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Wisdom Teeth/Third Molar Removal

The purpose of removing wisdom teeth or third molars is either to prevent problems associated with the eruption or non-eruption of wisdom teeth, or treating infections associated with retained wisdom teeth.

The ideal time to evaluate the elective removal of wisdom teeth is at an early stage of third molar development before the roots have formed. Unfortunately, age does not correspond well to root formation so a periodic screening exam with a panoramic x-ray is recommended around the age of 15 to evaluate wisdom tooth root formation.

Prevention of a possible infection is always much easier to treat rather than an active dental infection. Pericornitis, infection and pain involving the gum tissue around posterior or molar teeth, often occurs when the wisdom tooth has partially erupted through the gum tissue and allows a passageway for bacteria to enter inside. Removal of the wisdom tooth is often the recommended treatment.

Posterior third molars are also difficult to keep clean and free from decay. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, inflamed and infected gum tissue can often result. Unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth is often a symptom of potential dental problems. If you should experience any of these symptoms you should contact your dentist and discuss what options are available.

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Children's Dentistry

Children get their first tooth between six months to one year of age. Ideally, oral care should start right from the time the child gets their first tooth. The food habits, life style and hygiene practices of children differ from those of adults. The gums and baby teeth are sensitive and hence they are prone to dental infection. Parents will need to care for their child's teeth until they can do it on their own. If you have questions on how to care for your child's teeth, please ask us. Since the oral health needs of children are a lot different, our dentists provide special attention to treat kids.

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Mouth Guards

Occlusal guards are often referred to as night guards since they are typically worn at bedtime. These appliances or splints are used to allow free movement of the jaw as well as to provide relief for facial and jaw muscles. These appliances can help to alleviate symptoms related to TMJ (jaw joint) problems. These appliances need to be professionally made and adjusted by a qualified dental professional. An improperly adjusted appliance can aggravate and create dental problems.

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Laser Gum Therapy — LANAP

Individuals with moderate to advanced periodontal disease often seek information on what treatment options are available. If non-surgical periodontal treatment has been ineffective or if the disease has progressed and more aggressive treatment is needed, LANAP provides an alternative to traditional osseous surgery. Traditional osseous surgery with cutting a flap is considered painful by many individuals.

LANAP, laser-assisted new attachment procedure is a protocol available that claims to not only improve attachment, but bone density. This procedure was approved by the FDA in 2004 and it offers a treatment option with less pain, swelling and sensitivity. Splinting of one's teeth may be required along with a soft food diet as healing progresses. A thorough exam with x-rays is needed for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Moderate Sedation/Nitrous Oxide

Sedation dentistry is a process where medication is used to provide an enhanced relaxed environment for the patient to have dental treatment There are two main types of sedation: oral sedation and/or IV sedation. Oral sedation includes the administration of oral medication prior to the dental procedure. IV sedation is the administration of medication through an intravenous injection. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to be awake, aware, and relaxed during the procedure, but most likely unable to remember the dental procedure upon completion of the appointment. Sedation dentistry allows a patient an option they can use to help combat fear and anxiety that may be associated with dental treatment.

Nitrous Oxide is often referred to as 'laughing gas'. Nitrous oxide is used for its analgesic effects. Nitrous oxide is administered along with oxygen to help the patient feel calmer and more relaxed during dental procedures. The affect of the gas differs from individual to individual. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications to help relieve stress and anxiety associated with dental treatment.

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Tongue Tied Infants

Ankyloglossia, or commonly referred to as tongue tie, is a condition seen in newborns when the lingual frenulum (the connecting membrane that supports the tongue) is short. The act of cutting the frenulum is called a frenectomy. Two types of frenectomies exist: labial and lingual. Because the frenulum does not allow the tongue to lift, complications with nursing can occur. Failure to adequately latch and maintain suction while nursing, along with clicking noises, are some common signs of the infant's inability to maintain negative pressure. Painful nursing is also a common problem associated with a tongue tied infant.

The procedure to cut the frenulum on an infant is extremely simple and virtually painless to the infant if done prior to 6 months of age; however, the sooner that the frenectomy is performed, the more likely the mother and child will resume a more productive and pleasant experience while nursing.

Dr. Kendall Wood is referred to by local pediatricians to perform this procedure. This procedure is provided as a complimentary free service to the members of the community.

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