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Why Do Dental Fillings Fall Out And What Can You Do About It?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Do Dental Fillings Fall Out And What Can You Do About It?

About 92% of all adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had at least one dental cavity. If you have had a cavity yourself and have received treatment from your local dental professional, then you may think that the decay has fully been treated in a permanent manner. This is not always the case though, and the filling may fall out. If this has recently happened to you, then find out why a filling may fail and what you should do while waiting to see your dentist for treatment. Why Do Dental Fillings Fail? Dental fillings can fail or be pulled out of the mouth for several different reasons. If you had a dental filling secured many years ago, then it is possible that the filling has reached its full life expectancy. For silver amalgam, the filling is likely to last about 10 to 15 years. Composite fillings will remain strong for a much shorter period of time and may need to be replaced within 5 to 7 years. If your filling was added to one of your teeth a few years ago, then it probably does not need to be replaced due to general deterioration issues. Dental fillings are constructed to fit inside the teeth so the dentin supplies a solid structure underneath the metal or composite material. If the solid structure starts to wear away, then the filling can loosen and fall out. This often happens when a cavity forms in the tooth underneath the filling.  Sometimes, fillings are created that are quite large. If you have received one of these bigger fillings, then the silver or composite likely cannot retain a great deal of stress. This is especially true if you have a parafunctional habit. Parafunctional habits are activities that you complete that work the body in a way that it is not intended. For example, you have a parafunctional habit if you chew on pen caps throughout the day. These types of habits are typically taken into consideration when you and your dentist decide on whether a crown or a filling will be needed to repair the tooth. If you do have a chewing habit, then make sure to tell your dentist so a crown can be cemented over the tooth. What Should You Do About A Missing Filling? Missing fillings do need to be replaced. If you do not see your dentist right away, then the exposed dentin may wear away or become infected by another cavity. Also, the tooth will likely be painful where the dentin is exposed. Dentin is much more porous than the dental enamel, and this means it is also more sensitive to pressure as well as extreme temperature changes.  If you cannot see your dentist right away and the filling was relatively big, then go to your pharmacy and purchase a dental repair kit with a cement or putty material. You can use the compound to fill in the hole in your tooth. If you had an amalgam filling that fell out and you were able to retain the filling, then purchase a repair kit from your pharmacy with a glue that can help to secure the filling back in place. You can also use super glue to make the repair if you want. If the filling was a smaller one, then you may...

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Pros And Cons Of 3 Types Of Crowns

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of 3 Types Of Crowns

A dentist will usually recommend a crown if you have a tooth that’s weak and at risk of fracturing during normal use. For example, if you have a root canal done, your tooth will be essentially hollowed out, making it far weaker. Or, if you have a cavity that’s so large that the filling would make up the majority of the tooth, you might need a crown to strengthen it. If your dentist recommends a crown, you have a couple of options when it comes to what kind of crown you’ll receive. Take a look at what you need to know about three types of crowns and their pros and cons. Metal Crowns Metal crowns can be made of base metals or of gold alloys. Both types of metal crowns have some similar advantages, like an accurate fit and great strength. The metals used in either type of metal crown are very malleable, which is what allows them to be shaped into a very accurately fitting crown. The more accurate the fit, the less discomfort you’ll feel and the less likely the crown is to become damaged. And both metal options are made of strong materials that won’t easily be damaged when eating. The disadvantage of metal crowns is that they’re very visible. If your dentist uses a metal crown on a tooth that’s visible when you smile, the crown will be obvious to anyone who is looking. While some people like the aesthetic of the metal crowns, particularly the gold alloys, as a fashion choice, most people would rather crowns on their front teeth match the rest of their teeth. As a result, metal crowns are usually used on the back teeth, where their strength makes them ideal for chewing. Ceramic Crowns Ceramic crowns are made out of a glossy, porcelain-based material. Depending on your dentist, your ceramic crown may be either handcrafted by a dental technician or made by a computerized machine. Their biggest advantage is that they can be made to match the patient’s natural teeth much more easily than any other type of crown. A well-made ceramic crown can be indistinguishable from a patient’s front teeth. For this reason, they’re usually used on the front teeth. The main disadvantage of ceramic crowns is that they’re not as strong as crowns that incorporate metal. However, since they’re usually placed in the front, rather than on back teeth where you do the majority of your chewing, they may be at less risk of damage than metal crowns placed on your back teeth. Another thing to keep in mind is that the color of a crown may be different than your natural teeth. For example, if you’re a smoker, and your teeth have nicotine stains, the crown might be whiter than your natural teeth. And if you routinely have your teeth whitened, you should know that whitening treatments don’t work on ceramics, so unless you have the crown replaced, your teeth may be noticeably brighter than the crown. Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFMs) attempt to combine the aesthetics of ceramic crowns with the strength and durability of metal crowns. The dentist creates a metal shell that forms the part of the crown that goes over your tooth, and then porcelain is layered over the metal shell, giving the crown...

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3 Alternatives To Braces For Tooth Misalignment

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Alternatives To Braces For Tooth Misalignment

If you are unfamiliar with more modern options, you may think that braces are the only way to straighten crooked teeth. However, there are several other treatments that oral surgeons and cosmetic dentists can use to correct or hide the appearance of tooth misalignment. Here is an explanation of three common alternatives to braces. Plastic Aligners Plastic aligners are a very popular alternative to traditional braces made of metal. There are a few different brands of plastic aligners on the market today, but most work using the same process. First, the dentist takes an impression of your teeth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where it is scanned into a computer modeling program. The program is used to create 3D models of the current positioning of your teeth and what they should look like when they are completely straight. The program then generates several stages of straightness between these two models, and a plastic aligner is created to match each stage. Each aligner will be worn for a few weeks and then replaced with one that is slightly straighter until your teeth are perfectly aligned. Plastic aligners have several advantages over metal braces that make them an excellent option to consider. Unlike braces, plastic aligners are clear and almost impossible to see while you are wearing them. They are also more convenient than braces because they can be removed by the wearer. While your dentist will recommend that you wear them a certain number of hours per day, you can typically remove them for comfort while eating without any problems. Veneers A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or dental composite that covers the enamel of a tooth. Veneers are created from a mold of the tooth that the veneer will be applied to. To place the veneer, the dentist etches the enamel of the tooth and applies dental cement, fits the veneer over the tooth, and then uses ultraviolet light to cure the cement and bond the veneer to the tooth. While the most common use of veneers is to hide discoloration, cracks, and other cosmetic imperfections in tooth enamel, they can also be used to mask the appearance of tooth misalignment in cases where the gaps between teeth are too wide. Because veneers add a slight degree of thickness to each tooth they are applied to, they make the distance between teeth appear smaller. Unfortunately, this means that veneers are useless for hiding misalignment in places where teeth are crowded too close together. Dental Contouring Dental contouring is the process of removing enamel to change the shape of teeth. In the context of correcting tooth misalignment, dental contouring is essentially the opposite of veneers: ineffective for teeth that are spaced too widely apart, but excellent in cases where teeth are crowded and beginning to overlap. Before your teeth are contoured, the dentist will often take an x-ray of your teeth to analyze their health and the thickness of the enamel. Enamel cannot be restored, so this analysis is important to prevent increased sensitivity and other problems that can arise from the removal of too much enamel. To contour your teeth, the dentist will first use a pen to mark off the sections of the enamel that will be reduced. A small motorized sander is...

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Temporary Remedies to Quell a Toothache Until You Get to the Dentist

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Temporary Remedies to Quell a Toothache Until You Get to the Dentist

If you have ever experienced a toothache, you already know that the pain can be excruciating. Sometimes a toothache presents as a dull ache, while other times the pain can be throbbing. Both are signs you should contact your dentist to correct the problem. While you wait to get into the dentist (even if it is only for a few hours), you will likely need something to dull the pain. Try these home remedies for quelling the pain of a toothache until you see your dentist. Ice Packs—Even though extreme temperatures often increase the pain from a toothache, you may be surprised to discover that an ice pack on the side of the face may relieve your tooth pain. The cold pack will reduce swelling and numb the pain for many people. Salt and Water—Dissolve salt in warm water and swish it gently around the tooth for 30 seconds or more. The salt helps to clean the area and prevent infection while drawing out some of the fluid that is causing inflammation and swelling. You will need one teaspoon of salt per cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth as often as necessary to relieve pain. Cayenne and Ginger—Grind or mince fresh ginger and mix it with equal amounts of cayenne pepper. Add enough water to form a paste. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and apply it directly to the tooth. Avoid contact with your tongue and lips, as this mixture can get hot and may irritate sensitive skin. Capsaicin, the main ingredient in cayenne, is often used in arthritis and muscle pain rubs to alleviate pain. Tea—Both peppermint and black teas can be used to calm toothache pain. For peppermint tea, brew a cup and let it cool slightly. Swish the tea in the mouth before swallowing to take advantage of its pain-killing effects. Black tea can also be used, but for this remedy you will want a cooled tea bag to hold against the sore tooth. The tannins in the tea are thought to ease pain. Clove Oil—The active ingredient in clove oil, eugenol, works as a natural anesthetic and numbs the area. Place a few drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and place it on the tooth. Repeat as necessary to keep the pain under control. Garlic—Minced or crushed garlic applied directly to the tooth will provide temporary relief from tooth pain. The good news is you can repeat this as often as necessary, but the bad news is you may start smelling like you are trying to ward off vampires. OTC Pain Medication—Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used to alleviate tooth pain until you get to the dentist. Because the two drugs work differently, you may find it most effective to alternate them to get the maximum effects from both. Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth—This is available in the pharmacy or cosmetic section and comes in a variety of brands. It works to reduce tooth pain. Use a soft bristled brush and use the toothpaste at least twice a day. Pain Relief Gel—This is also sold in the pharmacy by a variety of names. It is designed to relieve the pain associated with toothaches and mouth sores. Follow the instructions on the package for applying the gel. You may find one...

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3 Ways To Create A Perfect Wedding Day Smile

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Create A Perfect Wedding Day Smile

A wedding day is often one of the most important days of your life and something that you will look back on for many years to come. Whether it’s through photos or videos, the day is captured in candid photos, portraits, and through dozens of random captures from people with phones. To help prepare for the day, you can use a variety of dental services to help create the perfect wedding day smile. Each of these services has different features and benefits to eliminate imperfections and give you a healthy smile that can be captured on your wedding day and last for years after the ceremony has ended. Browse through the following three dental services to see how they can each create an ideal wedding day smile. Professional Teeth Whitening A wedding day is full of a lot of white, including the dress of the bride. With so many bright colors, you do not want stained or faded teeth to become a sore spot in the images and moments that are captured. A professional teeth whitening treatment can bleach your teeth to the perfect shade of white, and the process is typically completed within just a few hours. The main benefit of visiting a dentist for teeth whitening is the ability to use a stronger bleach agent than any at-home can offer. This will help the process work longer and more effectively. Dentists also have the ability to form a custom tray that goes over your teeth. By using this tray, you will ensure that all of your teeth are covered and whitened evenly. By properly taking care of your teeth, the effects of the whitening can last for several months and up to a year. This gives you plenty of time to make a whitening appointment before the wedding date. Dental Implant Restoration There are many reasons why are smiles are not the way they used to be. Teeth may fall out, get chipped, decay, or get worn down due to teeth grinding. You can correct these issues and return your smile to what it originally was thanks to dental implant restoration. The restoration process includes multiple steps and should be planned at least three months before your wedding date. This way, the implants will be healed and a natural part of your mouth as the wedding day arrives. A dental implant restoration is an anchor that is attached to the jawbone of your mouth. This anchor fuses to the jawbone and becomes a natural part of your mouth so that any new teeth feel just like the other teeth in your mouth. A dentist will use digital scans and technology to create a tooth replica that fits in your mouth and matches other teeth. The tooth crown is then placed over the implant anchor and permanently attached as part of your smile. Multiple teeth can also be replaced through dental implant restoration, giving you an ideal smile for your wedding day. Laser Gum Treatment A variety of gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease can all have big impacts on your wedding day. Bad breath, bleeding gums, and swollen gums are just a few of the side effects that can impact images and actions as you go through the ceremony and reception. Prevent a number of these...

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When Teething Returns: Tips For First-Time Parents Tackling Six-Year Molar Pain

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Teething Returns: Tips For First-Time Parents Tackling Six-Year Molar Pain

Especially for first-time parents, the end of the infant teething stage is usually a welcome event. It is difficult to see your little one struggling and uncomfortable. For most first-time parents, the end of teething is met with a sigh of relief that it’s over until their child starts losing those baby teeth to replace them with permanent ones. What many parents don’t know, though, is that your child isn’t out of the teething woods yet. The first permanent molars, often called the six-year molars, will come in before your child starts losing teeth. Here’s what you should know before your preschooler comes to you and says “My mouth hurts!” When Do Six-Year Molars Come In? Despite the name, six-year molars don’t necessarily come in when your child is six years old. In fact, they can come in any time between the ages of five and seven. The eruption of these teeth is the beginning of your child’s dental transition period, since these come in just before he or she will start losing baby teeth. How Will You Know if Your Child’s Discomfort Is Caused By Six-Year Molars? If your child is between the ages of five and seven (or even reasonably close to that range), a complaint of tooth or mouth pain is likely to be the result of six-year molars coming in. A quick visit to your pediatric dentist will tell you for sure, as the x-rays will show if those teeth are moving up, but you can also check your child’s gums at home. Like when he or she was teething as an infant, your child’s gums will be slightly swollen, white and maybe even sensitive to touch. As the tooth works its way up, you’ll eventually see the edges of the molar visible through the gums. It is important to note, though, that sometimes radiating pain can make it difficult for a child to pinpoint precisely where the discomfort is coming from. Your child may complain that his or her front teeth hurt or perhaps blame a tooth on the side where the molar is coming in. Don’t be confused by this. When the molar pushes upward, it’s squeezing into the space that’s there in your child’s mouth. This will put some pressure on the rest of the teeth. In addition, the pain can radiate throughout the mouth area, even spreading up to cause earaches and similar discomfort in some cases. What Can You Do to Ease Discomfort? Although your go-to solution for an infant was probably a cold, damp cloth or a teething ring, those aren’t necessarily going to be practical for a preschooler or first-grader who is struggling with teething pain. Instead, look to an anti-inflammatory pain reliever like ibuprofen to help soothe some of the discomfort. In addition, applying an ice pack or heating pad to the side of the jaw that hurts can help. Keep in mind that when one doesn’t work, the other might. It’s also important to remember that just because cold helped yesterday doesn’t mean that heat won’t help today. Popsicles are a great way to get something cold directly on the gums, providing rapid relief for many kids. Finally, over-the-counter teething gels and natural teething tablets can also help. Talk with your child’s dentist today if you...

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Struggling To Chew Your Food With Your Partial Denture? See A Dentist About Dental Implants

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Struggling To Chew Your Food With Your Partial Denture? See A Dentist About Dental Implants

If you struggle to chew your food into easily swallowable and digestible pieces because of an ill-fitting or painful partial upper or lower denture, speak to a dentist about dental implants. Dental implants are permanent alternatives to dentures, which may cause some problems overtime, including falling out when you eat and not fitting properly over time. If you can’t chew food properly, you may develop health problems that affect your overall health and nutrition. In addition, dental implants strengthen your jawbones so that you don’t lose strength in your cheekbones and other areas of the face. Here are the consequences of not chewing and digesting food properly and how dental implants help you overcome them. How Can Your Inability to Chew Harm Your Health? Although a partial denture replaces your missing teeth, the appliance may not be the best option for you if it prevents you from getting the nutrition you need each day. Your teeth and denture should break food down into tiny particles before you swallow it, which makes it easier for your digestive system to absorb and utilize. But if you swallow large chunks of food without chewing it properly because your denture isn’t strong or sturdy enough to do so, your digestive system can’t absorb the nutrients it needs for your health.  Additionally, swallowing improperly chewed food may harm the soft tissues of your esophagus as it travels down it, which may lead to other issues, such as acid reflux and heartburn. The stomach acids created by acid reflux or heartburn can decay the rest of your teeth if the acids back flow up your esophagus and into your mouth.  The saliva inside your mouth may dry out from the lack of chewing stimulation. Your mouth creates saliva in order to moisten and break down food when you chew. If you develop low saliva because of your inability to chew food into small pieces or at all, you can experience indigestion, dry mouth and other ailments.  Dental implants may prevent the issues above, as well as many others you might face in the future. What’s the Most Common Type of Dental Implant Treatment? A dentist may offer several types of dental implants, including the traditional titanium dental implant. Titanium dental implants are designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth in the front, back, upper, and lower regions of the mouth. The posts typically resemble natural teeth roots and fit directly inside the jawbones, which keeps the appliance from moving around in your mouth or falling out.  Titanium implant posts also feature special attachments called abutments. Abutments are used to connect porcelain or composite dental crowns to the implants after placement. The crowns make it possible for you to chew food thoroughly for the proper digestion. It may take anywhere from two to four months or longer for your jawbones to heal after a dentist inserts the implant posts. During this healing time, the bones of your jaws undergo a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when the bone tissues of the jaws accept and bond with the implant posts. A dentist may examine your implant sites regularly to ensure that the osseointegration process is going well.  After you complete the healing time, a dentist will generally custom-fit your crowns to ensure that they fit the abutments correctly after placement. In order...

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Clear Aligner Braces – How To Assist The Tooth Movement Process

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clear Aligner Braces – How To Assist The Tooth Movement Process

Crooked teeth are bothersome to most people, but you do not need to live with misaligned teeth if you did not have braces secured as an adolescent. You have the option of speaking with a cosmetic dentist to come up with a tooth straightening solution that works well for you. Many adults choose to go with clear dental aligners instead of metal braces. If you think that this may be a good choice, then you will need to make sure that you do everything in your power to support the movement of the teeth. Keep reading to learn about a few things that you can do when you start using the clear aligner braces. Eat Bone Healthy Foods During the tooth movement process, the teeth will be shifted small amounts over the course of several months or several years. On average, you will be required to wear between 12 and 60 sets of aligners. Each aligner must be worn for two weeks, so you are most likely going to need to invest in between 6 months and 2 years of tooth straightening. When every new set of aligners is snapped into the mouth, pressure is placed on the teeth. The pressure forces the teeth to move by loosening them from the periodontal ligaments and the tooth sockets. A hole will open around the tooth as it moves and bone matter will then need to fill in around the tooth once it reaches its new position. This is necessary to make sure that the teeth do not loosen too much at one time and fall out.  To help with this movement process and to also make sure the teeth stay solidly secured in the jaw, think about eating foods that will help build strong bone material. Calcium and vitamin D are essential, so make sure to eat dairy foods as well as broccoli and almonds. Magnesium is important too, so eat foods like kale, pumpkin seeds, and fish. Phosphorous is a bone healthy nutrient so eat shellfish, pork, and Brazilian nuts. Protein is also required to build new cells and tissues along the jaw and the ligament tissues. Meats are high in protein and so is tofu, yogurt, and cheese. Help To Fit Aligners When you place a new set of aligners in your mouth, you are likely to notice some gaps on the sides of the teeth where the aligners do not fit as snug as they should. In most cases, your teeth will shift into the openings as the periodontal ligaments loosen and pressure is placed on the teeth for several hours. However, in some cases, it can take a day or two for the teeth to loosen slightly. When this happens, the movement process falls behind and you may be asked to wear the aligner set for another week. While this may be a common occurrence if your teeth are stubborn and not willing to move quickly, you can help the teeth to fit into the aligners better by using devices called chewies. Chewies are small and soft cylinders that are placed in the mouth in any area where you see a gap or opening along the clear aligners. Once placed in the mouth, bite down on the chewies for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. You should do this several times a day so the aligners can...

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Teeth Whitening Before And After Dental Bonding

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teeth Whitening Before And After Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is used both to make your teeth look whiter and to restore damaged, such as gaps, cracks, crooked teeth, and chips. It is a composite resin designed to look like natural teeth and fits over existing teeth. As you consider tooth bonding in conjunction with whitening, you have two options – you can either bond all your visible teeth and choose a shade of white you want, or you can whiten your natural teeth and get minor bonding work done to cover tooth imperfections. There are some things you need to know to help you decide which option is right for you. You should also have a plan in mind for how to maintain the desired whiteness once your dental work is completed. 1. Decide Between Option A and Option B First, you need to decide which option to go with. The determining factor is typically the amount of dental work needed to be done. If you have a lot of restorative work needing to be done – a combination of crooked teeth, gaps, and dark stains, for example – then you should plan on bonding your full set of teeth. However, if you only have a couple of gaps or cracks to fill, you might choose to retain your natural teeth as much as possible. In this case, you’ll need to decide how you are going to whiten your teeth. Will you use whitening strips, gels, laser, or something else? 2. Always Whiten Before Bonding If you chose to reduce the bonding work and look into whitening options, you’ll need to whiten before bonding. As with other restorative work (such as crowns and dentures), the bonding composite is matched to your existing tooth color. Plan some extra time to whiten your teeth. Get them to the shade you want and then schedule your appointment for dental bonding for at least 2 weeks after you complete your whitening procedure. That way, your teeth won’t be sensitive from whitening but will match the bonding composite perfectly. 3. Expect Some Fading or Yellowing Over Time Every dentist will tell you that whitening your teeth isn’t a permanent procedure. It might last months or even years, but your teeth will eventually start to yellow again with age. The same is true for the composite materials used in dental bonding. Over time, you will probably notice a slight discoloration as the resin fades or yellows. Unlike natural teeth, however, bonded materials don’t whiten with bleaches and other whitening agents. 4. Avoid Stain-Inducing Habits While your teeth – natural and bonded – might start to yellow, you can prevent noticeable stains by adjusting your daily habits. The main tooth-staining products are coffee, tobacco, and red wine. Avoid daily consumption of any of these substances (you don’t have to eliminate them completely, just use them in moderation so you don’t get dark stains). In addition to eliminating some things from your daily routine, make sure you brush and floss regularly to prevent other forms of buildup and stains. With a few minor adjustments, you should be able to keep your teeth in good, white condition for the lifespan of the bonding. When it’s time to replace the resin (roughly every 10 years), you can re-whiten your teeth to their desired shade. Dental bonding...

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5 Possible Side Effects Of Wisdom Tooth Surgery – And How To Handle Them

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Possible Side Effects Of Wisdom Tooth Surgery – And How To Handle Them

Experts estimate that it’s not possible for up to 80 percent of people to keep their wisdom teeth. If your third molars do not fully erupt or become crooked, you could face continual problems with tooth decay and infections, so your dentist will almost certainly recommend an extraction. Nonetheless, wisdom tooth extraction surgery can often lead to several unwanted side effects. Plan effectively for wisdom tooth extraction and learn more about the steps you can take to counter five common post-surgery problems. Pain Wisdom tooth extraction surgery varies from one patient to another. In some cases, particularly for teens and younger patients, the process is often quite simple, and you may not experience too much pain. Where it’s more difficult to remove the teeth, you may experience more severe pain in the days after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relief medication can help control moderate symptoms. For more complex extractions where the dentist removes bone as well as the tooth, it’s a good idea to ask for a prescription pain medication. You can also apply a cold pack to the jaw to help reduce swelling and bruising. In most cases, you should expect any swelling to subside after two or three days. Bleeding During a wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist will normally make an incision in the gum tissue, which will generally result in bleeding. In some cases, the dentist will stitch the wound, but you will still probably experience some bleeding. It’s important to take certain steps to make sure you don’t make the bleeding worse. Certain habits can dislodge the blood clot and increase bleeding, so you should avoid anything that may cause a problem. For the first few days after the surgery, you should avoid: Spitting Smoking Using a straw It’s also important to replace the gauze over the wound according to the instructions that your dentist gives you. If you take reasonable care, any bleeding should stop within a few days. Problems eating It’s generally difficult to eat for a short period after wisdom tooth surgery. On the day of the surgery, you will experience numbness, but, after this subsides, the swelling will almost certainly still make it impossible to eat solid foods. What’s more, chewing could dislodge the blood clot at the wound site, but it’s still important that your body gets the vitamins and nutrients you need to promote rapid healing. You don’t need to limit yourself to a liquid diet, but you should plan meals that mean you don’t need to chew your food. Fresh soups, smoothies and mousses can all offer tasty, nutritious meals, but you can also choose cottage cheese, scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes as an alternative. Avoid any foods that are hot or spicy, as certain ingredients can aggravate the wound. Lifestyle restrictions Unfortunately, wisdom tooth surgery is likely to stop you doing the things you normally do for a few days, so it’s important to take things easy. Plan surgery at a time when you can take a few days off work. Get plenty of rest and sleep, and avoid any physical activity. In some cases, even relatively mild exertion can dislodge a blood clot at the extraction site, which can delay healing. Try to avoid lying flat, as this position can worsen and prolong bleeding. It’s generally better to prop your...

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