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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Why is wisdom tooth extraction done?

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Wisdom tooth extraction is a common surgical procedure done by our team at Mountain Springs Dental office regularly in order to remove one or more wisdom
teeth; the four teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom. If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to grow, resulting in pain, infection or other dental issues, the patient will most likely need to have it pulled. Wisdom tooth extraction is done at our office by our experienced dentists.

How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?

Most of our patients should fully recover from wisdom teeth surgery in three to four days. If your teeth were impacted or came in at an awkward angle, it could take a full week to recover. The patient should recover fairly quickly although the wound left behind after surgery will not completely heal for months, so you can still develop an infection weeks after surgery. In order to take care and pay attention to any signs of trouble consult with our dental team at Mountain Springs Dental office. You should be able to go back to your normal life and daily activities the day after surgery, but we suggest that you avoid any activity that could dislodge stitches or the blood clot over your wound​.

How long does it take for a wisdom tooth extraction to stop hurting?

It normally takes a few days to recover after a wisdom tooth extraction. The following steps provided by our dentists will help ensure that your recovery goes quickly and smoothly.

  • After the procedure apply an ice pack to your cheek in order to reduce swelling.
  • Take a day off in order to relax.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not rinse for a day after tooth extraction.

Our dentist might also instruct the patient to take antibiotics while they recover. This is to prevent any infections while the patient's mouth is vulnerable to germs. Be sure to take the full course of antibiotics as instructed by our Mountain Springs Dental team.

What are some alternatives to CPAP?

Sleep apnea is a growing epidemic that often resolves with a CPAP machine, however not everyone is comfortable or satisfied with a device that blows air into their mouth or nose all night. The most important thing is not to give up on the solution at hand. The dentists at Mountain Springs Dental are familiar with the common concerns using a CPAP device

  • claustrophobia wearing the mask
  • the noise in the background
  • difficulty when travelling
  • lines, swellings, and itchiness from wearing the mask
  • setting up and wearing it throughout the night

None of these are reasons to return to poor breathing at night, but it sure makes it hard to sleep. At Mountain Springs Dental we are prepared to share alternatives to CPAP that will keep you sleeping AND breathing. Come in for a consultation now to learn what we can do for you.

What is Bruxing or grinding?

Some of us have a habit that wears away our teeth faster than most. It occurs when we rub our teeth against one another. Normally, our teeth only contact when we are eating or saying certain sounds, otherwise they keep to themselves. Sometimes, due to allergies, stress, chronic pain, and other irritants we grind our teeth, or brux. It’s not so damaging if it’s short term, but if it lasts more than a few years you can bet that the teeth are rubbing each other down wearing away the hard outer layer, chipping edges off, breaking off fillings and crowns, and slowly allowing the chin and nose to get closer and closer as the teeth get shorter and shorter. Sometimes this happens so slowly over such a long period of time that it’s decades before the damage is recognized and the repair is expensive. At Mountain Springs Dental in North Ogden, UT we are aware and alert for the signs of bruxism, or grinding. Caught early, it can be minimized in it’s damaging effects. If the teeth are really damaged the dental team at Mountain Springs Dental will formulate a solution that stabilizes and restores your teeth.

What are the symptoms of bruxism?

Bruxism has so many causes and speeds at which it damages teeth that the symptoms are wide ranging. Since it involves the chewing muscles there are several symptoms that are muscle related:

  • ● tenderness in the temples, especially in the morning
  • soreness of the jaw, and tightness of the chewing muscles
  • the jaw joint pops or clicks
  • teeth sensitive to cold or heat
  • wiggly teeth
  • a yellowing of the tops of the teeth begins to grow
  • the teeth are all the same height and fit very neatly when closed against each other

These symptoms are a good starting place. The dentists at Mountain Springs Dental in North Ogden, UT are trained to identify and resolve bruxism. Their design is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

What can be done for bruxism?

Bruxism usually takes time to create damage, so a lot depends on how long the damage has been going on. Several options include:

  • a night guard for nocturnal bruxism
  • a day and night orthotic for the all round bruxer
  • orthodontics
  • alteration of medications as consulted with your physician
  • crowns and fillings to restore the broken down teeth

The sooner the symptoms and signs of bruxism are identified, the sooner plans and efforts can get underway to halt the damaging effects of bruxism, correct them, and restore you to your original tall and healthy teeth. Call today to schedule an appointment with the dentists at Mountain Springs Dental.

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