All About Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth are those that are blocked when they’re pushed through the gumline and erupt. A common example of that is wisdom teeth. They usually surface in between the ages of 17 and 21. dentists will look at these and call them third molars. They may become impacted if there isn’t enough room within the mouth for them. Some also may come in sidewards, or tilted into the jaw. Impacted teeth might be painless, where you don’t even realize they’re there. Other times, if they come in, the flap of your gums may be swollen and infected. This can hurt, and you might feel pain in the other teeth, or in the ear or side of the face.  An impacted tooth, when not taken out, can lead to peritonitis, and if left untreated, this can spread to the throat and the neck, and it could cause a hospital stay and some surgery. Impacted teeth also can get cavities, and they can push these onto the other molars, and it can lead to tooth movement, gum disease, and also decay of not just that tooth but others, and it can change the way they come together. Some can even cause cysts and impacts within the jaw.

Typically, the symptoms include swelling of the gums and back area near the mouth, issues with opening the jaw, bad breath, bad tastes in the mouth, pain when opening the mouth, chewing, or biting, and this is a pain that can last for a long time, or it can be acute and then disappear and come back months later on.

The solution to this is simple. Your dentist will look at the area, and you may get some x-rays to look at which teeth are impacted. The symptoms will go away when the tooth leaves.  The truth of it is though, there is no way to prevent an impacted tooth, but you can prevent cavities on this via brushing and flossing.

Sometimes, if you can’t get in right away, you can relieve the irritation by rinsing with salt water that’s warm, and over-the-counter pain relievers do help. If it continues to cause pain, does have an infection, or interferes with the other teeth, usually, they gotta take it out. It can take anywhere from 5-30 minutes, and it might have an infection that might require antibiotics.

Typically, if you need help with this, a maxillofacial surgeon will help with this, and before it’s removed, the dentist will talk about the procedure, along with the types of sedatives and anesthesia that you’ll need to get. You won’t be able to eat for at least 6 hours before surgery, and you will need to keep on schedule with the medicine.

Usually, the surgery is fast, and while you may have some swelling and irritation, do follow your protocol and take your antibiotics, along with taking it slow the next few days as your teeth start to heal from the impact that this had there.

A Quick Guide for Getting Braces

Braces are a super common option for people to straighten their teeth. They essentially put pressure on the teeth continually, shifting them into alignment.

Now, to prepare for these, always talk to your dentist so they can get you a good orthodontist that fits your needs. When you first meet the orthodontist, they’ll ask you questions about your oral health, and from there, perform clinical exams.  you’ll then get a series of x-rays that in turn will tell you what you need, and you’ll get a mold of your teeth too. At this point, they’ll know how to go forth with the treatment of that situation.

Typically, you’ll begin by having a thorough cleaning and drying of the teeth. you’ll then get an adhesive put on to attach the brackets. Once the brackets are on, you’ll then have an arch wire placed in through the brackets, and then elastic to push them in place. It takes about an hour or two, and while the procedure isn’t painful in it of itself, sometimes it does cause discomfort after, and usually, your tongue and cheek will rub against it, making it sensitive, and your teeth will initially feel very sore. It takes about a week to fully get used to them.

Now, when you get them, you should care for them so that you can get the best results. Daily brushing and flossing should be done, and you should get brushes that allow you to clean those areas that are hard to reach around the brackets and wires. Since brushing is difficult with braces, you’ll probably spend more than a couple minutes a day taking out the plaque and cleaning off the gumline.  When you floss, always use a waxed dental floss so it doesn’t get stuck between the teeth.

You will want to use a floss threader at first to get the floss to the right length, about 18 inches, and then push it through your teeth just under the wire of the bracket in a careful manner between each of the teeth. You will need to repeat the whole process and move to cleaner areas with a back and forth motion as you go along with each of the teeth.

Finally, you’re going to need to pay attention to the foods you consume. Foods high in sugar tend to cause an excess plaque buildup that will cause teeth damage, and sometimes eating caramels, gummy candies, nuts popcorn, and others can become lodged and damage the brackets, so don’t do that. Always visit the dentist and the orthodontist regularly when you do this since it will help with adjustments, and making it easier for you to take care of your teeth now, and in the future.  It does play a major role in the way your teeth are taken care of, so definitely consult the orthodontist in order to figure out what you need, and follow the regimen that they give you for the best results.

Serious Tooth Infections

Your teeth are loaded with nerves, which is why when toothaches happen they aren’t’ a small matter. The pain from a toothache can be small, but it also showcases a deeper issue. A tooth infection might be the cause of it, which causes soreness, sharp pains, and sensitivity within the mouth, and from there, you’ll want to figure out the causes of this right away and learn how to stop the pain in its tracks.

A sore or throbbing tooth is the initial sign of a problem. When left untreated, they may become infected, which results in pain, swelling, redness, and a fever that the body produces to fight it off. It also creates a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath that just won’t go away. Sometimes, you may just have a broken tooth, but usually, these incidents go in deeper, and often they’re left undetected with no outward signs other than swelling and pain, or some sensitivity to hot and cold. If you do have a fever, swelling, difficulty breathing, or swallowing, you should seek medical help immediately because that’s a sign of a serious infection. Contact the dentist for treatment and ask for a dentist to see you immediately.

The cause of this is usually from untreated tooth decay or a cracked tooth, which penetrates enamel, and it affects the nerves in the tissue of the tooth, resulting in an abscess. An abscessed tooth requires treatment from the dentist, and the longer you wait for seeking treatment, the more complicated the infection. A tooth can be abscessed at any time since all of them have sensitive tissue. Those with molars that have deep grooves usually are more susceptible to cavities, and this can reach the jawbone, requiring extensive surgery, so make sure you call and get it handled immediately.

The dentist will begin by repairing the tooth with a root canal, which involves drilling to the infected area, removing the canal and cleaning it, and then a crown is placed on top. They can be minor to major, and you might get some antibiotics.

So, what’s the best way to prevent this/ well, you don’t want to deal with the disruption and pain that comes from this, which is why prevention is the key part. Broken teeth can’t be avoided, but bad habits can. Brushing and flossing every single day, seeing your dentist, getting checkups and handling anything that comes about immediately are all important, since, they can prevent the worst from happening.

If you notice a sign of a toothache, you should seek out treatment of the issue immediately, or you can risk the infection from getting worse. In some cases, this can be life-threatening, so practicing good hygiene habits and taking the time to ensure that you take care of this will allow for a better, less painful result from all of this, and a much better result in terms of your oral health, wellness, and keeping infection at bay too.