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Should I Have My Wisdom Removed?

To remove or not —  that is the question! One of the most common questions we get from patients here at our Houston oral surgery practice is whether or not they should have their wisdom teeth removed. By and large, your wisdom teeth are no different than the rest of your teeth but they are called as such because they are the last to erupt, that is during early adulthood (between the ages of 17 to 25) when you are supposedly wiser.

When Not to Extract

All things considered, there is no need for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted if it’s painless, functional,  and currently free from cavities or any other disease. However, like any other health problems as people age,  the wisdom tooth has greater risk for having problems later on in life. Thus, the need for your wisdom teeth to undergo check-ups, periodic professional cleanings, and regular X-ray imaging.

When to Extract

A wisdom tooth should be removed if it becomes impacted, that is if it fails to erupt because there is not enough room along the gum line  It has been estimated that 90 percent of the general population has at least one case of impacted wisdom teeth.

The following signs suggest that your wisdom tooth may be impacted and may necessarily be removed:

  • presence of gum disease in the surrounding area
  • presence of cysts or tumors
  • presence of infection such as pus, swelling and pain

Are you still confused whether or not you should have your wisdom tooth removed? Worry no more! Get in touch with us by calling (713) 330-7700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. The Royal Dental team in Houston, Texas has been helping Houstonians smile straight, bright and healthy since 1992!

 

If a sip of tea or a taste of your favorite ice cream is making you wince in pain, you are not alone. A large number of of our patients visit our dental practice< for the first time, come in complaining of sensitive teeth.

While sensitive teeth is actually a symptom in itself, not each case of sensitivity has to do with an underlying disease. This means you can actually do something about it such as revise your lifestyle or change certain habits.

 Why It Happens

Before figuring out the tips and tricks to preventing the occurrence of sensitive teeth, it is equally important to understand why it happens in the first place.

By and large, a healthy tooth is characterized by the appearance of enamel as its outermost covering. Underneath the enamel is the cementum which protects the tooth root. If you delve deeper, you’ll come across the dentin which is covered by both the cementum and the enamel. Microscopic tubules containing nerve endings are found within the dentin.

When your enamel and cementum are worn-out, tooth sensitivity happens because the tubules containing nerve endings are now exposed to extreme temperatures from the food you eat. Thus, the sudden sharp, shooting pain you experience!

You have now probably figure out that it all boils down to avoiding the enamel or cementum from being worn out. Below are easy yet effective ways to avoiding enamel erosion!

1. Avoid or limit highly acidic foods such as sodas, highly sweetened drinks, oranges and lemons. Also, limit your tea or coffee intake which are also acidic. If you need to drink them, try to swish your mouth with water after consumption of the aforementioned rinks. You can also try to drink them from a straw.

2. Try using warmer water the next time you brush your teeth.

3. If you grind your teeth at night, seek treatment as excessive grinding can wear away your tooth enamel.

4. Change your brushing habits. If you brush vigorously, you are actually doing more harm than good. In addition, try using soft-bristled toothbrush instead.

If you’ve done all four of these tips and tooth sensitivity still persists, we encourage you to get in touch with us so we can figure out the root cause. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

 

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