While many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed during their teens and 20s, the reality is that there is no set time to remove wisdom teeth. Some people have them removed early to nip any issues in the bud, while others wait until they’re adults to undertake the procedure. Some never have any problems with their wisdom teeth at all and leave them in their whole lives, so determining when to remove them can be a challenge.

Unfortunately, most of the warning signs that it’s time to remove wisdom teeth are fairly uncomfortable. So if you experience any of the following, give Dr. Robert Walley’s office a call, and as your general dentist, he can help relieve the pain and irritation and get you on the road to recovery following the extraction of those extra teeth.

#1 Your Wisdom Teeth Have Erupted Improperly

Some people can have their teeth erupt, grow into the backs of their mouths comfortably, and never have an issue with them ever again. Other people have their wisdom teeth erupt in all sorts of improper ways, and since most human mouths can’t accommodate them, this means it’s time to consider removing them.

If wisdom teeth are misaligned or crooked when they break through, it’s time to have them removed. Misaligned teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth and can even cause problems for the jaw and the nerves in your mouth. If they erupt and something isn’t coming in right, it probably is time to remove them.

#2 They Are Causing You Pain

This type of improper eruption also can cause a great deal of pain and open patients up to infection, but wisdom teeth can be painful long before they break through the gums. This type of pain may present itself during eating, brushing, or even at random times throughout the day. This is because all that misalignment and improper growth may be happening beneath the surface, and removal of the wisdom teeth at that point is the easiest way to relieve that pain over the long-term.

#3 A Cyst Has Formed around the Tooth

While they are not common, small cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth, and these destructive lesions can cause all types of damage if left alone too long. Not only can they damage adjacent teeth, but they also can cause problems with the jaw and other tissue near the teeth. In a best-case scenario, an x-ray at your normal dental checkups will catch these early, but if left alone they can form into tumors that require further surgery to remove. To avoid that type of surgery and keep your wisdom teeth procedure as simple as possible, keep an eye out for these types of cysts forming around your rupturing wisdom teeth.

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If you notice any of these symptoms, call the office of Dr. Robert Walley immediately so he can have a look at the problems and come up with a plan for fixing them. Removing wisdom teeth can feel like a huge undertaking, but that surgery is so much easier than feeling the pain that comes with not having them taken out.

 

 

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Here at the offices of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we see patients with all sorts of different dental issues impacting the quality of their smiles. While many of those patients require only a routine cleaning or cavity filling, there also are plenty of people that have lost or damaged teeth and are interested in undergoing full-mouth reconstruction to restore their smile to its former glory.

Ways Patients Can Undergo Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Thankfully, there are a number of ways that we can undertake that reconstruction. The following are a few different options for dental reconstruction:

Dental Implants

One of the most common approaches to replacing a single lost tooth is a dental implant, which involves the installation of a metal post into the jaw that serves as an anchor for a false tooth that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. This option presents a strong, permanent solution to fill in that gap, and the false tooth is durable, stable, and long-lasting.

Dental Bridges

Bridges are a less invasive option for those that have enough healthy teeth to support one. Just like an actual bridge crosses over a gap in the landscape, a dental bridge can fill the gap in a smile by using adjacent teeth to support a prosthetic tooth or teeth suspended in between. Dr. Walley offers a few different types of bridge options depending on where the gap is and how strong the remaining teeth are, but this can serve as a reasonable solution for those in search of dental reconstruction.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes teeth are not missing, but rather are chipped or damaged in a way that would require a crown, which covers the cracked or chipped tooth with a tooth-shaped cap that restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of the tooth. Not only do cracked teeth look bad, but they can cause infection if left unattended. Crowns are an easy solution for that.

Dental Veneers

Like crowns, veneers are made of synthetic material that looks and behaves exactly like real teeth, though the major difference is that these attach to the front of the tooth instead of capping the entire tooth. They are bonded to the front of teeth to change the color, shape, size, or length of a problem tooth.

Dentures

One option for those considering total mouth reconstruction is dentures, which becomes an option when a patient has lost so many teeth that implants are not financially feasible. Dentures are a more affordable option for those that want their smile and chewing functionality back in a mouth in need of a lot of attention.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are in need of any full-mouth reconstruction treatment, come see your general dentist here in San Francisco to have one of these options improve your smile. Dr. Walley has a lot of experience with all of these different options, so whichever you choose, just know that we will help get your teeth back in proper working order so your teeth can look, feel, and chew the way they once did.

Source: https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities-tooth-decay/restorative-dentistry-types-dental-restoration

 

One of the ways that you can protect and care for your smile long-term is to be mindful about the foods and drinks that you consume. Our San Francisco dentists are here with some helpful information about how different types of foods and beverages impact oral health. Keep reading to learn more!

Many people already know that sugary substances aren’t great for your teeth and gums. Here’s why: oral bacteria feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates, so, when you flood your mouth with sugars, you’re actually giving bacteria a boost. People who eat and drink a lot of sugar have increased rates of cavity and gum disease.

Acidic treats are also problematic. When your dental enamel comes into contact with acid, it is temporarily softened. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes for enamel to re-harden post acid exposure. While your enamel is softened, it is more likely to be damaged or worn away. Some commonly consumed acidic substances include coffee, soft drinks, citrus fruits, fruit juices, and wine.

Perhaps the number one health-boosting dietary change that you can make is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. When you are well hydrated, your body is able to produce plenty of saliva; saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. Rinsing your mouth with water after eating and drinking will also limit the amount of time that harmful substances are able to sit on your smile. When in doubt, reach for water!

Every single thing that you consume affects your teeth and gums in some way. The key to success is to consume harmful substances in moderation, make good dietary decisions when possible, and stay hydrated. As always, our San Francisco dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need to optimize your smile!

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