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Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

There are various reasons why wisdom tooth extraction is required. Wisdom teeth, or third molars as they are otherwise called, are the last teeth to erupt in our mouths. They generally emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 years. Anthropologists believe wisdom teeth were the answer to our early ancestors’ diets of rough food that required a lot of chewing power. With our modern diet, however, wisdom teeth are not really needed any more. 

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Not everyone will have problems with their wisdom teeth, but most people are likely to develop problems with at least one of their wisdom teeth. What are some of the problems experienced that require wisdom teeth to be removed?

  • Your jaw may not be large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, causing them to become impacted, which means they cannot break through your gums.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth cannot erupt when the tooth lies at an awkward angle and they are physically prevented from erupting into the mouth. This  can cause pressure pain to the adjacent tooth. In some cases a cyst can form that can destroy jaw bone. 
  • In many cases the wisdom teeth can be partially erupted and serious infections can occur from tissue breakdown and food impaction.

A lot of orthodontic work is done on teenagers, long before wisdom teeth are expected to erupt. Any problems with wisdom teeth such as crowding adjacent teeth or wisdom teeth emerging at odd angles can negatively impact ongoing orthodontic treatments. It may even spoil the results of already completed treatments. Orthodontists will then recommend the family dentist monitor the wisdom teeth with X-rays or visually and remove if they feel it is necessary.    

Patients with fully impacted wisdom teeth are referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  The removal of the wisdom teeth can be done at the dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office. It may be removed with local anaesthetics at a dentist office or with sedation or general anesthetics by the oral maxillofacial surgeon at the hospital.   

Dr. Ralph Bastian provides a range of routine extraction and complex surgical treatments related to orthodontics, aesthetics and wisdom teeth. Contact us today for any wisdom tooth extraction treatments. 

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Save your teeth: oral surgery is a last resort

Our teeth are precious and can last for a lifetime if we take care of them properly. This often means seeking care when we need it. The dentist’s chair can be daunting but too often serious problems occur because we leave a trip to the dentist too late. At Bastian Dentistry- we will do all we can to save your teeth and hopefully prevent oral surgery.

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Periodontal cleaning prevents disease

Gum disease or periodontitis is an inflammation of  the gums that can progress to bone loss. It starts off as gingivitis,  and can become periodontitis and can lead to advanced periodontitis if not treated. This is when the infection spreads  to the bone – leaving you in danger of losing your teeth and possibly needing periodontal surgery or extractions.

A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is almost half the population. A periodontal cleaning can address this problem before it is too late.

If you notice you have swollen, tender, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and pus surrounding teeth  then contact Bastian Dentistry before the infection spreads. Dr Ralph Bastian will assess the situation and devise appropriate treatment accordingly- and you may find you get to keep your gorgeous smile intact.

Root canal is better than extraction

In most cases of  tooth infection we can prevent extracting the tooth. A root canal is used to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the diseased pulp, cleaning and disinfecting  the canal and then sealing it.

A cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment or trauma can cause damage to the nerve requiring a root canal or extraction. Paying attention to the symptoms and accessing quality dental care is the best way to avoid tooth extraction. Bastian Dentistry offers emergency dental care so do not delay a call to Dr Ralph. Most emergencies can be seen on the same day.

Tooth extractions

Sometimes there is no other answer other than to remove and perhaps, replace the tooth. Bastian Dentistry offers tooth extraction and tooth replacement options. We have excellent facilities to take care of you.

We also assist with the problem of arch crowding. This is when you have large teeth and small arches. Working with your orthodontist, we can help make room. When wisdom teeth, the third molars at the very back of the mouth, begin to erupt there can be pain and swelling.

At Bastian Dentistry we are happy to help with most dental surgeries you may require. Dr Ralph Bastian has been an active Dentist in Peterborough for over 34 years and will be please to take care of your teeth. Contact us for more information today.

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Tips To Make Your Oral Surgery Recovery Easier

We use our mouths in all walks of life. Eating, talking and even to certain extent breathing. With our oral health being so important to our physical well-being, it is imperative that we have regular check-ups. We should also ensure that corrective action is taken when things start to go wrong. In some cases, we may require the services of an oral surgeon. Whether you are in need of a routine wisdom tooth extraction, or whether you require some more complex dental surgery, all your needs can be met under one roof at Bastian Dentistry.

Healing From Your Oral Surgery

Even with routine surgeries, healing can be an ordeal. The constant movement and continuous use of your mouth make it difficult for your body to repair itself. With that in mind, here are 5 tips to ensure you have a speedy recovery after undergoing oral surgery:

  1. After the surgery, you will receive a care handout. It will contain cleaning and healing instructions. Please follow it closely as these instructions can speed up your recovery tenfold and it will prevent infection setting in.
  2. Do not do strenuous activities after the surgery. A hike in blood pressure or bump or scrape could re-open any incisions that have been made.
  3. For at least 24 hours after surgery, take care to eat solely soft meals. Smoothies and baby food taste great and are fantastic nutritional substitutes.
  4. It may seem productive to aggressively rinse your mouth with mouthwash or salt water, but this could actually be detrimental rather than beneficial. You should refrain from doing it for at least the first 24 hours after the surgery.
  5. Gentle tooth brushing of your mouth is possible, but you have to be extremely careful to not run the bristles over the tooth extraction site.

Bastian Dentistry

Bastian Dentistry is a comprehensive dentistry practice. Our services include general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We provide a wide range of Oral Surgery procedures, from routine wisdom tooth extraction to more complex dental surgery. Bastian Dentistry has a friendly and welcoming environment to make you feel at home. Find out more about our services today and get that perfect smile.

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Dental treatment

Save your teeth: oral surgery is a last resort

Our teeth are precious and can last for life if we take care of them properly. This often means getting care when we need it. The dentist’s chair can be daunting but too often serious problems occur because we leave a trip to the dentist too late. At Bastian Dentistry- we will do all we can to save your teeth and prevent oral surgery.

Periodontal cleaning prevents disease

Gum disease or periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to bone loss. It starts off as gingivitis and can become periodontitis and can lead to advanced periodontitis if not treated. This is when the infection spreads to the bone – leaving you in danger of losing your teeth and possible needing periodontal surgery or extractions.

A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimate that 47.2 percent of American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. That is almost half the population. A periodontal cleaning can address this problem before it is too late.

If you notice you have swollen, tender, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and pus surrounding teeth then contact Bastian Dentistry before the infection spreads. Dr Ralph Bastian will assess the situation and devise appropriate treatment accordingly- and you may find you get to keep your gorgeous smile intact.

Root canal is better than extraction

In most cases of tooth infection, we can prevent extracting the tooth. A root canal is used to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the infected the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the canal and then sealing it.

A cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment or trauma can cause damage to the nerve requiring a root canal or extraction. Noticing the symptoms and accessing quality dental care is the best way to avoid tooth extraction. Bastian Dentistry offers emergency dental care so do not delay a call to Dr Ralph.

Tooth Extractions

Sometimes there is no other answer other than to remove and perhaps, replace the tooth. Bastian Dentistry offers tooth extraction and tooth replacement options. We have excellent facilities to take care of you.

We also assist with the problem of arch crowding. This is when you have large teeth growing and small arches. Working with your orthodontist, we can help make room. When wisdom teeth, the molars at the very back of the mouth, begin to erupt there can be pain and swelling.

At Bastian Dentistry we are happy to help with most dental surgeries you may require. Dr Ralph Bastian has been an active Dentist in Peterborough for over 33 years and will be please to take care of your teeth. Contact us for more information today.

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