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Wisdom teeth removal is vital to your current and future oral health. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we are happy to perform your wisdom teeth removal in our Calgary office and Dr. Jennifer Silver will be with you every step of the process.
What are wisdom teeth and why do they need to be removed?
Located in the very back corners of your mouth, wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. On average, they usually develop during your late teens or early twenties. An x-ray will determine if you have wisdom teeth and where they are located.
Wisdom teeth become problematic when:
- Impacted (the teeth become trapped in your jawbone or gum)
- Not enough space in your jaw
- Crowd existing teeth
- Develop cavities and decay
To prevent future issues, wisdom teeth removal is also suggested even if the impacted teeth are not currently posing a problem.
Do you have room for wisdom teeth to grow?
Spacing in the jaw is usually the biggest issue when wisdom teeth start popping through the gums. When spacing is limited, the growth of wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding because the third molars push the other teeth forward to make room. The lack of room can also result in the wisdom teeth being misaligned. For example, sometimes they start growing sideways or stay trapped under the gums.
If the wisdom teeth grow in the wrong position, then it can trap food in the back of your mouth and eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay. These pockets of food particles are perfect for bacteria growth and cause serious infection in the future. Most people have a difficult time flossing that far back in the mouth, especially when the teeth are misaligned and crooked.
Also, consider the potential damage that can occur to other teeth if there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to come through. For example, neighboring teeth can be damaged. Additionally, if an infection occurs because bacteria enters the gums, it can result in damage to surrounding roots and even bone loss in the jaw. Damage to the bone and roots can lead to loss of healthy teeth.
Most people have crowding issues, which is why wisdom teeth removal is a common recommendation. It is a routine treatment that can help you avoid many problems in the future.
Wisdom teeth removal process
Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you’ll be able to go home after the surgery is complete.
The process first begins with a consultation where we explain the procedure, take an x-ray and address any concerns you may have. You will also receive detailed instructions concerning the prep involved the day before and the day of for your wisdom teeth extraction. This includes:
Not eating anything 8-12 hours prior to the procedure
Set up transportation to and from the procedure
Talk with our dental team about prescribed medications you are currently taking
On the day of the surgery, you’ll first receive a local anesthetic to help numb the area. In some cases, a general anesthetic may be used to prevent pain in the whole body and cause you to sleep through the procedure. This is why it’s important that you don’t eat the night before, so the anesthetic can work.
From there the dentist makes a minor incision in your gum to access the wisdom tooth, if it hasn’t erupted. Next, the dentist divides the tooth into sections to help make the removal easier as well as minimize damage to the surrounding bone. From there, the dentist extracts the tooth and cleans the extraction site of tooth or bone debris. After the site is clean, the dentist will close the wound with dissolvable stitches. The final step is placing a gauze over the site to assist in the formation of a blood clot.
The overall procedure time will vary from patient to patient. On average, the procedure can last from 60 to 90 minutes.
Recovery can last anywhere from 3 to 5 days. Typical effects of the wisdom teeth removal process includes: pain, swelling and some bleeding. Numbness in the mouth is also common for a couple of hours after surgery.
When you leave the dentist office, it’s vital that you keep pressure on the gauze so a blood clot is able to form in the tooth socket and replace the gauze every 20-30 minutes. Also, do not consume hot beverages, soda, solid food, alcohol or cigarettes. In addition, to decrease swelling, place an ice pack on your jaw for 15 minutes and then spend 15 minutes with the ice pack off.
During your recovery, it’s important that you rest and stay away from rigorous activity, take the right dosage of painkillers and rinse your mouth regularly with warm salt water. Do not use straws, as the sucking motion can cause more bleeding by dislodging the blood clot. When brushing your teeth, brush carefully around the surgical sites.
The overall healing process can last 1 to 2 weeks.
What is the right timing for wisdom teeth removal?
Most dentists will check wisdom teeth starting in the mid-teenage years. Younger people have an easier time recovering from the surgery, which is why it’s common to have these third molars removed before the age of 20.
The roots and bones aren’t fully formed in the teenage years, which makes it easier to extract the teeth. Early intervention is especially important when the wisdom teeth are impacted.
Sometimes, wisdom tooth removal is suggested for adults when infection or other problems are occurring because of the presence of the third molars. If you are over the age of 30, your wisdom teeth have grown in, and you aren’t having any problems, then you might never need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Every situation is unique, which is why the best solution is to talk to an experienced dentist for recommendations. It is important to use digital imaging and a thorough exam to determine the placement of the wisdom teeth. We’ll use this information to help you identify whether they need to be removed. Our team is here to guide your decision and help you explore various treatment options.
Wisdom teeth removal cost
- The total cost of your wisdom tooth removal will vary on numerous factors of your surgery. At Southcentre Dental Clinic, we have payment options available to help you fit your treatment into your budget easily. Learn more about our financing options here.
About our Calgary Dentist Team at Southcentre Dental Clinic
Our team feels that our service and results are the reason for our continued success in the Calgary, Alberta community. The staff members are focused on each patient’s needs, and we strive to deliver excellent care and create a fun experience. We are proud to say that the majority of our patients come to us by word-of-mouth. If you’re anxious about dental care, our Calgary dentist, Dr. Silver, and her dental team will do everything in their power to allay your fears and make your visit as comfortable as possible. We believe laughter truly is the best medicine!
If you are looking for cosmetic dental treatments, TMJ treatments, dental implants, or other smile enhancement services located in Calgary, Alberta, give Southcentre Dental Clinic a try. Dr. Silver and her team of friendly and fun dental professionals are here to make your visits to our practices easy and successful. Please call or email us today for an appointment.
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Calgary Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Me: Location & Directions
#155, 100 Anderson Road SE
We are located in Southcentre Mall. Use the south entrance when parking and enter the mall through the doors adjacent from Crate & Barrel. At the bottom of the escalators turn right into the professional offices corridor. We are the first door on the left. There is always parking at the mall.
Services are provided by General Dentists
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