Technically, wisdom teeth are called third molars, and supposedly their name is derived from the fact that they are the last teeth to erupt (emerge through the gum), and show themselves when we are older, and theoretically wiser. That being said, often when we discuss wisdom teeth today, it is in relation to them being impacted, infected, or in need of extraction, which makes one wonder what’s wiser about that. Read on though, and later we will discuss the “wisdom” in having these conditions taken care of at Hitomi Dental Office.
Wisdom Teeth Issues: What You Need to Know
Some wisdom teeth erupt without causing any problems, but sometimes, wisdom teeth come through at an angle and push into the gum or the tooth beside them. This is called impaction.
Impaction of a wisdom tooth can be painful and sometimes causes infection. Brushing these teeth can be difficult. Food and bacteria can get stuck between the wisdom tooth and the tooth next to it, leading to tooth decay and gum infections called pericoronitis.
Crowded wisdom teeth often lean sideways and rub against the cheek. This may cause ulcers on the cheek and chewing problems, and these are only some of the problems a patient may face.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes become infected. If this does occur, wisdom teeth can be treated by:
- Improving the oral hygiene in the area
- Having the area cleaned by a dentist
- Prescribing antibiotics
However, the infection may keep coming back if problem teeth are not removed. People who have other health problems, especially people with lower immunity, may have complications from these infections.
In some cases, the only course of treatment is to remove your wisdom teeth. This might be because there is not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come through properly, and removing a tooth early may help prevent a future problem. Or you might be experiencing pain, recurring infection, or damage to other teeth. Even if you aren’t experiencing some of these issues, your dentist may recommend keeping a watch on the tooth in case it looks like it may cause problems later.
Okay, we’ve given you all the bad news, so let’s move on to describe how a visit to either of Hitomi Dental Office’s two Tokyo locations can turn a bad news wisdom tooth story to a good news story.
Hitomi Dental Office’s Pain-Free Approach to Wisdom Teeth Treatments
As always, the prime motivation of our English-speaking dentists at Hitomi Dental Office is the highest level of dental treatment and assuring that the patient experience is painless and comfortable. In addition, we know that price is very important to our patients and our objective is to always provide dental treatment at reasonable prices. However, when relying strictly on Japanese health insurance (JHI) parameters, you can only receive coverage on treatments using methods and materials approved by JHI. When other methods or materials are used, the treatment is not covered by JHI. In such cases, the patient needs to pay for this treatment out of pocket.
For example, under the rules of JHI, multiple wisdom tooth extractions have a limitation per visit. JHI also has restrictions on the use of anesthesia and painkillers. Therefore, we recommend self-pay treatment for patients who are short on time or who wish to have as much pain relief as possible.
At Hitomi Dental Office we understand that our patients want to get a good price on their dental treatment but do not want to sacrifice comfort. That’s why we tailor our treatment so our patients can get the best value—and we use JHI when it is applicable—while still having a comfortable and painless experience. Professional dental treatment at a decent price: doesn’t that sound like good news?
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