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Wisdom Teeth

So, a few days ago I hear 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.  So finally a visit to the dentist’s  office is made and the verdict is that it’s a wisdom tooth that got infected or something and the dentist’s advice was to pull all three wisdom teeth, and guess what all three in the same day.  My reaction was: wait a minute…pulling one tooth is not easy although I never had a tooth pulled, but hearing it from other people.  I recommended a second opinion…now when is that going to happen, I’m not sure...but mean while here are a couple articles about pulling teeth and wisdom teeth.

All about X-Rays

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.

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is near in most health care companies and that means thousands of members will be given a choice to modify their dental plan or keep it the same.  In many instances people will change their plan if they are not satisfied with the plan details.  Also, if members are not satisfied with the doctors that they go to - for whatever reason - they tend to switch to a different doctor as well.

How to soothe those sensitive teeth

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.