Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

Many people will have to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life. While the procedure is most often performed on younger patients, impacted wisdom teeth may have to be removed if they cause health complications later in life. So what function do wisdom teeth serve?

Why We Have Wisdom Teeth

Anthropologists theorize that evolution caused humans to develop wisdom teeth out of necessity.  The foods that used to compose past humans’ diets were much harder and ground down the teeth. This grinding made it necessary to have another set of teeth. The teeth had to perform many of the functions that silverware does today.

As humans began to cook their food, the food grew softer and wisdom teeth ultimately became unnecessary. Most people have them removed, because without the teeth grinding down, there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth.

Anthropologists believe that the lack in necessity has caused the decrease in people who have wisdom teeth. Though fewer and fewer people have wisdom teeth, the majority of people do.

Possible Health Complications

There are several possible oral health problems that can be caused by wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth can cause crowding, which can result in crooked teeth. Many dentists recommend having your wisdom teeth before having significant orthodontic work done, to prevent having the work undone by the appearance of wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth require the same amount of care as all the other teeth. Otherwise, they can become painfully infected. Partially or fully impacted teeth can be even more difficult to maintain, because a portion of the tooth is still covered by the gums. Check with your dentist to see if you should have your wisdom teeth removed, even if they have not yet broken through the gums.

For more information about wisdom teeth, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

What You Need to Know About Dental Insurance

Dental procedures can get pricy, even if you have insurance. It’s important to know what your insurance plan covers and what you’ll be paying out of pocket. Decide if dental insurance is worth it for you, and do your research about the best plan for your situation.

Preventative Care

Most good dental insurance plans will cover all preventative care expenses. This is important because preventative care is the best way to prevent larger, more expensive problems in the future. Routine checkups are important to your overall oral health.

Annual Maximums

Dental insurance plans typically have a low annual maximum. This is the total amount that they will contribute to any dental work throughout the year. If a procedure exceeds this amount, you will be responsible for paying the difference.

Many insurance plans will also require a deductible. This is the amount you will have to pay before the insurance benefits kick in. Make sure you know what the deductible and annual maximum is for your insurance plan.

Discount Plans

Many dentists offer discount plans in place of traditional dental insurance. While these plans will not pay for your procedures, they will provide discounts on most services in exchange for a monthly fee. Many discount plans cover preventative care costs, typically including two cleanings a year. We offer a Smile Plus Discount Plan, which provides a discount on all services with the exception of orthodontics. Unlike typical insurance plans, our discount plan will give you discounts on cosmetic procedures, as well as general dentistry procedures.

Waiting for Benefits

Dental insurance plans usually require a waiting period before you are eligible for benefits. Though preventative care is usually available immediately, other procedures may require several months of coverage before they will be covered by an insurance plan.

The best way to avoid exorbitant dental costs is by obtaining regular preventative care. Regular checkups and dental cleanings will help reduce the risk of more serious oral health conditions later on. To schedule your routine dental cleaning, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

What Types of Dental Anesthesia Are Available?

Several dental procedures require dental anesthesia to numb the area prior to working on it. The dentist will need to use anesthesia in order to eliminate any pain you might feel when they are working on your mouth. Depending upon the way your body reacts, we may need to use different anesthesia in order to help you relax.

Here are some definitions of the different type of anesthesia we may use:

  • Local anesthesia. This is the most common type if anesthesia used by a dentist. It will numb the tooth and area that needs to be treated. They are used only for the numbing of the mouth in order to perform oral procedures from the filling of cavities to root canals and extractions.
  • Conscious sedation. This is used by placing a tube over your nose in which you will breathe in a mild sedative that will relax you. You will remain awake during the procedure but it is common to not remember the pain or much about the procedure.
  • General anesthesia. Typically dentists do not use this type of anesthesia as it requires the hiring of an anesthesialogolist in order to administer it. This will affect your entire body as you will fall asleep and will not remember the procedure at all. Individuals that have extractions commonly have general anesthesia as it will allow them to fall asleep and they will not remember anything.

At Hyde Park Dental, we are focused on providing our dental patients with the best treatment options. If you have dental anxiety, or you do have concerns about procedures, please let our team know. Our goal is to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during dental treatments. We want to focus on giving you the right treatment methods to ensure you have a smile that you are proud to share with others for years to come!

Finding a Dentist Near Utah State University

Family Sitting On Sofa At Home TogetherWhat is one of the biggest reasons patients do not visit the dentist? LOCATION! While fear is right at the top of this list, we often find patients avoid going to the dentist because they are not located near their office. If you live in Cache Valley, you are in luck as Hyde Park Dental is conveniently located near Utah State University on 3125 N Main Street. Finding a good dentist you can trust with your oral health needs doesn’t have to be a hard task anymore! Here are five tips we always recommend when you are looking for a dentist, it just so happens, we meet all five requirements!

  1. Know your dental health benefits. this is a big deal! We know how expensive dental procedures can become, and we want to help you. Call our Logan dental office to discuss your current dental health plan. We can let you know what your copayment is, and what the average cost is for some of the larger procedures (like dental implants and crowns). If you do not have dental insurance, that’s okay! We do provide patient payment plans to make receiving the care you need affordable.
  2. Ask others for recommendations. What is the best way to find a dentist in Logan? Ask around! At Hyde Park Dental, we are proud of our reputation and we work extremely hard to maintain it. Ask around and you will find that we have one of the best dental teams in the area.
  3. Location. Do you prefer a dentist location near your workplace or your home? We are located right on main street in Logan, making it easy for you to come in on your lunch break, between college classes, or even on your way to Bear Lake!
  4. Scheduling. Give us a call to set up an appointment. We are here for your needs and can provide emergency dental treatments for our patients. We even set up a schedule to keep you on track with your oral health by creating future cleaning dates that meet your busy schedule.
  5. Evaluate the dentist after an appointment. We LOVE to hear from our patients. We encourage you to leave us a review and to tell our staff what you think we could improve upon. We always work hard to provide patients with a clean, organized office, and we have the best dental assistants in the area. Come visit our friendly team in Logan for your dental needs.

We love what we do and we love our patients. When you become a patient of Hyde Park Dental, you will be treated as family. Call our Logan dental office today for more information or to schedule your next appointment!

Steps to Keep Cavities Away

 

  • Steps to Keep Cavities Away | Hyde Park DentalWhat are Cavities? – It’s important to understand what cavities are. Oftentimes, we hear the word and know that they are damaging to our teeth, but what exactly are they? Cavities are holes that form in the enamel of a tooth once decay has started to break down the enamel. Decay comes from the buildup of bacteria over time, also known as plaque, the sticky film that forms on your teeth. Plaque can’t necessarily be prevented, but it can be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent dental decay.
  • Brush the Plaque Away– The only way to prevent cavities is by cleaning off the decay forming plaque that naturally occurs in your mouth, every single day. Brushing should be done at least twice daily, for approximately two minutes each time. Be sure when you are brushing that you don’t do it too hard, as this can be damaging to the gums. Brush in a circular motion along the sides of your teeth, and along the gum line. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue to remove any bacteria that may be present, as well. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, or consider investing in an automatic toothbrush for added effectiveness. Your toothbrush should be replaced monthly, ensuring to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Also, store your toothbrush in an area that is free from bacterial exposures from the rest of bathroom.
  • Floss Regularly- It is important to floss at least once a day to dislodge any plaque or food that has built up between your teeth. Brushing alone can’t get in between the tight spaces where decay has at a greater chance of occurring. A lot of decay and cavities are usually between the teeth. Flossing can difficult to do between tight spaces. So if you struggle with floss between any of your teeth, consult with your dentist about it.
  • Keep your Enamel Strong– The enamel on the outside of your teeth is important to keep strong, and healthy. It’s your first defense against decay and cavities. To help keep your enamel strong, eat a healthy diet high calcium intake, and other enamel strengthening foods. Avoid eating and drinking too many sugary and starchy foods and beverages. Sugars and starches stick to the enamel of your teeth, feeding the bacteria present. Also, try to avoid biting on non-food items, such as pens, plastics, nails, etc. Your teeth are meant for chewing food; not to open items or packages. It is also important to be careful of chewing on hard candies and gummy candies, as well.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly– Visiting your dentist regularly is important for many reasons. Your dentist will keep ongoing records of your dental health, helping to prevent problems in the future. They will also professionally clean your teeth. Regardless of your own daily cleaning, plaque will still build up. Along with a professional cleaning, the dentist may also include x-rays, allowing them to see all sides of your teeth, diagnosing any cavities that may have developed. In the event of any cavities occurring, the dentist will remove the decay, and fill the cavity hole with a protective filling. The dentist office also has other methods of helping to keep your teeth strong and free from decay, such as fluoride treatments and sealants. You should visit your dentist once every 6 months.

If you would like more information about how to keep cavities away, or to schedule your next visit with us, please feel free to contact us today at: (435) 258-7447.