Wisdom teeth emerge in late adolescence or later in life. It is well documented that wisdom teeth can be difficult to remove, however, you may be surprised to learn that not everyone needs them removing.
- If wisdom teeth emerge and cause no problems, they may not need to be removed.
- When wisdom teeth become impacted, causing pain, bleeding and infection, they may need to be extracted.
- Always see your dentist regularly to discuss any complications when they arise.
"Many people still have wisdom teeth even though they’re not needed."
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People can suffer from a 'dead tooth' until it is too late. A tooth is declared dead when all blood vessels around it are cut off and can no longer supply blood.
- You might have a 'dead tooth,' if you have bad odour, metallic tastes, discolouration, swelling, redness, pimples on gums and headaches.
- Causes are an injury (like a fall) or a severely decayed tooth.
- Your dentist will do an x-ray to diagnose and root canal therapy or extraction to treat.
Regularly clean your teeth and see the dentist for checkups to prevent these complications.
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Nowadays, people with missing teeth have a wider variety of options for dental implants. Your dentist should advise you on which of these options is best for you.
- Endosteal implants are the most common and are for people with an adequate amount of jawbone.
- Mini-dental implants are for people with a weak or inadequate amount of jawbone and are more budget-friendly.
- Implant-supported dentures are best if you lack all your natural teeth.
- Subperiosteal implants include a frame and post being inserted, into patients with a weak jawbone.
Today’s dental implants are beautiful natural-looking replacement teeth that restore your smile. Dental implants will last a very long time if you practice good oral hygiene.
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- Most people brush their teeth twice a day as recommended by dentists, but may not be cleaning their teeth as effectively as they could.
- Brush your upper and lower teeth for 1 minute each with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use medium pressure to avoid any damage to your enamel.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste to reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay.
- Ask your dentist for a demonstration at your next checkup to ensure you perfect your technique