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Wisdom Tooth Removal and Recovery Prince Dental Group dentist in Midway, UT Dr. David Prince
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Wisdom Tooth Removal and Recovery

The removal of wisdom teeth is very common, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through usually in your late teens or early twenties. Because of this there often isn’t enough room for the teeth to come through properly. When this happens it is known as being impacted. This isn’t usually enough for wisdom teeth extraction however if they are causing you pain you should speak to your dentist. Don’t wait for your routine appointment, seek help as soon as possible and your dentist will offer an x-ray to better gauge the extent of the problem and determine whether removal is necessary. If you are experiencing pain it may be that food and or bacteria are getting stuck in any gaps or around the gum line where the wisdom tooth has broken through. This can cause a buildup of plaque which can in turn lead to  Cavities  Gingivitis  Periodontitis  Cellulitis  Abscesses  Chats or benign growths  Most problems can be cleared up with a good oral hygiene routine and if necessary a course of antibiotics. If this doesn’t work then removal may be recommended. The procedure should be explained to you and not usually carried out without your consent. A local anesthetic is given to numb the area and you will feel pressure but no pain as the tooth is removed. Sometimes a small cut may be made to remove the tooth more easily or the tooth itself may be broken up and removed in small pieces. How long the procedure takes depends on each individual case.  If local anesthetic was used you can drive yourself home but it is still recommended that you take a day or two off work. If sedatives are used you should wait at least 24 hours before driving yourself anywhere. You may have some visible bruising after, swelling and discomfort but it doesn’t usually last for more than two weeks. But if you have any concerns you should speak to your dentist.  As with any surgery, wisdom tooth removal can pose some possible risks. Infection, delayed healing and ‘dry socket’ are some potential side effects. Follow your aftercare instructions to minimise risk. You can also aid your recovery by: Using painkillers, always read and follow the dosage instructions Avoid overdoing it, no exercise and try not to talk too much.  Try using an extra soft pillow at night  For 24 hours avoid hot drinks and brushing that area. You don’t want to dislodge any blood clots forming in the empty socket. They help the healing process.  Gently rinse the extraction site with antiseptic mouthwash after 24 hours, and repeat this regularly over the next few days, particularly after eating – you can also use warm water with a teaspoon of salt as mouthwash to reduce gum soreness and inflammation. Make sure you finish any course of antibiotics and things should settle down within a couple of weeks. Schedule a follow up appointment for a week or two after the procedure. Any stitches will likely be removed at this appointment.

Heber City Utah Teeth Whitening

People consider getting their teeth whitened for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s to build self-confidence, other times it’s just to have a whiter smile for a specific event or a major change in their life.  There’s no question that having your teeth whitened can make your smile truly shine, but with so many products on the market that allow you to whiten your teeth at home, is it worth it to go to the dentist to have it done professionally?   Whitening at Home – Is it Worth It? About 80% of Americans aged 18-49 want whiter teeth, so it’s no wonder why at-home whitening products have become so popular. But, are they really worth it?    It’s hard to give a general ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer since there are so many types of products and they all work differently. You might have great results with certain ones, and feel disappointed in others. But, there are a few factors to consider before you decide whether at-home whitening is right for you.    First, the most common types of at-home whitening products include:    Tray whitening Paint-on whiteners Teeth-whitening strips Whitening toothpaste/mouthwash   As you might expect, some are more powerful than others. The advantages of at-home whiteners are that they are typically very safe and inexpensive, ranging anywhere from $20-$100 for each “treatment.”    Most of these products contain a small amount of peroxide. While that will help to whiten your teeth, it can take a long time to do it, and it may not whiten them as much as you’d like. Additionally, when you use things like trays or strips, you’re only whitening the teeth that are being touched. In many cases, that’s only the first few teeth in the front of your mouth.    Is Professional Whitening More Effective?  When you think about Heber City Utah teeth whitening, it’s our hope that you also think of Prince Dental Group. It’s important to talk to a dentist about teeth whitening possibilities, even if you’re considering doing it at home, to make sure you’re making a safe choice for your oral health.    Professional teeth whitening helps to whiten your whole smile and it can be tailored to fit your needs (especially if you have sensitive teeth). Professional whitening can either include trays to take home that you fill with a gel solution, or a process like Zoom whitening, where the procedure is done right in the office.    The biggest benefits of getting your teeth professionally whitened are that it will take less time, and you’ll likely end up with a brighter smile than you ever could using at-home products. Is it more of an investment? Yes, it can be. But, it’s an investment in your smile and your best tool in fighting against everyday staining culprits like coffee, tea, and wine. Plus, you can be assured that you’re doing something safe for your whole mouth.   If you just want to whiten your teeth a shade or two, and you don’t have a problem with it taking a few days or weeks, there’s nothing wrong with many ADA-approved whitening products. But, if you really want a brighter smile quickly, getting your teeth professionally whitened might be your best option.   If you’re in or around Midway, Utah and you have more questions about teeth whitening or what the best option might be for you, feel free to call Prince Dental Group for more information.