Friday, December 26, 2014

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

About 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year from 5 million people. Oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth is a standard procedure that is practiced every day.  After visiting your dentist, he or she may recommend to get your wisdom teeth removed. However, you may wonder why you need them removed even though they don’t cause pain.

Just because your wisdom teeth are not a source of pain doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong. Most of the time, wisdom teeth need to be removed because they don’t have room to grow properly and may cause problems. Other reasons include:

Damage to other teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can shift other teeth as they continue to grow. This can undo the effects of braces, crowns, bridges and partial dentures. It can also cause mouth pain and bite problems.

Sinus issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure and congestion.

Jaw damage: Impacted wisdom teeth may develop cysts or tumors. If they aren’t treated, they can hollow out your jaw and cause damage to nerves.

Inflamed gums: Because there is limited space for wisdom teeth to erupt, infection and inflammation may be common. Gum disease and inflammation can lead to receding gum tissues, deterioration of the jawbone and tooth loss.

Cavities: Your wisdom teeth are more susceptible to cavities since it is more difficult to clean them. Bacteria can grow, which causes cavities to form.

Before deciding on getting your wisdom teeth removed, your dentist will look at the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth. In addition, he or she will take x-rays to determine the growth pattern of your wisdom teeth.

There is no age limit to getting your wisdom teeth removed but as you get older, surgery and recovery can be more difficult.  In most instances, you can wait several months to see if anything changes in your wisdom teeth before making a final decision. However, if you experience pain or swelling near the back of your teeth, contact our dentist in Asheville for a consultation.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dangers of decay in children’s teeth by Dr. Phillips and Dr. Schmitt

Dangers of decay in children’s teeth
Tooth decay is a serious risk for individuals that don’t maintain their routine cleanings. An important time to make sure tooth decay doesn’t occur, is when the individual is a child. The care of your child’s baby teeth could dictate positive or negative effects of their adult teeth.
The consequences of tooth decay should be highly emphasized to your children if they fail to brush at least twice a day. There were studies conducted that one in four children do not practice the recommended twice a day brushing of their teeth.
Disregarding daily brushing as a child will not only present the risk of tooth decay, but it could lead to cavities, pain, more infections, tooth loss and a slew of other oral health problems. Tooth decay could also lead to a fear of the dentist.

Effects of Tooth Decay on Your Child’s Health
Everyone has a risk to receive a cavity. Without a visit to the dentist in Asheville early, your child will not become familiar and comfortable with dental visits.
Parents should immediately contact their dentist in Asheville, NC if these early symptoms become visible:
  • The gum line will have a dull white color
  • Brown spots on the child’s teeth
  • Red swollen gums

Dental Phobias
Children who experience tooth decay early may associate the dentist with pain and develop a dental phobia. These children may carry this phobia through their adulthood.
Many of these adults that obtain dental phobias will neglect the services of a local dentist and receive even more oral issues like rotting teeth. Rotting teeth can lead to invasive root canal therapy and reconstructive work.

How to Avoid Tooth Decay
Create a fun experience with your children to have them enjoy brushing regularly. With the guidance from your Asheville dentist and hygienist, they will be able to show you how to care for your child's teeth. Also, making sure to use proper oral health products such as a full-strength fluoride toothpaste and/or fluoride mouthwash can help reduce the risk for cavities.

Prevent Tooth Decay from the Start
Omitting bad habits from the beginning of a child’s life is extremely important in stopping tooth decay. Failure to take initial action of explaining to your children the results of tooth decay could begin a pattern of lifelong dental problems.
A child should visit their dentist in Asheville, NC every six months for checkups and cleaning. For more information on preventative measures for tooth decay, contact your dentist.
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