Why Mouthguards Are Important

When should a patient wear a Mouthguard?

Your dentist recommends that a patient wear a mouthguard during all sporting activities. High-risk activities like martial arts and collision sports are no-brainers but non-contact sports like Ice Skating and Gymnastics also require mouthguards. One bad spill during a non-contact sport could still mean losing a tooth. It’s important to know as adults but your dentist also recommends equipping children who play sports with mouthguards.

 

What kind of options do you have to choose from?

There are three kinds of mouthguards that a patient can choose from:

  1. Custom Made – Some Dentist will offer to make custom mouthguards, these aren’t cheap but offer the best protection as they’re individually crafted for the wearer.

  2. Boil and Bite – Perhaps the most common mouth guard options theses require a patient to boil the mouthguard, making it soft and then biting down to imprint their teeth into the guard. This is a semi-customized mouth guard as the exact sizes can only be estimated.

  3. Stock – There mouthguards come preformed and are the most inexpensive method. These mouthpieces are often the least comfortable and can make breathing difficult depending on how they fit in the patient’s mouth.

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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Ever hear of impacted wisdom teeth? In this article, we will discuss wisdom teeth, and potential complications with them.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

A person’s first permanent molars will usually erupt around age six or seven. The final set of teeth a person can expect to see are called third molars, or sometimes referred to as wisdom teeth. These will usually erupt between ages 17 and 21. In some cases, a person may see all for wisdom teeth, and sometimes perhaps none at all! Wisdom teeth can come in without any issues, and sometimes, they can cause some problems.

Wisdom teeth become impacted when they fail to fully erupt due to blockage from other teeth. This can sometimes cause pain, inflammation, infection, or damage to adjacent teeth. It is estimated that in the Swedish population alone, this condition affects up to 72%. Why do we even have these teeth if they cause so many issues? One speculation is that the diet of humans thousands of years ago wore molars down significantly. Wisdom teeth would erupt around the time the second molars would wear down, giving a person “new” teeth.

The most common method of treatment is wisdom teeth extraction, with approximately 10 million wisdom teeth removed each year. Most people will experience pain and swelling after surgery, with the first day post surgery being the worst. Most people are able to return to work after 2-3 days, and find that the level of discomfort will decrease to about 25% by day number seven.

It is important to make an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing any pain with your wisdom teeth, or you notice they have not fully erupted. Sometimes the idea of a procedure like tooth extraction can sound scary, but the folks at Wallace Family Dentistry will be with you every step of the way!

How Does An Implant Work

Is there a better option to partial dentures? What if a person is just missing one or two teeth? In the following article, we will discuss how a dental implant works, and how this could be a better option

How Does An Implant Work?

Have you ever seen partial dentures? Perhaps someone you know or even yourself have them. Partial dentures are just like full dentures and are removable for daily cleaning. They are definitely a more cost effective option, however, like full dentures, they can move in your mouth, effect the way you speak and what you eat. Implants are a great option to alleviate some of the typical issues of partial dentures if a person is missing one or a few teeth.

 

  • Implants begin with a cylindrical or tapered titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. As the healing process continues, the titanium post will literally fuse with the jawbone to create a strong base for the replacement tooth or teeth. This healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

 

  • After the healing process, a connector piece, called an abutment is place on to the implant to connect it to the replacement tooth or teeth. Then, the individual tooth, bridge or dentures with multiple teeth are then connected to the abutment. This option does require more of an investment from the individual, but it will produce better and longer lasting results that with full or partial dentures.

As always, if you have any questions about dental implants, or any other dental concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK!

Stress and Dental Health

Stress can come from many sources, and have many negative effects on your health. Did you know that stress can also affect your dental health?

Stress and Dental Health

Today it is common knowledge that stress can wreak havoc on a person’s overall health. We know that low energy, headaches, nausea, aches, pains, tense muscles, chest pains, and even rapid heartbeat are symptoms of stress. But, it can also negatively affect our general oral health. Here are a few symptoms of stress in your dental health.

  • Tooth Decay – Sometimes during tense seasons of our lives, routine goes out the window. Sometime due to demanding schedules, we make unhealthy choices about what we eat and drink. At the end of a crazy day, forget about brushing and flossing! This will increase our risk of tooth decay as time goes on.

  • Gum Disease – Gum disease can be caused by the build up of bacterial plaque where your gums and teeth meet. As anxiety affects your health, it can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of infection in your mouth where bacterial is present.

  • Grinding Teeth – Most often, grinding of the teeth happens at night, and most people aren’t aware they are doing it. When you grind your teeth at night, it can cause damage to the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Teeth grinding can also cause headaches and jaw soreness. Sometimes dentists, will recommend that an individual wear a night guard, to protect from any further damage.

These are just a few of the ways that stress can negatively affect a person’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about your general oral health, contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK to schedule an appointment!

What Is A Root Canal?

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged, decayed, or has a serious infection your Edmond Dentist will perhaps recommend a root canal. When a dentist performs a root canal it’s to save the rest of the tooth from the decay or damage that’ s made its way into the interior of the tooth.

What Can You Expect From A Root Canal?

Inside the tooth is a soft pulp made out of nerves and blood vessels, these nourish the tooth and keep it healthy. If the pulp is exposed it can be opened up to infection, the main ways this happens is via a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma to the tooth. If these conditions are left untreated the tooth can become infected, which can be incredibly painful. In some cases, an abscess can form inside the tooth or bone around the root. The infection could also cause a patient to lose the tooth entirely

What Happens During The Procedure?

During the procedure, your Edmond Dentist will:

  1. Create the opening in the tooth to remove the root through.

  2. Extract the tooth’s nerve tissue.(The inside of the tooth may also be treated with a germ-killing medicine)

  3. Clean the inside of each tooth and the canal they’ve made.

  4. Fill and seal the root canal to prevent future infection.

  5. Place a crown or filling to be a definitive restoration.

A root canal treatment can take more than one office visit depending on the difficulty or number of root canal’s that have to be performed. Your Edmond Dentist is able to manufacture crowns on site so that will cut down on the time it would take most dentists to finish the procedure. Many patients worry about pain, but the use of local anesthetic ensures that a patient won’t feel pain during the procedure and once the problem tooth is removed a patient won’t feel the pain of the damaged tooth.