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01May

Wisdom teeth are one of those oral health problems that most of us don’t think about until we start having problems. Because third molars generally don’t emerge until the patient’s late teens or early twenties, the problems associated with these teeth can take some people by surprise. Our Glendale Wisdom Tooth dentists are here to help you recognize and understand problematic wisdom teeth—let’s get started!

Your wisdom teeth are located in the very back of your smile, behind your functional molars. The problem for many people is that they simply do not have enough space along their jawlines to comfortably accommodate the wisdom teeth.

When your wisdom teeth first start to come in you may notice a feeling of soreness or tightness in the back of your jaw. You may also notice that your gum tissue around your wisdom teeth is damaged, sensitive, and swollen.

Some people have wisdom teeth that emerge upright from the gum tissue, similarly to other teeth. However, many people will find that their wisdom teeth come in at odd angles, even horizontally. Sometimes, wisdom teeth are so impacted in the jawbone tissue that they don’t really emerge at all.

Wisdom teeth, and the gum tissue around the teeth, are very difficult to keep clean. That is why these teeth often become hotbeds for bacteria production—leading to cavities and gum disease. Many patients notice that they develop hard-to-treat bad breath due to these infections—the same oral bacteria that infect your teeth gums release unpleasant odors.

When your dentist completes a wisdom tooth assessment, they’ll be able to tell you how your wisdom teeth should be extracted. If your teeth are somewhat visible, they may be able to pull them out as they would pull any other tooth. Patients with impacted teeth will likely require surgery to extract the tooth from the jawbone tissue.

The best way to get started protecting your smile is to schedule a consultation with our Glendale wisdom tooth dentists. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team!

17Apr

Every winter, our Glendale dentists hear from people who have started to experience dental sensitivity with the temperature change. Dental sensitivity is very common among adults, because our teeth change over time. Keep reading to get the facts on temperature-related dental sensitivity.

As the weather gets colder, you may notice that your teeth ache or feel sensitive when hit with cold air. Conversely, you may experience dental sensitivity when you consume a warm drink. Some dental patients report sensitivity in specific teeth, while others find that their whole smile is affected.

Most of the time this type of sensitivity pops up because the dental enamel of your smile has thinned. The dental enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, and it is designed to protect the inner layers of the tooth, which are more sensitive. When dental enamel thins, more of the sensitive dentin is exposed, and this can cause discomfort.

Dental enamel thins due to:

Age and time—we put our teeth through a lot every day! Some level of enamel depletion is normal as we age

Acid exposure—acidic foods and drinks cause premature acid erosion

Bruxism—if you regularly grind your teeth, your enamel will likely suffer as a result

The best case scenario is that you or your dentist notice small changes in your smile before they become pronounced. Using enamel-fortifying toothpastes, mouth rinses, and in-office treatments, we can help your dental enamel stay strong, thereby reducing sensitivity.

If you are already experiencing significant discomfort, our team will talk to you about options to strengthen your enamel, as well as treatments like dental bonding, which can protect weak teeth.

As always, our Glendale dentists are very happy to give you more information about this common dental issue. Call our dental team to schedule your personal consultation!

03Apr

Every patient wants to have a white, bright smile that they can proudly show off to the world. When your smile looks its best you look and feel better! Our Glendale cosmetic dentists are always answering the same question from patients, “why can’t I get my smile as white as I want it?” Many patients find that as they age it becomes harder and harder to achieve a brilliantly white smile.

There are several reasons why it becomes harder to whiten your dental enamel with regular brushing, flossing, and at-home whitening treatments.

Some dental discoloration is caused by environmental factors. Tea, coffee, and wine, for example, can discolor dental enamel. Additionally foods like chocolate and berries may leave stains on the surface of teeth. The most severe staining is often caused by tobacco problems, which are notorious for making teeth look dark and dirty.  As we age, these stains and spots of discoloration can compound and become more difficult to treat.

Another, less commonly known, cause of tooth discoloration has to do with the way that dental enamel ages and thins. Young dental enamel is white, bright, and strong. Due to regular wear and tear through life, dental enamel begins to thin as we age. The white dental enamel becomes more see-through, exposing a layer of dentin beneath. Dentin is darker and yellower in color than dental enamel, so with age more of the dentin shows through to the surface of the tooth.

We can’t control all dental staining and darkening. Some discoloration is simply a product of ageing. The good news is that with modern cosmetic dentistry we can refresh dull looking smiles—teeth bleaching and Lumineers are two popular options. If you’re unhappy with the current state of your smile, feel free to give our Glendale cosmetic dentist a call for more information—(818) 334-2974.