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Are My Wisdom Teeth Affecting My Dental Health?

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Woman with tooth pain

As you get old, you may begin to grow in your Wisdom Teeth — but how serious are they?

As we get older, especially if we make it a point to practice good daily oral hygiene for overall dental health, it’s sometimes safe to assume that we never have serious tooth problems. But one of the most common exceptions to that rule comes when wisdom teeth make their unexpected appearance along the gum line. Some dentists will recommend that adults have them removed after their first appearance, while others may claim that oral surgery is only necessary if chronic pain persists. So how serious are those wisdom teeth, and can they affect your long-term dental health? (more…)

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?

Friday, April 15th, 2016
wisdom tooth impacted

Wisdom tooth removal is always necessary if the tooth is impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt from your gums, resulting in severe pain and pressure.

Having a wisdom tooth extracted is common practice for several people in their late teens and early twenties. Regardless of how frequent this procedure takes place, it is not actually necessary for everyone. The need for wisdom tooth removal depends on various factors unique to your oral health. Affinity Dental is here to share indicators with you that may signal it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed. (more…)

Your Wisdom Teeth and You

Monday, June 29th, 2015

 

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Getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, then are probably dreading it a bit. There are tons of horror stories of the pain and recovery that comes along with having wisdom teeth removed, but your story doesn’t have to be one of them. We’re here to give you a little guidance on what you can expect when you’re getting ready to get your wisdom teeth removed. Would you like learn more? Let’s do it! (more…)

Do You Need Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

wisdom toothHaving a wisdom tooth pulled is far from unusual, most people in their late teens or early twenties have considered the procedure at some point. Despite the universality of the practice, it’s not necessary for everyone. Many people live their entire lives without losing a tooth. Maryland’s best dentistry, Affinity Dental, is here with indicators that may signal that you need to have wisdom tooth removal performed.

No Room For Your Teeth

It may be odd to think about, but the human mouth typically has enough space for exactly 28 teeth, which is the precise number of teeth you have as a child. The problem arises when adult and wisdom teeth start to pop in, which brings the tooth total up to a resounding 32. This overcrowding can potentially cause a wisdom tooth to become impacted, which stops them from correctly emerging, and will cause you a lot of pain. This calls for swift wisdom tooth removal from your Maryland dentist.

Chronic Pain

If you find yourself subject to chronic oral pain, particularly in the area of your gum line around a wisdom tooth, it’s possible that the wisdom tooth has become infected. This is usually caused by partial wisdom teeth eruption. If bacteria or food particles slip into these areas you may develop a painful infection known as pericoronitis. If you suspect this has happened, contact your Maryland dentist for wisdom tooth removal and disinfection immediately.

Improperly Aligned Wisdom Teeth

Occasionally wisdom teeth can fully erupt but emerge at an uncomfortable angle, which can push nearby teeth out of their correct position, given enough time, possibly causing irreversible tooth damage. If a wisdom tooth erupts sideways, you should call your Maryland dentist ASAP to have that wisdom tooth removed.

Wisdom Teeth Cysts

Sometimes, a sac near a wisdom tooth will fill with fluid and develop into a painful cyst. Cysts have to capability to destroy nearby teeth, tooth roots, and even the jawbone itself. If left untreated, a cyst could metastasize into a tumor which can only be dealt with by extreme surgical intervention from a Maryland dentist.

Do You Need A Wisdom Tooth Removed?

Call Affinity Dental. Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and highly personable dentists have the technology and skill necessary to remove a wisdom tooth quickly, effectively, and painlessly. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and wisdom tooth removal. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Monday, September 15th, 2014

wisdom teeth removalMost people experience it. That day that you go to the dentist and hear those words that you’ve been avoiding since you were 18: you need your wisdom teeth out. Although you may not want to deal with having your wisdom teeth out, it can make you much more comfortable, especially if you have one ore more impacted wisdom teeth. You may find out that your wisdom teeth are impacted during your routine checkup, but many people start experiencing symptoms before their regular visit. Since one of the symptoms is pain, it’s best to know what you’re up against in the meantime. If you’re showing any combination of the following symptoms, it may be time to go see your Catonsville dentist for wisdom teeth removal.

What Symptoms am I Looking For?

  • Headaches – Because of the location of your wisdom teeth, impaction can cause painful pressure headaches.
  • Swelling near your jaw
  • Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth – Usually caused by infection.
  • Tender or bleeding gums, especially in the back of your mouth
  • Pain or difficult chewing with your molars

What Happens if I Don’t Have Them Removed?

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause any number of problems. The main thing that you’ll notice if you leave impacted wisdom teeth in your mouth for too long is that they’ll get very painful. On top of that, you may have to deal with a few other problems.

  1. Decay and gum disease – Impacted teeth are difficult to clean, which can cause plaque buildup. The buildup is likely to cause cavities and gum disease, which can make impacted wisdom teeth even more painful.
  2. Damage to surrounding teeth – Your wisdom teeth will usually become impacted because there isn’t enough space in your mouth. These teeth may push your other teeth out of the way, causing overcrowding and making them more vulnerable to infection.
  3. Cysts and infection – The sac that usually holds your wisdom tooth can fill with fluid. If that happens, it may cause a tumor to grow (non-cancerous, don’t worry). Tumors are still usually painful and may require removal of bone and tissue.

Catonsville Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, the best thing that you can do for yourself is have them removed. The process only requires a few days of recovery and you’ll be glad you did it when the pain from your wisdom teeth is relieved. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal in Catonsville, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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Wisdom Tooth Removal from your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

wisdom tooth removalWisdom tooth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries performed. Most people’s wisdom teeth begin to erupt during their late teens or early twenties; some never have their wisdom teeth come in at all. If you’re getting one or more of your wisdom teeth removed, you probably want to know more about the procedure and what to expect afterwards.

Why remove your wisdom teeth?
Whether your teeth all come in or not, there’s a good chance that there are going to be problems with them. If they start to come in and there’s not enough space, you could end up with a flap of skin over your tooth where bacteria and plaque can grow and cause infection. It’s possible for your wisdom teeth to try to come in and not have enough space at all – this is called impaction and it can be VERY painful if they’re not removed. Sometimes they also grow in at an awkward or uncomfortable angle and move the rest of your teeth. The best way to solve these problems is to have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as they start to erupt.

What is the wisdom tooth removal like?
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a surgical procedure. Most oral surgeons will fully sedate you under general anesthesia, but will also provide a local anesthetic to help with the pain after the surgery. Your Catonsville oral surgeon will then remove the flap of skin over the tooth, followed by the tooth itself. It may need to be broken up into smaller pieces to remove it; don’t worry, though, you won’t feel anything while this is happening. It’s possible that you’ll also need stitches afterwards, but these will dissolve with time.

What should I expect of recovery?
Every recovery is a little bit different, but there are some things that remain the same across the board. Scheduling someone to take you home after the surgery is a must; you won’t be able to drive. You will likely have swelling and have to deal with some residual bleeding. You’ll need to lightly bite on gauze until the bleeding stops – if the bleeding is taking a prolonged period of time to quell, you can try a slightly damp teabag to speed the process up. Ice packs will help with swelling, and it’s important to keep your head propped up to get the bleeding to stop as quickly as possible. Eat foods that don’t require chewing, like Jell-O or mashed potatoes. Your oral surgeon may prescribe painkillers and can tell you the best over the counter medications to take post-surgery.

Having your wisdom teeth removed can help you get rid of unnecessary pain and make you more comfortable, though the process itself can be a bit of a temporary nuisance. You’ll need to make sure that you trust the Catonsville oral surgeon performing your wisdom tooth removal. At Affinity Dental, we have the experience and knowledge to make your experience as comfortable as possible. If you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth, or think you may need them removed, contact Affinity Dental Care at 410.419.7900 or visit our website! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/wisdom-tooth-extraction

Oral Surgery in Catonsville

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, typically grow in between the ages of 18 and 20 years. Since that is considered to be the age when people become wiser, third molars gained the nickname, “wisdom teeth.” Unfortunately, wisdom teeth do not always grow in properly.pain

  1. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting into the mouth properly, they are referred to as impacted. And because impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems – such as infection and decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, cysts and tumors – many dentists will recommend oral surgery to extract the impacted wisdom teeth. Third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical developmental disorder.
  2. Erupted Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes, even erupted wisdom teeth can be a problem. The dentist may recommend this if the tooth is non-functional, interfering with the bite, badly decayed, involved with or at risk for periodontal disease, or interfering with restoration of an adjacent tooth.

Many oral health specialists will recommend removal of the wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to eliminate problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. Wisdom tooth extraction involves accessing the tooth through the soft and hard tissue, gently detaching the connective tissue between the tooth and the bone and removing the tooth.

Oral Surgery & Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Catonsville, Maryland

At Affinity Dental Associates, our oral surgeons place implants, extract teeth, reconstruct faces during orthognathic surgery, biopsy and excise oral lesions, perform apicoectomies and retrograde fillings, using IV-sedation and/or local anesthesia.

If you have any questions about Wisdom Teeth and Oral Surgery, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Contrary to as the name might sound, wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. In fact, they usually are a nuisance because they grow in after all of your other teeth disrupting your dental work and usually need to be removed. Wisdom teeth (or third molars as they are sometimes called) generally erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five.

Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Causes pain
  • Infection
  • They are impacted
  • They have cavities that cannot be restored
  • Cysts or Tumors

Most often, a wisdom tooth needs to be removed because it is impacted. An impacted tooth is when there is not enough space for the tooth to erupt in the mouth. An impacted tooth can be very painful and lead to infection. Additionally, they can crowd your mouth and cause damage to the roots of nearby teeth. Other potential problems include forming a cyst in the mouth, which can lead to permanent damage. Removal of wisdom teeth is done with surgery. Before the surgery you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get all of the information, at this time your dentist will tell you what to expect and it is encouraged that you ask questions.Just because you are not in pain, that doesn’t mean everything is fine either. Pain free does not necessarily mean disease or problem free. Even if your wisdom teeth grow in normally, it is best to have them evaluated by a doctor to ensure there are no issues.

Talk with your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist about whether wisdom tooth removal is right for you.

Affinity Dental Associates: Nutrition & Oral Health in Catonsville, MarylandThe dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.If you have any questions about Catonsville Nutrition & Oral Health, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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