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Open your eyes for wisdom tooth extraction.

Many patients have a preconception in their mind that if they extract a wisdom tooth it will, in some form, affect their vision.

This is a totally  wrong concept buried in peoples mind since long. Truly,  in no way removal or extraction of wisdom tooth is related to your vision.

When we try to find reasons for the popularity of this myth, these few reasons came to my mind

  • People or fake dentists used to scare people because they didn’t know how to extract a wisdom tooth completely without any problems. This passed on to the next generations.
  • Opthalmologist asks for dental checkup before performing eye surgeries.
  • Proximity of upper teeth to eyes
  • Imaginary same blood/Nerve supply to eyes and teeth.

When we look back into the past, dentistry was dominated by fake barber dentists who carried out dentistry barbarically without any knowledge. Wisdom tooth was not very easy to remove with the armamentarium that they had at that time, so they started spreading rumors by connecting it to vision rather than accepting their failures.

But now wisdom teeth can be removed safely by professional dental surgeons without any problems.

Ophthalmologists ask for dental checkup before eye surgery, so that any dental infection if present could not cause postoperative problems in their surgical site. So, dental infection should be treated before eye surgery.

Here also there is no connection between wisdom tooth extraction and eyesight problems.

Though there is some proximity in between upper teeth and eyes there is no direct connection. Both eyes and Teeth have different nerve and blood supply. Spread of infection from dental region may cause swelling near eyes, however vision or eyesight remains unaffected. Extraction of wisdom teeth and for that matter extraction of any teeth doesn’t affect vision.

 

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Missing tooth : To replace or not to?

Why, you may ask, is replacement of teeth necessary? Those patients who think that not replacing a tooth is also a good option – Beware! Because the space created by the missing tooth gets filled by excessive eruption of the tooth above/ below it and tilting of the teeth in front of and behind the missing tooth. So you might have 3 more teeth that need treatment later on.

Consequence of missing teeth
Consequences of not replacing missing tooth

Not only do the missing teeth affect the other adjacent teeth but also cause discomfort in chewing and alteration of food habits. The chewing efficiency of people with multiple missing teeth and denture wearers is greatly reduced; making simple, functional tasks like eating difficult. Around 98% of people with multiple missing teeth and denture wearers prefer to eat soft mushy foods. Faulty chewing habits may also lead to problems in digestion.

Multiple missing teeth cause atrophy of the jaw bones in that region, leading to change in facial appearance and a seemingly “old face”. Such an appearance is due to increased hollowing of the cheeks and increased wrinkles around the mouth. Multiple missing teeth and resulting decreased support for jaw closure may also lead to pain or discomfort in the jaw joint (Temporomandibular Joint).

Replacing the missing tooth/ teeth with a denture or bridge or dental implant maintains the position of the other adjacent teeth and also prevents the undesirable consequences thereof.

So when do you plan to put that tooth back in!??

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