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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

Three Questions About Wisdom Teeth Extractions

by Jacqueline Byrd

Did your dentist tell you that your wisdom teeth are growing in and need to be extracted? If so, you likely have a few questions about this dental procedure before you have it done.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?

A dentist will only recommend extracting your wisdom teeth if they feel like they are going to cause a problem. This is often due to the teeth growing in at a weird angle, which will cause them to become impacted with your rear molars. However, your mouth may simply not have room for these additional teeth. 

Wisdom teeth can also be incredibly hard to clean due to their placement in your mouth. Even if they come in perfectly with enough room where other teeth are not disturbed, it could be difficult to brush or floss those new teeth. This will lead to cavities and other dental complications that will happen later on.

Is There An Advantage To Having Wisdom Teeth Removed Early?

It is possible to remove wisdom teeth when they are at the early stages of growth and have not erupted from the gum line. In general, you'll have fewer complications when you remove wisdom teeth early. By the time that you experience the need to remove your wisdom teeth, you're likely experiencing pain and discomfort from them and damage has already been caused.

For example, you can have an abscess that develops in your jawline or get an infection that goes into your bloodstream and impacts other parts of the body. 

Does The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure Hurt?

If you're worried about the actual procedure for having wisdom teeth removed, know that it is fairly quick and has a short recovery time. In most situations, patients are given a local anesthetic so that they do not feel anything during the procedure. You also have the option to use a form of dental sedation, which will essentially cause you to be asleep during the procedure so that you do not see or remember a thing about it. This means that the procedure is pain-free.

As for the recovery, you can expect some discomfort as you heal from the surgery. You can expect some bruising after the surgery that should clear up in a week or so and that your jaw will be sore and stiff for about a week as well. You'll also need to eat soft foods and avoid using straws since you do not want to dislodge the blood clots that need to form in the tooth socket. 

Reach out to a professional who can tell you more about wisdom teeth extractions