Most people will have their first wisdom teeth erupt when they reach ages 16 to 24. If there is inadequate room for a wisdom tooth to grow properly into the mouth, one of several things could happen. The wisdom tooth may remain impacted, meaning it resides dormant in the bone, where it could remain without causing trouble, or it may develop into a cyst or infection. If it erupts, it may push on the molar in front of it as it erupts, causing root resorption and the loss of the molar it grows into. It can decay adjacent teeth, cause rotations and tipping of adjacent teeth, and erupt in an uncomfortable position affecting biting. It may also only be able to “peek out” of the gum, because there is no further room for it, which means it becomes both impossible to keep clean, since a toothbrush can’t reach under the gum, and impossible to keep sterile, as it is already exposed to oral bacteria. In this case, an infection is very likely.
In some patients, wisdom teeth are missing entirely, and those lucky people never have to worry about them! For the rest, Smiles on Queen Dentistry has experienced dentists in wisdom teeth removal. We offer a safe, comfortable and smooth tooth extraction procedure. We know that many may fear to have their wisdom teeth removed, and we do our very best to allay your fears and keep you comfortable.
What to expect during wisdom tooth removal
First, our dentist will perform an initial consultation where he/she sits down with the patient to better understand their condition and concerns. In this case, an initial evaluation will be done to determine the reasons for removing the wisdom tooth before taking the right course of action. The patient will then be prepared for the extraction procedure.
During the extraction, an anesthesia is applied on the area to make the procedure pain free and comfortable. Once the area is completely numb, the tooth is removed, and resorbable sutures may be placed at the site of the extraction.
After the procedure, it is common for mild bleeding and swelling to occur. The dentist will apply gauze on the empty socket and you can use ice on the outside area to reduce swelling. You will also be advised to avoid eating hard foods and engaging in heavy physical activity, so plan accordingly! A diet that is comprised of soft foods and cold liquids is often recommended.
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Should you have your wisdom tooth removed ?
If you are suffering from any of the following issues that could result in pain or discomfort, it’s best to consider having the wisdom tooth removed:
- Your wisdom tooth appears to come out at an angle or is partially covered by gum
- Your wisdom tooth has caused or is causing shifting of other teeth
- The wisdom teeth are hard to keep clean due to positioning issues
- The gum below the wisdom teeth is painfully infected or inflamed
At Smiles on Queen, our team of dental professionals are highly experienced in all kinds of tooth extractions. We use top of the line equipment and technologies to offer the best dental care possible. When you come to us, expect to get a very affordable wisdom tooth extraction without ever compromising on your well-being or comfort. We have knowledgeable and friendly staff ready to help you resolve all your dental problems.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your wisdom teeth, please get in touch with us!