Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom Tooth Removal by an Experienced Dental Team

– Dr. Jennifer Silver

Wisdom Teeth Removal Calgary

Wisdom Teeth Removal Calgary

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

The molars found in the very back corners of your mouth are called wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt. The average patient develops them in their late teens or early twenties.

Some people never develop wisdom teeth. For others, they may erupt normally – just like your other molars did – and cause no problems. However, in many cases, as wisdom teeth grow in, they become impacted  and fail to emerge due to a lack of adequate jaw space. If they do grow, they may end up crowding out your other teeth, affecting your natural dental alignment.

Wisdom teeth removal is often suggested when:

  • Wisdom teeth are impacted (meaning they cannot erupt and are trapped in your jawbone or gum).
  • They grow in at the wrong angle due to crowding with your other teeth.
  • There is not enough space in your jaw.
  • Your wisdom teeth have cavities.

Wisdom teeth removal is important when necessary. Otherwise, wisdom teeth can cause swelling, gum soreness and eventually, acute pain. Impacted teeth are very difficult to clean and as such, are vulnerable to tooth decay, recurring infections and may even damage the surrounding bone structure.

To prevent potential future issues, wisdom tooth removal is sometimes suggested even if the impacted teeth aren’t currently posing a problem.

What can I expect from the wisdom tooth removal process?

Wisdom tooth (teeth) extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. Depending on the complexity of the situation, removal can be done by an oral surgeon or one of our dentists. Additionally, it can be done under general or local anesthetic. Because each patient’s case is unique, our dentist will first need to take an x-ray before deciding on the best course of action.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Here’s an overview of what our dentist does during the procedure for wisdom teeth extraction:

  • First, a minor incision is made in your gum to access the tooth (if it hasn’t already erupted.) A small bone covering the tooth may also need to be removed.
  • Next, the tooth is split into sections to make removal easier and to minimize any potential damage to the surrounding bone.
  • The tooth is extracted.
  • Extraction site is cleaned of any tooth or bone debris.
  • To promote healing, the wound is closed using dissolvable stitches.
  • Gauze is placed over the wound to assist in the formation of a blood clot.

The procedure times for wisdom teeth removal vary from patient to patient. While simple procedures can take as little as a few minutes, more complex situations require more time.

How do I prepare for wisdom teeth removal?

In most cases, wisdom tooth extraction is performed as an outpatient procedure. That means you can go home the same day. You will receive detailed instructions from our dentist on how to prepare prior to and on the day of your procedure. Here is an overview:

  • You are required to fast the night before your surgery. As with most outpatient oral surgeries, you shouldn’t eat anything 8-12 hours prior to your procedure.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from your surgery. The side-effects of the anesthesia prohibit you from safely driving yourself home.
  • If you are taking any prescribed medications, make sure to inquire if you should take them before surgery.

What is the recovery period for wisdom tooth removal?

Post-procedure, it’s normal to experience a certain degree of pain and swelling, as well as some bleeding. Before leaving the hospital or dental clinic, you will be asked to:

  • Keep pressure on the gauze so that a blood clot can form in the tooth socket. Blood clots are a very important part of the healing process. Therefore, you must be careful not to dislodge them. The gauze must be replaced every 20-30 minutes.
  • Do not consume solid foods, alcohol, cigarettes, soda or hot beverages in the first few days following your procedure.
  • If an incision has been made, your dentist will let you know how long the stitches will take to dissolve. Typically, this occurs within 7-10 days after surgery.

The typical recovery window for wisdom tooth removal is 3-4 days. Although, it can take up to one week to completely heal. The recovery period is largely dependent on how badly your wisdom teeth are impacted, as well as the angle they are growing.

Here are some things you can do to shorten your recovery time:

  • Stay away from rigorous activity for up to a week, as you don’t want to dislodge the blood clot.
  • Prescription painkillers can help ease discomfort. Pain generally peaks at about 72 hours after surgery. Thereafter, it should start to subside.
  • Prevention of post-op swelling is key. So, as soon as you get home, place an ice pack on your jaw (15 minutes on/15 minutes off). Don’t wait until the swelling has already started!
  • Regularly rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep the extraction site clean and infection-free.

Our team of Calgary-based dentists believe that communication is essential to good dental care. Therefore, we strive to create a trusting and comfortable environment where our patients can freely express their concerns. Prior to conducting your wisdom tooth removal procedure, we provide a comprehensive examination and inform you of all your options. We encourage our patients to take an active part in their treatment choices. Our services are tailored to your specific needs and requirements.

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Want to learn more about getting your wisdom teeth removed?

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