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What Are Wisdom Teeth?

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What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last molars on each side of the jaws. They are also the last teeth to emerge, or erupt, usually when a person is between 16 and 20.

Since wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in, or erupt, there is often not enough room left in your mouth to accommodate them. This can lead to wisdom teeth that are impacted, teeth that are trapped beneath the gum tissue by other teeth or bone. If teeth are impacted, swelling and tenderness may occur.

Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come in crooked can also lead to painful crowding and disease. Since teeth removed before age 20 have less developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.
How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
A tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. Your dentist or a dental specialist, called an oral surgeon, will recommend either "goin…

Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): Causes of Sinus Tooth Pain

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What is a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?A sinus infection can create pressure and pain in the mouth and cause a sinus tooth pain. Specifically, this is due to pressure and pain in the maxillary sinuses located behind the cheek bones. Sinus tooth pain is often confused with other causes of tooth pain, including gum disease, tooth decay, or an impacted wisdom tooth. What Causes Sinus Infections?A sinus infection occurs when bacteria from the nose enter the sinuses. To help you assess whether you have a sinus tooth pain or a toothache caused by something else, take note of symptoms that occur in addition to pain around the upper teeth, eyes, or cheekbones. Sinus Infection SymptomsAny type of sinusitis, including maxillary sinusitis, can be chronic or acute.  Symptoms of acute maxillary sinusitis include: FeverStuffy nose and nasal dischargeBad breathPain that is worse when sitting up than when lying downTenderness, redness, or swelling in the cheekbonesSigns of chronic maxillary sinusitis incl…

Root Canals: FAQs About Treatment That Can Save Your Tooth

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If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it.  What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair?The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth. It can become infected if you have:  A deep cavityRepeated dental procedures that disturb this tissueA cracked or fractured toothInjury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. When this happens, you will often feel pain and swelling and an abscess may form inside the tooth and/or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection can also put you at risk of losing your tooth completely because bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth connected to your jaw. Can I Get This Treatment Done During My Regular Che…