Last updated 6 days ago
The third set of molars is known as wisdom teeth, since it arrives much later than the other adult teeth. Unfortunately, many jaws simply do not have space for these large teeth - and it is very common to extract them during the late teens or early twenties. While no two patients are alike, the following are some instances when doctors generally recommend wisdom teeth removal:
Often times, wisdom teeth do not grow vertically, but come in at an angle. This means that the top of the tooth may press against the root of the adjacent molar and cause immense pain as it attempts to enter the jaw. Dentists define an impacted tooth as one that cannot fully enter the mouth, and the easiest way to alleviate the condition is full extraction of the tooth.
Wisdom teeth also have the ability to push together all the other teeth and cause crowding within the jaw. This can be painful and may lead to newly crooked teeth. If you have previously undergone orthodontic procedures to straighten your teeth, it may be in your best interest to consider wisdom teeth extraction in order to preserve your smile.
In some circumstances, wisdom teeth can partially break through the gum, but not grow out all the way. As a reaction to the tooth, gum tissue may attempt to grow over the tooth and form a partial flap. Unfortunately, this area becomes ripe for infection: as even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot remove all of the germs from this gum area. If you are suffering from repeated painful infections at the back of your mouth, you may be a good candidate for wisdom teeth removal.
Do not trust your wisdom teeth removal to just any doctor. Residents of the Mesa and Gilbert areas should discuss their options with Baker Family Dental by contacting our office at (480) 719-3044. We employ the newest technology and our staff has years of experience dealing with all types of extractions. Call today to schedule an initial consultation.
Last updated 15 days ago
Braces aren’t just for middle school kids anymore. Adults now make up almost half all braces patients, due in part to advances in orthodontic technology and lowering stigmas. If you are thinking about improving your smile, consult your dentist during your next check-up. Here is a look at why it’s never too late for adults to straighten their teeth with braces:
Today’s adults may remember braces as painful metal brackets worn by certain kids in middle school. Thankfully, technological advances have changed the methodology and type of orthodontic care offered to adult patients. For instance, options such as Invisalign now let wearers use clear plastic trays to straighten their teeth without drawing unwanted attention to their mouth. Similarly, digital imaging technology now allows your dentist to recommend the best teeth straightening option knowing the impact it will have on your entire jaw.
Lasting, Healthier Teeth
Adults with straighter teeth are able to brush and floss easier than those with difficult crevices. Over time, this helps prevent cavities and keep enamel healthy for many years. Adults struggling with crooked smiles may lower their risk of gingivitis and cavities by undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Many working adults find that braces are surprisingly affordable procedures. In the event that they are not covered by your insurance, the out-of-pocket cost is often broken up into reasonable monthly payments. Professionals who do a great deal of public speaking may find that orthodontics may yield dividends for their careers: increasing earning potential over time, and making braces a worthwhile investment in their image.
If you live in the Gilbert or Mesa area and need advice about braces, contact the experienced team at Baker Family Dental by calling (480) 719-3044. Our office caters to many adult braces wearers with both traditional and Invisalign trays. We use state of the art techniques to create lasting smiles, so contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker.
Last updated 20 days ago
Some individuals do not experience any issues with their wisdom teeth. This video focuses on the potential problems faced by patients when their teeth do not properly erupt. For instance, it is common for a wisdom tooth to partially erupt through the gum line and cause serious pain and infection. This eruption site also traps food particles, which can lead to tooth decay in the surrounding teeth from the decomposing sugars.
The teeth may also be unable to erupt because they are coming in horizontally, and not vertically. In this situation, the tooth may collide with nerve endings along the jaw, and cause sustained pain. The video notes that dentists and oral surgeons will often take x-rays of the wisdom teeth and recommend extraction in cases where the surgery will ultimately reduce pain and preserve a healthy smile.
Do you have questions about wisdom teeth extractions in Mesa? If so, dial (480) 719-3044 to reach Baker Family Dental. Our compassionate team provides efficient care and advice for children and adults of all ages. Dr. Baker has been serving the Phoenix area for over a decade, so call today to learn how we solve your wisdom tooth dilemma.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you’re like most people, you were probably taught that brushing twice a day is one of the most effective ways to prevent serious oral health issues. Unfortunately, with the wide range of toothbrush shapes, designs, and styles available, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which toothbrush is the most effect tool for cleaning your teeth. To help narrow down your search for the perfect toothbrush, you should focus on the size, bristle variety, and expert recommendation of the available toothbrush models.
In order to reach each surface of your teeth, you need to select a toothbrush that is easy to maneuver around your teeth and gums. For most adults, the most effective toothbrush size is one with a half-inch wide head. When it comes to choosing bristle type, you should consider the strength of your teeth and how vigorously you brush your teeth. Finally, check for the American Dental Association Seal of Approval on any toothbrush you purchase. This seal signifies that the toothbrush has undergone sufficient safety and quality testing.
At Baker Family Dental, our staff is ready to answer any of your oral health questions. You can reach our Mesa office by dialing (480) 719-3044.
Last updated 1 month ago
Brushing twice a day, flossing every night, and visiting the dentist every six months are all components of a good oral care routine. But it’s also important to pay attention to how your nutrition affects your teeth and gums. While consuming certain foods and beverages can increase your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease, eating nutrient-rich foods can help protect against these common oral health issues.
Cheese boasts high calcium content while simultaneously being low in sugar and acid. It also contains casein, a milk protein that can help strengthen the tooth’s enamel surface. In fact, casein is so effective in strengthening tooth enamel that dentists regularly prescribe a casein-based paste to patients who are prone to developing cavities.
The fibrous composition of celery requires considerably chewing, which helps stimulate saliva production. Saliva plays an instrumental role in washing away bacteria from the tooth and gum surface. Even though many raw vegetables help stimulate saliva production, celery is particularly effective because it breaks into fibrous strands that aid in teeth cleaning.
Despite the trend toward consuming bottled or filter watered, drinking tap can help strengthen your tooth enamel. Public water supply systems contain fluoride, which demineralizes teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has also been show to reverse the tooth wear caused by acids.
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gums prevents harmful bacteria from metabolizing sugar. As a result, it prevents bacteria from creating the acid byproduct that destroys tooth enamel. In addition, the act of chewing gum mechanically removes any food or plaque leftover from eating throughout the course of the day. Especially if you are unable to brush after each meal, chewing a piece of a sugar-free gum is a good alternative cleansing option.
For more information on protecting your teeth, schedule a regular dental appointment with Baker Family Dental of Mesa. Our dental practice is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of our patients’ smiles. You can speak with our family dentistry team by dialing (480) 719-3044.