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When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Find out if your smile could benefit from oral surgery.
From impacted wisdom teeth to severe jaw joint issues, there are several reasons why someone may need to turn to oral surgery to correct a dental problem. Luckily, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma in Frederick, MD, have dealt with a variety of cases and can expertly diagnose whether or not you may require oral surgery. Here are the top reasons why someone might need surgery and how to tell if it’s time to schedule a consultation with us!
This mostly affects wisdom teeth, which are the third set of molars to develop, and usually erupt in your late teens or early twenties. At our Frederick office, we will be able to see them in x-rays to determine if they are growing in straight or if they might come in crooked.
In most cases, wisdom teeth will be impacted, which means that they don’t fully emerge through the gums. They can also grow in crooked and cause damage to neighboring teeth, which is why wisdom teeth are often removed. Even if they aren’t causing you issues, they could cause problems down the road, which is why they should be extracted as soon as possible.
Issues with the Jaw Joint
A lot of people deal with a condition known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which is caused by dysfunction within the jaw joints. Those with TMJ disorder may experience jaw pain and stiffness, and may even hear a popping or clicking sound when they open or close their jaws. While most of the time symptoms of a TMJ disorder can be treated with simple at-home care, if the symptoms that you are experiencing are severe and don’t respond to treatment, oral surgery may be then recommended to correct joint dysfunction.
If you are a healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth, you may be considering getting dental implants, a metal restoration that functions like tooth roots. In order to place the dental implant into the jawbone, surgery will have to be performed, though this procedure is minimal and pain-free. Implants look and feel completely natural, and before you know it, you will forget that they are even there!
If you are dealing with any of these issues above, or if you are noticing changes in your smile that give you pause, then it’s important to let the dentists at Frederick Dental Group provide your smile with the care it deserves. Call our Frederick, MD, dental office at (301) 624-1001 to schedule an appointment today!
If you are dealing with tooth pain, gum disease, crowding, infection, or decay, your wisdom teeth could be to blame. These are all signs you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. If you do have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. The dentist can examine your wisdom teeth and determine if extraction is needed. At Frederick Dental Group, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma are your dentists for oral surgery in Frederick, MD.
Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth
One of the primary reasons wisdom teeth are removed is pain. Impacted or crowded wisdom teeth can cause extensive pain and discomfort. Extracting those teeth ultimately alleviates the pain and discomfort. Other reasons for removing wisdom teeth include:
- The wisdom teeth erupt only partially and are considered impacted.
- Crowding occurs following the eruption of the wisdom teeth due to insufficient space.
- The wisdom teeth become infected or develop areas of decay.
- Extensive pain and discomfort develop following full or partial eruption of the wisdom teeth.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can be removed by a dentist who performs oral surgery in Frederick. The procedure is performed in the dental office. Patients are usually given a sedative and/or local anesthetic to minimize pain during the procedure. The procedure can take a few hours, depending on whether some or all of the wisdom teeth are being removed.
Following extraction of the wisdom teeth, it is best to recover at home for a few days prior to resuming normal activities. Either over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can alleviate pain or discomfort, while applying an ice pack to the cheeks helps minimize bruising and swelling. Gauze pads can be used for any bleeding that occurs. In addition to pain medications, ice packs, and gauze pads, rinsing the mouth with salt water multiples per day is also helpful.
Signs you need to have your wisdom teeth removed include experiencing pain or discomfort following eruption, or developing crowding, infection, gum disease, or decay. To find out if your wisdom teeth require extraction, schedule an exam with either Drs. Dave and Arapana Verma by calling Frederick Dental Group, your center for oral surgery in Frederick, MD, at (301) 624-1001.
If you are dealing with a serious dental issue find out if oral surgery may be necessary.
While many dental issues can be treated without surgery, there are some instances in which the best option to preserve your oral health is surgery. From the office of our Frederick, MD dentists Dr. Dave Verma and Arpana Verma, learn more about the most common types of oral surgeries and how they could improve your smile.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Sometimes wisdom teeth become impacted (meaning that they can’t fully emerge from the gums), affect the health of other teeth or lead to crowding. In these instances your Frederick, MD dentist will recommend getting these molars removed. Most patients will need to have these teeth removed at some point. By not having your wisdom teeth removed you risk dental decay, gum disease, infection or damage to other teeth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, over time the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. This weakens the jawbone and makes it less suitable for holding dental implants successfully. Fortunately, our Frederick, MD dentists will recommend getting bone grafting surgery prior to dental implants if there isn’t enough bone density to support the implant. By getting bone grafting surgery we are making it possible for more and more patients to also become great candidates for dental implants.
For patients who have lost one or more permanent teeth, dental implants can be a great long-term solution to replacing these teeth. Implants function just like tooth roots and naturally fuse together with bone and tissue to become a permanent part of your mouth. Implants are durable enough to last the rest of your life and can support everything from a single dental crown to a full set of dentures.
Whether you have questions about your upcoming procedure or you want to find out if oral surgery is right for you, turn to the Frederick, MD dental experts at Frederick Dental Group. Schedule a consultation with us today!
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”