Posts Tagged 'third molars'

Tooth myths debunked

Fact or Fiction?
Five Popular Tooth Myths Debunked

Forget the tooth fairy! Far too many tales are being told about teeth and it’s time to clear the air. Popular claims that range from scary to wacky and everything in between are about to be debunked. Find out if you’ve been acting on bad advice.

  1. “White teeth are healthy teeth.”

Pearlier does not necessarily mean healthier. ...

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Dental 911

Dental 911: How to Handle Common Teeth Crises

Dental nightmares can come true, as much as you hope it doesn’t happen to you! If you’re lucky, a quick call to the dentist can get you seen immediately, but what happens if disaster strikes when the office is closed, you’re traveling, or some other less than ideal scenario? Find out how you can help manage the situation until you get the professional care you need.

What to Do If…

You have a fractured ...

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About adult dental anxiety

Adult Dental Anxiety: Tips and Techniques to Tackle It for Good

Wouldn’t it be great if the promise of a sticker or balloon could get everyone to see the dentist? Most adults know that the real reward–a healthy smile–is much greater, yet many still go with their dental needs unmet, due to “dentalphobia” or anxiety. Thankfully, increased awareness of the problem is transforming dental care for the better, and shedding light on effective ways to tackle your fears for good. Find ...

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Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Our adolescent patients are often anxious about wisdom teeth.  Family members and peers share stories of what happened to their wisdom teeth.

Often these stories create more questions.  Why do so many people need to have them removed?  Does everyone need to have them removed?  What will happen to my wisdom teeth?  And why are wisdom teeth even a thing?  Why do we have them?

The answer to these questions and more can be found in the video below from the Department ...

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Extra teeth?

A common question among new patients at our office is, “Does my child have the right number of teeth?”  The answer depends on the age of the child.

Newborn children rarely have teeth.  However, a small percentage of babies are born with one or more teeth already present.  These teeth are known as natal teeth and are often removed because they frequently have underdeveloped roots and pose a choking risk for an infant.

During the first 2-3 years of a child’s life, ...

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Wisdom teeth

Our teenage patients are usually aware of the existence of wisdom teeth and commonly ask questions about them.  Those questions almost always involve some variation on, “Do I need to have them removed?” and “Will it hurt?”.

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow into our mouths, most commonly between the ages of 18 and 20.  By the time these teeth are ready to erupt into the mouth, there are usually 28 adult teeth already present.  If there ...

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Be smart about wisdom teeth

Most children have heard of wisdom teeth.  Friends, older siblings and parents will share tales of wisdom teeth and the problems they cause.  As a result, children are often unnecessarily nervous about wisdom teeth.  How much do you and your children really know about wisdom teeth and how they are evaluated?

The last teeth to erupt into the mouth are the third molars, also known as the wisdom teeth.  For most patients, this occurs around 18 years of age (presumably the ...

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No more wisdom teeth?

Is it possible that third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, could be eliminated by a specific type of treatment at a young age?  NBC News is reporting on research conducted by our own Dr. Jerry Swee that seeks to answer that very question.  While the results are far from conclusive, they certainly raise many interesting questions about the possibility of eliminating potentially problematic teeth years before they cause any problems.

Read the full NBS ...

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