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Dental care information you need, from oral care tips to the latest news in our dental office. For urgent dental concerns, please call us at 519-742-8303.

What You Should Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

What are our wisdom teeth for? Are your wisdom teeth only causing you discomfort? Let’s talk more about that in this post.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are also known as the final set of molars because they grow in last. They usually break through in the late teens to the early twenties, the same age people are said to acquire “wisdom”, hence the name of the teeth. However, problems occur when there’s no longer enough space for the wisdom tooth.

What are the wisdom teeth for?

Many are curious on the purpose of wisdom teeth. They seem to offer no use so why do people grow them. One theory dating back to our ancestors says that people back then needed an extra set of molars so they could chew and grind hard food. These were the times when foods were raw and uncooked. It’s far from the situation we enjoy today and also one reason cited why some no longer grow their wisdom teeth.

Why do wisdom teeth grow in at an angle?

dentist in kitchenerThroughout human evolution, jaws have become smaller which is why wisdom teeth don’t grow in straight. They either become impacted or surrounding teeth block their way.

If the wisdom teeth erupt only partially, this can pose dental problems. Food can get stuck in the gum tissue and lead to infections. Even surrounding teeth can get affected when the final set of molars get impacted. Hence, during these instances, your dentist may suggest to have the teeth extracted rather than cause further damage to your teeth.

Some wisdom teeth grow straight and no longer require removal. They also don’t cause any issues and the person can enjoy a healthy set of teeth.

When Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Crucial?

Here are more reasons why it’s best to take out the wisdom teeth:

  • Cavities develop. When gums become swollen and recede, they form pockets where bacteria breed and cavities develop.
  • Gums become inflamed. Once tissue around the teeth swell, the area becomes harder to clean too. You will need professional help from your dentist or registered dental hygienist.
  • They Interfere with teeth alignment. Even if you’re already done wearing braces or other teeth alignment procedures, impacted teeth may cause alignment issues again.

How Do You Prepare for a Wisdom Teeth Extraction:

Wisdom extraction is a common procedure performed in the dental office.  The process involves receiving local anesthetic. With that said, for your convenience, make sure to bring someone you trust with you to keep you company in the dental office and to drive you home as well.

If the area swells after the procedure, don’t worry – this is a natural reaction and the swelling should subside within 24 hours. You can apply a cold compress on your cheek to reduce swelling. It’s best to stay at home the entire day for rest.

Get plenty of sleep to help speed up the healing process. In the meantime, stick to soft foods and skip brushing your teeth for a day. You need to keep fluids out of your mouth, which means rinsing is not advisable as well.

Be sure to follow your dentist’s reminders to help speed up healing. Protect the stitches from harsh food and keep up with your dental visits so your dentist can check the progress of the wisdom teeth extraction procedure.

What You Should Know About Your Wisdom Teeth2018-03-28T15:50:48+00:00

We Now Proudly Offer The Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser To Our Patients.

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In every procedure we perform, your comfort has always been our utmost priority.
Using latest dental innovations, your treatment time is reduced significantly. Not only that, results of the procedure are also improved and you get to enjoy a positive experience throughout.

This is why we’re proud to offer Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser to our patients.

About the Odyssey Diode Laser

Dental laser has been used in the field of dentistry since 1990 for treatment and preventive care purposes.

Lasers work by producing a narrow beam of light which is then applied to soft tissues. The light targets diseased tissues and bacteria, hence keeping healthy tissues safe and intact. Lasers used in dental practices are also gentler than those you’ll normally find in operating rooms.

The Odyssey Diode Laser, specifically, is portable and battery-operated, making it easy to use. Instead of knobs, the device makes use of a touch screen front so we can adjust the modes when necessary. It also comes with a fiber management system to ensure patient comfort at all times.

Lip Hemangioma Removal Using Lasers

Apart from treating cold or canker sores and gum diseases, lasers can also be used to remove hemangiomas.

Hemangiomas appear as dark spots on the lower lip. Physicians usually refer these patients to plastic surgeons for treatment. However, they are also warned about potential side effects such as nerve paresthesia and scarring.

Patients who feel uncomfortable about receiving traditional surgeries can now come to us for assistance.

The hemangioma or lesion can be removed without having to undergo a traditional surgery, thanks to diode lasers. Those that are familiar with the use of laser as alternative treatment are also more comfortable using the same approach to remove lip hemangioma.

The advantage with using Odyssey Diode Laser is that it simplifies the procedure and reduces the cost.

The laser will target only the damaged tissues, leaving no effect on surrounding tissues. You may notice a scab forming on the treatment area, which should be gone after 4 weeks once the healing is complete.

Overall, the discomfort you may feel after the procedure is minimal to none.

Benefits of Lasers for Dentistry

  • Ensures patient comfort. Traditional surgeries can cause a fair amount of discomfort. Using soft tissue laser makes a perfect treatment alternative as it only targets diseased tissues. Patients can enjoy a pleasant procedure that takes very little time.
  • Allows precise modifications. With the help of the Odyssey laser, we can perform minute modifications on soft tissues. While traditional surgeries may leave behind obvious signs of the procedure, Odyssey lasers make scaling and contouring of gum tissues look natural.
  • Minimally-invasive. The Odyssey laser makes treatments minimally-invasive. During gum disease treatments, diseased tissues are not only eliminated, the area is as well sanitized. This prevents infection while the treated area is being allowed to heal.Learn more about the benefits of Odyssey Diode Laser. Contact our team today at 519-742-8303
We Now Proudly Offer The Ivoclar Odyssey Diode Laser To Our Patients.2018-03-20T13:38:15+00:00

de Man and Hoediono dentistry has just acquired the new state of the art treatment tool

de Man and Hoediono dentistry has just acquired the new state of the art treatment tool – the Micronix Prima DNT surgical microscope. It will provide a new level of precision in all the endodontic (root canal treatment) and surgical work that we do!

Here, Dr. Tim Shigapov uses the microscope to find all nerves of a complicated root canal. Treatment will now be quicker and more precise. Our on staff endodontic specialist Dr. Pratique Patel of Columbia University, New York, will train our staff and performs procedures himself for our patients.

Learn more about the benefits of using Micronix Prima DNT surgical microscope in dental procedures.

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de Man and Hoediono dentistry has just acquired the new state of the art treatment tool2018-03-20T14:06:04+00:00

Kitchener dentists Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan

Dr. Liana Nolan

Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan Commissioner and Medical Health Officer of Health at Region of Waterloo Public Health at The Waterloo Wellington Dental Society Fall Meeting to discuss the Region’s public dental health initiatives.

Dr. Höediono has long been a dental health advocate for children, the elderly, and the disabled. He also meets with university students and participates on lectures.

Meet more people from our team at de Man & Höediono Dentistry. We’re looking forward to seeing you on your dental visit!

Kitchener dentists Doctors de Man and Höediono meet with Dr. Liana Nolan2018-02-01T14:37:31+00:00

Dr. Hoediono chairs lecture session

Dr. Hoediono chairs the lecture session of renowned restorative lecturer Dr. Edmund Hewlett, Professor of Dentistry from UCLA at Los Angeles, California.

Everyone in our dental practice strives to further our knowledge about dental care. And we also take every opportunity possible to share what we learn from trainings and experience, especially with our patients. We couldn’t be happier of every chance we’re given to talk about what we do.

We’re proud of Dr. Hoediono for this another accomplishment. All of us in the team are looking to welcome you to our practice. We’ll do our best to answer any dental care related questions you may have. Call us today at (519) 742-8303 to schedule your visit.

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Dr. Edmund Hewlett and Dr. Höediono

Dr. Hoediono chairs lecture session2017-03-24T11:26:02+00:00

Attending the 2016 Ontario Dental Conference

Dr. de Man and Hoediono and staff attend the 149th Ontario Dental Association Spring Conference.  Education, fun and finding better ways to bring the highest level of dentistry to our patients.

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Long time patient and friend, City By-Laws officer Rick Potvin declares our clinic one of the best in the Region.

Long time patient and friend, City By-Laws officer Rick Potvin declares our clinic one of the best in the Region.  “My family and I have been coming here for over 25 years and they always treat us like family.”

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Officer Potvin welcomes the newest member to our dental team Dr. Caley Hoediono.

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Long time patient and friend, City By-Laws officer Rick Potvin declares our clinic one of the best in the Region.2018-02-01T14:52:27+00:00

We are pleased to have our daughter Dr. Caley Höediono join our practice!

We are pleased to have our daughter Dr. Caley Hoediono join our practice.  She will be with us until late June when she leaves for the University of Manitoba to begin her three year specialty residency in orthodontics.  We are proud of her and our entire team at de Man & Hoediono Dentistry.

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 Dr. Caley Hoediono

We are pleased to have our daughter Dr. Caley Höediono join our practice!2018-02-01T14:54:50+00:00
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