a list of signs and symptoms that may indicate that the wisdom teeth are about to erupt or have already erupted; these symptoms include pain, infection, facial swelling and swelling of the gum line in the back of the mouth. To determine if the adjacent teeth have been damaged an x-ray may be performed of the tooth and an antibiotic administered to the patient to reduce infection.
What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction refers to the painless removal of a tooth or the roots of a tooth with minimal disruption and trauma to the surrounding tissues which also helps to insure the socket wound heals quickly and completely without post-operative complications.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Extraction
More and more dentists believe it is better to remove wisdom teeth before they have erupted and even before the roots are fully formed, when the patient is younger and will recover faster from surgery. Your Smile Reef Pediatric Dentist may recommend removing your child’s wisdom teeth before the teeth begin causing problems and become more firmly rooted in the jaw. It is common for wisdom teeth to be completely impacted. This means that the teeth have not erupted through the gum into the mouth. If the wisdom teeth are causing pain and other complications, most dentists and oral health specialists will recommend immediate removal. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause many problems including bacteria and plaque buildup, cyst development, tumor development, infection, jaw and gum disease and decay of the tooth adjacent to the wisdom tooth.
What do Dentist’s do when they Take your Wisdom Teeth Out
Your Smile Reef Pediatric Dentist will explain what is involved in the extraction procedure. Wisdom tooth extraction surgery involves making an incision through the gum tissue over the tooth. The connective tissue between the tooth and the bone is gently detached. After the tooth is removed, the opening in the gum may be sutured. Sometimes the wisdom tooth may need to be cut into sections to remove it. Most wisdom teeth extractions can be performed in the Smile Reef Dental Office using the best method of anesthesia for your child.
The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always an easy one. Talk to your Smile Reef Dental Pedodontist about the position and health of your child’s wisdom teeth.
Have you noticed during pregnancy that your dental visits seem to increase? There is actually a good reason for that. During pregnancy you have a lot to worry about with appointments, purchases and preparations. One of the last things that you want to have to deal with is an emergency trip to the dentist. The first line of defense against tooth problems is to have a regular checkup and cleaning to be sure that if there are any issues they are taken care of quickly. Smile Reef has prepared this quick guide outlining what to expect from a visit with the dentist while pregnant.
Gingivitis Symptoms and Treatment
Gingivitis is one of the problems that can occur when pregnant. When a woman is pregnant the possibility that there is swelling is much higher. Gingivitis is swelling and tenderness in the gums and that can be from inflammation. There is not a lot that can be done to prevent this from happening but a dentist may recommend that more cleaning is done more often.
Prescription Drugs While Pregnant
Some dental work can wait for the baby to be delivered, but most problems need to be addressed and repaired before they become a much larger problem. Medication is often used either during or after dental work to ensure comfort and make sure that no infection sets in. The dentist can consult with the doctor on what kind of medications are okay for you to take.
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If you come across an emergency dental problem that needs immediate attention, the dentist may need to complete an X-ray. Even if there is a chance of pregnancy the technician will cover the stomach area with a leaded apron that will help to minimize the effects of the radiation that is emitted by the machine itself. The amount of radiation is very low, but the apron will be applied regardless.
Another problem that pregnant women may have to deal with is called a pregnancy tumor. Don’t be alarmed! They are harmless and are non-cancerous growths that usually show up between teeth and can be uncomfortable. If you notice any of these growths you can contact your dentist who should be able to remove them.
Baby’s First Dental Visit
Smile Reef specializes in patient comfort and we go above and beyond to make sure all our patients are comfortable and are taken care of. We believe that dental care should be started as early as possible. If you have any concerns about your dental care and you are pregnant we have experience and knowledge to answer all of your questions to assist in keeping you and your baby unharmed. And we look forward to baby’s first visit to the Smile Reef office in the first year they are born.