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5 Things You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Better To Remove Them Sooner Rather Than Later

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but many people do. Your dentist will let you know whether or not you need wisdom teeth removal, and why. The main reasons these latecomers would need to be removed include:

  • When they are damaging any of the nearby existing teeth;
  • Your jaw and the associated nerves are being damaged by the emerging teeth;
  • Neighboring teeth are developing cavities that are hard for your dentist to reach due to wisdom teeth crowding;
  • Sinus issues have developed as a direct result of the presence of wisdom teeth; or
  • The wisdom teeth are impacted and growing improperly, staying beneath the gum line and creating conditions for infections.

Even within the same family, some members may be able to keep their wisdom teeth, while others are better off having them removed. Generally, it’s a matter of spacing, crowding, and how the wisdom teeth are coming in. If they’re growing crooked and pushing against the current teeth, problems will result, and removing them sooner rather than later is a wise choice.

January 30, 2019
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Dental implants

Peri-Implantitis: When Good Implants Go Bad

Dental implants a great tooth replacement solution. However, in certain cases, dental implants can begin to fail. This is known as peri-implantitis is often due to poor oral hygiene or complications from certain diseases, like gum disease. The Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure, or LAPIP protocol, can help save dental implants. The LAPIP protocol is shown significant clinical results in treating peri-implantitis.

June 26, 2015
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Pinhole Surgical Technique After Treatment Photo

Treating Gum Recession

Pinhole Surgical Technique

Over time, the protective layer of gum tissue over our tooth roots can be lost. This can happen for many reasons, but the result is the same: Unprotected root surfaces that can be damaged by tooth brushing, acidic saliva and foods, and bacteria. Teeth can then be lost due to decay. In addition, unsightly root surfaces can make smiling unattractive since the teeth appear long and thin. Root surfaces can also become discolored or appear dark, even if the white part of the tooth is healthy and still looks good. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is a root protection procedure that can replace the missing gum tissue comfortably and affordably, without incisions or stitches, and does not require painful "donor" tissue sites. The results are immediate and there is no downtime following the procedure. As with all dental procedures, follow-up care is strongly recommended to ensure that your smile remains healthy and vibrant.

February 11, 2015
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