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Dentists express opinions on wisdom tooth removal

Wed

Do wisdom teeth need to be removed?  A new survey has revealed the thoughts of dentists in the US when it comes to wisdom teeth.

The poll, published by the Dental Practice Marketing and Management Blog, showed that 20 per cent of oral healthcare practitioners think the third molars should always be removed.

However, 53 per cent said they felt that while wisdom teeth should usually be removed, this does not always need to be the case.

For instance, one dentist reported that he would be happy to leave the wisdom teeth of an 80-year-old woman alone, provided that she was showing no sign of infection.

One professional from New York said it is important to use common sense to decide whether or not an extraction is necessary.

This comes after Dr Robert Williams from the University of Maryland Dental School told the Baltimore Sun that people who have wisdom teeth removed are likely to see fewer problems with mouth infections than those who choose to leave them alone.
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Removing wisdom teeth ‘may be easier when you are younger’

Fri

Might having wisdom teeth out early help your oral health?Having wisdom teeth removed could be an easier process for young people than for their older counterparts.

An unnamed author, writing for the Peninsula, said it may be a good idea to consider having the molars taken out even if they are not causing problems, because they become more deeply embedded as a person ages.

"First, removing your wisdom teeth at an early age is easier because the tooth's roots are not fully developed yet. Also the jaw is not as dense when you are younger," the piece pointed out.

The source recommended seeking an oral healthcare professional to discuss wisdom teeth as soon as they erupt, because they could eventually cause issues such as nerve damage and cracked adjacent teeth.

Earlier this week, Dr Robert Williams from the University of Maryland Dental School told the Baltimore Sun that wisdom teeth can create problems with mouth infections because they take a long time to break through the gum.
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Removing wisdom teeth ‘may prevent problems with infection’

Thu

  Having wisdom teeth extracted may combat mouth infections.People who have their wisdom teeth removed may see fewer problems with mouth infections, according to one expert.

Dr Robert Williams from the University of Maryland Dental School told the Baltimore Sun that the third molars often only partially erupt, leaving a flap of skin over the crown of the tooth.

"Food and bacteria get under this flap and cause an infection," he commenting, adding that the teeth are also hard to keep clean because they are so far back in the mouth.

If they are causing problems, Dr Williams recommended having wisdom teeth removed and explained that few people experience complications beyond a little bleeding and dryness, which can be controlled with medication or simply pressure.

Indeed, Dr Williams said the most common ailment from having wisdom teeth removed is a stiff jaw joint from having the mouth open for a long period of time.

This comes after Dr Kevin Coughlin told WWLP.com that as much as 96 per cent of the population has trouble because their jaws are not big enough to accommodate wisdom teeth.
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Woman cites tooth whitening as ‘her only indulgence’

Mon

Tooth whitening can lead to a better smileTooth whitening is the way one woman goes about improving her appearance.

Jill from Whitby responded to a recent Teletext question about how she would amend her appearance if she could and said while cosmetic surgery is out of the question, perfecting her smile is not.

She does not think she has the courage for a nip and tuck – so tooth whitening is her only indulgence.

And Jill was not the only person to mention cosmetic dentistry as something they are interested in.

The Teletext discussion also included Doncaster resident Marie’s comments. She said her "once nice smile" is fading away and therefore she would change her teeth if possible.

Last week, the Baltimore Sun advised readers on certain ways to stop their dental features ageing them.

Tooth whitening was recommended for brightening up a smile and keeping it shiny and "gleaming".

Veneers were also highlighted as an option, although a consultation with the dentist was suggested to find out more.
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