Our third molars, or wisdom teeth, start to appear in our late teens and early 20s, a time when we’re gaining wisdom as we go off to college or enter the workplace. If they come in only part way or not at all, this is called partial or fully impacted wisdom teeth. Generally, the solution is to extract them, and at the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we can determine if extraction is right for you.
But in addition to this basic knowledge about your wisdom teeth, there are other interesting facts about them as well:
In some populations in the world, almost no one develops wisdom teeth, while in others nearly 100 percent of the people do develop wisdom teeth! Scientists don’t know why, although several researchers are studying the phenomenon.
Impacted wisdom teeth are an ancient problem – The oldest known impacted wisdom tooth was discovered in a woman who lived approximately 15,000 years ago!
The most important fact about wisdom teeth is that if you experience any pain or soreness, call our dental office in Evansville as soon as possible. Additionally, keeping up with regular dental visits can help us determine if there are any potential problems with your wisdom teeth, even if they haven’t come in yet. If you’re due for a dental checkup, give us a call at our Evansville dentist today!
…biting and chewing food, talking, and giving your face its support and structure. Tooth enamel may feel like a hard surface, but it’s not made to withstand excess pressure or habits that erode it. At the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we hear many interesting stories of how people chipped or cracked their teeth!
Do any of these actions sound familiar to you?
●Crunching and sipping
Now that may sound like what teeth are made for, but we’re talking about crunching things like ice cubes, or even popcorn kernels. Bite down on them the wrong way, and you could end up with a cracked tooth.
Sipping? Yes! Soda (even diet), tea, and other acidic beverages can eventually erode your teeth, especially if you habitually consume them.
●Using teeth as tools
Teeth aren’t nutcrackers or bottle openers! Or any other tool!
If you grind your teeth, even in your sleep, you can wear them down without even noticing! You may need a night guard or other dental appliance to help stop grinding; and if your teeth are worn down, you may need further dental treatment to rebuild your bite.
A toothbrush with hard bristles might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to use a soft- or medium-bristled brush, and brush regularly and longer! Set your timer for two minutes as a reminder of how long you should brush.
●Not brushing or flossing enough
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. If you can’t brush during the day, try to drink plain water so you can at least “rinse” out any food particles or acidic drinks.
If you have any of these habits, it’s never too late to change! If you have tooth or gum pain for any reason, please call our dental office in Evansville at 855-790-9336.
You know if you’re close to home and a dental emergency or sudden toothache happens, you can call our Evansville dental office and we’ll do everything we can to help you. But accidents can happen anywhere – whether it’s one mile from home or 1,000.
If you have kids, it’s not a bad idea to carry a first aid kit with you everywhere!There are also small dental emergency kits available as well. They often will contain oil of cloves, an applicator, and a small container to hold lost teeth or pieces of a tooth. If you have active children, or a child losing baby teeth, a kit like this isn’t a bad idea.
Knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and gently rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing a cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.
Abscess: See a dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum, especially if it’s painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Lost crown. If you can’t get to a dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Many of these techniques can apply to nearly any dental emergency during the first few minutes.. And get to a dentist as soon as possible, even if you’re out of town. The sooner your emergency receives appropriate care, the better your chances are of saving your tooth.
Once you return home, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Evansville at 855-270-0609 to make sure you haven’t sustained any injuries to your tooth’s root or any other part of your teeth and gums.
Have you been thinking about cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile? If you have crooked teeth, or gaps, you might think you’ll need extensive work to correct what seems like big problems.
But the reality is much different! At Dr. Glenn Norton’s dental office in Evansville, we will usually have different options at different price points to choose from, and to fit your budget. We can also spread your treatment out through several phases so you don’t have to pay it all at once.
Mike’s story is a good example of a patient who definitely needed some changes to improve his smile.
Mike came to us in January of this year to discuss fixing his teeth. You can see his teeth were pretty yellow, he had some gaps in his teeth, and some that were very crooked. They had always been that way, but it was just never the right time to get them fixed.
Mike’s a field superintendent in the construction industry. He’s married and has two children. Like any good parent, his family’s needs came first and both kids needed orthodontic work. After their work was complete, he decided it was time to take care of himself. We gave Mike different options to make over his smile, and he chose to have dental bonding.
First, we gave Mike a tooth whitening treatment, to reveal the whitest color his teeth could be. We custom-colored the dental bonding materials to match.
Dental bonding involves applying thin layers of the composite bonding material that form a chemical bond to each other. Dr. Norton carefully sculpted and shaped each layer to create the best look and function of Mike’s teeth.
The results? Well, you can see for yourself. Mike’s like a new person! And what’s also amazing is the procedure was completed in just one appointment, with one follow-up to fine-tune the work.
Dental bonding is just one of many cosmetic dentistry options you have at Dr. Norton’s dental office in Evansville. And cosmetic dentistry is part of our comprehensive dental care, which includes general and restorative dentistry, and placement of dental implants.
Contact us at to find out what your options are to transform your own smile, just like Mike did!
Additions and Upgrades in our Evansville Dental Office
We’re always looking for ways to improve our skills, upgrade our technology, and make our office efficient and as patient-friendly as possible.
Our goal right now is to become as paperless an office as we can. We’ve implemented the Dentrix system, which helps us manage the office electronically, including appointment scheduling, patient records management, and on-demand patient education resources.
We’ve been a metal-free office since 1995. There are concerns about the mercury contained in some of the old metal filings. But the simple truth is that the tooth-colored resin fillings provide a tighter seal so bacteria can’t sneak into your tooth, and they’re certainly more attractive than metal fillings. No one will know how many of your teeth have fillings, because they’ll look just the same as every other tooth!
We have also converted all our imaging from X-rays to digital x-rays. X-rays require much less radiation, the results are much more detailed, and they’re much better for the environment.
My wife and I will be taking some time this summer to catch up with our children and grandchildren. We’re proud of all them and love watching our grandkids grow up. They change so much! We wish they lived closer to our home and dental practice in Evansville, but we see them as much as we can.
My son, Scott, is an Endodontist, living in Louisville, KY. He’s married with two boys, Alex, 10, and Ben, 7, who both play lacrosse for their school. Scott and his wife, Kim, are very involved with their activities, and Scott likes to play tennis in his spare time. We get to see them about once a month. Whew! They wear us out with all their energy!
Son, Brett, and his wife, Michele, also have two children, Hannah and Lev. Brett’s a computer whiz and works as a software developer for pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey. Michele helps run a day care center for child development. We’ll be seeing them in Florida in June for a beach vacation and can’t wait to hug and kiss them, and spend time with them.
Alex and Ben are going to camp this summer, and all the grandkids are getting to be good swimmers.
Our son, Craig, has a chemical engineering degree and a Ph.D. in polymer science. He’s currently working for Bridgestone Tire in Iowa. He’s an American history buff, and likes to read and cook. He plays tennis on a USTA traveling team. Last year, he bought a snowmobile and enjoys riding in Utah on the weekends.
If you’re visiting family this summer, tell us about it next time you visit our dental office in Evansville. We love to hear about our patients’ families!