Having a wisdom tooth taken out can be an uncomfortable experience. While dentists use local anesthetic to numb gum tissue while they work on the tooth, the extraction site can remain sore for several days after the local anesthetic wears off. Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can help to reduce your pain and let you get on with your life during healing, but which one works most effectively? A study published in the Cochrane Library may provide an answer to this question.
18 December 2017
Orthodontics refers to the straightening of teeth, and not to the everyday care of your overall oral health. Many children will need to visit an orthodontist, as crooked teeth are not just unsightly, but can actually damage other teeth and cause problems with speaking and chewing food. If you have children, your family dentist can give you more information about their need for an orthodontist but note a few questions you might have about tooth straightening procedures for children, such as:
27 November 2017
If you are fed up living the single life, you may be wondering why you have so much trouble attracting a member of the opposite sex. You may be critical of your outward appearance and understand that you need to do something about your smile, as after all, it is said to be the single most crucial facial characteristic when it comes to creating a good, first impression. If you really feel that this is setting you back, you need to take some action.
3 November 2017
If you have been noticing one or more bony growths on the roof of your mouth or on the inside of your lower jaw, you are likely seeing what is known as tori. A torus mandibularis (lower jaw growth) or torus palatinus (roof of mouth) is a benign, bony growth that appears bulbous and rounded. In general, they do not cause any pain nor are they a sign of oral cancer or other serious dental issues.
11 October 2017
Many of us come equipped with our own preconditioned beliefs on dental care dos and don'ts. Tying a string to a loose tooth then to a doorknob that's to be slammed closed or holding an oversized cube of ice to the gum line to numb it before having someone pluck the dying bone from the body. If all else fails there are plenty of the old stereotypes or home remedies laying around if you haven't worn out your fingertips on internet search engines.
18 September 2017
There are two reasons Australian adults avoid going to the dentist. The first reason is the cost, and the second reason is fear. Fear of dentists occurs during a bad experience during childhood dentistry. While there have been many advances in technology since you were a kid, you want to make sure your child does not have bad experiences when at the dentist. Sedation dentistry is the technique of medically calming a child during dental procedures, but this type of dentistry does have positive and negative points attached to it.
28 August 2017
Are you thinking about replacing your decayed or damaged teeth with dentures? If you are, then you are likely tired of the pain and difficulties you encounter while eating. That's understandable. It is also a wise decision as you will not only be able to enjoy your meals more often, but your confidence will also receive a boost along with your physical appearance. However, if you are a smoker, you should seriously consider quitting at least a few weeks in advance of getting dentures.
10 August 2017