Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Archive for the ‘Wisdom Teeth’ Category

Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 26th, 2012
Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Your son just had “X-rays” taken at the dentist last month. Why does the orthodontist need to take another one? In fact, why do orthodontists need X-rays at all? X-rays, officially called radiographs, are images created when a beam of radiation passes through the body and hits a sensor (or a piece of film in older machines) on the other side. X-rays have the ability to create pictures revealing the differences in the densities of the tissues through which they pass. The “shadows” cast on the digital sensor or film allow doctors to see objects hidden by the skin and…

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Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 5th, 2011
Do All Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

It seems that getting your wisdom teeth removed is just a “rite of passage.” But is it true that all wisdom teeth have to be removed? Although some people are born without wisdom teeth (and some have extras), most of us have four. Officially known as “third molars,” wisdom teeth become visible in x-rays between 10 and 15 years of age and become a concern around the time we graduate from high school (age 17). Some patients become aware of their wisdom teeth because they hurt, but most find out they have them from their dentist as he (or she)…

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Do Wisdom Teeth Make Your Teeth Crooked?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 28th, 2011
Do Wisdom Teeth Make Your Teeth Crooked?

Most of us get our braces during junior high. We are about 12 years old when that last baby tooth falls out and the orthodontist tells us it is finally time. Since most orthodontic treatment lasts about two years, our braces come off right around the time we start high school. Then it happens! Our wisdom teeth come in when we are juniors or seniors and they screw everything up… or do they? What is the relationship between the wisdom teeth and the teeth getting crooked after braces? Because lower front teeth seem to start getting crooked about the same…

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