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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Answers To Common Wisdom Teeth Extraction Questions

by Jacqueline Byrd

Needing to have wisdom teeth extracted is a fairly routine procedure that many people will need to go through. However, it can be common for patients that need this procedure to be fairly uninformed about it. If this applies to you, it might be advantageous for you to learn the answers to these commonly asked questions regarding wisdom teeth removals.

Why Do You Need To Have The Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

When the wisdom teeth start to grow in the mouth, they can create a number of issues for the patient. For example, it is possible for the wisdom teeth to grow into the mouth at an angle that will put pressure on the other teeth. This can result in your teeth becoming misaligned. Additionally, wisdom teeth may be at a higher risk of developing infections and cavities because they may be more difficult for you to brush and floss. This can be especially true if a flap of the gums remains over the teeth.

What Should You Expect From Having Your Wisdom Removed?

The process of having your wisdom teeth removed can be somewhat intimidating. However, while this procedure may have a poor reputation, many patients will find it to only be mildly uncomfortable. Depending on the position of the wisdom teeth, they may need to be surgically cut out of the mouth. When this technique is used, the dentist will trim away any gum tissue or jaw bone that is inhibiting their ability to reach the wisdom teeth.

Once the wisdom teeth are exposed, the extraction will be similar to the process used for the other teeth. Often, this may involve the use of forceps or other dental tools that will allow the dentist to pull the wisdom teeth out. To minimize the pain that this procedure can cause, patients will be administered local or general anesthetics.

What Is Recovering From Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Like?

There is a fear among some patients that the recovery from this procedure will be lengthy. However, most patients will find that they can resume their normal schedule within a couple of days of having their wisdom teeth extracted. The exact amount of time needed will vary based on each patient's body's ability to recovery. Luckily, you can help to minimize your recovery time by keeping your mouth as clean as possible. This will help to prevent bacteria from interfering with your tissue regeneration, and it can inhibit secondary infections. For this reason, you should follow your dentist's recommended cleaning instructions as closely as possible.

For more information about wisdom teeth removal, check with a dentist near you.