When Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth, unfortunately, are something that most people have to deal with at some point or another in their lifetime. Some experience issues in their early teenage years while others start dealing with issues later on.


A lot of people wonder when the right time to get their wisdom teeth out is and the answer to that varies. Most kids who are seeing an orthodontist regularly are usually recommended for wisdom teeth removal before orthodontic treatment is finished or shortly after.


If orthodontic treatment is completed before wisdom teeth removal, it can cause complications to arise later on down the road. If the wisdom teeth are impacted and they start to erupt after orthodontic care, it can cause shifting and crowding of permanent teeth and that can result in more orthodontic treatment. Who wants that?


Most dentists and surgeons recommend wisdom teeth removal between the ages of 16-25. Having them removed at an earlier age will ensure that the roots are not fully formed, which means a speedier recovery.


Some people get lucky and they have a large enough jaw structure that they do not need to worry about wisdom teeth removal. If that is the case, proper brushing and flossing techniques must be followed as having four extra teeth can be tricky!


Wisdom teeth left untreated can cause gum tenderness, swelling, infection and extreme facial pain. If the teeth have partially erupted they can become hard to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay.


If you are unsure if you or a child needs wisdom teeth taken out, schedule a consultation at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute.

How to Prevent Sports-Related Facial Injuries

If you play contact sports such as soccer, football, hockey or baseball, injuries to the head and face are common. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure you have a fun, safe, and active sports season.


Wear Protective Gear

You may not always be able to prevent an injury, however, making sure you are protecting yourself will surely lessen the likelihood of accidents.

Wear protective gear such as helmets, mouthguards, or anything else that is necessary for protecting against injury.


Follow the Rules

One of the biggest ways to avoid collisions is to communicate. Most games have some kind of rule of thumb to shout, “I got it” or “mine”. That is a good indicator to not go for the ball, therefore avoiding a collision. 

Some sports have rules set in play not just for scoring points, but for being courteous and keeping people safe. For example in baseball or softball, the batter can not throw the bat after hitting the ball. They must set it down and then proceed to run to first base. 


Do Not Play If You are Hurt

It may be hard to sit back and watch from the sidelines after an injury, but playing while you are hurt or not stopping when you get injured can result in more damage and longer healing time.

Do not feel embarrassed or try to be “tough” when you are feeling hurt. Always be honest with coaches and parents regarding any sort of trauma you have experienced.


See A Doctor

Although you may think your injury may not need medical attention, it is best to be on the safe side and have a doctor check it out. Letting injuries go, like concussions, can lead to risky side effects that include grogginess, headaches, dizziness, nausea, delayed response and much more.

Certain headaches and pain can be caused by mouth injuries. For tooth or mouth accidents it is very important to see your dentist or a specialist right away. Here at the Oral and Facial Surgery Institute, we can treat a variety of sports-related facial injuries. Call us today at 435-628-1100.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

If you’re considering dental implants as part of your treatment options, you’ll want the right information to help you make an educated decision about this potential investment. At the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute in St. George, Utah, we’re your dental implant experts. Let us help you decide if dental implants will be right for you.


How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


Dental implants are amongst the most permanent solution to missing teeth and they can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years with proper care. The actual amount of time each implant lasts varies from patient to patient, but in most cases, the implant will last as long as your jaw bone will allow it. 


How Do You Make Dental Implants Last Longer?


Once you receive your first dental implant, it is absolutely vital to make oral hygiene a priority. Regular brushing and flossing habits, as well as visits to your dentist, will all aid in allowing your implants to last as long as possible. Some patients mistakenly think that because they have an implant, they don’t need to take care of their teeth as much, that is not the case.


Proper oral care will help to eliminate plaque and tartar build-up and debris from your mouth. A mouth with poor oral hygiene may not be suitable for dental implants due to issues with gum disease and the amount of jaw bone available in your mouth. In short, keep your mouth clean and your implants will last for years to come.


Problems That Can Threaten the Lifespan of Your Dental Implants


Not only should you take great care of your dental implants, but you should also try to avoid biting down hard on certain foods. Your implant is as strong as a natural tooth, so you should still be careful and aware that extremely hard foods could crack the cap of your implant. 


It is also important to understand that anything that could affect the strength and integrity of your jaw bone, could lead to a less effective dental implant. Possible issues could include injuries, disease, and infections. 


Getting a Good Start With Dental Implants


At the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, we have extensive experience with dental implants so you can get a great start! Implants involve several steps to complete and Dr. Davis will carefully guide you through each step of the process.


Call us today to get the best care possible when it comes to dental implants. (435) 628-1100