Most people considering having their wisdom teeth removed understand that going through with the procedure is no minor ordeal. It is a legitimate surgery, which is more than enough to scare people into putting it off for as long as possible. However, there are so many benefits to getting wisdom teeth removed closer to sooner than later, as well as some scary downsides to waiting too long.

Dr. Robert M. Walley wants to help you with your wisdom teeth when the time comes for them to be removed, and it is important not to wait too long for the following reasons:

Eliminate the Pain

The reason wisdom teeth are removed in the first place is because they can get impacted in your gums and lead to some pretty serious problems under the surface, not the least of which is significant pain. While the procedure involved with removing wisdom teeth isn’t entirely painless, it pales in comparison to the pain some patients feel after having left them alone too long in hopes of avoiding surgery. In some cases, it is just easier to get the procedure.

Lower the Chance of Infection

Another problem is infection, which occurs when wisdom teeth break through only partially, creating small flaps of gum tissue that can trap food and debris and generate bacteria that can transform into a nasty infection. Left untreated, these infections can bring cysts and abscesses on the gums that may have to be surgically removed anyway. It easier just to have the wisdom teeth causing the problem removed.

Keep Your Smile Straight

Impacted teeth can shift an entire row of teeth, which not only can make a smile crooked but also can affect the quality of your bite as teeth move around. Removing wisdom teeth proactively can remove the risk of shifting a full row of teeth.

The Procedure is More Complicated for Older Patients

When a patient is in their late teens or early 20s, the adult teeth have been in the mouth for less time, which means wisdom teeth will have done less damage and will have had less time to cement themselves into the gums and jawbone. Removing them at this point in a patient’s life rather than in their 30s or 40s is a much easier procedure.

Finding Recovery Time is Easier for Younger Patients

Recovery is easier for younger patients, too, not only in terms of bouncing back from the surgery more quickly, but also in terms of finding time for recovery. High school and college-age students have the full summer to work in a few weeks of recovery time, where adults may have a harder time taking those days off of work.

It’s Not as Scary as You Think!

Most importantly, Dr. Walley makes sure the wisdom teeth procedure is as quick and painless as possible. Entirely too many people are afraid of the surgery, but it really isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. More importantly, the benefits to ensuring it gets handled at a younger age seriously outweigh the anxiety that inspires patients to put it off for as long as possible.

If you would like to schedule your wisdom teeth removal, call the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley today!

 

15Aug

Dental Care for Every Age

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Everybody knows that visiting the dentist is important, but dental needs change over the course of a person’s life. Dr. Robert M. Walley suggests paying attention to recommendations for dental health at every stage of life, including the following tips for everything from pregnancy to advanced age.

Pregnant Women

A pregnant woman’s oral health habits can affect the health of her baby, especially since so much bacteria enters the body through the mouth. Keeping clean teeth is essential for the proper development of the baby’s teeth, which start growing around the third month of pregnancy. In other words, women can start taking care of their babies’ teeth before they even leave the womb.

Infant Oral Care

Babies can begin teething at any time, but most start somewhere between three and nine months of age. As soon as those babies start sprouting teeth, it is important to start taking care of them, which means investing in a baby toothbrush even though you shouldn’t be using toothpaste until they are a little older. You don’t need to see the dentist yet (that comes a little later), but you will want to communicate with your pediatrician as more teeth sprout.

Children’s Oral Care

Dr. Robert M. Walley suggests that all children see the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. This may seem early, but there has been an uptick in cavities among preschool-age children the last several years, and children who get cavities are more likely to get them as adults.

Children should start brushing with toothpaste (a pea-sized amount) when they are around two years old, but make sure it’s fluoride-free since kids tend to swallow it at this young an age.

Also, getting to a dentist early is essential to help ensure your own children are taking proper care of their teeth. Throughout their childhood, they should visit twice a year for regular cleanings, just like an adult would.

Teen Oral Care

With adolescence comes braces, third molars, and hormonal changes that can affect teenagers’ dental health, so it’s as important as ever to encourage responsibility with brushing and flossing. Increased junk food and peer pressure to try smoking also create new potential problems for teens’ teeth, so keep them visiting the dentist and encourage them to continue brushing as they always have.

Adult Oral Care

By adulthood, people should have settled into healthy dental routines, including brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing twice a day to remove plaque from teeth. Also, adults should be able to avoid sugary and starchy foods, since those create more bacteria and acid that can be damaging to teeth. Of course, adults should visit their dentists regularly for professional cleanings and checkups, as well.

Senior Oral Care

According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, around 75 percent of adults over the age of 60 no longer have all their adult teeth, while 23 percent of all seniors suffer from some sort of gum disease. Osteoporosis also is more common among seniors, especially women, which can mean loose teeth. Each of these issues means dental visits still are necessary, and proper dental care is more important than ever.

Dr. Walley would love to help you take care of your teeth, no matter your age. If it’s time for a dental checkup and cleaning, or you have any pressing dental needs, give us a call and set up an appointment at your friendly dental office in San Francisco, CA today!

 

 

Once you have decided that it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dentistry, it’s time to assess your treatment options. Our San Francisco cosmetic dentists are here to help you get all of the information that you need to make a sound decision for your smile. Today, we’ve put together this short overview of aesthetic treatments and technologies. Let’s get started!

The first thing to determine is what, exactly, you want to improve about your smile. There are a number of effective treatments that can actually achieve a number of common cosmetic goals with just one treatment. Veneers, for example, are used to cover stains, close gaps between teeth, improve the appearance of disproportionate teeth, and correct damage.

On the other hand, a treatment like professional dental whitening is really designed to do one thing: whiten and brighten natural dental enamel. This treatment minimizes existing discoloration, and helps to restore the tooth to its natural color—you don’t have to worry about your teeth appearing “too white” or “too bright.”

Dental bonding is another versatile treatment, that can be used to achieve a number of objectives. Using composite resin, our team can repair damaged teeth, make the smile look straighter, and resurface dull or stained enamel. One of the key benefits of this option is that the entire process can be completed in just one appointment. Dental bonding is also easily repaired if it becomes damaged.

Another increasingly popular treatment option is Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment offers a welcome alternative to traditional metal braces. Using clear plastic aligners, you can achieve a perfected smile without dealing with metal brackets and wires for months or years.

When you reach out to our San Francisco cosmetic dentists, we’ll complete a cosmetic assessment, and give you some personalized recommendations on how you can move toward your dream smile. Give us a call or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started!

 

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