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Almost everyone has had some or other issues with wisdom teeth. Due to lack of complete understanding regarding wisdom teeth, many individuals are scared to address the issue. Many myths surround the wisdom of wisdom teeth.

WHAT IS WISDOM TOOTH?

It is the third molar tooth. They erupt around the age of 18-25 years. In very few people they erupt without causing a problem. In most individuals, they mal-positioned, partially erupted or locked inside bone (impaction).

WHY DOES WISDOM TOOTH CREATE PROBLEMS?

As humans have evolved from apes, their jaw size has also reduced but the number of teeth has remained the same. As the third molar is last to erupt, it often faces scarcity of space to erupt properly.

WHY DOES WISDOM TOOTH HURT?

a.Gum infection (Pericoronitis) – Often wisdom tooth partially erupts, so half part of the tooth is still covered under the gums. Food debris and bacteria accumulate under the gums causing pain, swelling, and restricted mouth opening. Often stressful circumstances exacerbate pain episodes.

b.Decay/ Cavity – They are often malpositioned and thus are hard to clean and maintain. Due to this reason, they often get decayed and cause pain. At times they may spread decay to the neighbouring tooth.

MYTHS?

Loss of Wisdom! – Removal of the tooth has also nothing to do with the loss of wisdom. It does not have any relation to the biology of the brain.

Effect on Eyesight! – Also wrongly believed that removal of the tooth can adversely affect eyesight. Optic biology has no direct relation to teeth. Remember people without teeth don’t become blind.

REMOVAL IS NECESSARY?

Wisdom teeth can be considered vestigial as the appendix. They often don’t contribute towards chewing efficiency. Why removal is to be considered-

  1. Spread of infection – Infection from decayed tooth can spread in areas near to throat.
  2. Cyst Formation – Impacted teeth can form a cyst and destroy a good amount of jawbone.
  3. Neighbouring teeth – Malpositioned molars often get decayed and also decay their adjacent teeth, ultimately leading to more loss.
  4. Prematurity in contact – as they are last to erupt and have a tendency to be malpositioned, they can create prematurity and misalignment of other teeth. Due to which jaw joint may get affected.
 cyst formation around the wisdom tooth

SAFETY?

In well-trained hands, it’s an absolutely safe procedure. Using advanced imaging modalities, the Doctor has exact insight about the case. A vast majority of cases are done under local anesthesia. With the latest technology of LASER, healing & recovery is uneventful.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

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In today’s world of social media, we love getting clicked. White perhaps will be the only shade that looks great with the smile. Teeth whitening is amongst most sought-after option in cosmetic dentistry.

There are many MYTHS surrounding whitening & they are linked with many questions.

IS IT BAD FOR TEETH? DO IT AT HOME OR PROFESSIONALLY? DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? HOME REMEDIES? DO WHITENING PRODUCTS REALLY WORK?
YELLOWING OF TEETH?

Teeth can acquire stains from tea/coffee, wine, smoking, lipsticks etc. Medications like tetracycline, developmental tooth deformities, trauma to teeth also cause discoloration of teeth. Genetics also play a role in the determination of your tooth color. Over the time discoloration becomes more evident and can cause embarrassment.

DO WHITENING PASTES WORK?

This would be great example displaying the “not so honest” face of the marketing industry. Most Dental professionals do not recommend these kinds of products as they have little or no effect at all. Any kind of bleaching agent requires minimum 20 minutes of intimate contact with teeth. Bleaching agents in toothpaste form cannot be controlled and may adversely affect your gums. We warn you “not to be fooled” by such products. In conclusion, these products are the same as most regular toothpaste but instead, may higher abrasive content wearing down teeth to create an illusion of whiter teeth.

HOME REMEDIES FOR TEETH WHITENING?

There is a lot of content on this topic on the internet. These remedies “do not work. They may adversely affect your teeth & gums creating new problems like cavities, sensitivity and mouth burns.

GETTING TEETH PROFESSIONALLY WHITENED?

It is the most rational choice to make. A well trained & certified Dentist is only the right person to correctly bleach your teeth & get you your “WOW SMILE”. The latest advancements include the LASER for teeth-whitening – “Power Bleaching”. Depending on the case requirements, the Doctor would suggest you respective whitening options [In Office Bleach or Home Bleach]. Improvements up to 10 shades can be achieved. Dentists take proper care in protecting your vital oral structures, ensuring a safe & effective procedure with long-lasting effects. Approaching untrained or non-certified professional is putting oneself at big health risk.

SAFETY?

It is a very safe & minimally invasive procedure for obtaining a dazzling smile. Rarely some patients develop a mild sensitivity for few days, which can be effectively managed. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a good standing on safety & effectiveness of teeth whitening procedure.

COST?

A dazzling smile is priceless. A good smile helps you to look younger, confident & radiant. Many individuals after smile makeovers land up getting life-changing opportunities like their dream jobs, promotions etc. A beautiful smile can open doors to a whole new world with unlimited possibilities.

Dr.Manthan Desai MDS

Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.

Read more ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TEETH WHITENING / BLEACHING