Wisdom teeth in pairs

My dentist says I need to take out another wisdom tooth because it is drifting in to the space left from a previous wisdom tooth removal. Is this really necessary?

Ben- Kansas

Ben,

Yes, I recommend you have that wisdom tooth removed. As it drifts it will throw off the rest of your bite, which can lead to TMJ, massive headaches, or a host of other problems. Generally it is recommended that wisdom teeth be taken out in pairs. The tooth is no good to you without another tooth for it to chew against anyway.

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Are porcelain veneers painful?

I was thinking of getting porcelain veneers, but wondered if they are painful.

Tabitha S. from Milwakkee

Tabitha,

No. In fact, porcelain veneers are one of the easiest procedures a patient can go through. Many patients do it without any anesthetic. Sometimes dentists can have a hard time getting off the excess bonding material, but as long as they do it while it is still soft and easy to work with, it can be done with floss.

You may also be interested in learning about gentle dentistry.

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