Posts for: July, 2013
Sterilization is important in a dental office and we follow all CDC guidelines and more to keep our patients safe. We first clean and scrub all instruments then place them into biological indicator bags. The instruments are then wrapped in containers for the autoclave. The basic principal of steam sterilization is to expose all items to direct steam at a required temperature and pressure for a specified time. Our autoclave serves this function and uses special water to properly eradicate all microorganisms.
We are pleased to announce that Addie has expanded her hours to now serve her patients on Thursdays and Fridays. Addie is starting her new schedule this summer and we are excited to have her in the office more. Please call the office for your next appointment with Addie!
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
- damage to adjacent teeth
- gum disease
- tooth decay (if the tooth cannot be restored)
Your dentist or specialist may also recommend removal to prevent problems or for other reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of a dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.
Your dentist will need a panoramic x-ray to see the roots and jaw development to determine the condition of your wisdom teeth. He/She can advise you about when and why your wisdom teeth should or should not be removed.