Posts for: June, 2017
We are guessing that just about everyone has heard of “wisdom teeth” before; you know, those molars that develop in your late teens or early twenties, and usually cause you some problems? Most of the time, wisdom teeth don’t grow in properly and can’t find their way into your mouth in the correct manner.
In the past, dentists used to be in conflict about your wisdom teeth, and if they should be left in, or taken out. It was actually believed that, even if they grew in sideways, they would still make a great anchor, should you ever need your second molar replaced. However, this is simply not true; your wisdom teeth would, in fact, make terrible anchors for false teeth.
What problems do wisdom teeth have?
For starters, even when they grow in properly, your wisdom teeth tend to be extremely difficult to clean. It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to develop cavities and other problems. And this is not the fault of the patient, wisdom teeth are just very tricky to clean. Here are some pointers from Listerine on how to clean your wisdom teeth.
Secondly, wisdom teeth rarely ever grow in properly. This is because the patient usually does not have room in their mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow. If your wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause cysts, weaken your jaw bone, and even cause damage to your other adjacent teeth.
Ultimately, due to the problems wisdom teeth can cause, and the limited benefits that they offer, there are not many reasons to keep your wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are already in, and you are able to keep them clean and healthy, this can be an exception, of course. However, the risks of keeping your wisdom teeth are far greater than any benefits that they can offer. Additionally, due to the nature of wisdom tooth surgery, the younger a patient is when the procedure occurs, the better. If you let your wisdom teeth develop too far, and the root completely forms, the surgery and healing become much more difficult.
Do you need a dentist in the North Royalton, OH area?
Do you have any questions regarding your wisdom teeth? If you would like to schedule a consultation and have your wisdom teeth checked, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located on Wallings Road in North Royalton, OH.
Cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity, and, one of the most common cosmetic procedures is orthodontics to correct imperfections in your smile. But, did you know that orthodontics is also for functional and health reasons as well? When discussing orthodontics, there are two popular choices: traditional braces and Invisalign.
While both Invisalign and traditional braces are considered orthodontic treatments, they are very different. Traditional braces are made up of wires, brackets, and rubber bands that cannot be removed, and gradually move your teeth. On the other hand, Invisalign is a set of clear trays that are designed to be worn successively over a period of time to correct your smile. Invisalign, as the name suggests, is virtually invisible.
Below, Dr. Florian outlines several advantages that Invisalign offers over traditional braces.
Before offering any advantages of Invisalign, Dr. Florian wants to dispel a common misconception of Invisalign. Many times, patients think Invisalign will be much more expensive than traditional braces. This is usually not true at all. Invisalign and traditional braces are typically very close in price.
Advantage 1: Removable trays
When you have traditional braces, they are in your mouth 24/7 for the duration of your treatment. Due to this, you are limited in the types of food you can eat. With Invisalign, when it comes time to sit down for a meal, you can simply pop your tray(s) out and eat whatever you like. We recommend brushing following your meals.
Advantage 2: Comfort
With traditional braces, you have a mouth full of metal. Unfortunately, this metal has a tendency to poke you and cause discomfort in your mouth. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about any poking or prodding from wires or brackets.
Advantage 3: Invisible for every day life
As you go throughout your day wearing Invisalign, people will not be able to tell you are wearing them unless they look very closely at your smile. With braces, it is not hard to see the wires and brackets that cover all of your teeth.
Advantage 4: Easier hygiene
If you opt to receive Invisalign, they will be much easier to keep clean than traditional braces. Additionally, cleaning your teeth is much easier with Invisalign. When it comes time to brush, floss, and use mouthwash, you simply pop your tray out and clean your teeth. With traditional braces, brushing is much harder, and people usually don’t even attempt to floss while wearing braces. This can lead to many oral health issues like cavities.
Are you interested in Invisalign?