So, a few days ago I hearÂ a friend complaining about tooth ache that started and won't end, it was bad to the point that sleeping was not possible even after taking 2 extra strength Tylenols, so finally finding some numbing gel in the middle of the night and that temporarily did the magic until the next day. And so on every day the pain would come and go. Â So finally a visit to the dentistâ€™sÂ office is made and the verdict is that itâ€™s a wisdom tooth that got infected or something and the dentistâ€™s advice was to pull all three wisdom teeth, and guess what all three in the same day.Â My reaction was: wait a minuteâ€¦pulling one tooth is not easy although I never had a tooth pulled, but hearing it from other people. Â I recommended a second opinionâ€¦now when is that going to happen, Iâ€™m not sure...but mean while hereÂ are a coupleÂ articles about pulling teeth and wisdom teeth.
Jed Kirschbaum / The Baltimore Sun
|Light from a red laser scans a resin reproduction of the 1789 lower denture originally carved from Hippopatamus ivory for George Washington.Â|
Dental x-rays (also called radiographs) are a valuable part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine visual examination.
For example, x-rays can show the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-rays also can show the exact location of impacted teeth and teeth that have not yet fully developed. Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. If you have a hidden tumor, x-rays may even help save your life.
Sensitive teeth can quickly end your enjoyment of ice cream or hot chocolate. If your dentist rules out cavities and fractures, the cause of this common problem could be worn tooth enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root, according to the American Dental Association.
Your dentist may suggest brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste containing compounds that prevent sensations from being transmitted to the nerves and cells inside the tooth from the surface.