FAQ: Extractions, Grinding, & Medical Issues


Extractions
When the removal of wisdom teeth is determined necessary, it is best done when the roots are approximately 2/3rds formed, usually in the adolescent years. Removal at this time allows for an easier procedure and decreases the risk of damage to the surrounding structures.
Grinding your teeth can be very damaging to the teeth and also difficult to stop. If vigorous grinding occurs at night, teeth can be worn down because the instinctive reflex to stop does not work while you are sleeping. Grinding due to stress can only be cured by removing the stress trigger. If grinding continues, a mouthguard may be prescribed to prevent ultimate damage to the teeth.
Ulcers are very difficult to treat. There is no proven technique that will eliminate ulcers or speed the recovery time once they appear. There are a few medications that will give temporary relief from the pain, but they need to be started as soon as symptoms appear. Ulcers will generally diminish and disappear in 7-10 days. If an ulcer persists longer, seek the advice of your dentist.
There is a pad or disk that separates the jaw bone from the base of the skull. The primary cause of the “popping” occurs when the disc pops out of this space. Treatment is not required unless pain is associated with the “pop” or the jaw locks.

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