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Wisdom teeth are the cause of many problems in adults. But what are they, what causes the pain and when should you get them removed? Here’s everything you need to know about wisdom teeth and how we can help you at Whistler Dental.

What are they?

Wisdom teeth, (or third molars) usually appear in adults between the age of 17 and 25. Early humans needed stronger teeth due to a coarse diet of nuts, leaves and meat. These days, our softer diet and access to tools makes them unnecessary – however we are yet to evolve away from them.

Problems and complications

Completing your full set of 32 adult teeth, wisdom teeth have been known to be the cause of much discomfort in adults. Pain can be caused when they grow side ways or only emerge partly, leading to infection and other serious issues.

What problems can be caused?

When teeth become trapped in gums they become ‘impacted.’ This leads to problems including misalignment of teeth, pain or infection. Symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth can include: pain, damage to adjacent teeth, headache or jaw ache, gum injection and even bad breath.

Why you should get a check up

Regular dental check ups are vital to keep an eye on what the teeth are doing. Dentists can check for signs of infections such as tenderness, swelling and inflamed gums. X-rays will show where the teeth are positioned, check for signs of crowding and ensure the right removal strategy can be implemented.

What happens if they are not removed?

While you might think you can manage with a bit of discomfort, there are many reasons why they should be removed. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause cysts. Not only are these painful but they can also damage the adjacent teeth and even the jaw bone. The longer you put off removing these teeth, the more chance of damage to your teeth, gums and bones can occur. Infections can lead to other health problems as well, so it is important they are addressed.

Crowding

Sometimes wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding and as a result it is still necessary to remove them. Even if they are not a cause of pain, they can make you susceptible to cavities. Too many teeth in a small space makes them less easy to clean which can result in further problems.

Not all wisdom teeth cause problems and some pain while they are growing can be managed easily. It is important to make sure you floss and use fluoride mouthwash to make sure your teeth are kept in good condition. Book an appointment with Whistler Dental to get the best advise about how to care for your wisdom teeth.

With the mountain set to open on November 22nd, the winter season will soon be upon us once again! But with hot chocolates, advent calendars, skiing and eventually Christmas, the winter season poses a lot of potential dangers for our teeth. At Whistler Dental, we are proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. From teeth whitening, to smile makeovers, to custom mouth guards, here’s how to get your mouth ready for winter and get your best holiday smile yet.

Schedule a cleaning

The first step to brightening your smile is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. We will make sure your pearly whites are polished and cleaned professionally, and will remove any plaque, tartar and surface stains that may have built up. Regular check-ups with your dentist are essential to make sure you are brushing and flossing properly, and so your dentist can check your gums and teeth for signs of disease or cavities.

Align your smile

If you are not completely happy with your smile, this can greatly affect your confidence. Invisalign is a non-invasive, simple and subtle solution that straightens out teeth and gives you a perfect smile. These discrete, removable aligners are much more subtle than traditional braces, and almost invisible once they are in your mouth, meaning you can wear them on the slopes and at the après bars without garnering any attention. Plus – unlike with braces – they do not limit your diet or eating habits, making them the perfect tooth alignment treatment for the winter season.

Get a smile makeover

Smile makeovers are especially effective for chipped, worn or crooked teeth. From dental veneers and bridges to crowns and dental implants, Whistler Dental offers a variety of cosmetic procedures to give you the smile of your dreams.

One of the safest forms of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. We offer both take-home or in-house whitening, and our professional methods will always deliver more effective results than store-bought methods.

Protect your mouth on the mountain

The delicate skin on our lips is particularly susceptible to cold weather and damage caused by UV rays. If you plan on spending a whole day on the mountain, it’s important to keep your lips protected with a moisturizing SPF lip balm to avoid the dreaded pain of dry, cracked, or even burnt lips.

Before you return to the slopes, it’s also worth getting fitted with a custom mouth guard. Mouth guards protect teeth from damage due to injuries and falls, and are worn by all elite winter athletes. Although Whistler Blackcomb does not make them compulsory, they highly recommend that you wear them.

 Keep your oral hygiene routine

The best thing you can do for a healthy smile is stick to your teeth cleaning routine – all year round. Don’t let holiday parties or long days on the mountain get in the way of oral hygiene. To maintain your smile, make sure you brush and floss daily, and keep an eye out for any changes to your mouth.

While we hope (and highly recommend!) that you make the most of the start of winter by getting stuck in with all things winter-sports related, we also highly recommend that you take the time to protect your teeth and mouth. To achieve your dream holiday smile, book your appointment with Whistler Dental today.