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Wisdom teeth are your third molars which don’t erupt through the gumline until late in adolescence. In fact, some people don’t see their wisdom teeth emerge until they are in their twenties! These third molars are well known for causing problems in the mouth. Over time, humans have had less of a need for wisdom …

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Impacted wisdom teeth happen when there’s no room for your wisdom teeth to emerge. Your third molars will try to erupt through your gumline, but due to an underlying problem, won’t be able to. What this means is that wisdom teeth get stuck either underneath the gumline or only partially erupt through the gumline. …

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Can Gum and Tooth Infections Go Away on Their Own? When your body has an infection, it tries to fight it off by raising your white blood cell count to stop the invading bacteria. Bacteria that cause an infection rarely go away on their own. Typically, an infection will get worse without medical intervention. The …

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About 85% of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. What this means is that there are still people who keep their wisdom teeth and have no problems with them. If your wisdom teeth don’t create any problems for you before the age of 30, chances are they won’t cause any problems. However, this isn’t …

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Laser dentistry is revolutionizing the way people think about receiving dental work. Many patients with dental anxiety have experienced pain or injury from past procedures. Fortunately, laser dentistry is ideal for patients who are afraid of getting treatment that involves a drill. Laser dentistry uses an …

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A recent news story about a young truck driver who died after a tooth infection spread to his lungs got me thinking about my own experience with patients of late. Over the past few months I have treated a dramatic increase in the number and severity of dental infections requiring strong antibiotics, root canal …

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Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, come in improperly. They could fail to fully emerge through the gumline, not emerge at all, or they may come in horizontally. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a swollen jaw, sore gums, or headaches. A simple x-ray can tell your dentist …

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Taking care of your smile is more than just brushing and flossing—it’s also being choosy about the foods you eat. Everyone knows that sugar is bad for your teeth, but there are plenty of other foods that can damage your teeth as well. These include hard foods that can crack or chip your teeth—a cracked tooth needs …

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Many people end up getting their wisdom teeth removed as a precaution. However, the majority of people experience some kind of issue with their wisdom teeth, so getting them removed is often the best choice for patients. Some patients don’t have the option of leaving their wisdom teeth in—there are several factors …

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Many patients get confused about the terms tooth abscess and tooth infection. There’s a difference between the two and the treatment for both of these won’t always be the same. The causes are similar, however—usually decay or some type of trauma to the tooth can lead to a dead nerve. This provides a breeding …

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