Wisdom teeth that are impacted, meaning that they do not erupt, can be discomforting over time. Many people with impacted wisdom teeth find themselves at their dentist’s office by mid-twenties with complaints of pain and discomfort. In addition, impacted wisdom teeth can crowd surrounding teeth, offsetting your bite. Finally, it is not too uncommon for wisdom teeth to become infected over time. In fact, infections can become serious so it’s important to address wisdom tooth pain right away. It is for all of these reasons why you may experience discomfort with your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom tooth removal is often the call to action. The procedure on impacted teeth is usually performed before the bone fully matures. The beauty in today’s solution for wisdom tooth removal is that there have been advancements made in anesthetics so they people won’t feel or recollect the surgery. Typically performed under IV sedation with the use of a local anesthesia in the treatment area, wisdom tooth removal may be a minimal type of surgery or more extensive depending upon several factors. The position of the tooth plays a role in the extent of surgery. The maturity of the root is a factor in surgery. The person’ age is another factor in the decision for the approach to surgery. For more minor surgery, local anesthesia may be suffice. Following the procedure, patients return home with anti-pain medication to stay ahead of discomfort.
If you are interested in a consultation, contact Austin dentist Dr. Mark Sweeney at 512-380-1300
My name is Candace Gifford and I am a hygienist at Austin Dental Spa, and my job is to take care of the patient’s dental health. And two ways that we do that, we have two tests that we are able to do now where we can test for bacteria that are in the patient’s mouth.
There’s 13 different bacteria that cause periodontal disease and we can now test for them so we can customize the patient’s treatment needs to their specific bacteria. And we know now that there’s about 8% of the population that have periodontal disease in some form or fashion. Typically it starts out as just bleeding and then it can progress to bone loss and eventually tooth loss. So we’re very excited about the fact that we can test for these things and help prevent that for a lot of our patients.
And the second test we do along with that one is called a susceptibility test where we are able to detect their basically their genes or the genetic makeup to see if they are susceptible to periodontal disease and if they are, how susceptible they are based on a number reading from one to four, one being the least susceptible, four being the most susceptible, and if they are very susceptible then we know that we need to treatment plan their cleaning and their dental visits more tailored to the needs and they need to come in more often and they need to be more proactive with their homecare and just day to day stuff.
Another new technology that we have in our office that is brand new to dentistry is a test called a Vizilite test. And that is an oral cancer screening. We know that oral cancer is not on the decrease like a lot of the other cancers are because it’s not been able to be detected early on. So now we have a special test that we can do to see that before it is actually visual, that it can be seen in the mouth. And so we have the patient rinse with a special solution and it absorbs if there are any precancerous cells and then we use a light to shine in the mouth and we can actually see it before it can be seen visually which has been great for early detection and long term prognosis is much better if it’s caught early.
LAURA: I’d had a lot of dental work growing up, but I still had a little gap between my middle teeth. I had some chipping, some discoloration. They were getting a little older. So I wanted to be proud to smile again. So I mentioned that, told my husband. Of course he investigated and found Dr. Sweeney and that’s all she wrote. We’ve been here ever since and it’s been several years now.
And we love the results. It’s been great. You’re made to feel special like you’re the number one patient in here. You’re greeted with a smile always, always. And bottled water. Everybody’s nice. Everybody has a smile. Nobody is ever in a bad mood in here. Never. Well I always liked to smile, but I always kind of put my hand in front of my mouth. So now I smile all the time. I’m just proud of it. It’s like it’s made me feel younger. It’s just made me feel so much better about myself.
KRISTI: God gave me some great things when he made me, but one thing he didn’t give me were nice teeth. So I struggled with that my whole life. I mean my parents did what they could. I had braces, the whole nine yards. But it was never, it was far from ideal and just a huge source of insecurity for me. So my whole life I wanted to get my teeth fixed and after I came here and I felt very confident in him, in Dr. Sweeney and I liked it here and I of course looked at, went to other doctors and you know considered other whatever sources. But I chose him and it was you know a big investment, but totally worthwhile. I mean it changed my life. Not to sound overdramatic, but it did.
So anyway, just confident and I smile in every picture because people used to be like why don’t you smile. It’s always your friends who have nice teeth that say why aren’t you smiling. Well why do you think you know. So I don’t know if you’ll see the before or not, but you’ll see the difference. I would recommend him because he is excellent at what he does. He is and I believe that you can have all the experience in the world. You can be improving teeth for 20 years which I think he has plus.
But there’s also talent. I think I get a talent that you either have or you don’t and an eye for it because it is kind of like an artistry. You know you can make the tooth a little longer, a little shorter, the color. I mean there’s a million variables and he just has a skill and a talent for doing that. And I love the people. – – I will not give my business to any business that I don’t, I’m treated well. You know the women and the people that work here are very friendly and genuinely friendly, eager to help and it’s just a fun environment. And it’s very comfortable. That’s another big thing is comfort is a key thing. You know a lot of people freak out at the dentist and you don’t here. You know it’s just a, it’s like a small environment.
RICHARD: Dr. Sweeney is just really comfortable to be around. He’s just kind of one of the guys and he comes in and makes you feel comfortable and gets to know you and listens to you. I think he has a full understanding of what you really want and that’s what he wants to give you. He’s just a super nice guy. He’s not really like a doctor, like you think of a dentist. He’s just one of the guys. I recommended this office to a lot of people. Matter of fact, my daughter came and she thought the same thing. She just loved it. It’s not like a dentist office. It’s more like a, well it’s a spa. You come and you get treated really well. I just can’t wait to come.
MICHELLE: I originally came to Austin Dental Spa for an open house that Dr. Sweeney had for our clinic that I was working at the time. And through the first conversation, we discussed that I needed to have my crown replaced and came in for a visit. And from there it turned into a full set of veneers.
It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done. Very, very happy with it. I wore my temporaries for about two to three weeks and made a few minor changes and got them exactly where I wanted them to be. And it’s been fabulous. I absolutely love my smile. I get compliments constantly and even though it wasn’t something I really needed, it’s totally changed my smile and how I feel about it. Anyone that fears a dentist shouldn’t fear coming here for veneers because it’s a piece of cake.
ELISABETH: I had gotten braces a long time ago and was still not happy. I kept going back to the orthodontist. I still had spacing and I kept going back and saying fix the spacing, fix the spacing. And he finally said you need to go get veneers. I’m not going to make you happy. You need to go because my teeth were too small really for my mouth. And so I had that in mind forever and you know years and years. I was just like okay, I want to do that at some point.
And then there was a picture. I looked for the picture and it was me and my best friend and he has like this beautiful smile white perfect teeth that are just all natural. And I had these horrible little, I just looked at my smile and I thought God that’s horrible. I’m like I’m doing it. The next day I called. As soon as I saw that picture, I called and I was like I’m coming in. I’m getting it done, I’m doing it. And so here I am and I’m much, much happier.
I love Dr. Sweeney. I actually found Dr. Sweeney on I Googled and I was trying to look for the best you know cosmetic dentist because I had a regular dentist. I didn’t really you know that’s a little bit scary to go through all this. You know you want it to look good. And I’ve seen people with bad veneers. And so I found Dr. Sweeney and I loved him. He was so funny and he has a little longhorn thing on his tooth and I’m a big longhorn. And so we kind of had that in common and he was just really nice and obviously knew his stuff and had a lot of experience and lots of training. And I was just impressed with everything about him and all the staff here as well.
HANK: Once I stepped in the door here and met Mark Sweeney, I knew that I’d met the man that was going to fix my teeth for me. So that’s my original exposure to the company. I had 10 veneers done on the top and absolutely stunning. I told Dr. Sweeney when we originally came in, I said you know I want a Hollywood smile. Can you provide that for me? I want something that Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise couldn’t hold a candle to because my wife loves Brad Pitt. So he said I think we could that and by golly, he delivered. So I’m happy with the results that Doc gave me. You know his staff here, he’s backed up by an incredibly professional staff and he’s led by that staff. Instead of him leading the staff, the staff leads him. And really wonderful people and I’ve just enjoyed the experience. I actually enjoy coming to see Dr. Sweeney. Number one, he’s backed up by an incredible staff here. He’s a wonderful person, wonderful individual and I really enjoyed my experience here with Austin Dental Spa.