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Wisdom Teeth

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when it appears that they will not properly erupt into the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

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Reasons for extraction

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Most commonly, decay in a tooth may become so extensive that repairing the tooth is not possible or logical. Sometimes a tooth will break and not be able to be repaired. This also will result in extraction. Frequently, a child may need teeth extracted if there is too much dental crowding in the mouth and the orthodontist needs teeth extracted to create more space. There are many other reasons why a tooth may require extraction. For whatever reason, the extraction of teeth is a common procedure done in the oral surgeon’s office.
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Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

ImplantzThe implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

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General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Do I need to visit a general dentist?

Yes. Even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, it is important to visit your dentist for a thorough examination and cleaning. Despite daily brushing and flossing, your teeth can still accumulate tartar that can harbor bacteria. These bacteria can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not professionally removed at your dentist’s office.
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