What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Approximately 5 million US citizens have had their wisdom teeth extracted, combining in an annual expense of $3 billion.

It’s likely that you are one of the patients who has gotten this popular procedure. If so, the dentist more than likely extracted them because they were disrupting the condition of the rest of your teeth. Our wisdom teeth are the last of our grown-up teeth to develop, and they are commonly removed during our teens and young adulthood. For some people, their wisdom teeth emerge without any complications or difficulties. For others, painful symptoms and dental problems go along with the appearance of these teeth.

A wisdom tooth may be partially or fully impacted. A partially impacted wisdom tooth means that only a small amount of the crown is exposed, and a fully impacted wisdom tooth means that it has failed to emerge through the patient’s gums. Wisdom teeth don’t always grow in straight, either. They have been known to grow in at angles, backward, and even upside down

Difficulties Caused by Wisdom Teeth

Third molars, also known as impacted wisdom teeth, emerge at the back of the mouth and fail to establish routinely because there is no room for them to develop. There are some cases where the third molars do not cause any pain or irritation; unfortunately, since these teeth are harder to clean, they tend to be more prone to gum disease and tooth decay compared to the rest of the teeth. Oral surgeons will always remove impacted wisdom teeth that are creating difficulties for the patient, and they will also advise removing the wisdom teeth that aren’t currently causing pain under the precaution that there will be problems in the future.

So what sorts of soreness is related with impacted wisdom teeth? Here’s a rundown of some signs and symptoms you might experience:

▪ Painful gums that bleed or swell
▪ Swelling and pain at the jaw
▪ Trouble opening up the mouth
▪ Bad breath

When wisdom teeth grow in, they can cause further harm to the neighboring teeth. Orthodontic procedures might be needed if the incoming wisdom teeth push the other molars ahead, creating overcrowding. There is a risk of developing a tumor in the mouth– though it is infrequent– and this happens because the wisdom tooth can develop in a fluid-filled sac inside the jawbone, making a cyst. If this takes place, the oral surgeon might just have to extract the neighboring bone and tissue. As we mentioned earlier, wisdom teeth are tough to maintain because they reside in the back of the mouth. Along with tooth decay, patients are potentially at risk of an inflammatory gum issue referred to as pericoronitis.

A Model Treatment

The majority of the time, the oral surgeon will get rid of all four wisdom teeth at the exact same time, but they might choose to do a few teeth at a time depending on their or the patient’s desires. The patient will undergo general anesthesia to minimize the amount of irritation they might feel during the treatment. Depending on the amount of teeth the are being pulled, this procedure can last anywhere from one to several hours. Some of the most common negative side effects of wisdom teeth removal are swelling and bleeding at the surgery site. These can be managed at home with gauze and ice packs, but if these side effects persist, it is wise to seek out the performing surgeon for advice.

Arguments Against Wisdom Tooth Extraction

A number of people testify that removing wisdom teeth is avoidable and is essentially a way for dentists to charge massive amounts of money to their patients. Jay W. Friedman, DDS, MPH, has published an article commenting on this mind-set and the misconceptions that are associated with the eruption of wisdom teeth in developing young patients. Obviously, the decision to move ahead with wisdom teeth removal or to decide against it is essentially up to the patient. Nevertheless, we recommend that our patients make an educated examination of their pain and discomfort and to speak with Dr. Aerni for help and assistance when it concerns the severeness of impaction.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni, you can visit our website or give us a call at (440)238-6141.

The Benefits of Smiling

Regardless of what language we speak, smiles are a universal sign of happiness and reliability in regards to non-verbal interaction.

One might nearly say that receiving a real, heartfelt smile from a person is more beneficial than getting money, a research study carried out in 2005 claims. “The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a ‘halo’ effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated,” psychologist Dr. David Lewis, who examined these findings, reported.

Also, smiling has the power to reduce stress through releasing endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. A real smile also attributes to friendliness, confidence and sincerity. Because of this, employers are most likely to hire those who show bright, honest smiles throughout the interview procedure than those whose smiles don’t feel sincere.

How do we know if a smile is truthful or not? Most of us will pick up on this distinction when interacting with others. When a person forces a smile, it typically fails to reach their eyes and there tends to be a lot of tension in the muscles around the mouth. A sincere smile is referred to as a Duchenne smile. This type of smile is when the mouth’s corners lift, pressing our cheeks upwards and forming crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes.

This is all interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Something as simple as a smile can create a positive impact on each of our lives. For some people, however, smiles aren’t as easy to come by. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or other issues, may be more hesitant when it comes to their natural smiles. As a result, these people are at risk of being perceived as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent regardless of how they really are.

We want you to feel confident in your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni today!