Most people will experience some type of dental issue or another throughout their life, but not everyone is affected by their wisdom teeth in the same way, even though those molars are more likely than other teeth to not follow a typical eruption process.
Ever wonder why the doctors tell you that you can't use a straw after having your wisdom teeth (or any other teeth) removed? It's because of a condition most commonly known as "Dry Socket." Dry socket affects approximately two percent of people who have wisdom teeth extracted. Throbbing pain in the surgical area that lasts for two to four days is the primary indication that you have developed dry socket. Other common symptoms include an unpleasant taste in the mouth and persistent bad breath.
One of the most common questions we get from patients who are scheduling wisdom tooth surgery is: "What will I be able to eat after surgery?" More often than not, patients are worried because they think they'll have to live off of chicken broth and popsicles for weeks after surgery. We're here to tell you that IT'S NOT TRUE. There are plenty of things you can eat after wisdom teeth removal that are OMS-approved. Check out the infographic below for a list of OMS-approved edibles, or visit our website for more information on wisdom teeth removal.
There are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth might be hurting you, but most of the time the answer is simple: wisdom teeth removal is needed. If your wisdom teeth are starting to cause pain, it’s time to have them looked at and figure out what needs to come next.
Most people have their wisdom teeth removed before the teeth start to cause any problems. Our mouths are crowded and more often than not there's simply no room for the wisdom teeth to grow in without becoming impacted or shifting other teeth. No matter the reason, wisdom teeth rarely cause pain unless there is something wrong.
Have you lost a tooth due to an accident, aging or disease? Have you cracked and lost a tooth due to eating an apple or (gasp!) opening that jar of mustard or bag of potato chips with your teeth? If so, you're not alone. The average American, age 65 or older, has just 19 remaining teeth, down from the whole set of 28 to 32. Smokers on average have even fewer teeth. But it's not just older people who lose teeth. According to the CDC, 7 percent of the people in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth by age 17.
Wisdom-teeth removal (or an other oral surgery) during the holidays just makes sense. Why? Mainly because you have time off from work and/or school, but there are a few other reasons too. Scheduling your oral surgery over the holidays can definitely work in your favor, even if it's only to use all of your dental benefits before the end of the year.
Losing a tooth in the upper row of your teeth as an adult can be an unfortunate experience for cosmetic and practical reasons. Getting a dental implant is the appropriate solution to this problem. Sometimes, however, another problem is discovered: bone loss. If you lose a tooth and it is discovered that you have significant bone loss due to — for instance — advanced periodontal disease, then it is likely that you will need to have a sinus lift prior to the placement of a dental implant. Here, we discuss what exactly a sinus lift is and why it is necessary in these cases.
Statistics from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) indicates that 9 out of 10 people suffer from at least one impacted wisdom tooth. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is unable to erupt from the gum due to its contrary position or lack of space in the jaw.