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Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Corley Family Dental
May 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Even if you are dedicated to good oral hygiene, these routine cleanings are still necessary.oral hygiene

You may think you are just the best when it comes it caring for your smile. Your teeth may look great and your smile may feel fantastic. You may floss every chance you get and you never forget to replace your toothbrush. All of these habits are amazing and can go a long way to improving your oral health, but this still doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit our Decatur, IL, dentists Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley every six months for routine cleanings.

Why are these visits so important?

There are many reasons, despite maintaining good oral health, why you should visit our Decatur, IL, general dentist every six months for routine care. Sure, your smile may feel fantastic. You may not be worried about any issues at all, but you could be surprised to find that not all problems cause symptoms. Here are some reasons you should be visiting our office:

Ward Off Cavities

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues we see, and while getting a dental filling isn’t a serious or invasive procedure it’s always best if you can avoid any dental treatment, if possible. We want you to have healthy teeth for as long as possible. When you come into our office for cleanings we can check for spots that many have decay but haven’t turned into cavities yet. From there we can continue to monitor it and teach you ways to improve your oral health to prevent decay from getting worse.

Get a Cleaner Smile

Even if you maintain great oral health there is always going to be a moment during that six-month span where your routine falls flat. You may forget to floss your teeth before bed or you may not brush in the morning before heading to work. We’re all human and these situations happen. Of course, these six-month visits ensure that we remove plaque and tartar buildup to get your smile healthy and to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Get a Brighter Smile

If you love your morning cup of Joe or you’re a smoker than one of the surefire ways to keep your smile looking brighter and more refreshed is to come in every six months for cleanings. If you are a smoker you also pose other risks to your oral health, so coming in more regularly may actually be best. Talk to us about how often you should be coming in for cleanings and routine care.

Save Your Money

Whenever people think about going to the doctors they often worry about money. Of course, getting preventive dental care could mean that you save money in the long run. By paying for a simple cleaning twice a year you could avoid getting dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy and other more expensive procedures in the near future.

If you need to schedule your upcoming dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, today. We will work with your busy schedule to get you on the books as soon as possible.


A child with a chronic illness or condition often requires a lot of focus on care for their special needs. Other aspects of their health can often take a back seat — too often including dental care.

Proper dental care can be a challenge for special needs children if they have diminished physical, intellectual or behavioral capacities. Children with autism or attention deficit disorders may not be able or willing to perform tasks like brushing and flossing. Other conditions could make them intolerant to toothpaste in the mouth, or create an inability to keep their mouths open or to spit.

Some chronic conditions also seem predisposed to dental defects. For example, enamel hypoplasia, a lack of sufficient tooth enamel, is common with Down, Treacher-Collins or Turner Syndromes, and can greatly increase the risk of tooth decay.

But even though difficult, effective dental care isn't impossible. It begins with your dental provider.

Pediatric dentists are often excellent in this regard: they often have the training and experience to treat children with chronic conditions. Whoever you choose must be able to partner with you in caring for your child's dental needs.

Daily hygiene is also a critical factor. Your goal should be the same as with any child — to teach them to brush and floss for themselves. Depending on their condition, however, you may need to assist them for a longer term, perhaps permanently. But it is imperative — daily hygiene is their best defense against oral diseases.

You should also consider their medication and how it may impact their dental health. Antidepressants, antihistamines or drugs that assist with breathing function can cause mouth dryness. This, as well as drugs with sugar or acid compounds, can increase risk for dental disease. If they must take these types of medications, try to give them at mealtime to reduce their effect in the mouth.

Above all, pursue the same professional dental care as you would for any other child. Keep up regular dental visits beginning around their first birthday for cleanings and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants. By taking these measures you'll help ensure their dental health won't suffer.

If you would like more information on dental care for special needs children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Managing Tooth Decay in Children with Chronic Diseases.”

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