Whether you are guilty of ignoring them or they are just coming through, one of the worst things you can do is to overlook the appearance of your wisdom teeth.
Our team here at Redbank Plains Dental provides wisdom teeth removal services for Redbank, Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, Camira and Goodna along with any other suburbs around and in-between.
Excavating the mystery behind wisdom teeth doesn’t have to be boring! The following article sheds light to why they’re called wisdom teeth, why we have wisdom teeth and why everyone says you need them removed.
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
They don’t give you a sudden spurt of wisdom on their arrival; wisdom teeth are named because of the age you are at when they appear which is typically between 17 and 25, a period known as an age of wisdom. Generally people have their wisdom teeth removed while they’re young because as we get older the recover speed of patients is a little slower, making the risks of infection and other problems higher.
What do they do?
Back in the age of prehistoric times, mankind had stronger and larger jaws. The appearance of wisdom teeth helped the process of chewing and offered some replacements when teeth fell out – which was likely not uncommon in those days, as dental care and knowledge of dentistry was scarce and uncertain.
Moving forward with modern medicine and evolution’s changes in jaw size, we now have the problem of impaction and lack of space for teeth. As there isn’t enough room for the teeth to grow healthy and normally, they tend to partially erupt, grow in a different direction or remain trapped underneath the gum or bone. So how can we solve this problem?
Firstly, if you don’t already know, find out if you have wisdom teeth
Not everyone will develop a set of third molars, but the average person has 4 – two at both ends of the top jaw and two at both ends of the bottom jaw, although it is possible to have more. The most obvious way of finding this out is to come in and see us at Redbank Plains Dental where we can assess your third molars and find out if you need treatment and what treatment plan would best suit you as a patient.
In some cases, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Strained jaw
- Pain when chewing
It’s also common for patients to feel no symptoms at all this is why it’s important to stress the need for dental assistance because although symptoms may not be overly apparent, your wisdom teeth are likely to still require monitoring to make sure they don’t become decayed or diseased.
Your wisdom teeth removal treatment
Needing teeth removed is a hard thing to hear, but here at Redbank Plains Dental we practice dentistry with care and precision, making sure our patients have the most effective and straightforward treatment plans.
What to expect after the treatment
Everyone experiences different levels of pain and discomfort after treatment. Some symptoms could be:
• Puffy cheeks from swelling – often peaking from 48-72 hours after treatment
• Bleeding gums
• Difficulty eating
There could also be other symptoms like infection but depending on the patient, your dental professional will ensure you are fully up to date with any post treatment care and information that you may have about the treatment.
Want to find out more?
Here at Redbank Plains Dental we offer a comprehensive approach to our patients individual treatment needs. To find out more about your wisdom teeth and whether they are impacted, undeveloped or in need of extraction book a consultation with us today.
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September 9, 2013
After Your Natural Tooth, a Dental Implant Is the Best Thing for Your Oral Health
Unlike other forms of restorative dentistry, a dental implant is a comprehensive tooth replacement treatment. Whereas other restorative treatments restore the crown (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line) dental implant treatment also replaces the tooth root.
The dental implant acts as a tooth root and then the prosthetic tooth that is attached acts as the crown. The benefits of which are healthier teeth, gums and jaw:
Healthier teeth and gums: when you lose a tooth the teeth on either side start to migrate into the gap. This can cause red, swollen gums as well as a misaligned bite.
Healthier jaw: misaligned bite can cause problems with jaw joints and muscles. Also when you lose a tooth, the bone that holds the tooth root starts to slowly dissolve. This can mean further problems for your other teeth. Jawbone shrinkage can also give your cheeks a sunken, hollow appearance.
Dental Implants Are Healthier and Long-Term Are More Cost Effective…
Dental implants are healthier because they look after your teeth, gums and jaw unlike any other form of restorative treatment. Cost-effective long-term because they will last longer than dentures or bridges meaning you won’t spend as much money replacing the prosthetic tooth attachment.
Biocompatible To Better Bond with Your Jaw…
The actual dental implant itself is made of a biocompatible titaniun. The dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw where the tooth root is missing. Because of its biocompatible nature, there is little chance of your jawbone rejecting the foreign material.
A dental implant treatment takes as many as three appointments to complete:
1. The first appointment
This will be a consultation with a Redbank Plains Dental dentist about what a dental implant treatment involves and what you’ll need to do, and what to expect over the treatment time.
2. The second appointment
This appointment is where the biocompatible dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw. Additionally, the impression for the prosthetic tooth will be taken. Once the jawbone has healed around the implant the prosthetic tooth can be attached. While the implant is healing a temporary cap will be placed over the gap to protect it.
There will be a period of months between your second and third appointment. This period is where your jaw will heal around the dental implant. How long it takes to heal will depend on your body’s ability to heal, your oral health and whether the implant is in your upper or lower jaw.
3. The Third Appointment
The Third appointment is where the prosthetic tooth is attached to your dental implant. This can be either a crown, bridge or dentures depending on what your needs are. A prosthetic tooth attachment can last up to 10-15 years, although it does depend on how well you look after your oral health.
There are a great many benefits to dental implants over traditional restorative methods. Some have already been mentioned, but there are others that make dental implants the most popular restorative treatment for missing teeth.
- Strong and sturdy: unlike dentures dental implants won’t slip and slide in your mouth
- You can eat normally
- You are able to speak normally.
For more information on the dental implant treatment offered at Redbank Plains Dental, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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July 27, 2013
Wisdom Teeth Are an Evolutionary Relic That Many People Are Still Stuck With
Do you belong to the unlucky 70% of the world’s population who still have wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third pair of molars that used to have a purpose other than needing to be extracted. Back when humans were hunter-gatherers and wisdom teeth were necessary.
But they are a painful reminder of that much simpler time:
A time when humans were hunter-gatherers and technology was thousands and thousands of years away. A time when our teeth were used to rip into raw meat and plants without the use of cutlery.
Your Wisdom Teeth Are Like Your Appendix…
Like your appendix wisdom teeth are redundant. Also like an appendix, some people are never bothered by their wisdom teeth, however these people are the minority. Their wisdom teeth can eventually cause problems, even if they come through painlessly.
As the needs of humans changed, our jaws evolved to suit our diet. Unfortunately our teeth did not keep up and scientists theorize that it’ll be thousands of years before no one has wisdom teeth.
But who can wait that long?
The ‘Wisdom’ In Wisdom Teeth and Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Can be Beneficial For You…
Wisdom teeth are called that because of when they erupt. This is usually between 17-25. In theory this is when people go from adolescence into adulthood and so become ‘wiser’.
Extraction can be beneficial because wisdom teeth are often a painful experience. The best extraction is early extraction. By visiting the dentist regularly x-rays can be taken of your jaw and teeth.
Through early detection, wisdom teeth removal is a much less painful process then waiting for them to start erupting. It is also better for your oral health to get them out early and avoid harming any of your other teeth.
How Redbank Plains Dental Can Help Look After Your Oral Health…
Removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem is a good start.
At Redbank Plains we offer a range of general, preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry options to help you and you entire family. Some of the general dentistry treatments we offer are:
- White Fillings
- Cleans and Scaling
- General Check-ups
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Are The Exception To The Rule…
The general rule for tooth extraction is that it is used as a last resort. Modern dentistry is geared towards helping you maintain optimal oral health. There’s no substitute for one of your natural teeth. That is why dentists perform root canal treatments; place a crown over a tooth or place a filling. To protect your tooth.
Fun fact: there are those who’ll only have one wisdom tooth instead of the full set. It is rare, but it has happened.
For more information on wisdom tooth removal, or to book a consultation at our Redbank Plains dental practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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