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By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
September 29, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.

The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.

Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces).┬áSome people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.

Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.

Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry
July 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health
At around the age of 17-25, our third set of molars comes in, which are also called “wisdom teeth.” Although all of your other teeth came in smoothly as a child, these are usually not quite as simple. Extracting, or taking out one or more wisdom teeth is a fairly common procedure that is performed on about 5 million patients every year. Mill Creek residents are assured a stress-free experience at Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry. Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Listed below are some usual reasons why wisdom teeth are removed:

  • The jaw in your mouth is too small to and cannot make room for all of your teeth. This can lead to crowding and can cause your wisdom teeth to become impacted and unable to emerge from the gums. This can be harmful to the adjacent bone or teeth.
  • The wisdom teeth are coming in crooked and can damage other teeth and structures of the jaw. This can cause bite problems.
  • If the wisdom tooth does not fully break through the gums, it can increase the chance of a bacterial infection.
  • A cyst can develop around a wisdom tooth that has not erupted and can cause infection.

Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know About Having One or More Removed

Taking out one or more wisdom teeth is typically an in-office procedure. Most procedures involve a local anesthetic to numb the area. If multiple teeth are removed, conscious sedation will most likely be administered as well. Our dentist will discuss the best options with you before the procedure.
After you are numb or properly sedated, the gum tissue at the extraction site may need to be opened if the wisdom teeth is impacted. The tooth will then be gently removed. The site will then most likely be stitched to help with healing.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Most patients can expect a few days of recovery after the teeth have been removed. It is important to rest when possible and take any pain medication that our dentist has prescribed you. A number of patients will experience bleeding where the teeth were removed. Biting on gauze pads and resting your head on pillows that are elevated can control it. Swelling of the cheeks is also common, and can be controlled by holding an ice pack on the outside of the cheek for a few minutes at a time.
Having your wisdom teeth removed can be a bit frightening and nerve wracking. If you need your third molars extracted, meet with our dentist at Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry. We will do the best that we can to make your experience as easy-going as possible.