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Do Wisdom Teeth Really Need to Be Extracted?

Wisdom teeth extractions are very common, and it’s estimated that about 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year. But do they really need to be extracted? 

Not always. At Gleam Dental Studio, Dr. Korkus only recommends wisdom teeth extractions when they’re truly necessary. Many patients are able to keep some or all of their wisdom teeth without any negative effects at all. 

The wisdom teeth are your final set of 4 molars. They usually erupt between the ages of 17-25, which is much later than your other teeth. Because of this, they often do not emerge correctly, especially if you do not have much extra space in your mouth due to previous orthodontic treatments.

If your wisdom teeth don’t grow into your mouth properly, they may cause a higher risk of infections, or even damage your teeth, or cause issues with your bite. If this happens, they need to be extracted.

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More than 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year!

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Signs you may need an extraction:

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Pain & discomfort

If you are feeling a lot of pain and discomfort around the rear of your mouth, this is a very common sign that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

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jaw stiffness

Jaw stiffness is a common sign that your wisdom teeth are not emerging properly. If your jaw feels stiff, you’re having trouble chewing, or your mouth’s range of motion is restricted, come to Gleam Dental Studio right away.

gum inflammation & bleeding

When the wisdom teeth come out, they can cause “pericoronitis,” which is a flap of gum tissue that partially covers the tooth. This flap is hard to clean and can lead to an oral infection. Gum inflammation and bleeding are common signs of this issue.

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Bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth could indicate the presence of an oral infection near your wisdom teeth.

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How Long Does It Take To Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

The process of simple extractions takes only a few minutes if the wisdom tooth has fully emerged from your gums. Dr. Korkus will simply numb your mouth, use special dental tools to wiggle the tooth loose, and then pull it out. 
However, if your wisdom tooth is growing in sideways, is partially stuck in your gums, or there are other complications, a surgical extraction may be required. Depending on the situation, Dr. Korkus may perform this treatment or refer you to a specialist oral surgeon.
In a surgical extraction, an incision is made in the gums near the tooth. Then, the tooth is cut into small pieces and removed through this opening. This procedure is more complicated and takes longer than a simple extraction.

How Long Will It Take to Recover From Surgery?

We recommend that you take at least 1-2 days off of work or school after your wisdom teeth are extracted, if possible. The overall healing process will take up to 1-2 weeks or longer, but you can usually get back to your daily routine after just a few days. Make sure to follow the healing and recovery instructions provided to you by Dr. Korkus to minimize pain and discomfort, avoid complications, and heal from your wisdom tooth extraction as quickly as possible.

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Over 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign does not hurt as much as traditional braces, since it tends to shift your teeth more gradually. However, it will still cause some discomfort, particularly when you switch to a new set of aligners. 

This will usually fade after 1-2 days. There are a few things you can do to help with this discomfort, including taking over-the-counter medicine, putting in new aligners before you sleep, and drinking ice water.

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Can I Eat Or Drink While Wearing Invisalign?

The only thing you should consume while wearing your Invisalign aligners is tap water or bottled water. You should not drink cola, seltzer, coffee, tea, juice, or any other beverage while wearing your aligners. This is because these beverages can stain your aligners. In addition, drinking sugary beverages while wearing aligners can lead to a higher risk of cavities.

You also should never chew or eat anything, including gum, while wearing Invisalign. This is because chewing can damage and warp your aligners, and cause complications with your treatment. Always remove your aligners and store them safely when eating.

Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

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This depends on your oral health and the extent of your orthodontic problems. Invisalign is a powerful way to straighten your teeth, but it’s not quite as versatile as traditional metal braces. If you have very extensive issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign may not be a good choice for you. 

To find out if Invisalign will work for you and see if you’re a good candidate, we recommend contacting Gleam Dental Studio for a consultation with Dr. Jeffery Korkus.

Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?

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No. Invisalign will not affect your ability to speak at all. You’ll be able to speak clearly and sound normal and natural while wearing your aligners.

However, when you first put in your Invisalign aligners, you may find that you sound a bit “slushy” when you speak. This is because your mouth is still adjusting to the aligners, and is creating extra saliva because it detects a foreign object in your mouth. Over the next few days, your mouth will get used to the aligners, and this issue will go away. 

Does Invisalign Require Me To Observe Dietary Restrictions?

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No. Unlike metal braces, which require you to avoid certain foods like popcorn, chips, and gummy candies, Invisalign does not require you to observe any dietary restrictions. You can eat whatever you want while wearing Invisalign, which makes it much more convenient.

How Often Do I Need To See The Dentist With Invisalign?

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Usually, Dr. Korkus will schedule a check-up every 4-6 weeks, but this may vary, depending on how many sets of Invisalign aligners he provides you with at each consultation. 

Each checkup takes only about 15 minutes at Gleam Dental Studio. Dr. Korkus will check your bite and your teeth alignment to make sure your treatment is progressing properly, then he’ll give you the next several sets of Invisalign aligners for your treatment, as well as instructions on when to switch to a new set. Then, you’ll be sent home. It’s that simple.

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Invisalign is a great option to consider for orthodontic treatment.

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