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Wisdom teeth typically don’t start coming in until early adulthood – typically between the ages of 17-25. However, these rear molars can pose wisdom teeth problems before, during, or even after they come in. How can you tell if your wisdom teeth could be a problem for you? Let’s start by looking at what makes wisdom teeth different from your other teeth.

What Makes Wisdom Teeth Different?

The main reason wisdom teeth require a more watchful eye than other teeth is because they come in once all your other teeth have been set. This means that they may not have the space they need to make their way to the surface of your gums. This is what an impacted tooth is, and it can cause pain, swelling, and other unpleasant issues.

Impaction looks different for each patient, and for each tooth. The most mild form of impaction is when the tooth simply can’t break the surface of the gum because it doesn’t have room. More advanced impactions are when the tooth grows sideways, into another tooth, or backward. If left unaddressed, problems like these could cause more problems down the road.

Do You Have Wisdom Teeth Problems? Ask Yourself These Questions

Paying attention to your dental health will help you spot wisdom tooth problems as early as possible. If you still have your wisdom teeth, ask yourself these important questions to see if your wisdom teeth could be a problem for you:

  • Do you have pain and irritation toward the back of your mouth?
  • Are your gums unusually sore and inflamed?
  • Do you have difficulty eating because of your pain?
  • Are you experiencing more frequent sinus issues or headaches?

If you’re having one or more of these symptoms, they could mean that your wisdom teeth are moving – and possibly creating problems. The next step for you to take would be to visit your dentist to get a conclusive answer as to whether your wisdom teeth are creating problems or not. Premier Dental Group regularly accepts new patients that need answers to their wisdom tooth questions.

Visiting a Dentist

Your dentist will be able to use expertise and technology to help you determine the next steps for your dental health. Sometimes wisdom tooth pain and inflammation come simply from the wisdom tooth eruption process. Other times, the pain stems from other issues, like:

  • A cyst forming in the area
  • Wisdom teeth coming in crooked
  • Cavities forming
  • Incorrect wisdom tooth growth
  • Wisdom tooth growing into the sinus cavity

Get Wise About Your Wisdom Teeth

The experienced dentists at Premier Dental Group will help you understand what your unique situation looks like and recommend some next steps for you to take. To get a better look at your dental health, set up a consultation with one of our dental experts. Call (865) 290-1232 to set your appointment up today.


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Do you know someone who recently had their braces removed? They tend to smile a lot, don’t they? Ever wondered why children need orthodontic care – or if the procedure was medically necessary?

We can help with that. Keep reading for the answer to that question.

3 Reasons Why Children Need Orthodontic Care

There is no set time to bring your child in to see an orthodontist. However, most professionals say to consider it when your child is around 7 years old. The reason? Permanent teeth usually begin to come in between 6-7 years old. That makes it the perfect age to evaluate a child’s dental structure. They are still growing, and we can easily see if treatment will be needed.

Let’s discuss a few reasons why children need orthodontic care, and the benefits it offers.

 1. A Healthy Bite

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening and aligning the teeth. Our job is to create a healthy bite – which means that the jaw and teeth line up correctly. Misalignment can come from sucking the thumb, poor dental hygiene, accidents, and other less-common causes. In addition, inherited orthodontic problems can add to these issues.

An unhealthy bite can lead to further problems, like TMJ and poor oral health. Many children suffer from gaps in their teeth, snoring, speech or chewing difficulties, bad bites, misaligned or protruding teeth, etc. An orthodontist can treat each according to their problem. We’ll make sure your child ends up with an optimal bite.

2. Self-Confidence

Sometimes tooth misalignment can cause speech problems, such as a lisp. This can make a child feel self-conscious. It can also cause them to have a hard time with chewing their food. Their teeth may grind when chewing. This problem can lead to teeth having uneven wear patterns, which can lead to more cavities.

A plus of having orthodontic care is the ability to chew and speak clearly. The teeth also look attractive, which can help build self-confidence. When we greet someone, our smile is one of the first things they see.

But it’s not just about looks. Straight teeth also have less risk of gum disease, injury, and decay.

3. Better Teeth Cleaning

If teeth are too close together, it is hard for children to brush properly. In addition, they may also find reasons not to floss regularly. You know what that means – dental problems down the road. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier for children to care for.

 


 

We hope this helps with any questions you may have regarding orthodontic care for children. Your oral health – and your child’s oral health – are very important to us. Feel free to contact us online or call the office at (865) 290-1228 during normal business hours. We’re looking forward to helping you gain optimal oral health!

 


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You’ve probably gone to the dentist before. It’s a predictable experience. Even so, a refresher on things to expect at your dental checkup never hurt anyone. While each dentist’s office has their own quirks and habits, you can expect this same basic process. Keep reading to be prepared.

5 Things to Expect at Your Dental Checkup With Premier Dental Group

1. Check-in

Our friendly staff will welcome you when you arrive. They’ll make sure you’re ready for your visit by verifying your contact info, health history updates, and your insurance information.

For an easy check-in, follow these tips:

  • Answer health history questions as accurately as possible. This will help your dentist know what care is best to recommend. Make note of any allergies. Don’t worry – your private information is protected by health law and whatever you tell us remains private. It’s important that you give complete, honest information.
  • Bring any medications you take (both over-the-counter and prescription).
  • Have your insurance information ready when you check in. You’ll want us to file a claim on your behalf so you can avoid getting a surprise bill in the mail. If you have no insurance, tell us when you arrive. We can discuss ways for you to get the treatment you need.

We normally ask you for this info before each visit, so that our records are complete and your care can continue uninterrupted.

After check-in, one of our staff members will invite you to an exam room to begin your appointment. Here’s what to expect at that point:

2. X-rays

You could need x-rays for one of three reasons:

  1. This is your first appointment with Premier Dental Group
  2. You haven’t seen a dentist within the past year
  3. Your visit is due to tooth pain

X-rays are a vital tool in oral health. They help us to see exactly what the problem is, how your teeth are being affected below the gum line, and to what extent the problem has progressed. Interested in early detection of potential problem? X-rays are for you. And never fear – modern technology makes them safe.

3. Evaluation

Your oral hygienist will do a complete exam to discover how healthy your teeth and gums are. This often includes:

  • X-ray review
  • Physical teeth/gums exam
  • Tongue, jaw, and neck exam

While you’re in evaluation, any signs of gum disease, cavities, or other anomalies should turn up if they’re present. Many patients with oral cancer express gratitude that their dentist was able to spot signs before the disease progressed too far.

After evaluation, our dental hygienist will give you recommendations. You’ll learn about home oral hygiene products, techniques, and practices. Then, we’ll discuss the treatment you’ll receive during the rest of your visit.

4. Treatment

Your evaluation will yield good information for your dentist to use during treatment. They’ll discuss problems, congratulate you on good health, and take plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. In addition, they’ll floss and polish your teeth. A fluoride treatment usually completes your session.

Now’s your chance to ask any questions you have. If you have concerns or need advice, we’re here.

5. Check-out

You’re done! Now it’s time to check out, pay (if necessary), and plan your next visit. Back to the front desk you go. This is a great opportunity to chat with our office staff about any financial questions. Insurance, out-of-pocket expenses, cash pay guidelines, and scheduling details take place now.

We recommend a visit two times each year – but you may have more or fewer visits depending on your overall oral health.

 


 

We hope this helps you know what things to expect at your dental checkup! A trip to the dentist isn’t high on anyone’s list of fun things. But with the right knowledge and expectations, you can approach your visit with confidence and anticipation. Your oral health is vital. We’re here to make sure you are well taken care of. Please feel free to contact us online or call the office at (865) 637-5708 during normal business hours. We’d love to help you!

 






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