You Don’t Have to Undergo Oral Surgery

Prevention is better than cure – this is a statement that couldn’t be any truer. There are various kinds of oral diseases that can give you the need to sit on your dentist’s chair for hours as you undergo treatment. These diseases range from impacted teeth, to jaw-growth conditions, to tooth loss, or even as simple as ill-fitting dentures.

You can prevent these conditions and prevent the need to experience oral surgery. Here are some tips on how you can do so.

Keep gum disease away.

Generally, 30 percent of us are susceptible to acquiring gum disease, so it best to prevent it from happening while we still can. Good oral hygiene is always the key to preventing gum disease. It can also prevent gingivitis from developing into a more severe condition called periodontitis. Proper and regular brushing and flossing each day can do the trick.

Don’t make cavities a problem.

After common cold, tooth decay ranks second in the most prevalent diseases, says ADA spokesperson Matthew Messina. With proper oral care, you can greatly prevent any decay from happening. However, if you are prone to such, fluoride treatments or sealants will prove quite useful.

Avoid TMJ.

TMJ can be caused by clenching the jaw or teeth grinding. When you notice that you have such habits, consult your dentist right away. You may be required to wear mouth guards or a splint. These will reduce any pressure on the area.

If worse comes to worst, you can always seek professional help. Call us at (713) 330-7700 to book an appointment with our dental specialists!

 

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!

 

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