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Understanding Dry Sockets

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From the removal of impacted wisdom teeth to taking out an infected tooth to save your oral health, extractions can be beneficial. Of course, extractions do require small incisions in the gum tissue that makes the procedure a bit invasive. Therefore, it is important to follow your dentist’s instructions to heal properly after an extraction.

Unfortunately, dry sockets occur in an estimated two to five percent of extractions. Even though dry sockets are common, especially after the extraction of wisdom teeth, most people do not fully understand this problem. With this guide and your dentist’s help, you will have a full understanding of dry sockets.

Dos and Don’ts When You Have a Broken Tooth

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A broken tooth is a dental emergency. Unlike the enamel craze lines that may cause cosmetic issues but typically don’t cause pain, breaks in your tooth are serious. You’ll typically feel pain, and in some cases, a portion of your tooth may be loose or even missing.

Although a broken or chipped tooth can occur due to a physical injury, it can also happen when you’re eating or even at night when you grind your teeth in your sleep. Here are some tips on what to do and what not to do if your tooth breaks.

Why Implants May Be Preferable to Dentures for Younger Individuals

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You aren’t even 40 yet but you’ve already lost a few teeth. This situation can be very frustrating because missing teeth can affect your dental health in a variety of ways. And while you think that dentures could be beneficial, you may want to consider dental implants instead because they provide many of the same benefits but have others advantages to consider.

Improves Your Dental (and Overall) Health

When you lose a tooth at any age, the surrounding teeth may suffer from damage. For example, the shape of the jaw could sag, which may put excessive strain on the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Even worse, a missing tooth may make bacteria invasion easier, which could affect the health of your gums and trigger other unpredictable health issues.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy in Summer

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Summertime is full of fun and adventures for children, but a lot of dangers lurk in the summer months that can affect your child’s oral health. If you want to better protect your child’s teeth and gums this summer, check out these four tips you should follow.

  1. Stick With Healthy Drinks

Summer can get hot, which makes drinks like soda and juice all the more appealing, but sugary drinks are terrible for your kid’s teeth because sugar attracts bacteria, which leads to tooth decay. Some drinks such as soda and orange juice are also high in acid. This acid is strong enough to soften your child’s tooth enamel, and without strong enamel, bacteria easily penetrate.

Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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In times past, it used to be that when your wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they had to be removed. Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to erupt, usually in your late teens or early 20’s, and can impact already established teeth. Most dentists prefer to do the procedure as soon as possible because it is easier to remove them while the jaw bones are still growing.

However, removing your wisdom teeth is not always necessary and you could still keep them well into your old age. If you are just getting your wisdom teeth, or have had them a long time and are having problems, then you may wonder if extraction is right for you. Here are some common reasons why extraction is recommended and some alternatives if you feel that it is not right for you at this time.

Crest Hill
Family Dental

2410 W Caton Farm Rd, Suite C
Crest Hill, IL 60403
Phone: (815) 439-1111
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