Wisdom Teeth Removal
On the hunt for a wisdom teeth dentist near you?
It’s advisable to avoid waiting too long to remove your wisdom teeth, as avoiding it may lead to tooth impaction and pain. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to many problems, such as infection and decay of surrounding teeth and gums. If you choose to have wisdom teeth removal at our Surrey office, you will be in excellent hands.
Serving the Greater Vancouver area, we provide wisdom teeth removal for Richmond and residents of surrounding areas.
What is a wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars which erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. There are a total of four wisdom teeth: two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw.
When and why do you need to get your wisdom tooth extracted?
Wisdom teeth rarely erupt at the correct position and on time. In the majority of individuals, they get impacted, i.e. change direction of eruption, becoming trapped in the jaw bone. It becomes mandatory to remove them before they pose a problem.
Because wisdom teeth may erupt at an abnormal angle, they can push against other teeth, causing damage to them. Wisdom teeth are also prone to dental cavities or periodontal disease since they are hard to reach because of their location, being furthest back in your mouth. These factors warrant their swift and timely removal.
At Kennedy Heights Dental Centre, we have a team of dental surgeons who specialize in impacted wisdom tooth extractions. We make the surgical process as smooth as possible and assist you in having a quick recovery.
What is the procedure for a wisdom tooth extraction?
Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that involves administration of either local or general anesthesia, depending upon your preference.
The dental surgeon first incises the gums to remove the bony cover, using bone burs. Once the wisdom tooth is exposed, the dentist will divide it into fragments and remove it. The gums are then sutured over the bone and a cotton pack is placed over the site. You will have to follow the instructions of your dentist diligently to prevent any postoperative complications.
Is it very painful?
Since the surgery is performed under anesthesia, the procedure is painless but when the anesthesia wears off, some pain and discomfort are normal. Your dentist at Kennedy Heights will prescribe medication which will help relieve the discomfort.
How much time does it take to recover from the surgery?
The first three days after surgery are crucial and every instruction of the dentist should be followed word-for-word during this time. While it takes a week to fully recover from the surgery, it may take longer depending on how complicated the surgery was.