Wisdom tooth extractions should always be performed by a trusted and competent dental professional. Our dentists at Sana Dentistry in Mississauga have years of experience carrying out wisdom tooth extractions and can guide you through the procedure and after care required.
If you need to have a wisdom tooth or teeth, extracted, come and visit us at Sana Dentistry and find out why we are the number one choice for this tricky procedure.
Wisdom teeth gained their name due to the fact that they tend to rear themselves when you are older.
They are located in the very back corners of your mouth, on the top and bottom of your jaw.
Most people get their wisdom teeth removed due to the pain they experience making this a very common practice.
If a wisdom tooth doesn’t have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in infection, pain, or other dental problems, you’ll most likely need to have it extracted.
If you do need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, this should be done by competent and experienced dental professionals such as Sana Dentistry.
Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth and it can be quite a challenge to reach them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Extra care needs to be taken to make sure that you reach the very back corners of your mouth to ensure that you keep your wisdom teeth clean.
This is even more so if the wisdom tooth has only partially erupted.
Wisdom teeth sometimes tilt forward when emerging thus growing towards the second molars. Sometimes they end up completely horizontal at a 90-degree angle to other teeth.
A perpendicular or tilted wisdom tooth can push into other teeth causing damage to the roots of neighbouring teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth usually have a higher risk of developing cavities and tooth decay than other teeth in the mouth.
This could be due to the fact it is harder to clean them and partly because food can be more easily trapped in the gums around the tooth.
Either way, this creates the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply which eventually causes cavities and decay.
Impacted wisdom teeth may increase your risk of developing Pericoronitis, which is an infection that causes the gum tissue near the inflamed tooth to become swollen.
This makes it very difficult to close the mouth or bite down as the gum is so swollen.
Cysts are sacs of fluid that may develop around an impacted wisdom tooth. If left untreated, a cyst can grow, damaging the roots of neighbouring teeth as well as the jawbone.
If a cyst develops around a wisdom tooth, this will usually also result in the tooth needing to be extracted.
Our dentists will first take dental x-rays before any tooth removal.
This may have already been done at a previous appointment to determine whether or not removal is necessary. However, additional x-rays may be required on your return.
From there, our dental professional will then use a local anaesthetic to numb the tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth by injecting it into your gums.
There may be the odd occasion when a cut may be required and there may also be situations in which the tooth may have to be cut into smaller pieces prior to removal.
The time taken to remove the tooth varies. In some instances, the procedure might only take a few minutes, while in other situations it can take as much as 30 minutes if not longer.
The mouth and gums heal incredibly fast, so if you follow the simple instructions that our dentists provide, you should have no problems.
Unless the procedure was particularly tricky, the dentist probably won’t prescribe painkillers, but you may take pharmacy medication as needed.
You will be asked to bite down on sterile gauze for about 50 minutes after the surgery to ensure that all bleeding has stopped.
You might feel some discomfort and have some swelling for several days after the procedure, but if you experience significant pain, don’t hesitate to contact our dental clinic.
You should avoid unnecessary eating, talking, and drinking to allow the area time to clot.
After this drink plenty of fluids and stick to soft foods exclusively for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure.
You should also avoid brushing your teeth or rinsing out your mouth for at least 24 hours after the procedure.