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Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Matters to Your Smile: Insights from a Cosmetic Dentist in Austin

Picture this: you're scrolling through your gallery, reminiscing about those summer days with friends and family, and suddenly, a picture of your glowing smile catches your attention. Your teeth, the unsung heroes of many memorable moments, are there in all their glory. 

Yet, sometimes, lurking at the back of that beautiful smile is a group of troublemakers: your wisdom teeth. Often overlooked but vital to the integrity of your grin, understanding wisdom teeth and their potential removal is crucial. And who better to guide you than a cosmetic dentist in Austin?  Let’s explore this topic, shall we?

What Are Wisdom Teeth, and Why Do They Emerge?

Ever wondered why they're called "wisdom" teeth? Let’s set the scene. Think back to our ancestors, who had a diet largely based on raw plant material, which required a lot of grinding down. More teeth, particularly tough molars, were a huge help. These teeth, arriving in our late teens to early twenties, ideally signaled the age of newfound wisdom, hence the fun moniker.

Fast forward to today, and things have changed. Evolution played its cards, and our jaws have, over time, become notably smaller. This creates a cozier environment where not everyone has the space for these teeth to comfortably and healthily settle in. 

The Underlying Dangers of Wisdom Teeth

Let's get something straight: wisdom teeth aren't villains in our oral narrative. However, they can sometimes cause a bit of a ruckus. 

When they begin their entrance, but find there's no room at the inn, they can become impacted. That's dental jargon for teeth that don't grow in the way they should. Instead of growing upwards like a sprouting plant, they might grow sideways, or worse, stay hidden beneath the gums.

This misdirection can cause swelling or infections that you absolutely do not want to ignore. But wait, there's more! The little nooks and crannies that may form around misaligned wisdom teeth become the perfect hideout spots for bacteria. 

Before you know it, you're battling gum disease, tooth decay, or even cysts. Think of them as those uninvited guests at a party – they come without a call, overstay their welcome, and sometimes cause chaos!

Protecting Your Smile’s Integrity: When Wisdom Teeth Steal the Limelight

Alright, let’s paint a picture here. You've spent years maintaining a gorgeous smile. Regular brushing, flossing, and those dentist appointments you begrudgingly attend? All to keep that million-dollar smile shining. But just as you think you've got everything under control, your wisdom teeth decide to stage a surprise act.

Any cosmetic dentist in Austin, knows the aesthetics of a smile inside and out. When wisdom teeth make an awkward appearance, they might push your other teeth around, turning that straight smile into a crowded gathering. Beyond the discomfort, there's the heartbreak of seeing your pearly whites losing their alignment.

Plus, let’s not forget the indirect issues. Gum disease, a common tag-along with problematic wisdom teeth, can lead to gums that recede or even change color. If you've been flashing those gums confidently, this can be a real downer. Your smile is an ensemble cast, and every player, including your gums, plays a crucial role.

Demystifying Wisdom Teeth Removal

Okay, let's address the elephant in the room. The idea of any dental procedure, let alone wisdom teeth removal, can make even the bravest among us a little jittery. But imagine this: a procedure that's a bit like a magic show: you’re in, there's some mystifying action, and before you know it, you’re out, wondering, "Was that it?"

During your visit to a cosmetic dentist in Austin, you’ll start off with an X-ray. Think of this as the sneak peek or trailer before the main event. It helps the dentist map out the location and angle of your wisdom teeth. 

If they decide to give those teeth a ticket out, rest assured the extraction procedure is usually straightforward. There's a local anesthetic involved to ensure you're in your comfortable bubble, feeling no pain.

But here's the cool part: sometimes the tooth, if it’s being especially stubborn, might be divided into smaller sections, kind of like breaking a bar of chocolate, to make the removal smoother. Once the main act is over, any incisions are neatly stitched up, ready to heal. And the encore? Most people recover in just about a week, ready to flash that radiant smile again.

Being Ahead of the Game: The Magic of Early Action

Ever heard of the saying, "A stitch in time saves nine"? It couldn't be truer when it comes to our teeth. Wisdom teeth might be taking their sweet time to make an entrance, but being proactive can save you a lot of future headaches (quite literally).

By keeping an eye on these molars in one’s late teens or early twenties, you can intercept problems before they even start. Think of it as being a step ahead in a chess game. Early removal often means fewer complications, a smoother procedure, and quicker healing.

Moreover, regular chats with your friendly cosmetic dentist in Austin, can be a game-changer. With their keen eye, they can detect signs of potential issues way before they become big, dramatic affairs. So, instead of waiting for the storm to hit, why not dance in the calm and take early action?

Enamel Dentistry: Your Destination for Cosmetic Dentistry in Austin

When it comes to our smiles, we all want a partner in care. A place that's not just about fixing problems but enhancing our natural beauty. At Enamel Dentistry in the Austin area of Dallas, Texas, we’re that partner, especially when wisdom teeth challenges arise.

Navigating the journey of wisdom teeth removal can be daunting. It's not just about the procedure but the entire experience; from the moment you walk in until you're flashing that pain-free, confident smile. At Enamel Dentistry, headed by the incredible Dr. Ravin (Dr. Chodavadia), we've crafted a space where state-of-the-art dental procedures meet unparalleled patient comfort.

But let’s zoom in on our special touch with wisdom teeth. We employ the latest techniques, ensuring that removal, if necessary, is as seamless and painless as possible. With advanced imaging, we provide a detailed look into what’s happening beneath the surface. This allows for precise, effective, and swift interventions.

But we don’t stop there. Once your wisdom teeth concerns are addressed, our team specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Austin, can guide you through enhancing and perfecting your smile even further. From teeth whitening to alignment solutions, we ensure that every aspect of your smile is catered to.

It’s not just about clinical procedures at Enamel Dentistry. It's about the warm laughter, the comforting ambiance, and the promise that every dental concern will be met with expertise and genuine care. Whether it's wisdom teeth removal or any other cosmetic dentistry needs, you'll leave our office not only looking great but feeling fantastic.

Conclusion

Your smile tells a story, and every tooth plays its part. But like any great narrative, sometimes, changes are essential to ensure a happy ending. Wisdom teeth removal, under the guidance of a trusted cosmetic dentist in Austin, is one such adjustment. And as you ponder the future of your smile, let the experienced hands at Enamel Dentistry be your guide. After all, there's wisdom in seeking the best care for your teeth.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

February 20, 2024

Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns