Posts for: September, 2021
There are plenty of hilarious videos of groggy patients coming out of wisdom teeth surgery to keep you occupied for hours. While many of these have turned everyday people into viral video stars, every now and then it really is someone famous. Recently, that someone was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
The NFL star underwent oral surgery to remove all four of his third molars (aka wisdom teeth). His wife, performer and supermodel, Ciara, caught him on video as he was wheeled to recovery and later uploaded the clip to Instagram. As post-wisdom teeth videos go, Wilson didn't say anything too embarrassing other than, "My lips hurt."
Funny videos aside, though, removing wisdom teeth is a serious matter. Typically, the third molars are the last permanent teeth to erupt, and commonly arrive late onto a jaw already crowded with other teeth. This increases their chances of erupting out of alignment or not erupting at all, remaining completely or partially submerged within the gums.
This latter condition, impaction, can put pressure on the roots of adjacent teeth, can cause abnormal tooth movement resulting in a poor bite, or can increase the risk of dental disease. For that reason, it has been a common practice to remove wisdom teeth preemptively, even if they aren't showing any obvious signs of disease.
In recent years, though, dentists have become increasingly nuanced in making that decision. Many will now leave wisdom teeth be if they have erupted fully and are in proper alignment, and they don't appear to be diseased or causing problems for other teeth.
The best way to make the right decision is to closely monitor the development of wisdom teeth throughout childhood and adolescence. If signs of any problems begin to emerge, it may become prudent to remove them, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. Because of their location and root system, wisdom teeth are usually removed by an oral surgeon through one of the most common surgeries performed each year.
This underscores the need for children to see a dentist regularly, beginning no later than their first birthday. It's also a good idea for a child to undergo an orthodontic evaluation around age 6. Both of these types of exams can prove helpful in deciding on what to do about the wisdom teeth, depending on the individual case.
After careful monitoring throughout childhood and adolescence, the best decision might be to remove them. If so, take it from Russell Wilson: It's worth becoming the star of a funny video to protect both current and future dental health.
Do you have missing or compromised teeth? Then this is a sign that you need a crown or a bridge. Consult your McDonough, GA, dentists, Dr. Robert Brooks, and Dr. Brent Johnson of Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to know the best solution for your smile.
What are the differences between crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges in McDonough, GA, are both considered fixed dental restorations and replacements for missed natural teeth.
The dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap. It can be made of different materials, like ceramic/porcelain or metals. The choice of the material depends on the location of the tooth and the purpose of using the crown. It is placed on the top of a damaged or decayed tooth to cover, protect, and restore the shape of your natural tooth.
On the other side, the bridges are constructed of one artificial tooth or more, attached to crowns on either end to replace the missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns have the following benefits:
- Protecting the tooth structure: crowns are used to prevent future tooth breaks and keep the bacteria away from your teeth, decreasing the chance of a nerve infection.
- Improving the tooth appearance: dental crowns are a process used to cover a yellow tooth to match the neighboring teeth or restore the natural shape of the damaged tooth, which will boost your self-confidence.
- Long lifespan: due to the high-quality materials that are used to produce the crown, it can stay healthy for fifteen years or more.
What are the benefits of bridges?
Dental bridges have the following benefits:
- Functional Restoration: bridges help restore your dental functionality, helping you to chew and eat efficiently. It will also improve your speech clarity that may be lost due to losing the tooth.
- Force distribution: the bridge will distribute the force of chewing equally to the supporting teeth, making the process easier.
- Aesthetic choice: as bridges restore your teeth' functionality, they will also improve your smile.
Don’t hesitate to restore your smile with crowns and bridges from your McDonough, GA, dentists, Dr. Brooks, and Dr. Johnson of Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call us at (678) 583-0330 to book your appointment today!
Advanced cosmetic dental techniques are helping people around the world achieve their dream smiles. But long before many of these procedures existed, straightening teeth with braces could make a big difference in a person's appearance.
Improving a smile isn't the primary reason a person should undergo teeth straightening—a poor bite can lead to an unhealthy mouth. Misaligned teeth set up conditions in which you're more prone to diseases like tooth decay or gum disease. Correcting a bite should be first and foremost about protecting your dental health.
Even so, realigning your teeth can lead to a more attractive smile—and it's often necessary first before undergoing other cosmetic restorations. Think of it like renovating a house. You usually need to fix a faulty foundation before you start building an addition.
That's why it's always a good idea to get a complete dental exam before undertaking cosmetic work. There may be underlying problems that should be treated first. If that includes a poor bite, your next visit will most likely be with an orthodontist. Using advanced diagnostics, they'll determine what kind of bite problem you have and what it will take to correct it.
In years past, that meant braces. But now patients have another option: clear aligners, a series of clear plastic trays based on the individual patient's teeth. Each tray in the series is worn for about two weeks in succession, each new tray taking up where the other tray left off moving the teeth. Not only are they nearly invisible to observers, they can be removed for eating, cleaning or special occasions.
On the cosmetic front, straightening your teeth may be all you need to realize a more attractive smile. But orthodontics can also be part of an overall "smile makeover" that may include other cosmetic procedures, usually performed after realigning the teeth. In this case, it's often necessary to coordinate orthodontic treatment with these other procedures, especially if it's necessary to remove some teeth.
Whether it stands alone or is part of an overall makeover plan, straightening teeth can be a game changer when it comes to your appearance. Not only will it help you have healthier teeth and gums, it could give you the new smile you desire.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”