Monthly Archives: January 2011

How to Tell If Your Wisdom Teeth Are Coming In

What is a wisdom tooth?

Impacted teeth

A person’s dentition comprises of a set of 32 healthy teeth. There are three molar tooth on each quadrant situated furthest back in the mouth used for chewing food making it 36 in total. Wisdom tooth is an individual’s third molar. The third molars erupt behind the second molars. The eruption process takes place around 18-24 years of age hence the name but can also erupt at a later age or remain absent. Incidence of at least one impacted wisdom tooth is high. They are classified according to their alignment in the jaw as horizontal, vertical, mesioangular or distoangular. Early detection of wisdom tooth impaction can be done with an X-ray taken periodically to evaluate the position of the tooth. Even in absence of any problem, early removal is recommended to avoid further problems in future as the roots are not fully formed and bone is less dense. Healing time and recovery is delayed in older individuals. Your dentist will apply pressure around the gumline to determine is the tooth is coming in successfully. Continue reading

Ways to Fight a Tooth Ache


Sore Tooth

Toothache is any discomfort, swelling, reddening, irritation, possible abscess formation that occur when the pulp tissue is infected and the teeth nerves are damaged. Toothaches occur due to a myriad of causes and can be very bothersome. It may even interrupt daily function such as eating and sleeping. Follow these simple yet easy steps to ensure yourself a mouth free of toothaches. Continue reading

How to Get Rid of a Toothache Naturally

Achy tooth

Experiencing sharp excruciating pain? Can’t get to the dentist on time? Look around you as there are many natural home remedies available for an immediate toothache relief. However, remember that this pain relief is only temporary and you need to visit the dentist soon to get it treated to prevent further episodes of toothaches.

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Wisdom Tooth Nerve Pain


Wisdom teeth are a frequent problem for most people. Being the last tooth to develop and emerge from the mouth (normally between 18 to 24 years of age), wisdom teeth tend to have not enough room to erupt in the jaws which can cause them to be impacted.

An impacted tooth means that the path of eruption of the tooth is blocked by another tooth or bone which therefore prevents it from assuming a normal position in the mouth. Wisdom tooth impaction is not a disease but is considered an abnormal state. Continue reading

Tirgeminal Neuralgia or Toothache

How Will You Know If You Are Suffering From Trigeminal Neuralgia or Toothache?

Tic douloureux

Neurovascular compression


Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve, which carries the sensation, touch, pain, and temperature from the face to the brains. It is on either side of the face and consist of three branches hence the name. The maxillary and mandibular branch is commonly affected around the cheeks and jaw. Also known as tic douloureux, occurs when a blood vessel (artery or vein) impinges on this nerve at the base of the brain under pressure leading to disruption of its function. The superior cerebellar artery is the most common vessel causing neurovascular compression. Continue reading

Why do you need Rubber Bands for Braces?

From the beginning, rubber bands were used in orthodontics to transmit force from the upper arch to the lower. These are termed inter-arch elastics. Dental braces work well with rubber bands as rubber bands help with making sure that a bite can be corrected and the jaw can be put into its right place.


How do rubber bands work with dental braces?


The rubber bands will be attached to the brackets on one’s braces. This is done in that a small latex rubber band that has been given to a patient by one’s orthodontist will attach on one bracket and go vertically or diagonally down to another. Two different bands will be used with one on each side of one’s teeth. The bands will be used to help with applying tension onto one’s teeth that will go onto a bracket and creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth in directions as desired that the braces alone can’t. This tension is also sufficient to correct an overbite or an underbite in the jaw. Over time this will be used as a means of helping to get the teeth to work properly in conjunction with other parts of the jaw. Continue reading

The Best Home Remedy for Toothache Pain

A toothache pain can be one of the worse pains you ever experience. The pain is annoying to the extent that you cannot carry on your normal daily activities but it is your tooth’s way of telling you that something is very wrong and needs attention.

Causes of toothache

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Toothaches may be caused by a variety of problems such as dental cavities, gum diseases, exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, and others. The most common cause of toothache is tooth decay caused by bacteria in the mouth. Tooth decay does not happen all at once as it take months for bacteria plaque on the surface of teeth to dissolve its way through the tooth enamel before it reaches the areas where pain is triggered – dentine and pulp. The more refined carbohydrates and sugar intake in your diet, the higher the risk of your teeth getting decayed as bacteria thrives on sugar. Continue reading

How to treat a Tooth with an Infected Old Crown

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More people are keeping are keeping their teeth longer and are expecting faulty teeth to be repaired rather than pulled out. Dental crowning is one of the various ways you can restore your tooth appearance and it can last for many years to come. However there can be times whereby the old crown can get infected and create problems in the mouth.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is made from an artificial material to cover a broken or decayed tooth. Crowning or “capping” is a dental procedure which involves reducing the surface of the tooth and replacing the surface with a crown. Continue reading

Differences between Dentists and Endodontist

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Teeth have 3 layers namely enamel, dentine and pulp. A dentist deals with almost all kinds of dental diseases. When dentists could not handle certain difficult tooth situation, they usually refer you to certain specialist. Specialist who deals with diseases of dental pulp and nerve is an endodontist (root canal specialist). Continue reading