Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are simply wisdom teeth that are blocked from growing fully into your mouth. Eventually, most people have to deal with their wisdom teeth. In fact, about 70% of the population is likely to experience impacted wisdom teeth at some point in their life. Many people wait until they are a lot of pain before addressing the problem. However, impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems. Once impacted wisdom teeth start causing problems, they typically do not get better on their own.

Be careful though. If an impacted wisdom tooth becomes infected, it can cause damage to other teeth and your gums. Some of the symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are:
 Local pain where the tooth is growing
 Red or swollen gums
 Unprovoked bleeding of the gums
 Jaw pain
 Bad breath
 Swelling around the jaw
 A bad taste in your mouth
 Difficulty opening your mouth

The good news is that you can get rid of the pain very quickly with a minimal amount of discomfort or inconvenience. If you experience any or several of these symptoms for more than a few days, it’s a good idea to see your dentist.

After your wisdom tooth is extracted, your dentist may put you on a special soft, non-sugary diet for a while as your gums and the surrounding teeth heal. It may take several weeks before you are completely healed. The actual amount of time it takes to heal depends on how many teeth are removed, and how well your body heals. If you start to feel sharp pain after your procedure, you should contact your dentist instead of trying to tuff it out. It might be a sign of other problems, and your dentist should be able to help minimize or eliminate most of the pain.

Boulder dentist, Dr. Raymond Roper has a lot of experience with treating and extracting wisdom teeth. He would be happy to advise you about your situation and answer any questions that you have. Just call 303 447-228, or visit the practice website of Raymond Roper DDS at www.yourboulderdentist.com, to schedule an appointment, or get answers to your questions.

Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Before and After
There has been a lot of trial and error throughout the history of dentistry and medicine. One of the earliest known publication covering only dentistry is the Little Medical Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth, which was published in 1950. This book was also one of the earliest publications covering filling cavities with gold foil. Fast forward to 2015 when dentists have the option to use composite fillings which are a mix of plastic and glass that has no trace of poisonous mercury, and can give teeth a much more natural look

Dentures, bridges, and implants have also come a long way. Do you remember George Washington’s wooden teeth? Well that’s not true. However, Washington did wear dentures that he thought were very uncomfortable. Today, President Washington might have had hidden his missing tooth by having a bridge installed. This is accomplished by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. This solution works really well when the adjacent teeth are also damaged and could use some restoration.

Today, the most effective solution for George would have been a dental implant. Implants are screw-like posts driven through the gums into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. The implant is underneath the gums, and the part that looks the tooth is actually a crown attached to the top of a post. Dental implants have the cosmetic benefits of bridges while supporting the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, and jawbone deterioration can be a problem with bridges and crowns, even today.

Today, filling cavities, and treating people with dentures, crowns, bridges, and implants are all very common and safe procedures. Boulder dentist, Dr. Raymond Roper has decades of experience with all of these treatments, and he would be happy to advise you about what might work for you. Call 303 447-2281 for a brief conversation with his staff, or visit the practice website of Raymond Roper DDS at www.yourboulderdentist.com, to schedule an appointment, or get answers to your questions.

Why Does Your Mouth Hurt After a Root Canal?

Root Canal Mouth Pain

There are a number of potential causes of tooth and moth pain after a root canal. During a root canal the living pulp tissue inside the tooth is removed. The tooth is attached to the surrounding bone by ligaments with live nerve endings. The nerve fibers associated with the ligaments feel pain, and they are often the source of pain after a root canal.

After any surgery, no matter how small, there may be inflammation of the surrounding tissue. This might be caused by “over instrumentation,” a little debris, or damaged ligaments. In most cases inflammation will subside within a few days. If it doesn’t you should contact your dentist.

It’s also possible that pain and discomfort might be caused by a bite that is slightly misaligned. If you find there is pain when you bite down without any food in your mouth, you should contact your dentist because they can usually correct this quite easily.

It is also possible that there may be an infection, or even a fracture in the root. If there is an infection once the root canal is done you may need additional treatment. Specially, if the pain has persisted for more than a few days. Be prepared, sometimes the infected tooth can’t be saved and must be extracted.

All of these problems can be resolved with the support of a good dentist. Boulder dentist, Dr. Raymond Roper is very familiar with root canals and the problems that might occur after a root canal, and he will be able to recommend a treatment for long term relief. Call 303 447-2281, or visit the practice website of Raymond Roper DDS at www.yourboulderdentist.com, to schedule an appointment, or get answers to your questions.

Myths About Root Canals

There are definitely misconceptions about root canal treatments and the pain associated with the treatment. Boulder dentist, Raymond Roper, offers the following information from the American Association of Endodontists to help you understand all of your options.


Treatment is painful: With modern technology and anesthetics there is minimal pain with a root canal. It’s very similar to having a filling placed. The truth is that a root canal relieves the pain by removing the damaged tissue from the tooth.


Treatment causes other illnesses: There is some very old research from the 1920s by Dr. Weston price that claimed that root canals contributed to illness and disease. There is no valid evidence that supports this claim. Root canals are typically safe and effective. The treatment eliminates bacteria from the infected root canal, preventing reinfection of the tooth, and saving the natural tooth from extraction.


It’s important to note that bacteria are present in the mouth at all times. Even in teeth that have never had a cavity, or other issues. A healthy immune system takes care of normal mouth bacteria all day long. For more information you may want to review a 2013 study published in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, which reported that patients with multiple endodontic treatments had a 45% reduced risk of cancer.


Extraction is a good alternative: Saving your natural teeth if possible should be a priority. While there are certainly treatments available when you lose a tooth, nothing can replace your natural tooth. A root canal combined with restorative treatment is a cost-effective way to treat damaged teeth, and it’s usually more cost effective than an extraction, placement, and ongoing treatment of a bridge or an implant. Many root canal-treated teeth last forever.


If you’re unsure if a root canal or an extraction are the right treatment for you, contact Dr, Roper’s Boulder dental office at (303) 447-2281, or go the practice website to schedule an appointment, or find about your insurance coverage.